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

For the re-export of parts or derivatives of species listed in Annexes A and B of Council Regulation (EC) No. 338/97 for personal use, in place of the specified documents, the following documents may be presented to the German customs office at the point of export:

  • The holder's copy (yellow copy) of the import permit issued by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) for first import

    or
  • the holder's copy (yellow copy) of the export permit issued by the BfN for first export

    or
  • the holder's copy (yellow copy) of the re-export certificate issued by the BfN for a previous re-export

    or
  • the copy of the export or re-export document from the country of export in the case of first import of Annex B specimens

    or
  • proof that the parts or derivatives were acquired within the European Union in accordance with the legislation in force (e.g. purchase receipt, certificate in accordance with Article 8 (3) of Council Regulation (EC) No. 338/97).

These rules do not apply to re-export of rhino horn or elephant ivory contained in personal or household effects. For the re-export of these specimens for personal effects a re-export certificate – issued by the BfN - shall be 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 re-exported 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 re-exported for personal effects without any requirement for documentation under species conservation legislation.
  3. Up to three shells of queen conches can be re-exported 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 re-exported 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 re-exported for personal effects without any requirement for documentation under species conservation legislation.
  6. Up to four dead specimens of seahorses can be re-exported 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.

(pursuant to Article 58 (3) and (4) of Commission Regulation (EC) No. 865/2006)

Last Change: 21/01/2015

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