Step by step procedures to export from Germany

How to export from Germany?


How to export from Germany? What are the export registration procedures, export customs process, export cargo movement methods in Germany


This post explains about step by step procedures that need to be finished with Germany government authority for exportation to Germany.


If you need to export goods or services, a onetime registration procedure is being completed in most of the countries.  Such export licence may be obtained from concerned government department if required in Germany.


 A German federal agency known as the Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (Bundesamt für Wirtschaft und Ausfuhrkontrolle, short BAFA) is approved to make the ultimate decision on whether German products are allowed for export. The Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control decides on granting or rejecting an authorisation subsequent to consideration all the accessible information about the intended use. In various cases the Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control takes such a choice only after political consultations with the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy and the Federal Foreign Office.


Germany is a member state in European Union. So the member states do have some similarities in trade procedures.  Since  Germany falls  under  EU countries,  a common  trade policy is adopted  to import  most  of  the products .   A separate rules and regulations are applied to specific products when importing and exporting in the European Union called Integrated Tariff of the European Communities (TARIC code). An EORI number is compulsory for any import, export or transit in EU countries. EORI means Economic Operator Registration and Identification.  The European Union (EU) legislation has required all member states to adopt the Economic Operators Registration and Identification (EORI) scheme. All importers, exporters and other transporters need to use a unique EORI reference number in all electronic communications with Customs and other government agencies involved in the international trade.   This means that anyone involved with export, transit or import operations need to have EORI number.


German Customs Administration – Zoll, the Bundeszollverwaltung (Federal Customs Service) is a German executive and fiscal administrative unit of the federal government and part of the Federal Ministry of Finance. Zoll, abbreviation for the German Bundeszollverwaltung (Federal Customs Service).


Appropriate documents required to submit with the authorities to get goods pass out of the custody of customs and for export. The documentation may vary depending on the country of origin or destination. The documents are prepared based on trade agreements does the country have, nature of goods importing, specific goods exporting.


Generally in all countries there are three stages of process for export.    One time registration procedure to obtain export licence, documentation needed for exportation and Export customs clearance formalities.   Detailed information on these three stages of exports has been mentioned separately in this website.  You may click below those information links to know more about step by step procedures on how to export:


Export Registration and Licence procedures

Export Customs procedures

Export documents required



This post explains about different phases in export process that every exporter needs to go through for completing export from Germany.



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Please guide to export from Frankfurt.  Help to export from Düsseldorf.   Procedures required to export from Dortmund.   Requirements to export from Cologne/Bonn. Clarifications to export from Bremen.  Step by step process to export from Hamburg.  Methods to export from Friedrichshafen.  Guidelines to export from Freiburg im Breisgau.  How to export from Dortmund?  Formalities to export from Hamburg.  Procedures to export from Bremen.  Need to export from Friedrichshafen.  Explain to export from Berlin.  Information to export from Düsseldorf. How can I export from Berlin. What should I do to export from Baden-Baden/Karlsruhe.

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Mizanur Rahman: sir ,I think so everything is well . I want to imprort German products . I am from USA . please help me . Thanks. Mizanur Rahman

Giorgi Jokhadze: Hi all, I am importing products by sea from Germany. Because of corona virus the german supplier(exporter) decided to give me 25% discount. How can we change according to this agreement the export declaration and commercial invoice. The container is already in Georgia, in Terminal.

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