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Regulations on personal effects for citizens resident for more than 185 days of the year in a European Union country

First import of parts or derivatives of species listed in Annex B of Council Regulation (EC) No. 338/97 (with exception of hunting trophies of species additionally listed in Annex XIII of Regulation (EC) 865/2006 ), for personal effects

For the first import of parts or derivatives of species listed in Annex B of Council Regulation (EC) No. 338/97 for personal effects, in place of the specified documents, the following documents may be presented to the German customs office at the point of import:

  • The original and the copy of the CITES export or re-export document from the country of export (NB: it is advisable for the importer to take a photocopy beforehand)

The copy of the CITES export or re-export document must be stamped by the customs office at the point of import (official seal and import date) and handed to the importer. The original is sent to the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN).

These rules do not apply to the import of hunting trophies of species listed in annex B Regulation (EC) 865/2006 and additionally listed in annex XIII of Regulation (EC) 865/2006 for personal effects. For the import of such trophies an import permit (issued by the BfN) is additionally required.


This regulation admits the following derogations:

  1. Caviar up to an amount of 125 g (in containers that are individually and correct marked) from sturgeon species listed in Annex B to Council Regulation (EC) No. 338/97 can be imported for personal effects without any requirement for documentation under species conservation legislation.
  2. Up to three rainsticks (made of cactus wood) from species listed in Annex B to Council Regulation (EC) No. 338/97 can be imported for personal effects without any requirement for documentation under species conservation legislation.
  3. Up to three shells of queen conches can be imported for personal effects without any requirement for documentation under species conservation legislation.
  4. Up to three shells of giant claims (not exceeding three kg in total, where a specimen may be one intact shell or two matching halves) can be imported for personal effects without any requirement for documentation under species conservation legislation.
  5. Up to four worked specimens from dead crocodiles of species listed in Annex B to Council Regulation (EC) No. 338/97 (excluding meat and hunting trophies) can be imported for personal effects without any requirement for documentation under species conservation legislation.
  6. Up to four dead specimens of seahorses can be imported for personal effects without any requirement for documentation under species conservation legislation.
  7. Specimens of agarwood (Aquilaria spp. and Gyrinops spp.) — up to 1 kg woodchips, 24 ml oil, and two sets of beads or prayer beads (or two necklaces or bracelets) per person.
  8. In the cases outlined below, the documentation to be presented to the German customs office at the point of import is not the original and copy of the CITES export or re-export document from the country of export, but the original and the yellow copy of theimport permit issued by the BfN:
  • The country of export has notified that no export documents need to be issued for the export of Appendix II specimens for personal use (currently applies to the USA, Canada and St. Lucia). This exemption does not apply to postal consignments and hunting trophies for which, as described above, the original and a copy of the CITES export or re-export document from the country of export must be presented.
  • The territory of the country of export is not a natural range-state of the species concerned (re-export from the country of export, e.g. python skin handbag or coral jewellery from the Switzerland).
  • The country of export is not a Party to CITES (e.g. Tonga, Lebanon).
  • The parts or derivatives originate from a species which is listed in Annex B to Council Regulation (EC) No. 338/97 but not included in CITES-appendices. (e.g. Dendrolagus matschiei - Matchie's tree kangaroo).

(pursuant to Article 57 (3) and (5) of Commission Regulation (EC) No. 865/2006)

Last Change: 21/01/2015

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