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  1. It's quite normal that goods over a certain value imported into the EU from most destinations require a customs declaration and payment of fees. It varies a little bit by country but is an EU system, not a German one (and replicated in other countries including the USA with variations). The fees include customs duty, VAT and clearance/handling fees (dependent on nature of goods and value). These costs can significantly change the economics of buying from outside the EU. The Warentarifpositionen is the international commodity code. You can determine this from the nature of the contents, so they're saying for up to three codes there is no charge (the Zollamt will check them). The codes are here: (available in German, English and French) See also: The T1 procedure is only for goods transiting, i.e. being shipped onwards to another country/tariff zone. I suggest you leave the EORI field blank or write in 'not applicable'. It's probably a standard form. The Auftrag zur Abfertigung is basically for you to request that they process the shipment for customs clearance, including their fees; in principle you can choose another clearance agent, but it won't change the fees significantly for a single job. Hope this helps.
  2. An EORI is for 'economic operators', so maybe something on the address label or accompanying 'paperwork' makes them think you're one. Even if you are an economic operator, delivery companies may (or at least were) able to process the shipment as if the recipient was an individual. I suggest you simply query the request with them.
  3. Diesel Euro 4 across German cities?

    Consult the following site for precise information (not just for Germany):
  4. Abandoned items on private land - disposal

    For anyone's future reference, a report went into the police. They came and had a look and made a decision on the spot that the abandoned items could be disposed of, without needing to involve the Ordnungsamt. Confirmed in writing too.
  5. Sign fell on my car

    Does your car insurance cover you for repairs to such damage (if comprehensive it may well do)? If so, it's best to just hand the problem over to your insurance company if you think the damage is worth the effort of the claim. Make sure you take plenty of photos and measurements a.s.a.p. Your insurer may be able to advise you before you submit a claim.
  6. Deutsche Post complaints and criticism

    In my experience, the primary purpose of Deutsche Post is to adhere to its own rules, not to deliver post. I've complained in writing to them in the past, if you do so expect a standard letter back which neither addresses your grievance nor results in any change. You could apply for a postfach and packstation access. This will give DHL/DP more ways to mess up, but you might still end up receiving more post overall. If you have a friendly corner shop owner, you could ask them if you can have packages delivered directly there. This will save DHL/DP the bother of leaving them there anyway, or returning them, when you're actually at home. Finally, you might want to check your Namensschild in case something had died there in the shape of e.g. an Umlaut -that would be reason enought for your post be returned.
  7. Abandoned items on private land - disposal

    @ LeonG Unfortunately I don't know who the owner is (things would be different then). It's also not garbage, but maybe related to building work and worth something. In the greater Berlin building site this seems to happen often. Mostly the stuff is in the way. @engelchen Police and Ordnungsamt seen the way to go. Thanks to you both.
  8. Abandoned items on private land - disposal

    Thanks HH_Sailor, I do intend to report the items, just trying to figure out the 'zuständige Behörde'. I suppose the police will be quick enough to correct me if they don't want to get involved, except the items are in the way and this isn't the first time it's happened. I'd like to drop them off, as I think you're sometimes entitled to do, at the zuständige Behörde. Also, by following the book, get my costs back from the owner -they'll probably then be quite unlikely to do it again. Don't know what the police would think of me dropping the items off on their doorstep though, whereas the council must have some depot.
  9. Abandoned items on private land - disposal

    I guess you did your best sos-the-rope. Looks like this question is a bit above bar for the forum. No harm in mass mailing the Behörden I suppose. Will give them something to do.
  10. Where items of unknown ownership are abandoned / left on land or in property in Germany which you own or rent, I understand that you are suposed to inform the 'competent authority' before disposing of them.  Does this mean both the police and local council or does it depend on the nature of the item?   Also, is the 'Fundrecht' supposed to apply equally to items abandoned on private land as to lost property in public spaces, or do you get extra rights for things left on your property?