Import VAT Germany

Import VAT is a special form of VAT charged by Customs authorities when goods are imported from non-EU countries into Germany. Import VAT is charged on the value of the goods plus transport costs, customs duties, consumption tax and costs of transport within the EU. This VAT is charged at the general rate of 19% or, in specific cases, 7%.

Foreign companies must pay import VAT in Germany especially for imports via the ports of Hamburg and Bremen. After registering for VAT in Germany, foreign companies can usually apply for a reimbursement of paid import VAT.

If you have more questions or are interested in working with WW+KN, please contact us here. If you would like us to take care of your VAT registration in Germany, we will send you a checklist of required documents. Your contact person for this service is Matthias Winkler.