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The following goods may be imported into the Federal Republic of Germany without incurring customs duty by visitors arriving from countries outside the EU:

 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco
 1 litre of alcoholic beverages stronger than 22 per cent or 2 litres of fortified or sparkling wine or other liqueurs.
 50g of perfume and 250ml of toilet water
 caviar up to 250g
 other goods to the value of €175 (€90 per person under 15 years of age).


a. The tobacco and alcohol allowances are granted only to those over 17 years of age.
b.Wine in excess of the above allowances imported for personal consumption and valued at less than €128 will be taxed at an overall rate of 16 per cent.

Goods obtained duty and tax paid in the EU are unlimited.

Abolition of duty-free goods within the EU

On 30th June 1999, the sale of duty-free alcohol and tobacco at airports and at sea was abolished in all of the original 15 EU member states. Of the 10 new member states that joined the EU on May 1st 2004, these rules already apply to Cyprus and Malta. There are transitional rules in place for visitors returning to one of the original 15 EU countries from one of the other new EU countries. But for the original 15, plus Cyprus and Malta, there are now no limits imposed on importing tobacco and alcohol products from one EU country to another (with the exceptions of Denmark, Finland and Sweden, where limits are imposed). Travellers should note that they may be required to prove at customs that the goods purchased are for personal use only.