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Product Piracy

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 is an imitation or counterfeit item but you enter Germany with it 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 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).

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.

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