KHOU 11 reports that alcohol and cigarettes purchased by cruise passengers, represented by cruise lines as "duty-free products," are being taxed by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) once the ships return to Galveston.
The state of Texas will start collecting similar taxes from cruise passengers at the Port of Houston by in October.
The television station says that the state of Texas has collected over $280,000 from cruise passengers since January.
The cruise lines misrepresent that the liquor and cigarettes are tax free, and then the TABC officials confront the returning cruise passengers as they come through customs.
The station quotes a passenger saying "They advertise it as duty free on the ship and when we get off the ship, to our surprise, it’s not duty free. I think it’s wrong."
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