Customs formalities

Living in Europe, Working in Europe | Entry conditions/visas | Germany

 

  • TRAVELING WITHIN THE EUROPEAN UNION

When entering Germany from an EU Member State, goods for private consumption can be carried free of charge. However, restrictions may apply to certain goods.

 

Further information:

Travel within the European Union.

 

  • ENTERING GERMANY FROM A NON-EU COUNTRY

Customs formalities may vary depending on whether you stay in Germany temporarily and keep your normal place of residence in a non-EU country or you move your normal place of residence to Germany:

 

A motor vehicle not registered in the EU can be imported free of charge to Germany if the following conditions are met:

 

Individuals in Germany in a temporary, official capacity from a non-EU Member country may use their private vehicle free of duties until the end of their official stay.

 

Further information:

Temporary importation of a vehicle not-registered in the EU

 

 

  • POSTAL CONSIGNMENTS, INTERNET ORDERS FROM NON-EU COUNTRIES

Gifts worth up to 45 euro which are sent by one private individual to another can be admitted free of customs duties under certain circumstances.

A simplified calculation of charges by means of a flat rate of duty may be applied if the value of the goods does not exceed 700 euro.

In the case of Internet orders, orders of goods valued up to 150 euro will have sales tax charged at the rate of 19 percent or 7 percent and, if applicable, the excise duty. Exempt from this rule are cases where the sales tax on the goods amounts to less than one euro. 

For a value of more than 150 euro, the duties are calculated according to the valid tariff.

 

Further information:

 

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