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Declare goods to customs when imported via the Internet


Goods that you import from a non-EU country must be cleared by customs. This allows you to release the goods for free circulation. This means that you can then freely dispose of them.

You have the option of an Internet customs declaration (IZA). You can only use the IZA if the goods are to remain in the EU for good. You cannot therefore use them for other customs procedures, such as customs warehouses or processing arrangements.

For the import declaration, you must provide the following information, among others:

  • Consignor of goods
  • Receiver
  • Terms of delivery
  • Delivery
  • Means of transport
  • Description of the goods

They want to finally import goods into Germany from outside the European Union or release them for free circulation.

For a value of goods of more than EUR 20,000, the submission of a written customs declaration (D.V.1) is required. In addition, you should have the commercial invoice belonging to the goods or any existing proof of preference ready.
If the goods are subject to restrictions, you must provide the appropriate documentation.

There are no costs for you to use the Internet customs declaration. Regardless of this, depending on the goods, you may have to pay duties (e.B customs, import sales tax, excise duty) on importation.

  • Declaration at customs: 90 days from the border crossing of the goods
  • Submission of the 2 printed copies of the form: 30 days from the date of use of the Internet customs declaration

After completing your Internet customs declaration, you will usually receive a customs notice within one day to 4 weeks.

  • Objection
    Detailed information on how to lodge an objection can be found in the customs notice.
  • Tax court action

Forms available: No

Written form required: Yes

Informal application possible: No

Personal appearance necessary: No

Online services available: Yes

To declare goods for import online, proceed as follows:

  • Visit the website of the Internet Customs Declaration Import and select "Form Internet Customs Declaration Import".
  • Fill out the form completely in your Internet browser. Submit it.
  • Once you have completed it, print the form twice and sign both versions.
  • Send the two printed copies by post, fax or e-mail to your local customs office or hand them in there in person. The customs office where the goods are located is responsible.
  • A customs certificate will then be issued to you. Alternatively, it can also be delivered by post.

Federal Ministry of Finance

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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