Foreign trade-Customs and customs documents
If you are in the import business or export business, you must comply with a number of customs regulations.
Here you will find information about formalities related to this subject:
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.
IT procedures of the customs administration; registration
The IT procedures ATLAS and AES are used for electronic customs clearance. In order to be able to electronically declare and process your excisable consignments under duty suspension, you must participate in EMCS.
Tax liability; application to customs administration for remission or refund in equity
Under certain circumstances, the customs administration can waive or refund claims arising from the tax debt relationship in full or in part.
Customs; declaration of postal or courier consignments up to EUR 150.00
If you wish to declare goods in consignments of up to EUR 150.00 in Germany, you can use a simplified electronic customs declaration.
Customs; declaration of goods in case of transport for NATO or partner forces
If you are transporting goods for NATO or partner forces, these can be imported into Germany duty-free under certain conditions. However, the goods must be declared to customs.
Customs; application for the granting of the status of authorized exhibitor
In some cases you have to prove the Union status of goods. By granting the status of "approved exhibitor", you can simplify the proof procedure vis-à-vis the customs authorities.
Customs; application for use of an electronic transport document as a transit declaration for air or maritime transport
As an airline or shipping company you can apply for a simplification in the transit procedure. With this simplification it is possible to use an electronic transport document as a transit declaration in the Union transit procedure.
Customs; request for 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.
Customs; receipt of information on detained goods as as a person involved
If your goods are stopped on suspicion of counterfeiting, Customs will inform you of the next steps.
Customs; receipt of information on detained goods as rights holder
If goods are stopped by customs on suspicion of counterfeiting, you will be informed of this as the rights holder.
Customs; information on importing goods from EU countries
You can bring goods from any EU country to Germany. However, there are guideline quantities for certain goods.
Customs; online declaration of the dispatch of commercial goods via the Union transit procedure
If you conduct customs-relevant trade in the EU and want to use the Union transit procedure, you must participate in the automated customs clearance system ATLAS and declare your goods shipment to customs. You can use a customs internet platform for this purpose.
Customs; online export declaration
If you are exporting goods from Germany to a country outside the European Union (third country), you can make the customs declaration via the Internet under certain conditions.
Customs; status information on transit operations under the Union transit procedure
With the customs Internet status information service, you can call up online information on consignments of goods that you have posted under the EU-wide Union transit procedure.
Customs duties; application for end-use authorization
If you declare non-Union goods for the end-use procedure, you can benefit from reduced rates of duty.
Customs duties; application for the granting of a comprehensive security
If you import goods into the customs territory of the European Union and/or handle them there, you can apply for a comprehensive guarantee under certain conditions. The amount may be reduced or waived as appropriate.
Customs information; receipt
If you have general questions about all areas of customs and excise law, motor vehicle tax and financial control of undeclared work or questions about online customs applications, you can obtain information from the central information desk of the customs administration.
Official acts subject to customs costs; application
If you take advantage of special official actions from the customs administration, you may incur fees and expenses for them, which you must pay.
Customs warehouse; application for permission to operate
If you want to operate a bonded warehouse, you must submit an application.