Import of goods; customs declaration

If you are importing goods into Germany from outside the EU, you can submit the customs declaration via the Internet.

Description

Goods that you import from a non-EU country must be cleared through customs. By doing so, you release the goods for free circulation. This means that you can then freely dispose of them.

You have the option of using the Internet customs declaration (IZA). You can only use the IZA if the goods are to remain permanently in the EU. You cannot use it for other customs procedures, such as customs warehousing or processing.

For the import declaration, you must provide the following information, among other things:

  • Consignor of the goods
  • Consignee
  • Terms of delivery
  • Place of delivery
  • Means of transport
  • Description of the goods

Prerequisites

You want to permanently import goods from outside the European Union into Germany or release them for free circulation.

Procedure

To declare goods for import online, proceed as follows:

  • Visit the Internet customs declaration import website and select "Internet customs declaration import form".
  • Fill out the form completely in your internet browser. Submit it.
  • Once completed, print the form twice and sign both versions.
  • Send the two printed copies by mail, fax or e-mail to your responsible customs office or hand them in personally. The customs office where the goods are located is responsible.
  • You will then be issued with a customs notification. Alternatively, this can also be sent by mail.

Deadlines

  • Declaration to customs: 90 days from the date of crossing the border of the goods.
  • Submission of the 2 printed copies of the form: 30 days from the date of use of the Internet customs declaration.

Processing time

After completing your internet customs declaration, you will usually receive a customs notice within one day to 4 weeks.

Required documents

  • Required Documents

    If the value of the goods exceeds EUR 20,000, a written customs declaration (D.V.1) must be submitted. In addition, you should have the commercial invoice belonging to the goods or any existing preferential proofs ready.
    If the goods are subject to restrictions, you must present the relevant documents.

Online procedures

  • Internetzollanmeldung

    On the following pages, the customs administration offers you the possibility to create an Internet customs declaration (IZA) and submit it online. The only requirement for creating the declaration is a standard browser. JavaScript is recommended

Fees

  • There are no costs for you for using the Internet customs declaration. Irrespective of this, you may have to pay duties (e.g. customs duty, import VAT, excise duty) upon import, depending on the goods.

Remedy

  • Appeal
    Detailed information on how to file an appeal can be found in the customs notice.
  • fiscal court action

Status: 09.02.2022

Responsible for editing: Bundesministerium der Finanzen

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