Postage to Germany

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International Tracked & Signed

Added peace of mind for sending important or valuable items
Max 2kg

Features

  • Europe delivery aim: 3-5 working days1
  • Worldwide delivery aim: 5-7 working days
  • Fully tracked to delivery point
  • Signature on delivery
  • Online delivery confirmation
  • Free returns for undelivered items
  • Compensation cover up to £50

Options

  • Additional compensation cover up to £250

 

1 Delivery aim to Ireland, France, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, Austria and Luxembourg is 3-4 working days

International Tracked & Signed cannot be sent to PO Boxes or Pack Stations, because a signature cannot be captured. This restriction does not apply when items are sent to Africa or the Middle East

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Letter
Max 100g | Max L 24cm x W 16.5cm x D 0.5cm
e.g. Greetings cards, personal letters and postcards
Branch from £ 6.45
Online from £ 6.45

Large Letter
Max 750g | Max L 35.3cm x W 25cm x D 2.5cm
E.g. Magazines, CDs and DVDs
Branch from £ 8.50
Online from £ 8.50

Parcel
Max 2kg | Max L 60cm x W * x D *
*L+D+W must be under 90cm
Branch from £ 9.85
Online from £ 9.60

Tubes and Rolls
Max 2kg | Max L 90cm x W * x D *
The length plus twice the diameter must be less than 104cm, with the greatest dimension less than 90cm
Branch from £ 9.85
Online from £ 9.60

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International Tracked

Tracked to delivery point for peace of mind
Max 2kg

Features

  • Europe delivery aim: 3-5 working days1
  • Worldwide delivery aim: 5-7 working days
  • Fully tracked to delivery point
  • Online delivery confirmation
  • Free returns for undelivered items
  • Compensation cover up to £50

Options

  • Additional compensation cover up to £250

 

1 Delivery aim to Ireland, France, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, Austria and Luxembourg is 3-4 working days

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Letter
Max 100g | Max L 24cm x W 16.5cm x D 0.5cm
e.g. Greetings cards, personal letters and postcards
Branch from £ 7.74
Online from £ 7.74

Large Letter
Max 750g | Max L 35.3cm x W 25cm x D 2.5cm
E.g. Magazines, CDs and DVDs
Branch from £ 10.20
Online from £ 10.20

Parcel
Max 2kg | Max L 60cm x W * x D *
*L+D+W must be under 90cm
Branch from £ 11.82
Online from £ 11.52

Tubes and Rolls
Max 2kg | Max L 90cm x W * x D *
The length plus twice the diameter must be less than 104cm, with the greatest dimension less than 90cm
Branch from £ 11.82
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International Standard

An affordable service for everyday international mail
Max 2kg

Features

  • Europe delivery aim: 3-5 working days
  • Worldwide delivery aim: 6-7 working days
  • Compensation cover up to £20 included
  • Free returns for undelivered items
Letter
Max 100g | Max L 24cm x W 16.5cm x D 0.5cm
e.g. Greetings cards, personal letters and postcards
Branch from £ 1.45
Online from £ 1.45

Large Letter
Max 750g | Max L 35.3cm x W 25cm x D 2.5cm
E.g. Magazines, CDs and DVDs
Branch from £ 3.00
Online from £ 3.00

Parcel
Max 2kg | Max L 60cm x W * x D *
*L+D+W must be under 90cm
Branch from £ 5.15
Online from £ 4.90

Tubes and Rolls
Max 2kg | Max L 90cm x W * x D *
The length plus twice the diameter must be less than 104cm, with the greatest dimension less than 90cm
Branch from £ 5.15
Online from £ 4.90

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International Economy

For heavier parcels that don't need to arrive in a hurry
Max 2kg

Features

  • Compensation cover up to £20 included
  • Free returns for undelivered items
  • Buy online and print the label at home, or go to a Post Office®

Delivery aims

  • Western Europe in up to 2 weeks
  • Eastern Europe in up to 5 weeks
  • North America in up to 6 weeks
  • South America, Africa and Asia in up to 8 weeks
  • Australia in up to 12 weeks
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Large Letter
Max 750g | Max L 35.3cm x W 25cm x D 2.5cm
E.g. Magazines, CDs and DVDs
Branch from £ 2.92
Online from £ 2.92

Parcel
Max 2kg | Max L 60cm x W * x D *
*L+D+W must be under 90cm
Branch from £ 5.00
Online from £ 5.00

Tubes and Rolls
Max 2kg | Max L 90cm x W * x D *
The length plus twice the diameter must be less than 104cm, with the greatest dimension less than 90cm
Branch from £ 5.00
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You are responsible for checking postal restrictions and prohibitions for your destination.

There are rules about what Royal Mail will carry and each country has their own restrictions which may differ, so it’s important to check both.

Check the status of deliveries around the world on our International Incident Bulletin

Can I send it to Germany?

Here is a handy guide to some of the restrictions on mail to Germany:

Don’t send 

  • Liquids over 1l 

  • Alcohol over 24% ABV (rum, whisky, vodka) 

(These are prohibited by Royal Mail

 

Check restrictions on 

  • Salt 

  • Products containing meat, fish or dairy 

  • Vegetables, fruits and cereals 

(Read the full Germany prohibitions and restrictions below) 

TIP: Send food items in their original manufacturer’s packaging if possible. 

Don’t send 

  • Liquids over 1l 

  • Aerosols* 

  • Perfumes or aftershaves* 

  • Nail varnish, polish or gel* 

(These are all prohibited by Royal Mail

*Are you a business customer? See ‘Information for business senders’ below 

 

Check restrictions on 

  • Cosmetics

  • Soap 

(Read the full Germany prohibitions and restrictions below) 

Check restrictions on 

  • Tobacco 

  • Cigarettes 

  • Cigars 

(Read the full Germany prohibitions and restrictions below) 

Do not send 

  • Aerosols* 

(These are prohibited by Royal Mail

*Are you a business customer? See ‘Information for business senders’ below 

 

Check restrictions on 

  • Medicines and vaccines 

(Read the full Germany prohibitions and restrictions below) 

Don’t send 

  • Coins 

  • Medals 

(Read the full Germany prohibitions and restrictions below) 

Here is an indication of prohibited items for mailing to Germany. For further information, or further clarification please refer to the German Post Office website

Please refer also to the Universal Postal Union - UPU - prohibitions and restrictions full list.

You must not send any item addressed to a country in which the item is unlawful or prohibited. When an item is restricted you must comply with the restriction. Prohibitions and restrictions vary from country to country, and can sometimes apply to items which you may think are ordinary.

The information below is provided in good faith, but Royal Mail is not responsible for it, and it should be viewed as a guide only. Specific restrictions and changes may be enforced at short notice, so for clarification please contact the destination country's trade, postal, and customs authorities as appropriate. Business customers are strongly recommended to do this.

Please remember that Royal Mail also prohibits and restricts certain categories of items. For more information visit royalmail.com/prohibitedgoods

Prohibited items

Prohibited products are not permitted in the mail under any circumstances.

  • Lithium batteries and equipment containing lithium batteries
  • All live animals, except bees, leeches, silkworms, parasites and destroyers of noxious insects intended for the control of those insects and exchanged between officially recognized institutions, flies of the family Drosophilidae for biomedical research exchanged between officially recognized institutions.
  • Meat and edible meat offal
  • Flesh of dogs, cats, foxes, badgers and monkeys.
  • Vegetable products
  • Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage
  • Live or dead plants conveyed via EMS.
  • Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts
  • Cannabis resin.
  • Opium
  • Prepared foodstuffs; beverages, spirits and vinegar; tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes
  • Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates
  • Preparations of any kind containing methyl alcohol.
  • Meat prepared from horses and other solipeds, except from their small intestines.
  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar
  • Absinth and similar products as well as the raw materials intended for the manufacture of such beverages (essences and extracts), liquids with an alcohol content of 82° and above.
  • Mineral products
  • Salt; sulphur; earths and stone; plastering materials; lime and cement
  • Earth from non-European countries and containing parts of plants or humus, except for peat.
  • Ores, slag and ash
  • Uranium ores.
  • Thorium ores.
  • Products of the chemical or allied industries
  • Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals, of radioactive elements or of isotopes
  • Gas or inflammable gaseous compounds; gases which are readily inflammable on contact with water.
  • Spontaneously inflammable materials, such as materials with a flash-point below 21°C.
  • Poisonous substances.
  • Considered to be poisonous substances are those which, under existing legislation and decrees, must be marked as such.
  • Corrosive substances.
  • Acids, bases, lachrymogenic products and metal salts and corrosives as well as slightly volatile sulphur compounds.
  • White or yellow phosphorus.
  • Radioactive substances, which under the internal anti-radiation legislation (Strahlenschutzverordnung) of the Federal Republic of Germany require a special transport licence. For their dispatch by air, the current IATA provisions must also be observed.
  • Organic chemicals
  • DDT and products to which DDT has been added.
  • Liquids with an alcohol content of 82% and above.
  • Anaesthetics.
  • Pharmaceutical products
  • Preparations of any kind containing methyl alcohol. Parts of ungulate animals not for human consumption. Anaesthetics.
  • Certain noxious viruses.
  • Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations
  • Photographic or cinematographic products
  • Spontaneously inflammable materials, readily inflammable materials, such as materials with a flashpoint below 21°C, liquids with an alcohol content of 82% or above; explosive and inflammable materials and articles loaded with explosive materials.
  • Propellant powders.
  • Prepared explosives other than propellant powders.
  • Igniting devices of any kind.
  • Firework components of any kind.
  • Matches manufactured using white or yellow phosphorus.
  • Photographic plates, negatives, etc which can be used to counterfeit coins and documents and to produce printed papers and reproductions resembling bank notes.See prohibited articles in Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans below
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal; cork and articles of cork; manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal
  • Dry vine wood.
  • Used vine poles.
  • Used hives without bees.
  • Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulose material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard; paper and paperboard and articles thereof
  • Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans
  • Printed papers and reproductions resembling bank notes.
  • Articles contrary to the Constitution, means of propaganda and sabotage.
  • Publications, sound or visual media, illustrations or representations which incite to wars of aggression, means of propaganda contrary to the Constitution, badges of organisations contrary to the Constitution, defamation of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, of the State and its symbols and of the constitutional bodies, propaganda intended to cause unrest in the Bundeswehr (Federal army). Glorification of violence, incitement to racial hatred, endangering of young people.
  • Publications, sound or visual media, etc, which describe violence against human beings in a cruel and inhuman manner and which thereby glorify or underrate such violence or which incite to racial hatred, insofar as they are intended not only for the personal use of the addressee, or for retail or mail order sale; other publications which are obviously likely seriously to endanger the morals of children and minors or which have been placed on the list of publications which are a moral danger to young people, by retail or mail order sale.
  • Pornographic publications, sound and visual media, etc, insofar as they violate criminal provisions and are intended not only for the personal use of the addressee, or for retail or mail order sale.
  • Items bearing political or religious inscriptions on the address side.
  • Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones, precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewellery; coin
  • Coins, medals. Coins withdrawn from circulation or which have become valueless as a means of payment or which were counterfeited or faked in 1850 or later. Medals counterfeited or faked in 1850 or later.
  • Base metals and articles of base metal
  • Aluminium and articles thereof
  • Aluminium powder or dust.
  • Zinc and articles thereof
  • Zinc powder or dust.
  • Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof
  • Magnesium powder or dust.
  • Machinery and mechanical appliances; electrical equipment; parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof
  • Plates, moulds, blocks or negatives which can be used to counterfeit coins and documents and to produce printed papers and reproductions resembling bank notes.
  • Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers; television image and sound recorders and reproducers and parts and accessories of such articles. See prohibited articles in Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans
  • Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof
  • Firearms or similar items; small arms, automatic-loading firearms, firing devices, sharp or thrusting weapons; essential parts of firearms; warning weapons and weapons containing irritants, infra-red sighting units, flick knives, knives with retractable blades; steel rods, coshes or knuckle-dusters;
  • ammunition, projectiles containing narcotics or tear gases and irritants.
  • Toy - Fidget Spinners
  • Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof
  • Toy weapons the importation of which is excluded under arms legislation.
  • Video games.
  • See prohibited articles in Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans
  • Works of art, collectors' pieces and antiques
  • Money / legal tender
  • Coins, medals, also see prohibited articles in Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans and Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones, precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewellery; coin

Restricted items

  • Live animals; animal products

General note

The importation of animals (live or dead) and of merchandise of animal origin (in particular meat, poultry, fish and other foodstuffs of animal origin) from third countries is subject to many provisions of national and European Union legislation which are subject to amendment. Senders are therefore advised to check the relevant particulars with the authority competent for the residence of the addressee before dispatching such goods.

It is in General forbidden to import meat which is only appropriate for consumption in a limited fashion or which is harmful to health. Certain additives and colourings may also restrict consumption.

Incubated duck eggs intended for human consumption must bear the prescribed markings

Animal wool, hair and bristles must in principle be dry and securely packed.
For the rest, the provisions in force must be observed.

The importation of products from third countries is subject to official control.
Relevant items must in principle be accompanied by the necessary documents (veterinary certificates, other health certificates, etc). These are subject to a documentary and identity check on importation and, in most cases, to examination by the border control (namely a "border veterinary service") assigned to specific Customs offices.

Exception

It is permitted to import by post the following items, addressed to individuals, for non-commercial purposes:
1 kg of meat or meat preparation from a third country or from certain parts of third countries as specified in a European Union decision which has been published in the Federal bulletin of legal notices;
– other foodstuffs contained in private gift items and for personal use or consumption by the addressee;
– untreated hunting trophies from European countries.

Special provisions
Certain animals and plants are subject to the protection of species provisions of the Washington Convention and under European Union regulations. These provisions also concern dead animals as well as plants, and parts and products of such animals. In this connection importation of these products under any customs system – including border-to-border transit where the load remains intact – is permitted subject to the following provisions:
– importation through the relevant customs office;
– presentation of the following documents:
– import or transit Authorisation;
– export permission from the country of origin.

In accordance with European Union (EU) regulations in effect since 1 January 2003, the importation of meat and meat products (except venison), poultry meat and poultry meat products as well as milk and milk products from non-EU countries, sent in postal items to private individuals in Germany, is subject to the same veterinary requirements as commercial imports. These items must therefore be accompanied by health certificates required under Community law.

In accordance with European Union (EU) regulations in force since 1 January 2003, the importation of meat and meat products (apart from game), poultry meat and poultry meat products as well as milk and milk products from non-EU countries, sent by post to private individuals in Germany, is subject to the same veterinary requirements as commercial imports. Items containing such products must therefore be accompanied by the health certificates required under EU law. Small quantities of toffees, chocolate and biscuits may be imported without a certificate.

Furthermore, as a result of avian flu, with immediate effect, no poultry or other birds or feathers, untreated hunting trophies or other bird products from the following countries may be imported into Germany through the post: Cambodia, China (People's Rep.), Dem People's Rep. of Korea, Hong Kong, China, Croatia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Lao People's Dem. Rep., Malaysia, Pakistan, Romania, Russian Federation, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine and Viet Nam.

In addition, the importation of untreated feathers and untreated parts of feathers from the following countries is prohibited:
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran (Islamic Rep.), Iraq and Syrian Arab Rep. It is stipulated that the importation of untreated feathers or parts of feathers from non-EU countries is prohibited until 31 July 2006. Where treated feathers or parts of feathers are dispatched for commercial purposes, the accompanying commercial document must specify that the feathers or parts of feathers have been treated with a steam current or by some other method ensuring that no pathogens remain. These regulations apply to letter-post items, postal parcels and EMS items.
The regulations relating both to importation of meat and meat products, poultry and poultry meat products, and milk and milk products, and the ban on the importation of poultry and bird products from the countries listed above apply to letter-post items, postal parcels and EMS items.
Items containing goods of this type or not accompanied by the relevant health certificates will be rejected by Customs and returned to sender

  • Live animals
  • Bees, leeches silkworms, parasites and destroyers of noxious insects intended for the controlof those insects and exchanged between officially recognized institutions, flies of the family
  • Drosophilidae for biomedical research exchanged between officially recognised institutions. See General note Live animals; animal products above.
  • Meat and edible meat offal
  • Meat, poultry. See General note Live animals; animal products above.
  • Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates
  • Fish. See General note Live animals; animal products above.
  • Dairy produce; birds' eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included
  • Milk, dairy products
  • Duck eggs, eggs for hatching.
  • Egg products, processed products. See General note Live animals; animal products above.
  • Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included
  • Animal bristles and hairs, Stomachs, Untreated feathers and parts of feathers, Bones, parts of bone, bone meal, Ivory, horns, antlers, claws, Glands, Animal sperm. See General note Live animals; animal products above.
  • Vegetable products

General note
Plants, parts of plants, vegetable products, seeds, slips and articles which are or can be the bearers of certain harmful organisms may be imported only under specific conditions. Depending on their origin and type, a certificate must be made out and a check made. Relevant information may be obtained from the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forests and the plant health services of the Länder , or the relevant customs services. It should be taken into account, for example, that the following articles must also be examined and accompanied by a certificate: earth containing parts of plants or humus, natural vegetable fertilizers.
Plant health products require Authorisation.
The importation of products intended for the treatment of plants and which are not admitted may be authorised under certain conditions by the Federal Biological Office (Biologische Bundesanstalt).
Importation of roughage and straw is subject to Authorisation.

Special provisions

The special provisions concerning the protection of species are applied in the same way as those concerning animals.

  • Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage
  • Plants, parts of plants. *
  • Certain noxious mushrooms, pathogenic agents, pathogenic microbes of animal diseases.
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers
  • Certain plants and parts of plants from non-European countries and Eastern and Southern European countries. *
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons
  • Parts of plants, vegetable products. *
  • Cereals
  • Plants, parts of plants, vegetable products, seeds. *
  • Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten
  • Cereal grains. *
  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruit; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodde
  • Plants, parts of plants, vegetable products, seeds, slips.
  • Straw, Roughage. *
  • Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts
  • Plant products. *
  • Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included
  • Parts of plants, Plant products.

* See General note Vegetable products above.

  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products; prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes
  • Animal and vegetable products. See General note for either Live animals; animal products or Vegetable products as appropriate.
  • Prepared foodstuffs; beverages, spirits and vinegar; tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes
  • Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates

See General note for Live animals; animal products above.

  • Cocoa and cocoa preparations
  • Cocoa preparations. See General note for Vegetable products above.
  • Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; pastrycooks' products

General note
Various food preparations, Pasta products containing eggs, Other pasta.

The provisions in force concerning foodstuffs are to be observed in the case of foodstuffs, products manufactured from tobacco, cosmetic products, articles of common use like these, including toys and practical jokes and cleaning and maintenance products. See General note for Live animals; animal products concerning foodstuffs of animal origin.

Rennet substitutes must be declared in advance to the relevant customs authority and require an import certificate

  • Miscellaneous edible preparations
  • Coffee preparations.
  • Ice-cream and semi-finished products thereof the production of which requires eggs. See General note Various food preparations above.
  • Preparations for the production of beer. See General note for Vegetable products above.
  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar
  • Beer produced with a malt base. See General note for Vegetable products above.
  • Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal fodder
  • Fodder. It is forbidden to import fodder, additives and pre-mixes which do not meet the provisions concerning fodder.
  • Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes
  • Raw tobacco., Cigarettes, cigars, other tobacco products.
  • Smoking tobacco. Cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos and pipe tobacco, other than non-smoking tobacco and cigarette paper in rolls, may be imported only in small closed packages suitable for sale. The packaging must be duly stamped with fiscal stamps. Raw tobacco, tobacco substitutes and cigarette paper may be imported, under fiscal control, to addressees authorised to receive supplies of raw tobacco.
  • Mineral products
  • Salt; sulphur; earths and stone; plastering materials; lime and cement

An import certificate is required for salt nitrite, iodized table salt, iodized substitute of kitchen salt and other dietetic foodstuffs to which iodine compounds have been added.

  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes

For used oil, a declaration in accordance with the law concerning waste is required.

  • Products of the chemical or allied industries
  • Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals, of radioactive elements or of isotopes
  • Plant health products See General note for Vegetable products above.
  • Organic chemicals
  • Plant health products See General note for Vegetable products above.
  • Pharmaceutical products
  • Vaccines containing pathogenic microbes of animal diseases; medicaments which must be approved and registered; prepared medicines, test sera, test antigens, surgical suture material.
  • Vaccines and medicines for animals.
  • Sterile suture materials.
  • Fertilisers
  • Animal fertiliser. See General note for Live animals; animal products above.
  • Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations
  • Cosmetic products, cleaning and maintenance products. See General note for Live animals; animal products above.
  • Soap, organic surface-active agents, washing preparations, lubricating preparations, artificial waxes, prepared waxes; polishing or scouring preparations, candles and similar articles, modelling pastes, "dental waxes" and dental preparations with a basis of plaster
  • Cosmetic products, articles of common use like these, cleaning and maintenance products. See General note for Live animals; animal products above.
  • Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes
  • Rennet substitutes. See General note for Live animals; animal products above.
  • Raw hides and skins, leather, furskins and articles thereof; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silk-worm gut)
  • Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather
  • Animal skins and furs. See General note for Live animals; animal products above.
  • Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silk-worm gut)
  • Made with animal skins and furs. See General note for Live animals; animal products above.
  • Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof
  • Animal skins and furs. See General note for Live animals; animal products above.
  • Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulose material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard; paper and paperboard and articles thereof
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard
  • Paper similar to that used for the manufacture of German bank notes or debt acknowledgements of the Reich, the Federal Republic or Länder and recognisable on the basis of external features or which resembles such paper to such an extent that the difference can only be detected upon attentive examination, may only be imported with permission from the Federal Minister of Finance or the Administration of the Public Debt (Bundesschuldenverwaltung).
  • Cigarette paper, tubes of cigarette paper may be imported, under fiscal control, to addressees authorised to receive supplies of raw tobacco
  • Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans
  • The importation of foreign and national means of payment in the form of cash, or transferred without funds, and of German and foreign securities is subject to the respective German provisions in force.
  • Textiles and textile articles
  • Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric
  • Wool, hair. See General note for Live animals; animal products above.
  • Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof

General note
Except where prohibited, weapons, parts of weapons and projectiles may only be imported with special Authorisation granted by the competent authorities designated by the governments of the Länder or the Federal government.

Exception
Restrictions are partly lifted for participation in events relating to traditional customs or organised by collectors or for shooting as sport. Relevant certificates from the competent authority must be obtained where appropriate.

  • Miscellaneous manufactured articles

The provisions in force concerning foodstuffs are to be observed in the case of foodstuffs, products manufactured from tobacco, cosmetic products, articles of common use like these, including toys and practical jokes and cleaning and maintenance products. See General note for Live animals; animal products above.
Rennet substitutes must be declared in advance to the relevant customs authority and require an import certificate.

Important information

The UK left the EU on 31st January 2020 and has entered a transition period, due to last until 31st December 2020.

At the end of the transition period, the UK may treat EU imports as it does non-EU imports today. Similarly, we expect the EU to treat UK imports as it does non-EU imports today.

For more information on how sending and receiving items to the EU may be impacted from 1st January, please click here.

 

 

 

These items are classified as ‘dangerous’ and prohibited by Royal Mail: 

  • Aerosols 

  • Perfumes or aftershaves 

  • Nail varnish, polish or gel 

However, business account customers only can send these items to Germany using International Business Tracked with Signature

Please see the conditions in the International Business Parcels user guide.pdf, 2.68 MB 

You can speak to your account manager about this or find out more about an International Business Parcels Account.

Remember to use the correct address format 

Germany has strict conditions for address formatting. You must: 

  • Put the house number after the street name 

  • Put the five-digit postcode before the town name, on the same line 

  • Please write 'GERMANY' in capital letters on the last line of the address.

If the address is incorrectly written your item may be returned without a delivery attempt being made. 

 

Example: 

Mr P Kunde 

Langestr. 12 

04103 LEIPZIG 

GERMANY 

 

Please write the addressee's mobile telephone number on your parcel, in case we need to contact them about their delivery. 

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