Letter mail
Prohibited articles list
Additional requests
Weight / size limit admitted:
üPostcard – maximum weight 20g.  maximum size - 240X340mmmaximum thickness – 5mm
üLetter – maxsimum weight 250gmaximum size - 240X340mmmaximum thickness: 5mm.
üSmall packets – maxsimum weight 2kgmaximum size - 240X340mmmaximum thickness: 50mm.
üM bag – maxsimum weight 30kg. maximum height - 80cmmaximum circumference -120cm.
Insured* letters admitted – no;
Maximum insured value – 
On-line tracking provided – yes;
Payments for inbound items in case, when content is a goods:
ü Customs clearance fee - 6 euro;
ü Items containing goods are subject to VAT. The exception is a gift sent between individuals, the value of which does not exceed 45 euros;
Numbers of customs declarations required for inbound letter – 1;
Languages in which customs declarations must be completed – German, English, French;
Delivery charge for small packets exceeding 500 g 
Period of retention for letters – 7 days;
Web site address of postal administration –
*Insured Parcel–Type of Registered Parcel,  which is insured at cost declared by the sender. Insured value should not be more than the actual cost of the package content and should not exceed 10 000 GEL.


**Custom declaration for letter post is required only in case, when content is a goods.

Weight / size limit admitted:
ü Max weight – 20 kg
ü Max size - 1,05m X 1,05m X 1,05m (or 2m length & greatest circumference);
Insured* parcels admitted – yes;
Maximum insured value - 400 SDR**;
On-line tracking provided – yes;
Numbers of customs declarations required for inbound parcels – 1;
Languages in which customs declarations must be completed – French, English, German;
Payments for inbound parcels:
ü Customs clearance fee - 6 euro;
ü Items containing goods are subject to VAT. The exception is a gift sent between individuals, the value of which does not exceed 45 euros;
To customers’ address:
ü Free – yes;
ü Paid service – yes;
Period of retention for parcels:
ü Min – 2 weeks;
ü Max – 2 weeks;
Web site address of postal administration
*Insured Parcel–Type of Registered Parcel,  which is insured at cost declared by the sender. Insured value should not be more than the actual cost of the package content and should not exceed 10 000 GEL.
**SDR–Monetary unit (Special Drawing Rights) created by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) - The value of the SDR in terms of the US dollar is determined daily based on exchange rates quoted at noon each day in the London market and posted on the IMF’s 
Weight / size limit admitted:
ü Max weight – 20 kg
ü Max size - 1,05m X 1,05m X 1,05m (or 2m length & greatest circumference);
Maximum insured value:
 for documents: 4000 GEL
 for merchandise: 10 000 GEL
Numbers of customs declarations required for inbound EMS – 3;
Languages in which customs declarations must be completed – English;
Payments for inbound parcels:
ü Customs clearance fee - 
ü Items containing goods are subject to VAT. The exception is a gift sent between individuals, the value of which does not exceed 45 euros;
How many attempts at delivery are made: 2
Period of retention for EMS items: 14 days;
Coverage: entire territory
Days of the week on which EMS items are delivered: 1/2/3/4/5/6
EMS item delivery to P.O. Box: No
National holidays on which EMS items are not delivered: 1,6 January, 19,21,22 April, 1,30 May, 9,10,20 June, 15 August, 3,31 October, 1,20 November, 25,26 December
Web site address of postal administration –
*SDR–Monetary unit (Special Drawing Rights) created by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) - The value of the SDR in terms of the US dollar is determined daily based on exchange rates quoted at noon each day in the London market and posted on the IMF’s 
The amount of insurance paid by the customer should not exceed the actual value of the contents of the parcel

Definition of Terms



·        Prohibited items – items whose import into the country is prohibited.    

·        Items admitted conditionally – items whose importation into the country is allowed with the term if a document issued by the relevant authorities of the exporting country is presented.    

·        Items admitted without conditions – items whose import into the country is allowed.    


Detailed information on the HS codes and their titles can be found on the Revenue Service web-page ( or at the following address:


For easy search for a desired item, you can use the “ctrl+F” combination. A search field will appear in the right upper corner where you can write the title of the item. Pressing the “Enter” button will highlight the search word provided by you throughout the text in a different color.


The below information is based upon the official source of Germany 




Part I:

List of articles prohibited as imports (or in transit) or admitted conditionally



Section I                       Live animals; animal products


Chapter 1                       Live animals

Heading               HS Code        Prohibited articles

01.01-01.06                    All live animals, except bees, leeches, silkworms, parasites and destroyers of noxious insects

intended for the control of those insects and exchanged between officially recognized institutions, flies of the family Drosophilidae for biomedical research exchanged between officially recognized institutions.

 Articles admitted conditionally

01.06              0106.90    Bees, leeches silkworms, parasites and destroyers of noxious insects intended for the control of those insects and exchanged between officially recognized institutions, flies of the family Drosophilidae for biomedical research exchanged between officially recognized institutions. See Part II, § 1.



Chapter 2                       Meat and edible meat offal

Heading               HS Code        Articles admitted conditionally

02.01-02.07                    Meat, poultry. See Part II, § 1.

 Prohibited articles

02.08             0208.90    Flesh of dogs, cats, foxes, badgers and monkeys.

 Articles admitted conditionally

02.08-02.10                    Meat. See Part II, § 1.



Chapter 3                       Fish and crustaceans, molluscs another aquatic invertebrates

Heading               HS Code        Articles admitted conditionally

03.01-03.07                    Fish. See Part II, § 1.



Chapter 4                       Dairy produce; birds' eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included

Heading               HS Code        Articles admitted conditionally

04.01-04.06                    Milk, dairy products.


04.07             0407.00    Duck eggs, eggs for hatching.


04.08                              Egg products, processed products. See Part II, § 1.



Chapter 5                       Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included

Heading               HS Code        Articles admitted conditionally

05.02                              Animal bristles and hairs.


05.04                              Stomachs.


05.05                              Untreated feathers and parts of feathers.


05.06                              Bones, parts of bone, bone meal.


05.07                              Ivory, horns, antlers, claws.


05.10                              Glands.


05.11                              Animal sperm.


See Part II, § 1.



Section II                      Vegetable products


Chapter 6                       Live trees anotheplants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers anornamental foliage

Heading               HS Code        Prohibited articles

06.01-06.04                    Live or dead plants conveyed via EMS.






HS Code


 Articles admitted conditionally

Plants, parts of plants. See Part II, § 2.



Certain noxious mushrooms, pathogenic agents, pathogenic microbes of animal diseases. See Part II, § 2.


Chapter 7



Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers


HS Code

 Articles admitted conditionally



Certain plants and parts of plants from non-European countries and Eastern and Southern European countries. See Part II, § 2.


Chapter 8



Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons


HS Code

 Articles admitted conditionally



Parts of plants, vegetable products. See Part II, § 2.


Chapter 9



Coffee, tea, maté and spices


HS Code




Articles admitted unconditionally.


Chapter 10





HS Code

 Articles admitted conditionally



Plants, parts of plants, vegetable products, seeds. See Part II, § 2.


Chapter 11



Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten


HS Code

 Articles admitted conditionally



Cereal grains. See Part II, § 2.


Chapter 12



Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruit; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder

Heading         HS Code              Articles admitted conditionally

12.01-12.14                    Plants, parts of plants, vegetable products, seeds, slips.


1213.00    Straw.


1214.90    Roughage.


See Part II, § 2.



Chapter 13                     Lac; gums, resins anothevegetable saps and extracts

Heading               HS Code        Prohibited articles

13.01-13.02   1301.90    Cannabis resin.


1302.11    Opium.

 Articles admitted conditionally

Plant products. See Part II, § 2.



Chapter 14                     Vegetable plaiting materialsvegetable products not elsewhere specified or included

Heading               HS Code        Articles admitted conditionally

14.01-14.04                    Parts of plants, plant products. See Part II, § 2.



Section III                     Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products; prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes


Chapter 15                     Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products; prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes

Heading               HS Code        Articles admitted conditionally

15.01-15.22                    Animal and vegetable products. See Part II, § 1 and 2.



Section IV                     Prepared foodstuffs; beverages, spirits and vinegar; tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes


Chapter 16                     Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs oother aquatic invertebrates

Heading               HS Code        Prohibited articles

16.01-16.05                    Preparations of any kind containing methyl alcohol.

16.01-16.02   1601.10    Meat prepared from horses and other solipeds, except from their small intestines.


 Articles admitted conditionally

16.01-16.05                    See Part II, § 1.



Chapter 17                     Sugars and sugar confectionery


Heading               HS Code


17.01-17.04                    Articles admitted unconditionally.



Chapter 18                     Cocoa and cocoa preparations

Heading               HS Code        Articles admitted conditionally

18.05-18.06                    Cocoa preparations. See Part II, § 2.


Chapter 19                     Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; pastrycooks' products

Heading               HS Code        Articles admitted conditionally

19.01                              Various food preparations.


19.02             1902.11    Pasta products containing eggs.


1902.30    Other pasta.


See Part II, § 4.



Chapter 20                     Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants


Heading               HS Code


20.01-20.09                    Articles admitted unconditionally.



Chapter 21                     Miscellaneous edible preparations

Heading               HS Code        Articles admitted conditionally

21.01             2101.11    Coffee preparations.


21.05             2105.00    Ice-cream and semi-finished products thereof the production of which requires eggs.

See Part II, § 4.

21.06             2106.90    Preparations for the production of beer. See Part II, § 2.


Chapter 22                     Beverages, spirits anvinegar

Heading               HS Code        Articles admitted conditionally

22.03             2203.00    Beer produced with a malt base. See Part II, § 2.

 Prohibited articles


22.07-22.08                      Absinth and similar products as well as the raw materials intended for the manufacture of such beverages (essences and extracts), liquids with an alcohol content of 82˚ and above.

 Articles admitted conditionally

22.04-22.06                    Wine, dessert wine, sparkling wine, beverages containing wine, spirits. See Part II, § 6 and 7.



Chapter 23                     Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal fodder

Heading               HS Code        Articles admitted conditionally

23.01-23.09                    Fodder. See Part II, § 5.



Chapter 24                     Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes

Heading               HS Code        Articles admitted conditionally

24.01                              Raw tobacco.


24.02                              Cigarettes, cigars, other tobacco products.


24.03             2403.10    Smoking tobacco. See Part II, § 8.



Section V                      Mineral products


Chapter 25                     Salt; sulphur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement

Heading               HS Code        Prohibited articles

25.05-25.08                    Earth from non-European countries and containing parts of plants or humus, except for peat.

 Articles admitted conditionally

25.01             2501.00    Salt nitrite, iodized table salt. See Part II, § 10.



Chapter 26                     Ores, slag and ash

Heading               HS Code        Prohibited articles

26.12             2612.10    Uranium ores.

2612.20    Thorium ores.


See chapter 28, heading 28.44.



Chapter 27                     Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes

Heading               HS Code        Articles admitted conditionally

27.10             2710.91    Used oil.



See Part II, § 9.



Section VI                     Products of the chemical or allied industries


Chapter 28                     Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals, of radioactive elements or of isotopes

Heading         HS Code              Prohibited articles

28.01-28.53                    Gas or inflammable gaseous compounds; gases which are readily inflammable on contact with water.


Spontaneously inflammable materials, such as materials with a flash-point below 21°C. Poisonous substances.

Considered to be poisonous substances are those which, under existing legislation and decrees, must be marked as such.


Corrosive substances.


Acids, bases, lachrymogenic products and metal salts and corrosives as well as slightly volatile sulphur compounds.


2804.70    White or yellow phosphorus.


28.44-28.45                      Radioactive substances, which under the internal anti-radiation legislation (Strahlenschutz- verordnung) of the Federal Republic of Germany require a special transport licence. For their dispatch by air, the current IATA provisions must also be observed.

 Articles admitted conditionally

Plant health products. See Part II, § 2.



Chapter 29





HS Code


Organic chemicals

 Prohibited articles



DDT and products to which DDT has been added.



Liquids with an alcohol content of 82% and above.






 Articles admitted conditionally



Plant health products. See Part II, § 2.


Chapter 30



Pharmaceutical products


HS Code

 Prohibited articles



Preparations of any kind containing methyl alcohol. Parts of ungulate animals not for human consumption. Anaesthetics.



Certain noxious viruses.



 Articles admitted conditionally



Vaccines containing pathogenic microbes of animal diseases; medicaments which must be approved and registered; prepared medicines, test sera, test antigens, surgical suture material.



Vaccines and medicines for animals.



Sterile suture materials.



See Part II, § 11.


Chapter 31





HS Code

 Articles admitted conditionally



Animal fertilizer. See Part II, § 1.


Chapter 32



Tanning or dyeing extracts; tannins and their derivatives; dyes, pigments and other colouring matter; paints and varnishes; putty and other mastics; inks


HS Code




Articles admitted unconditionally.


Chapter 33



Essential oils and resinoidsperfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations


HS Code

 Articles admitted conditionally



Cosmetic products, cleaning and maintenance products. See Part II, § 1.


Chapter 34



Soap, organic surface-active agents, washing preparations, lubricating preparations, artificialwaxes, prepared waxes, polishing or scouring preparations, candles and similar articles, modelling pastes, "dental waxes" andental preparations with a basis oplaster


HS Code

 Articles admitted conditionally



Cosmetic products, articles of common use like these, cleaning and maintenance products. See Part II, § 1.


Chapter 35



Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes


HS Code

 Articles admitted conditionally



Rennet substitutes. See Part II, § 1.


Chapter 36



Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations


HS Code

 Prohibited articles



Spontaneously inflammable materials, readily inflammable materials, such as materials with a flash- point below 21˚C, liquids with an alcohol content of 82% or above; explosive and inflammable materials and articles loaded with explosive materials.



Propellant powders.



Prepared explosives other than propellant powders.



3603.00    Igniting devices of any kind.


3604.10    Firework components of any kind.


3605.00    Matches manufactured using white or yellow phosphorus.



Chapter 37                     Photographic or cinematographic goods

Heading               HS Code        Prohibited articles

37.04              3704.00    Photographic plates, negatives, etc which can be used to counterfeit coins and documents and to produce printed papers and reproductions resembling bank notes.


37.06                              See prohibited articles in chapter 49.



Chapter 38                     Miscellaneous chemical products


Heading               HS Code


38.01-38.25                    Articles admitted unconditionally.



Section VII                    Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof


Chapter 39                     Plastics and articles thereof


Heading               HS Code


39.01-39.26                    Articles admitted unconditionally.



Chapter 40                     Rubber and articles thereof


Heading               HS Code


40.01-40.17                    Articles admitted unconditionally.



Section VIII                   Raw hides and skins, leather, furskins and articles thereof; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silk-worm gut)


Chapter 41                     Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather

Heading               HS Code        Articles admitted conditionally

41.01-41.03                   Animal skins and furs. See Part II, § 1.



Chapter 42                     Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers;

articles of animal gut (other than silk worm gut)

Heading               HS Code        Articles admitted conditionally

42.02-42.03                    Made with animal skins and furs. See Part II, § 1.



Chapter 43                     Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof

Heading               HS Code        Articles admitted conditionally

43.01-43.03                   Animal skins and furs. See Part II, § 1.



Section IX                     Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal; cork and articles of cork; manufactures of strawof esparto oootheplaiting materials; basketware andwickerwork


Chapter 44                     Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal

Heading               HS Code        Prohibited articles

44.01                              Dry vine wood.


44.04             4404.10    Used vine poles.



44.21             4421.90    Used hives without bees.



Chapter 45                     Cork and articles of cork


Heading               HS Code


45.01-45.04                    Articles admitted unconditionally.



Chapter 46                     Manufactures of strawof esparto oof other plaiting materials; basketware anwickerwork

Heading               HS Code        Prohibited articles

46.02             4602.19    Used hives without bees.



Section X                      Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulose material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard;

paper and paperboard and articles thereof


Chapter 47                     Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulose material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard


Heading               HS Code


47.01-47.07                    Articles admitted unconditionally.



Chapter 48                     Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard

Heading               HS Code        Articles admitted conditionally

48.02                              Paper for the manufacture of debt acknowledgements. See Part II, § 12.


4802.56    Paper for the manufacture of bank notes.


48.13                              Cigarette paper, tubes of cigarette paper. See Part II, § 8.



Chapter 49                     Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts anplans

Heading               HS Code        Prohibited articles

49.01-49.11                    Printed papers and reproductions resembling bank notes.


Articles contrary to the Constitution, means of propaganda and sabotage.


Publications, sound or visual media, illustrations or representations which incite to wars of aggression, means of propaganda contrary to the Constitution, badges of organizations contrary to the Constitution, defamation of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, of the State and its symbols and of the constitutional bodies, propaganda intended to cause unrest in the Bundeswehr (Federal army).


Glorification of violence, incitement to racial hatred, endangering of young people.


Publications, sound or visual media, etc, which describe violence against human beings in a cruel and inhuman manner and which thereby glorify or underrate such violence or which incite to racial hatred, insofar as they are intended not only for the personal use of the addressee, or for retail or mail order sale; other publications which are obviously likely seriously to endanger the morals of children and minors or which have been placed on the list of publications which are a moral danger to young people, by retail or mail order sale.


Pornographic publications, sound and visual media, etc, insofar as they violate criminal provisions and are intended not only for the personal use of the addressee, or for retail or mail order sale.


Items bearing political or religious inscriptions on the address side.

 Articles admitted conditionally

49.07             4907.00    Means of payment, securities. See Part II, § 15.



Section XI                     Textiles and textile articles


Chapter 50                     Silk


Heading               HS Code


50.01-50.07                    Articles admitted unconditionally.



Chapter 51





HS Code


Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric

 Articles admitted conditionally



Wool, hair. See Part II, § 1.


Chapitre 52





HS Code




Articles admitted unconditionally.


Chapter 53



Other vegetable textile fibres; paper yarn and woven fabrics of paper yarn


HS Code




Articles admitted unconditionally.


Chapter 54



Man-made filaments; strip and the like of man-made textile materials


HS Code




Articles admitted unconditionally.


Chapter 55



Man-made staple fibres


HS Code




Articles admitted unconditionally.


Chapter 56



Wadding, felt and non-wovens; special yarns; twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof


HS Code




Articles admitted unconditionally.


Chapter 57



Carpets another textile floor coverings


HS Code




Articles admitted unconditionally.


Chapter 58



Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace; tapestries; trimmings; embroidery


HS Code




Articles admitted unconditionally.


Chapter 59



Impregnated, coated, covered or laminatetextile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use


HS Code




Articles admitted unconditionally.


Chapter 60



Knitted or crocheted fabrics


HS Code




Articles admitted unconditionally.


Chapter 61



Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted


HS Code




Articles admitted unconditionally.


Chapter 62



Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted


HS Code




Articles admitted unconditionally.



Chapter 63                     Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing anworn textile articles; rags


Heading               HS Code


63.01-63.10                    Articles admitted unconditionally.



Section XII                    Footwear, headgear, umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking-sticks, seat-sticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof; prepared feathers and articles made therewith; artificial flowers; articles of human hair


Chapter 64                     Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles


Heading               HS Code


64.01-64.06                    Articles admitted unconditionally.



Chapter 65                     Headgear anparts thereof


Heading               HS Code


65.01-65.07                    Articles admitted unconditionally.



Chapter 66                     Umbrellas, suumbrellas, walking-sticks, seat-sticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof


Heading               HS Code


66.01-66.03                    Articles admitted unconditionally.



Chapter 67                     Prepared feathers andown and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers;

articles ohuman hair


Heading               HS Code


67.01-67.04                    Articles admitted unconditionally.



Section XIII                   Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials; ceramic products; glass and glassware


Chapter 68                     Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials


Heading               HS Code


68.01-68.15                    Articles admitted unconditionally.



Chapter 69                     Ceramic products


Heading               HS Code


69.01-69.14                    Articles admitted unconditionally.



Chapter 70                     Glass anglassware


Heading               HS Code


70.01-70.20                    Articles admitted unconditionally.



Section XIV                   Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones, precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewellery; coin


Chapter 71                     Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones, precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewellery; coin

Heading               HS Code        Prohibited articles

71.18             7118.10


Coins, medals. Coins withdrawn from circulation or which have become valueless as a means of payment or which were counterfeited or faked in 1850 or later. Medals counterfeited or faked in 1850 or later.



Section XV


Base metals and articles obase metal


Chapter 72



Iron and steel


HS Code




Articles admitted unconditionally.


Chapter 73



Articles of iroor steel


HS Code




Articles admitted unconditionally.


Chapter 74



Copper and articles thereof


HS Code




Articles admitted unconditionally.


Chapter 75



Nickel and articles thereof


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Articles admitted unconditionally.


Chapter 76



Aluminium and articles thereof


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 Prohibited articles



Aluminium powder or dust.





Chapter 77



(Reserved for possible future use in the Harmonized system)


Chapter 78



Lead and articles thereof


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Articles admitted unconditionally.


Chapter 79



Zinc and articles thereof


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 Prohibited articles



Zinc powder or dust.





Chapter 80



Tin and articles thereof


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Articles admitted unconditionally.


Chapter 81



Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof


HS Code

 Prohibited articles



Magnesium powder or dust.


Chapter 82



Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal


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Articles admitted unconditionally.


Chapter 83



Miscellaneous articles obase metal


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Articles admitted unconditionally.



Section XVI                   Machinery and mechanical appliances; electrical equipment; parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders andreproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles


Chapter 84                     Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof

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84.42               8442.50    Plates, moulds, blocks or negatives which can be used to counterfeit coins and documents and to produce printed papers and reproductions resembling bank notes.



Chapter 85                     Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, andparts and accessories of such articles

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   85.06               8506.50    Cells and batteries; primary, lithium

85.23                              See prohibited articles in chapter 49.


85.27             8527.19    Listening devices, mini-spies.



Section XVII                  Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment


Chapter 86                     Railway or tramway locomotives, rolling-stock and parts thereof; railway or tramway track fixtures and fittings anparts thereof; mechanical (includingelectro-mechanical) traffic signalling equipment of all kinds


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86.01-86.09                    Articles admitted unconditionally.



Chapter 87                     Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling-stock, anparts and accessories thereof


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87.01-87.16                    Articles admitted unconditionally.



Chapter 88                     Aircraft, spacecraft, anparts thereof


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88.01-88.05                    Articles admitted unconditionally.



Chapter 89                     Ships, boats and floating structures


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89.01-89.08                    Articles admitted unconditionally.



Section XVIII                 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; clocks anwatches; musical instruments; parts and accessories thereof


Chapter 90                     Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof


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90.01-90.33                    Articles admitted unconditionally.



Chapter 91                     Clocks anwatches anparts thereof


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91.01-91.14                    Articles admitted unconditionally.



Chapter 92                     Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles


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92.01-92.09                    Articles admitted unconditionally.




Section XIX                   Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof


Chapter 93                     Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof

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93.01-93.07                      Firearms or similar items; small arms, automatic-loading firearms, firing devices, sharp or thrusting weapons; essential parts of firearms; warning weapons andweapons containing irritants, infra-red sighting units, flick knives, knives with retractable blades; steel rods, coshes or knuckle-dusters; ammunition, projectiles containing narcotics or tear gases and irritants.

 Articles admitted conditionally

Arms, ammunition. See Part II, § 14.



Section XX                    Miscellaneous manufactured articles


Chapter 94                     Furniture; bedding, mattresses, mattress supports, cushions and similar stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings, not elsewhere specified or included;illuminated signs, illuminated name-plates and the like; prefabricated buildings


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94.01-94.06                    Articles admitted unconditionally.



Chapter 95                     Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof

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95.03                              Toy weapons the importation of which is excluded under arms legislation.


95.04             9504.10    Video games.


See prohibited articles in chapter 49.

 Articles admitted conditionally

95.05                              Toys, practical jokes. See Part II, § 4.



Chapitre 96                    Miscellaneous manufactured articles


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96.01-96.18                    Articles admitted unconditionally.



Section XXI                   Works of art, collectors' pieces and antiques


Chapter 97                     Works of art, collectors' pieces and antiques

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97.01-97.04                    See prohibited articles in chapter 49. Coins, medals. See prohibited articles in chapter 71.



Part II:

Conditions of admission of articles imported or in transit


1. Animals, parts of animals, merchandise (including foodstuffs) of animal origin


General rule


The importation of animals (live or dead) and of merchandise of animal origin (in particular meat, poultry, fish and other foodstuffs of animal origin) from third countries is subject to many provisions of national and European Union legislation which are subject to amendment. Senders are therefore advised to check the relevant particulars with the authority competent for the residence of the addressee before dispatching such goods.


It is in general forbidden to import meat which is only appropriate for consumption in a limited fashion or which is harmful to health. Certain additives and colourings may also restrict consumption.


Incubated duck eggs intended for human consumption must bear the prescribed markings. Animal wool, hair and bristles must in principle be dry and securely packed.


For the rest, the provisions in force must be observed.


The importation of products from third countries is subject to official control.


Relevant items must in principle be accompanied by the necessary documents (veterinary certificates, other health certificates, etc). These are subject to a documentary and identity check on importation and, in most cases, to examination by the border control (namely a "border veterinary service") assigned to specific Customs offices.




It is permitted to import by post the following items, addressed to individuals, for non-commercial purposes:


–   1 kg of meat or meat preparation from a third country or from certain parts of third countries as specified in a European

Union decision which has been published in the Federal bulletin of legal notices;


–   other foodstuffs contained in private gift items and for personal use or consumption by the addressee;


–   untreated hunting trophies from European countries.


Special provisions


Certain animals and plants are subject to the protection of species provisions of the Washington Convention and under European Union regulations. These provisions also concern dead animals as well as plants, and parts and products of such animals.


In this connection importation of these products under any customs system – including border-to-border transit where the load remains intact – is permitted subject to the following provisions:


–   importation through the relevant customs office;


–   presentation of the following documents:


–   import or transit authorization;


–   export permission from the country of origin.


In accordance with European Union (EU) regulations in effect since 1 January 2003, the importation of meat and meat products (except venison), poultry meat and poultry meat products as well as milk and milk products from non-EU countries, sent in postal items to private individuals in Germany, is subject to the same veterinary requirements as commercial imports. These items must therefore be accompanied by health certificates required under Community law.


In accordance with European Union (EU) regulations in force since 1 January 2003, the importation of meat and meat products (apart from game), poultry meat and poultry meat products as well as milk and milk products from non-EU countries, sent by post to private individuals in Germany, is subject to the same veterinary requirements as commercial imports. Items containing such products must therefore be accompanied by the health certificates required under EU law. Small quantities of toffees, chocolate and biscuits may be imported without a certificate.


Furthermore, as a result of avian flu, with immediate effect, no poultry or other birds or feathers, untreated hunting trophies or other bird products from the following countries may be imported into Germany through the post: Cambodia, China (People's Rep.), Dem People's Rep. of Korea, Hong Kong, China, Croatia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Lao People's Dem. Rep., Malaysia, Pakistan, Romania, Russian Federation, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine and Viet Nam.


In addition, the importation of untreated feathers and untreated parts of feathers from the following countries is prohibited: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran (Islamic Rep.), Iraq and Syrian Arab Rep.


It is stipulated that the importation of untreated feathers or parts of feathers from non-EU countries is prohibited until 31 July

2006. Where treated feathers or parts of feathers are dispatched for commercial purposes, the accompanying commercial document must specify that the feathers or parts of feathers have been treated with a steam current or by some other method ensuring that no pathogens remain. These regulations apply to letter-post items, postal parcels and EMS items.



The regulations relating both to importation of meat and meat products, poultry and poultry meat products, and milk and milk products, and the ban on the importation of poultry and bird products from the countries listed above apply to letter-post items, postal parcels and EMS items.


Items containing goods of this type or not accompanied by the relevant health certificates will be rejected by Customs and returned to sender.



2. Plants, parts of plants, plant products, plant health products


General rule


Plants, parts of plants, vegetable products, seeds, slips and articles which are or can be the bearers of certain harmful organisms may be imported only under specific conditions. Depending on their origin and type, a certificate must be made out and a check made. Relevant information may be obtained from the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forests and the plant health services of the Länder, or the relevant customs services. It should be taken into account, for example, that the following articles must also be examined and accompanied by a certificate: earth containing parts of plants or humus, natural vegetable fertilizers.


Plant health products require authorization. The importation of products intended for the treatment of plants and which are not admitted may be authorized under certain conditions by the Federal Biological Office (Biologische Bundesanstalt).


Importation of roughage and straw is subject to authorization.


Special provisions


The special provisions concerning the protection of species are applied in the same way as those concerning animals.



3. Preparations for the production of beer



It is not permitted to put into circulation preparations of any sort intended for the production of beer or of substances for consumption or brewery substitutes used for the household production of beer; there are also restrictions for malt beer.



4. Other foodstuffs


The provisions in force concerning foodstuffs are to be observed in the case of foodstuffs, products manufactured from tobacco, cosmetic products, articles of common use like these, including toys and practical jokes and cleaning and maintenance products. See § 1 concerning foodstuffs of animal origin.


Rennet substitutes must be declared in advance to the relevant customs authority and require an import certificate.



5. Fodder


It is forbidden to import fodder, additives and pre-mixes which do not meet the provisions concerning fodder.



6. Winedessert wine, sparkling winebeverages containing wine


Wines and beverages containing wine may be imported provided they are in conformity with the provisions of the European

Union and of the producing country. Various additives and methods of treatment are prohibited at national level.



7. Spirits


General rule


Spirits, except rum, arak, cognac and liqueurs, are subject to an import authorization.




Such authorization is not necessary in free exchange at the level of the European Union or ACP States. Under certain conditions, authorization is granted as a general rule (eg for spirits for consumption in a consumable state, whiskywine spirits).



8. Tobacco


Cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos and pipe tobacco, other than non-smoking tobacco and cigarette paper in rolls, may be imported only in small closed packages suitable for sale. The packaging must be duly stamped with fiscal stamps.


Raw tobacco, tobacco substitutes and cigarette paper may be imported, under fiscal control, to addressees authorized to receive supplies of raw tobacco.



9. Mineral oils


For used oil, a declaration in accordance with the law concerning waste is required.



10. Mineral substances


An import certificate is required for salt nitrite, iodized table salt, iodized substitute of kitchen salt and other dietetic foodstuffs to which iodine compounds have been added.



11. Pharmaceutical products


General rule


Medicaments subject to approval or registration must be accompanied by a certificate issued by the competent authority to the effect that the necessary conditions have been complied with.


Prepared medicaments, test sera, test antigens and surgical suture material may be imported for commercial and professional purposes for distribution to third parties only with the authorization of the relevant authority.


Authorization issued by a veterinarian is required for vaccines containing pathogenic agents of animal diseases.



12. Books, brochures, newspapers, printed matter, paper


Paper similar to that used for the manufacture of German bank notes or debt acknowledgements of the Reich, the Federal Republic or Länder and recognizable on the basis of external features orwhich resembles such paper to such an extent that the difference can only be detected upon attentive examination, may only be imported with permission from the Federal Minister of Finance or the Administration of the Public Debt (Bundesschuldenverwaltung).



13. War material


The importation and transit of weapons of war are subject to authorization.



14. Arms, ammunition


General rule


Except where prohibited, weapons, parts of weapons and projectiles may only be imported with special authorization granted by the competent authorities designated by the governments of theLänder or the Federal government.




Restrictions are partly lifted for participation in events relating to traditional customs or organized by collectors or for shooting as sport. Relevant certificates from the competent authority must be obtained where appropriate.



15. Meanopayment


The importation of foreign and national means of payment in the form of cash, or transferred without funds, and of German and foreign securities is subject to the respective German provisions in force.



16. Rights of protection


Goods bearing any marks, names or addresses or any other signs representing false information as to their geographical origin are confiscated upon importation with a view to removal of the incorrect information.



Part III:

Special provisions, Customs and other


1. Drawinuof customs declarations


Postal items for addressees in the German part of the Union's customs territory and which are subject to customs control must be accompanied by a CN 23 customs declaration attached unsealed,duly completed and written legibly in German, English, French or Italian.


A form based on the CN 23 model must be used for the customs declaration; otherwise it must contain the following information: the addressee's name and address, the category of item, an exact description of all parts of the contents and their goods number under the Harmonized System, the value of the goods indicating the currency, the weight of the item, the country of origin of the goods, the place and date of the completion of the form and the sender's address and signature.


A CN 22 "Customs" label, duly completed and affixed to the front of the item, is required for letter-post items containing goods or for small packets of a value not exceeding 300 Special Drawing Rights (SDR).


If the value of the contents of individual letter-post items, including small packets, as declared by the sender, exceeds 300 SDR or if the sender so desires, a CN 23 customs declaration must be attached to the item and only the top part of the CN 22 "Customs" label affixed to the front of the item.


A CN 22 or CN 23 customs declaration is not required for postal items from Member States of the European Union and containing Community goods. The island of Heligoland (postal code: 27 498) and the region of Busingen (postal code: 78 266) do not belong to the German part of the Union's customs territory and therefore require a customs declaration.



2. Insertion of invoices


All postal items for the Federal Republic of Germany containing goods delivered against payment must be accompanied by an invoice in duplicate. These invoices must be attached, unsealed, to the customs declaration or firmly affixed to the letter-post items.


Invoices are not required for items from the countries of the European Union containing Community goods.



3. Insertion of certificates oorigin, import permits, etc.


Where required, certificates of origin or plant health certificates must be obtained by the consignor and attached unsealed to the customs declaration or affixed firmly to the letter-post items. Importlicences and other import documents (eg import certificates for narcotics or entry declarations) must be supplied by the consignee and submitted by him to the relevant customs service.


As a general rule, certificates and permits are no longer necessary for the importation of Community goods from European

Union countries. Certain prohibitions and restrictions are nonetheless still in force.



4. Customs and other provisions


Import regulations


The German import regulations in force must be observed for all imports. The same applies for items containing means of payment and securities.


Items which do not meet import requirements are not cleared by Customs.


Gift items


Items containing gifts which are sent for commercial reasons or intended for commerce or commercial use are not exempt from duty. Items for which proof can be provided that they contain onlyprivate gifts are exempt from duty under certain conditions. These conditions are indicated in the "Merkblatt über die Einfuhrabgabenfreiheit von Waren in Kleinsendungen nichtkommerzieller Art"(Notice concerning the exemption from import duty for goods in small items not of a commercial nature), published by the customs administration in several languages and distributed free on request by the customs services.


Items from European Union countries containing Community goods are exempt from import duty and are not handled by the customs service.


Under its domestic legislation Germany does not accept postal items, other than insured items, containing money or other valuables such as coins, bank notes, precious stones, jewels or other valuable articles.



5. Provisions concerning the seizure of postal items by the customs authorities as a result of false customs declarations


There are currently no special provisions concerning the sanctioning of offences as a result of false customs declarations concerning postal items. Such offences fall under the general provisions relating to fraudulent importing and exporting.


Letter mail containing goods, as well as parcel and EMS , must be accompanied by customs declaration (CN22 or CN23 form).


To respect the instructions for the completion of CN 22/CN 23 and CP72  customs declaration forms as laid down in the Regulations by completing the form in English, French or German.


The designated operator of GERMANY, Deutsche Post, wishes to remind all designated

operators of UPU member countries that International postal items containing phytosanitary goods (plants or seeds) which

originate from outside the EU and are addressed to Germany must be accompanied

by a health certificate. Plants lacking such a certificate are no longer permitted for

importation into Germany or the other EU countries. Furthermore, every type of seed

needs a phytosanitary certificate for import issued by the country of origin.

Details of phytosanitary goods subject to prohibitions and restrictions into Germany

are to be found in the UPU Customs Declaration System Prohibitions Compendium

(, in accordance with article 19.1.3 of the Convention.

The relevant EU regulations are available on the EU website at



The designated operator of GERMANY, Deutsche Post AG, wishes to inform other Union member countries and their designated operators of the conditions under which items containing goods arriving in Germany from outside the European Union, and which are declared as “gifts” (in the category-of-item field of the CN 22 or CN 23 postal customs declaration and its equivalent on the ITMATT V1 message), can be exempted from import taxes and duties. Only items with a total value of up to 45.00 EUR will be exempt from import taxes and duties if they are declared as “gifts”. All such items must be:

– a C2C (consumer-to-consumer) shipment;

– only sent occasionally and without any commercial background;

– for personal use or consumption by the recipient;

– without any payment involved.

Swap deals (conducted via online swap meets, etc.) or transactions between private persons conducted via online auction platforms cannot be considered exempt from import taxes and duties, even if the sender has indicated “gift” as part of the customs declaration.

In accordance with article 20-001 of the UPU Convention Regulations, “gift” is not an acceptable reason for export for commercial items.

International postal items sent from or to businesses (B2X or X2B) in general cannot be considered as “gifts” either, and will therefore always be subject to taxes and duties.

Items with a total value exceeding EUR 45.00 will always be subject to taxes and/or duties, even if the conditions listed above are all met.

Missed declarations lead to unnecessary delays owing to customs checks, and to possible frustration at the receiver’s end if taxes and duties are charged despite the item being declared as a “gift”.