Useful Information - Customs

German customs regulations - Authorised consignor

Goods shipped from Germany within and outside the EU are subject to the Union transit procedure.

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This requires that a consignment is checked and sealed directly by German Customs. To simplify this process, an "Application for Authorised Consignor Status" can be submitted to the main Customs office.

Once granted, the applicant receives an authorisation with an allocated authorisation number.

There is no need for the Customs office to check the shipment of goods and the consignor seals the goods himself.

Use of special seals

The authorisation issued by the main Customs office specifies measures that must be taken to ensure identification.

If the Authorised Consignor is obliged to provide his vehicles or packages with a security seal, a specially authorised seal (Customs seal) must be used for this purpose.

A list of all seals approved by German Customs as special seals can be found here.

The use of these seals must be approved by the Customs Authority with a specific application.

Once this approval has been granted, the applicant will receive a separate code number which will be applied to the seals when they are ordered.

Each approved type of seal that the consignor wishes to use must be included in this authorisation.

The Customs Seal may only be opened by Customs or an "Authorised Consignee" approved by Customs, otherwise breaking/removing the seal is an offense.

See also:

Procedure for ordering a Customs Seal

Customs sealing of packages



Procedure for ordering a customs seal

1. Submit the applications for "Authorised Consignor Status" and "Use of Special Seals" to your Customs office.
Once granted, you are authorised to apply customs seals without the direct supervision of the Customs Authority.

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2. Since the application of the new Union customs law which came into force on 1 May 2016, orders no longer have to be submitted in advance to the Customs office for approval.

3. When placing your order, please inform Bednorz of the approval number and coding number allocated to you, which we will print on the seals selected.

4. After receipt of the seals, please send the number range we have assigned to your  Customs office.

German customs regulations - identification

Identification" is a legal term used to designate identical objects or circumstances. Under Customs law, the use of customs seals is subject to a prescribed "Nämlichkeitssicherung" (Identification).

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Identification marking refers to precautions taken to prevent the exchange or alteration of goods carried under Customs supervision. The T1 and T2 shipping procedures laid down by the Customs Authorities are part of the identity assurance; they require that, as an "Authorised Consignor", an original seal order confirmed by the Customs office is always sent to Bednorz. Customs seals can only be handed over or dispatched by Bednorz after this original document has been presented. The identity assurance is an essential means of preventing tax and customs offences.

See in this regard:
Article: Customs seals- German Customs regulations
Article: Procedure for ordering a Customs seal
Customs sealing of packages
Order form Tyden customs seal

Important links to the simplified customs transit procedure: