Customs regulations and General Information

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German Customs Information

The importation and exportation of certain goods is restricted and possible only under certain conditions (e.g. previous permission). More information on the website of the German Customs Administration.

Obligation to declare cash in amounts of EUR 10,000 or more entering or leaving the EU

All travellers entering or leaving the European Union with €10,000 or more in cash must declare the sum to Customs from 15 June 2007. This initiative has been taken to assist the efforts being made at EU level to tackle crime and improve security by cracking down on money laundering, terrorism and criminality.


CITES - Protection of species of plants and animals from extinction

Alongside the destruction of habitats, the economic exploitation of animals and plants is one of the greatest dangers facing the animal and plant worlds. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, in short the Washington Convention, is a legally binding international agreement dating from 1973 to protect endangered species of animals and plants. It is also known internationally as CITES Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

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Federal Ministry of Finance

The Federal Minister of Finance directs the Federal Ministry of Finance in line with the policy framework defined by the Federal Chancellor. As a member of the German Government, the Federal Minister of Finance is responsible for all aspects of German financial and tax policy as well as the basic thrust of economic policy.

Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology


The central priority of economic policy - and therefore of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology - is to lay the foundations for economic prosperity in Germany and to ensure that this prosperity is spread broadly throughout the population.