# Imports and exports
What rules apply to cross-border trade? Certain import exemptions and limitations exist to protect people from dangers and to ensure compliance with international agreements. Germany has a long history as a leading exporter. But what requirements need to be followed when exporting goods? You will find relevant information and government services here.To Services
Information about Rights & Duties
If you are moving to the European Union from a third country, you can usually import household goods and other household effects duty-free. However, you must declare this to customs.
You want to export plants to a third country? You need a phytosanitary certificate/ pre-export certificate for this?
Do you want to use a deferral account to process deferred payments with customs? Among other things, you need a deferral BIN with which you can identify yourself electronically.
If you as a company want to prove the origin of an export product yourself, you must submit a one-time application. There is also a simplified procedure for storing input materials with or without origin together.
The IT procedures ATLAS and AES are used for electronic customs clearance. In order to be able to electronically declare and process your excisable consignments under duty suspension, you must participate in EMCS.
If you are unemployed and want to start your own business, you are entitled to financial support.
Travellers from a non-EU member state can make purchases in Germany free of VAT under certain conditions.