german Customs Regulations

Germany Customs Information

B?singen and the Isle of Heligoland are treated as being outside of the EU for the Duty Free section. The following goods may be imported into the Federal Republic of Germany without incurring customs duty by visitors arriving from countries outside the EU:

• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 1l of spirits with an alcohol content exceeding 22% by volume or 2l of spirits or liqueurs with an alcohol content not exceeding 22% by volume or 2l of sparkling or liqueur wine.
• 2l of any other wine.
• 50g of perfume or 250ml of eau de toilette.
• 500g of coffee or 200g of coffee extracts.
• Personal goods to the value of ?175.

(a) The tobacco and alcohol allowances are granted only to those over 17 years of age. (b) Wine in excess of the above allowances imported for personal consumption and valued at less than ?128 will be taxed at an overall rate of 16%.

Abolition of duty-free goods within the EU
On 30 June 1999, the sale of duty-free alcohol and tobacco at airports and at sea was abolished in all of the original 15 EU member states. Of the 10 new member states that joined the EU on 1 May 2004 and the two states that joined on 1 January 2007, these rules already apply to Cyprus and Malta. There are transitional rules in place for visitors returning to one of the original 15 EU countries from one of the other new EU countries. But for the original 15, plus Cyprus and Malta, there are no limits imposed on importing tobacco and alcohol products from one EU country to another. Travelers should note that they may be required to prove at customs that the goods purchased are for personal use only. Member states may follow the EU’s guide levels of: 10l of spirits; 20l of fortified wine; 90l of wine; 110l of beer; 800 cigarettes; 400 cigarillos; 200 cigars and 1kg of tobacco.

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