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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).

German VAT Refund

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Reisede in einer Abfertigungshalle© BMF

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

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Pharmaceuticals© picture-alliance/chromorange

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.

Zoll.de: Private Imports

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Obligation to Declare Cash

From June 15th 2007, anybody entering the European Community from, or leaving it for Non-Member States - so called third countries - and carrying cash with a total value of EUR 10,000 or more is required to declare the cash to the competent national authorities. In Germany, the declaration is to be lodged in writing with the customs administration. The non-declaration or the false declaration of cash carried can result in a substantial fine of up to one million euros.

Obligation to Declare Cash

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Prohibited Goods© picture alliance/dpa Themendienst

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

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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.

Avian Flu/Fowl Plague

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