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China Duty Free Group CDF

China Duty Free Group is a Chinese State Enterprise business with the responsibility for retail in travel locations such as ports, border stores and airports, they also provide onboard services for airlines. A new initiative is the development of a luxury brand retail business on the island of Hainan, a major tourist resort for the Chinese. The State has introduced rules which are the exception in the world of tax-free shopping, by allowing Chinese citizens to have a duty-free allowance on this island, even though it is part of China. In effect, Chinese tourists do not have to go abroad to take advantage of duty free shopping, they can buy tax-free on this island.

CDF operate most of the duty-free stores in airports, although other independent firms also have the right to trade in China as is the case at the airports in Shanghai. There are numerous border crossing stores into neighbouring countries and many port stores that cater for ferry travellers. The cruise market is also growing and CDF are already planning for this new market.

Hong Kong and Macau are regarded as separate entities where the duty free business was developed by international companies many years ago and CDF do not have any facilities in these special territories.

How does duty free work, can you buy, which products do they sell, what shops are available, do they open for my flight, best prices?.

There is a long list of duty-free related questions asked by travellers before they start their journey.

Travel Retail is a diverse business and most Operators have outlets in global locations, so the best travel shopping advice we can offer is to search your destination in the box above and find the stores which are available for your destination. Be it by land, sea or air, duty free stores can be found if you are travelling internationally.

The duty free on arrival global search 'App' for phone and tablet is now available in Android version beta v1, we are working hard to make it the best travel shopping site and mobile App available, the Apple/iOS version will follow soon. You will be able to search the globe from your phone for duty-free shops at your destination, on planes, boats, airports or border stores. To download the app click the image below to check before you fly!