Transport and Customs

 Author: Christine Heemsoth, IGBK, Berlin

Transport and customs

The internationality of the cultural sector is not necessarily accompanied by a growing liberalization of border traffic. Although within the EU, the barriers to import and export goods have been reduced, the proper processing of necessary customs formalities for transports beyond EU borders is associated with quite a bit of an administrative burden. That it pays off to shoulder this burden often only becomes evident when difficulties arise: for example, if German customs holds goods during a return transport to Germany because the procedure for the returned goods was neglected before the transport.                                                                                       

Example 1: 
A theater company in Essen plans a tour through the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, and France. Two drivers are instructed to take a part of the stage décor, costumes, etc. to the individual venues using a rented truck. What has to be considered with respect to customs clearance, insurance and packaging issues? (see transport within the EU)

Example 2: 
A co-operative gallery in Berlin agrees on a joint project with a gallery in Yerevan, Armenia. The galleries plan to organize two exhibitions: one of German artists in Yerevan and at a later time one of Armenian artists in Berlin. How will the works be transported to their respective destinations and which customs formalities must be taken into account? (see transport beyond EU borders)

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