After the end of the expedition the equipment is made available for pickup at our AWI warehouse. As this is situated in the Bremerhaven free trade zone (free port), no customs clearance is arranged from our side (re-import/returned goods regulation). The import declaration must be submitted by the owners or their agents/forwarding agents at the responsible customs office in Bremerhaven (DE002452) in digital form. For a declaration as returned goods, a proof of export, as well as e.g. a form INF.3 is possible.Further information can be found at zoll.de.
In case that customs clearance of the returning equipment shall be effected by the receiver, the equipment has to be transported under customs control, i.e.by means of the so-called "forwarding process" (T1) from the AWI warehouse to the receiver. This process must be initiated by the commissioned forwarder/carrier with the local Bremerhaven customs office (DE002452).
For sample materials collected an import procedure must be initiated, for these are no returned goods. In connection with the import, actual regulations are to be adhered to (protection of species, permissions, import of animal products etc.). Documents as provided in section "handling of animal by-products" allow for an import of by-products (samples) by AWI’s Logistics and research platforms department via the border inspection in Bremerhaven to the AWI. Participants need to arrange picking up their samples at AWI with the chief scientist or the person in charge of samples.