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Excise duty on tobacco will go up in 2023 and 2024

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

Effective date: 1 April 2023

What changes?

The excise duties on cigarettes, loose tobacco, and cigars will increase in the next 2 years. This will happen in 2 phases:

  • in April 2023
  • in April 2024

Now a packet of cigarettes (20 pieces) costs €8 on average. In the first phase, the average price will increase €1 to a total of €9. The second phase is also an increase of €1, to an average price of €10.

Loose tobacco (like shag) will now cost an average of €14 per pack. The tax per pack of loose tobacco will increase by €3. The average price will therefore be €17 in 2023. It will be €20 in 2024.

The excise duty on cigars and cigarillos is currently 9% of the sales price. This will go up to 10% in 2023, and 11% in 2024.

For whom?

  • tobacco sellers
  • tobacco producers


The change is expected to go into effect on 1 April, 2023 and on 1 April, 2024.

Please note: The effective date of this measure is not yet final. Entry into force is subject to its passing through the Upper and Lower Houses (Eerste en Tweede Kamer) of parliament or proclamation of the Order in Council (Algemene Maatregel van Bestuur, AMvB) or ministerial decree and publication in the Staatsblad or Staatscourant (Government Gazette, in Dutch).

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