VAT (value-added tax) on goods
In accordance with the laws governing members of the European Union, Amazon.de is obliged to charge VAT (Umsatzsteuer) on all orders delivered to destinations in member countries of the EU.
The VAT rate in Germany is only 7% on books, groceries (beverages and gift baskets excluded) and pet food. Items in our catalogue besides books, groceries and pet food are subject to the regular VAT rate of 19%. These also include, audiobooks, CD-roms, calendars, software items, and more.
The amounts displayed for goods sold by Amazon.de are inclusive of German VAT. However, your final price may differ depending on the actual VAT rate that applies to your order. If you enter a non-German delivery address, the VAT automatically changes to the rate that is applicable in your country. For EU customers outside of Germany, amounts of VAT charged are in accordance with the local legislation in each country.
You will be able to see your final price inclusive of applicable VAT before you confirm your order, when you have completed your order information (including your delivery address).
Please remember that VAT charges only apply to orders being sent to member countries of the EU.
For dispatch to countries outside of the EU, VAT will not be charged.
These packages may, however, be assessed import or customs fees, depending on the laws of the particular countries.
Any customs or import duties are levied once the package reaches the destination country. Additional charges for customs clearance would have to be borne by the recipient; we have no control over these charges and cannot predict what they might be. Since customs policies vary widely from country to country, you may want to contact your local customs office for further information.
You can find the EU VAT rates (Umsatzsteuersätze) here (in German)