Customs Clearance of Exports
Customs clearance is required when goods are to be exported. All export declarations must be submitted to Customs through the electronic customs procedure "ATLAS-Ausfuhr" [ATLAS-Export]. The customs declaration is a customs clearance paper, the export accompanying document [Ausfuhrbegleitdokument, or ABD], and also serves as an export control and as notification of the foreign trade statistics office.
The minimum value for filling out a Customs declaration is 1,000 euros. For shipment of goods valued at less than 1,000 euros, an oral customs declaration can be made at the customs office at the point of exit (border).
Goods that are definitely being sold are declared as a "definitive export". For goods that are exported but might not be sold, a status of "provisional export" is assigned for the purpose of allowing re-import in unaltered condition.