I am a American living in Germany under the Forces of Status Agreement, I am currently working in Afghanistan and I am buying Gem stones and custom rings there as a hobby. What is the German Law about bring the gem stones and rings into the country? What is the law about starting a business selling gem stones and custom Jewelry? Can I carry the Gem stones in my bag when I fly into the country when I am traveling with my American military ID card?
Nothing just starting out and I saw your add on the internet decided to give it a try.
Hi, you can enter goods up to a value of 430 Euros into the Eu for private use.
For commercial use (reselling, etc.) you would have to declare the stones and pay customs.
In order to start a business of selling goods in Germany, you will usually need a so called "Gewerbeschein". Please contact the local Gewerbeaufsicht (ask at the townhall) or contact the local chamber of commerce, (Industrie- und) Handelskammer.
An interesting issue is if a military plane can be considered as "Flugreise" because the free amount of 430 Euros depends on this condition.
However I think, there will not be made a difference. One could call customs to hear their opinion..
With the forces status agreement and a Military ID card am I exempt from the custom search or charge when I fly into Germany from Afghanistan. Again I am bring Gem stones and Jewelry from Afghanistan.
You are definately not exempt for commercial purposes. For private use the question is only about the free amount (430 Euros or less).
LL.M. in International Trade Law (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)
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