Compared to the last quarter of 2014, Lithuanians spent 25.9% more money in Poland during the last quarter of 2015.
In the last quarter of 2015, Lithuanian and Ukrainian buyers showed the biggest increase in sums spent in Poland.
The tax differences between the two countries push Lithuanians go shopping to Suwalki, Sejny, Augustow, according to Gazeta Wyborcza. While the value added tax rate in Lithuania is 21%, in Poland the tax rate for food products in Poland is just 5%.
According to Eurostat, the food and beverage prices in Poland compared to the EU average are 36% lower, shoes and clothing – respectively 21% and 16% lower.
Foreign citizens‘ expenditure in Poland in the last quarter of 2015 in millions of euros:
Germans – 717
Ukrainians – 482
Czechs – 200
Belarusians – 139
Slovaks – 127
Lithuanians – 78
Russians – 33