Customs

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German Value-Added-Tax Refund

In Germany the amount paid for merchandise includes 19 % value added tax (VAT). The VAT can be refunded if the merchandise is purchased and exported by a customer whose residence is outside the European Union.  Find out what you need to get a refund of the German Value-Added Tax (VAT).

Information on Passenger Traffic

Day after day many people cross German borders, bringing with them a multitude of different goods. The German Customs Administration's website Zoll.de tells you which customs regulations you have to meet when traveling to Germany.

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Private Imports

Manufacturers of trademarked commodities invest heavily in the development, technology, advertising, production and distribution of their products. Counterfeit and pirated products (e.g. medicines) can be dangerous will - under certain circumstances - be seized at border-crossing.

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Prohibitions and Restrictions

In spite of certain reliefs in the clearance of goods in the travellers’ personal baggage, the importation and exportation of certain goods is restricted and possible only under certain conditions; for some products even absolute import and export prohibitions apply.

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Avian Flu/ Fowl Plague

Please note that when you travel abroad there are numerous risks resulting in the spread of avian influenza. Poultry meat and products made from it may not be imported into the EU in tourist traffic. Read more about avian flu in the following information leaflet.

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CITES - Protection of species of plants and animals from extinction

Alongside the destruction of habitats, the economic exploitation of animals and plants is one of the greatest dangers facing the animal and plant worlds. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, in short the Washington Convention, is a legally binding international agreement dating from 1973 to protect endangered species of animals and plants. It is also known internationally as CITES Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

Please Note: Although the information on this website has been prepared with utmost care, we can not accept any responsibility for inaccuracies contained herein.

Customs Information

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Information

Due to the re­launch of the Federal Office of Administration's (BVA) website, the English version of the BVA-website is currently offline.  We will restore the links as soon as the English version of BVA website is online again.  In the meantime, please use our legal information in German language.

Consulate Finder

German Missions in the United States

Nine German Missions throughout the US offer consular services. Each Mission covers a specific geographic region. To find out which Mission can assist, what the hours of operation are and how to reach it please use our interactive Consulate Finder.