The Bundeszollverwaltung (Federal Customs Service) is a German executive and fiscal administrative unit of the federal government and part of the Federal Ministry of Finance. It was founded in 1949 in West Germany. The purpose of the Customs Service is to administer federal taxes, execute demands for payment on behalf of the federal government and federal statutory corporations, monitor the cross border movements of goods with regard to compliance with bans and restrictions, and prevent illicit work.
The Customs Service, as part of the Finanzverwaltung (fiscal administration), ensures the flow of revenue from federal trade tariffs and taxes (excise taxes — Branntwein taxes, electricity taxes, tobacco taxes, energy taxes, etc., including the beer tax), as well as revenues of the European Union (75% of all tariff income goes to the EU, 25% are retained to cover expenses and go to the federal government).
The Customs Service is responsible for monitoring the importing, transit and exporting of goods and monitors compliance with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Its core duties include the prevention of the illegal import or export of weapons, drugs and other dangerous substances, as well as other forbidden items.
The Customs Service's enforcement duties include monitoring the movement of goods into, through and out of the EU with respect to customs law, border police work, general police work in road traffic, protection of the German continental shelf in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea (more precisely, monitoring of underwater mining and exploration rights) as well as the fight against illicit work and money laundering. The Maritime Customs Service together with other agencies makes up the German Federal Coast Guard. The enforcement elements of the Customs Service in many areas cooperate strongly with the police forces of the German states and the federal police. They are law enforcement agencies and are also used to combat terrorism.
On January 01st 2016, the Central Customs Authority (GZD) was established within the framework of the reorganization of the customs administration; it is the new federal supreme authority under the management of its president Mr. Uwe Schröder located in Bonn/Germany.
Germany is a member of E.C.S.A. since the year 2010. In January 2014 the Federal Ministry of Finance took over membership from Deutsche Zollsporthilfe e.V. (German Customs Sports Aid Association) which organised different sports events in the past years on regional and as well international level such as
Since our membership in E.C.S.A., we have been regularly participating in the half-marathon of Brussels. We are also participating in the marching event “Vierdaagse Nijmegen” with one team since many years.
A shooting competition and the participation in one of the great (half)-marathons around the Cologne/Bonn area are plans for Germanys E.C.S.A. events in the future. German Customs is going to organise the Volleyball Tournament in Hürth in November 2017
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