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Travel souvenirs: There are no problems with customs

Only travelers who are at least 17 years old are allowed to bring alcohol and tobacco into the EU.

  • Tobacco: The upper limit to which you don't have to pay taxes is 200 Cigarettes. Instead, you can get 100 Cigarillos, 50 Cigars or 250 grams Smoking tobacco take. Or combine them: for example 100 cigarettes with 25 cigars.
  • Alcohol: A distinction is made here between spirits with an alcohol content of more than 22 percent by volume (1 liter free) or 2 liters Alcohol and alcoholic beverages with a maximum alcohol content of 22 percent by volume. Here, too, you can combine. In addition, you are allowed 4 liters of non-foaming Wines and 16 liters beer take.

The EU has very strict rules against the importation of animal products for private use. You can find them in detail at German customs. One of the reasons for this is the risk of epidemics.

  • There are strict rules, especially for flesh, milk as well as products made from it such as Cheese or sausagesthat come to the EU by private means. You must have such goods checked by veterinarians at special entry points. You also need health certificates and a valid accompanying document.
  • The measures are so complex that you will probably want to do without such souvenirs.
Other goods bought abroad

You discover an MP3 player while on vacation, have you bought a new camera or find a nice watch? You often have to declare such goods on your journey home and pay taxes. Purchases are free

  • up to a value of a total of 300 Euro,
  • for air or sea travelers up to a total value of 430 euros,
  • for travelers under 15 years of age up to a total value of 175 euros.
  • Whether the value limits have been met or exceeded is calculated based on the value of the goods including foreign sales tax.
  • You can store individual items, such as an expensive watch, Not distribute it to several people in your travel group.

Bring amounts of more than 10,000 euros out of or into the EU, you have to declare this in writing to customs beforehand.

The regulation also includes savings bonds, checks and stocks. Precious metals and stones, on the other hand, are treated as goods.

Protected animals and plants

Regardless of whether they are alive, stuffed or processed into goods: Species-protected animals and plants are not allowed to cross the EU border.

This can apply, for example, to skin cream, Asian medicine, animal souvenirs (e.g. fur) and exotic clothing (e.g. fur coats, leather belts and shoes). Cacti, orchids, corals, mussel and snail shells can also be prohibited at customs.

  • "Export certificates" that dealers often offer do not count. Only competent authorities of the holiday country are allowed to official permits exhibit.
  • The customs confiscated corresponding animals, plants and objects and can also be a Fine impose.
  • There is a separate website that provides information about protected species sorted by holiday destination.
Valuable items in luggage

Customs include items of everyday use (e.g. sports equipment, photo equipment or clothing), goods for personal consumption (e.g. shampoo, cream) and gifts as luggage. You are allowed to do these things for private use take with you and bring it back to Germany.

  • However, especially high-quality items can make customs suspicious on the return journey. If you bring expensive photographic equipment, jewelry or sports equipment to Germany, you would then have to prove that you have it in case of doubt not outside the EU bought (for example with receipts).
  • You can avoid misunderstandings by taking care of things before you travel. You can have the so-called "information sheet INF 3" issued at customs before you travel. Bring the goods with you to the customs office. Are also helpful for this photos of jewelry or the serial number of technical devices.
  • If you are traveling by air, do this before checking in your luggage.
  • You should also find out about the applicable Import and export regulations of the holiday country inquire. You can obtain information from the customs authorities of the respective holiday country or the representations of the holiday country in Germany (embassy or consulate).
Counterfeit brands and clothing

You are only allowed to bring counterfeit and counterfeit products across the border for your private use.

  • If customs suspect, for example because of the quantity, that you are going to resell them, there may be problems.
  • However, trademark owners can also ask for counterfeit goods generally intercept. A spokesman for customs told us about it. Then you would be rid of a single T-shirt at the border.