Customs criminal law


The trade of German companies with foreign countries has steadily increased in recent years. However, numerous foreign trade and customs regulations have to be obeyed, which can quickly become pitfalls for entrepreneurs and companies due to their complexity.
The term customs offences covers offences such as customs evasion, tax fraud, etc., which are regulated in the German Tax Code (AO). For this reason, it is particularly important to consider the possibility of voluntary tax declaration in the case of customs evasion.
Criminal customs proceedings can have considerable criminal and financial consequences for the person concerned and the company. The first impression is important - also for the customs authorities. The involvement of an experienced lawyer is strongly recommended at an early stage of the procedure.

We provide services in customs criminal law across a range of matters, including:

  • Representation and defence;
  • Expert opinions on tariffs and customs values;
  • Negotiations with the authorities (customs investigators, main customs office, public prosecutor's office);
  • Advice on the preparation and submission of tax returns through our interdisciplinary cooperation of lawyers and tax consultants. 


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Dr. Christine Varga-Zschau

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+49 911 9193 1234

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