(AP) -- State regulators will turn to seaports to collect taxes on some imported items from cruise passengers returning to Texas.
The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission on Jan. 4 will begin collecting personal importation taxes on alcohol and cigarettes from passengers.
TABC says the collection begins with travelers disembarking at the Port of Galveston. Passengers must pay the tax for alcoholic beverages and cigarettes purchased at the ship's duty free store or at a foreign port of call.
TAPB on Friday said similar tax collections will start next fall at the Bayport Cruise Terminal in Pasadena, near Houston.
TABC operates 20 port of entry collection facilities along the Texas-Mexico border. Lawmakers in 2013 approved allowing the TABC to begin collecting such taxes at seaports.
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