Germany Prohibited and Restricted Items

FedEx Cross Border is unable to ship prohibited and non-approved restricted items on behalf of its customers.

FedEx Cross Border has prepared a global list of prohibited and restricted items that apply regardless of a shipment's destination. In addition to these global prohibitions and restrictions, individual countries or territories may impose further prohibitions or restrictions on the importation of certain items.

You can refer to the FedEx Cross Border global lists and the Germany country-specific list to help determine whether or not your product is prohibited or restricted for shipment.

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Country Specific List for Germany

Germany Import Prohibitions

  • All products containing the biocide dimethylfumarate (DMF)
  • Any printed material, Film, Audio, CD, DVD, Cassettes containing propaganda of a violent and/or aggressive nature or material of extreme right, race-oriented, war-provoking nature, or material encouraging aggressiveness towards the free democratic ordnances and establishments. Also, any flags, copies, uniform pieces or memorabilia or replicas of the like representing an extreme and/or aggressive non-democratic and/or violent group and/or ideologies.
  • Asbestos fibers: Crocidolite, Amosite, Anthophyllite, Actinolite, Tremolite subject to the Rotterdam Convention
  • Certain carcinogenic substances
  • Certain Chemicals subject to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)
  • Certain food items (if the shipment weight is 20 kgs or more) from certain countries cannot be cleared into Germany. Please contact GTS Germany for details.
  • Certain Pesticides subject to the Rotterdam Convention
  • Certain Products subject to Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)
  • Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs)
  • Counterfeit coins and bank notes
  • Counterfeit or pirated goods
  • Fighting dogs: Pit-bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bullterrier, Bullterrier or any cross or mixed breeds of the aforementioned. Also, each Bundesland (State) of the Republic (Germany) has additional prohibitions of specific dogs above and beyond those mentioned including, but not limited to, Alano, American Bulldog, Bullmastiff, Cane Corso, Dogo Argentino, Dogue de Bordeaux, Fila Brasileiro, Mastiff, Mastin Espanol, Mastino Napoletano, Perro de Presa Canario, Perro de Presa Mallorcin and Tosa Inu.
  • Flick and Gravity Knives; knives with blades that open automatically by operation of a spring device, or released by gravity or centrifugal force
  • Fully Automatic weapons; any electronic night scopes, laser guides, or guides for weapons; pump-guns with pistol grip; any concealed weapons, i.e., shooting ink pins or knives in walking sticks; any guns or weapons that contain or dispense chemicals of any kind unless specifically made for medical or industrial uses; and any weapons containing any modifications beyond the manufacturer
  • Goods bearing false origin statements
  • Goods infringing a copyright
  • Goods infringing a trademark
  • Green and Black Tea of P.R. China origin
  • Indecent or Obscene Material
  • Live animals ("animals" according to standard zoological/scientific definition, including insects, even fruit flies/drosophila melanogaster and nematodes)
  • Medication (including "over the counter" and certain nutritional supplements considered to be medication by Germany regulations; if uncertain, inquire with GTS Germany upfront) except for pharmaceutical manufacturers or traders with import permits/licenses
  • Offensive Weapon: belt buckle knives, death stars, throwing stars, martial arts equipment, and pepper and similar sprays
  • Ozone-depleting substances (ODS, such as Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) or halon) or products containing them, except for fire extinguishers for aircraft (importer needs import license and permit)
  • Rabies susceptible animals
  • Stamps (fictitious) including dies and plates for manufacture

Due to the risk of contamination with E. coli bacteria possibly linked to the recent outbreaks in Germany and France, the emergency measure prohibits with immediate effect the importation of seeds and beans from Egypt to all EU countries. The commodities are:

  • Rocket sprouts
  • Beetroot sprouts, radish sprouts
  • Leguminous vegetables, shelled or unshelled, fresh or chilled
  • Dried leguminous vegetables, shelled, whether or not skinned or split
  • Soya bean sprouts
  • Soya beans, whether or not broken
  • Sugar beet seeds
  • Lucerne (alfalfa) seeds
  • Vegetable seeds
  • Mustard seeds, for sowing
  • Other mustard seeds
  • Other oil seeds and oleaginous fruits, whether or not broken
  • Fenugreek seeds
  • Lucerne (alfalfa) sprouts

Germany Import Restrictions

  • Animal carcasses or products
  • Animal Feed
  • Animal pathogens and rabies virus
  • Animals, Birds and other Livestock
  • Antiques
  • Asbestos
  • Bees and honey
  • Birds
  • Certain Products subject to Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)
  • Citizen band radios
  • Coffee samples
  • Computer software
  • Cordless telephones (operating on frequencies greater than 853 MHz)
  • Cream and related products
  • Diskettes
  • Drugs, Prescription and Non-Prescription
  • Eggs, birds and other
  • Embryos of animals, birds and other
  • Explosives – 1.3 and 1.4S Excluding UN0349, UN0384, UN0481
  • Fabrics & fabric samples
  • Fish and Fish products
  • Flours and meal of animal origin
  • Foodstuffs
  • Furs
  • Hair and Wool
  • Hay and Straw
  • Hops and Hop products
  • Horror Comics
  • Indecent or obscene materials, regardless of media (DVDs CD, video cassettes, films, books, etc.)
  • Insects
  • Medical samples
  • Medical/dental supplies & equipment
  • Microfiche & microfilm
  • Mollusks
  • Non-Perishable Foods (except candy and chocolates)
  • Ova (Animal only)
  • Ozone-depleting substances
  • Personal effects
  • Plant pests: bacteria, fungi, virus and cultures deemed destructive to agriculture and plants
  • Plants: live plants, cuttings and including seeds for same
  • Poultry
  • Radio transmitters (walkie-talkies, CB Radios, Cordless phones) not approved for use in Germany
  • Samples, textile
  • Swatches
  • Tapes, computer
  • Textile articles
  • Tobacco
  • Used Agricultural Machinery
  • Viagra
  • Video senders, equipment capable of transmitting video images
  • Whale products
  • Wood, still having bark (unprocessed)

Contact the FedEx Cross Border Compliance Team

Please note that these lists are provided as a reference only. For any questions about prohibited and restricted items, email the FedEx Cross Border Compliance team.