Product Piracy

Counterfeiting

Things you should know about product counterfeiting

Are you on a trip and would like to take something special home from abroad for your loved ones? If so, please observe the relevant customs restrictions:

If your souvenir or product is an imitation or counterfeit item and you enter Germany with the item in your personal luggage for purely personal use, the customs authorities will refrain from enforcing the rules for safeguarding industrial property rights.

However, if you bring in merchandise or items intended for sale, either on your own behalf or for a third party, the customs authorities will intervene regardless of any otherwise applicable import allowances (expressed as quantities and/or value).

Keep in mind: The only exception is made for luggage sent by mail or courier service before or after your own arrival; it is subject to the regulations on postal shipments.

For more information, please consult the website of the German Customs Service.