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).
VAT Refund Procedure
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.
Zoll.de: Information on Passenger Traffic
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.
Zoll.de: Private Imports
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.
Zoll.de: Prohibitions and Restrictions
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.
Avian Flu/Fowl Plague [pdf, 47.5k]
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.
CITES - Protection of species of plants and animals from extinction
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have questions about the private movements of goods and cash, on customs procedures, commercial goods traffic or on postal traffic? Check out the extensive Q&A section of the German Customs Administration's website Zoll.de.
Zoll.de: Questions & Answers
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