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Customs app for complying with import rules

The Federal Ministry of Finance has released a customs and postal app (Zoll-und-Post-App) as well as a customs and travel app (Zoll-und-Reise-App). The aim is to help you to stay up-to-date despite the many import rules and to ensure that cross-border mail order purchases or returning from a holiday from abroad can proceed without any surprises.

When goods are sent by post from a non-EU country, there are customs rules that have to be complied with and, frequently, import duties that need to be paid. The ‘Zoll-und-Post-App’ calculates the duties you can expect to pay and provides information on the customs rules for a wide range of product categories. In addition, it gives warnings about the risks that could arise from some products. In the ‘questions and answers’ section you can find the answers to the most frequently asked questions. Moreover, an extensive directory provides information on contact possibilities and opening times of the competent customs office for your own place of residence.

The aim of the ‘Zoll-und-Reise-App’ is to help holidaymakers find out quickly and easily which goods they will be allowed to bring into Germany. Furthermore, it includes a duty-free allowance calculator that shows what can be brought into Germany free of duties. Once the app has been installed it no longer requires an internet connection so that roaming charges can be avoided when you are abroad.

Please note: Both apps can be downloaded free of charge from the Apple and Google App Stores, although attention should be paid to the respective data protection regulations when downloading.

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