Additional Signature for Goods from Germany

EU residents receiving goods from Germany will have to get used to confirming the delivery an extra time on a new form for the German minister of finance. Without this so-called confirmation of delivery for exports to the EU, VAT for the goods will remain payable in Germany for the supplier in the future.

What constitutes an additional and perhaps irritating formality for the recipient is cause for concern among shippers. Not only do they question whether or how they will be compensated for this additional task. Liability may also be an issue, for example if an unauthorised person signs for the recipient and the tax authorities do not recognise the VAT exemption for the exported goods.

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