Receive binding tariff information

In order to simplify the clearance of goods upon import into the European single market, you can apply for a binding tariff information (BTI) beforehand.



  • Your application must relate to an actual intended activity in connection with the international movement of goods.
  • You prove this by specifying in the application whether the BTI is to be used for an import of goods, export of goods or a special procedure (for example, customs warehouse).


You can usually obtain a binding tariff information electronically. To request a binding tariff information:

  • Access the Customs Citizen and Business Customer Portal.
  • If you do not already have a user account, follow the instructions to create a citizen, user or business customer account. After reviewing and approving your information, you will be able to use your account.
  • Complete the online application for a binding tariff information, add attachments if necessary, and submit the application.
  • You will receive a confirmation of receipt with a transaction number and an application accompanying document.
  • You can use the application accompanying document to send samples or specimens of the goods to be examined to the main customs office in Hanover. Please note the instructions of the customs office in which cases samples or specimens are necessary.
  • After your application has been processed, you will receive a notification in your electronic mailbox at the Citizens and Business Customer Portal of Customs.
  • Please check your email regularly. An email will notify you when messages are received in your electronic mailbox.

To view previously issued tariff decisions:

  • Access the European Commission's European Binding Tariff Information (BTI) database.
  • Start a query by entering a specific country, BTI number, validity date, keyword, nomenclature code or description of goods.

A written request (customs form 0307) is only possible if the computer systems in your company or at the main customs office in Hanover are down.

Special notes

If you only need non-binding tariff information, you can contact the Central Information Office of Customs.


Valid from the effectiveness of the decision.

Processing time

Since all countries in the European Union must make uniform decisions on tariff classifications, disputed issues are discussed within the European Commission. The processing time is delayed in such cases. (2 bis 4 Monate)

Required documents

  • Required Documents

    • Online application for binding tariff information
    • If necessary, you must
      • illustrations, data sheets or descriptions of goods in electronic form and
      • samples or specimens of the goods to be examined.


Online procedures

  • Bürger- und Geschäftskundenportal des Zolls

    Das Bürger- und Geschäftskundenportal des Zolls bietet Ihnen die Möglichkeit, Anträge elektronisch zu stellen.

  • Europäische Verbindliche Zolltarifauskünfte (EvZTA)

    Die Internetseite der Europäischen Kommission bietet Zugang zu den gültigen, verbindlichen Zolltarifauskünften (vZTA) aus allen Mitgliedstaaten der EU. Starten Sie, indem Sie ein Land, eine vZTA-Nummer, das Gültigkeitsdatum, ein Stichwort, einen Nomenklatur-Code oder eine Warenbeschreibung suchen.


  • Gebühr: keine


  • Appeal
  • Detailed information on how to file an appeal can be found in the appeal instructions of your BTI decision.
  • Action before the Tax Court


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