FAQ

 

Questions & Answers for Customs Clearance

1. When do I have to electronically register the goods with the customs for export?
  • For consignments with a value of up to € 1,000, you do not have to submit an export declaration; a submission of the commercial invoice to the border customs office is sufficient.
  • The consignments with a merchandise value of more than 1,000 euros and 1,000 kg must be electronically registered by customs at the ATLAS system. Approved goods must be registered electronically even if the value of the goods is lower.
2. What information do I need for the export declaration?
  • In order to submit your customs declaration online, you must register with customs (registration is free). To do this, you must complete an EORI application (form 0870), sign it and send it by e-mail (PDF document), in writing or by FAX to General Director of Customs -DO Dresden-Master Data Management. You will shortly receive a letter from Customs with an EORI number (number to identify traders)
  • As the consignee, you must be an EU resident.
3. Important information for the export declaration:
  • Commercial Invoice (name and address of the seller and buyer)
  • Exact German Goods
  • Customs Tariff Numbers (8 digits)
  • Country of Origin of the Goods
  • Weights (Gross & Net)
  • Number of Packages
  • Delivery Condition (Incoterms® 2010)
  • Value of Goods
  • Date of Issue

After the purchase is completed, the importer will receive an invoice and a transport document by the seller or shipper sent.

In general, the importer is informed by the carrier of the arrival of the shipment.

The declaration is made electronically via the ATLAS system by a notifier to a Brokers or forwarding.

1. Important information for Import Declaration:
  • Commercial Invoice (name and address of the seller and buyer)
  • Direct Transport Certificate (Bill of Lading, CMR, air waybill)
  • Packing List
  • Exact German Goods
  • Customs Tariff Number (11 digits)
  • Country of Origin of the Goods
  • Weights (Gross & Net)
  • Number of Packages
  • Delivery Condition (Incoterms® 2010)
  • Value of Goods
  • Date of Issue

In addition to customs control of imported goods, there are numerous other authorities involved in the import control.

  • The veterinary and import office controls the importation and transit of all consignments of products of animal origin - food and non-food.
  • Phytosanitary Department controls the plants and plant products for the purpose of preventing the spread of dangerous plant pests.
  • BAFA (Federal Office of Economics and Export Control) monitors, if required by the ECA, a permissible import volume of the goods.
  • Federal Agency for Agriculture and Food issues the import licenses, ensures compliance with the legal regulations in the field of fisheries, carries out special conformity checks on fruit and vegetables, etc.

The storage of the shipment is usually free of charge only up to three days. Thus, any delay in customs clearance can be really expensive. In addition, Customs or any other authority may require a product inspection.

Call us, we will advise you.

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