Headquarters
United States Army Europe
United States Army Installation Management Command
    Europe Region
Heidelberg, Germany

Army in Europe
Regulation 550-175*

 

Headquarters
U.S. Naval Forces Europe/U.S. Naval Forces Africa/
    U.S. Sixth Fleet
Naples, Italy

CNE-CNA-C6F
Instruction 5840.1F*

 

Headquarters
United States Air Forces in Europe
Ramstein, Germany

USAFE
Instruction 51-702*

15 July 2011

Foreign Countries and Nationals

U.S. Forces Customs Controls in Germany


*This publication supersedes AE Regulation 550-175/USNAVEUR Instruction 5840.1E/USAFE Instruction 51-702, 24 January 2003.



For the Commander:
 
Authenticated: 
JAMES C. BOOZER, SR.
Major General, GS
Chief of Staff

 
K. J. NORTON
Rear Admiral, USN
Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy,
    Resources, and Plans
MARK A. WELSH
General, USAF
Commander
Official
 
   
DWAYNE J. VIERGUTZ
Chief, Army in Europe
    Document Management
G. E. MODARAI
Captain, JAGC, USN
Force Judge Advocate
JEFFREY A. ROCKWELL
Colonel, USAF
Staff Judge Advocate



Summary. This publication establishes customs policy and procedures for the U.S. Forces, their military personnel, the civilian component, and their dependents stationed in Germany. It also prescribes responsibilities of the USAREUR Provost Marshal (PM) as the CG USAREUR Customs Executive Agent and Customs Mission Operator. Additionally, this publication prescribes responsibilities of United States Forces Customs-Europe (USFC-E).

Summary of Change. This revision—

  • Transfers customs-control responsibility from the 560th Military Police Company to USFC-E.


  • Transfers Customs Mission Operator’s responsibilities from the Commander, 560th Military Police Company, to the USAREUR PM.


  • Removes the provision that authorized personnel can lend a privately owned vehicle only to visitors who are U.S. citizens and relatives (para 14).


  • Adds provisions on authorization for short-term fuel-ration cards (sec VII).


  • Adds provisions on temporary authorization for appointed caregivers (sec IX).


  • Adds provisions on temporary authorization cards for participants of training, special missions, or conferences; and for special guests and bona fide visitors (sec X).
  • Applicability. This publication—

  • Applies to—


  • Does not apply to—

    Supplementation. Organizations will not supplement this publication without USAREUR G3 (AEAGC-PDP-N) approval.

    Forms. This publication prescribes AE Form 550-175A, AE Form 550-175B, AE Form 550-175C, AE Form 550-175D, AE Form 550-175E, AE Form 550-175F, AE Form 550-175G, AE Form 550-175H, AE Form 550-175J, AE Form 550-175K, and AE Form 550-175L. AE and higher level forms are available through the Army in Europe Library & Publishing System (AEPUBS) https://aepubs.army.mil/.

    Suggested Improvements. The proponent of this publication is the USAREUR G3 (AEAGC-PDP-N, DSN 370-4942). Users may suggest improvements to this publication by sending DA Form 2028 to the USAREUR G3 (AEAGC-PDP-N), Unit 29351, APO AE 09014-9351.



    CONTENTS


    SECTION I
    GENERAL


    SECTION II
    PERSONAL IMPORTS AND EXPORTS, PURCHASE OF VEHICLES FROM TOURISTS OR CUSTOMS-BONDED CARDEALERS


    SECTION III
    TRANSFERRING NONCUSTOMARY GIFTS AND USED GOODS


    SECTION IV
    LENDING GOODS TO UNAUTHORIZED PERSONNEL


    SECTION V
    UNITED STATES FORCES CUSTOMS-EUROPE CUSTOMS CONTROL IN GERMANY


    SECTION VI
    CUSTOMS POLICY AND PROCEDURES FOR RETIRED U.S. MILITARY PERSONNEL, GRAY-AREA RETIREES, AND THEIR UNACCOMPANIED DEPENDENTS; UNACCOMPANIED DEPENDENT CHILDREN; AND WIDOWS OR WIDOWERS IN GERMANY


    SECTION VII
    SHORT-TERM FUEL-RATION CARDS


    SECTION VIII
    AUTHORIZED TRANSFERS OF DUTY- AND TAX-FREE GOODS WITHOUT CUSTOMS CLEARANCE


    SECTION IX
    TEMPORARY AUTHORIZATION FOR APPOINTED CAREGIVERS


    SECTION X
    TEMPORARY AUTHORIZATION CARDS


    Appendixes
    A. References
    B. United States Forces Customs-Europe Field Offices
    C. Protest Against Seizure or Detention of Property

    Tables
    1. Items and Amounts for Duty-Free Import and Export
    2. German Customs Offices and USFC-E Offices Supporting Customs Control at U.S. Forces Airfields and Airbases in Germany
    B-1. United States Forces Customs-Europe Field Offices and Military-Customs Customer-Service Offices

    Figure
    C-1. Format for Letter of Protest Against Seizure or Detention of Property

    Glossary



    SECTION I
    GENERAL


    1. PURPOSE
    This publication prescribes policy and procedures for customs control for U.S. Forces and assigned military and civilian component personnel and their dependents in Germany according to international agreements.

    NOTE: The Department of Defense does not sanction or endorse any commercial product, service, or enterprise mentioned in this publication.


    2. REFERENCES
    Appendix A lists references.


    3. EXPLANATION OF ABBREVIATIONS AND TERMS
    The glossary defines abbreviations and terms.


    4. AUTHORITY
    The United States and Germany have agreed to provide mutual assistance and cooperation to safeguard the security and protect the property of their countries and their personnel. The parties have also agreed that United States Forces Customs-Europe (USFC-E) personnel will be stationed at certain German border-crossing points to help German officials—


    5. RESPONSIBILITIES


    6. HOST-NATION PROVISIONS, RULES, AND POLICY

    NOTE: If personnel import items of the types listed in (a) through (h) through the German postal service or by commercial freight subject to German law and customs import restrictions and subject to German import duties and taxes, USFC-E field offices will not issue AE Form 550-175A for such imports.

    NOTE: Cigarettes and other tobacco products and coffee and coffee products may be exported in unaccompanied baggage and household goods or through the MPS if purchased tax-paid from a German store and if exported in noncommercial quantities. Alcoholic beverages may be exported through commercial carriers in noncommercial quantities if purchased tax-paid from a German store. These items, however, will be subject to customs requirements of the country of destination and to applicable transportation and postal restrictions.

    Table 1
    Items and Amounts for Duty-Free Import and Export
    Item For Import To Germany For Export From Germany
    Cigarettes and other tobacco products
  • 200 cigarettes

  •       or
  • 100 cigarillos

  •       or
  • 50 cigars

  •       or
  • 250 g (about 8.8 oz) of smoking tobacco

  •       or
  • A proportional combination of the items above
  • 600 cigarettes
    500 g (about 17.6 oz) of smoking tobacco
    Alcohol and alcoholic beverages
  • 1 L (about 1.1 qt) of spirits with more than 22%

  •       or
  • 2 L (about 2.1 qt) of wines and spirits with highest 22%

  •       or
  • 2 L (about 2.1 qt) of a proportional combination of the items above

  •       and
  • 4 L (about 4.2 qt) of nonsparkling wine

  •       and
  • 16 L (about 16.9 qt) of beer
  • Noncommercial quantities
      For Import To or Export From Germany
    Coffee and coffee products
  • 500 g (about 17.6 oz) of ground coffee or coffee beans

  • 125 g (about 4.4 oz) of pure soluble coffee

  • 250 g (about 8.8 oz) of mixed coffee extracts
  • NOTE: The glossary defines abbreviations used in this table.


    SECTION II
    PERSONAL IMPORTS AND EXPORTS, PURCHASE OF VEHICLES FROM TOURISTS AND CUSTOMS-BONDED CARDEALERS


    7. GENERAL
    Subject to German law and international agreements, authorized persons may import and export goods for their personal or domestic use or consumption without paying German customs duties or other applicable German taxes.


    8. OBTAINING AND SUBMITTING AE FORM 550-175A
    Applicants will—


    9. USE OF AE FORM 550-175A
    AE Form 550-175A may be used for the following purposes:


    SECTION III
    TRANSFERRING NONCUSTOMARY GIFTS AND USED GOODS


    10. GENERAL
    U.S. Forces personnel may not transfer goods that they have imported or acquired duty- and tax-free (including the use of the individual tax-relief program in accordance with AE Reg 215-6/USAFE Inst 34-102) to unauthorized personnel, except as provided for in this section. U.S. Forces personnel—


    11. OBTAINING AND SUBMITTING AE FORM 550-175B

    NOTE: Authorized personnel who have goods taken by a legally executed writ of execution or who have goods repossessed by a finance company or other authorized lien holder must comply with paragraph 10a above and with AE Regulation 190-1/CNE-C6F Instruction 11240.6X/USAFE Instruction 31-202. These personnel may be liable for duties and taxes on the seized items unless they apply for AE Form 550-175B requesting exemption from taxes that may otherwise be due.


    12. GOODS FOR TEMPORARY STORAGE, TRANSPORTATION, OR REPAIR


    SECTION IV
    LENDING GOODS TO UNAUTHORIZED PERSONNEL


    13. LENDING GOODS OF PERSONAL OR DOMESTIC USE
    Authorized personnel may lend goods for personal or domestic use to unauthorized personnel for brief periods. These loans must be within the scope of normal social relations. This does not apply to U.S. Forces-registered POVs.


    14. LENDING PRIVATELY OWNED VEHICLES


    SECTION V
    UNITED STATES FORCES CUSTOMS-EUROPE CUSTOMS CONTROL IN GERMANY


    15. CUSTOMS CONTROL AT MILITARY POST OFFICES
    Authorized personnel will use military post offices (MPOs) solely for personal purposes. Using MPOs for commercial or business purposes or to send items intended for resale for a business or enterprise is prohibited. Further restrictions are outlined in AE Regulation 600-1, paragraph 16.


    16. CUSTOMS CONTROL AT U.S. FORCES AIRFIELDS AND AIRBASES IN GERMANY

    NOTE: USFC-E personnel are responsible for enforcing customs control at USAFE Airbases, Stuttgart Army Airfield, and Wiesbaden Army Airfield.

    Table 2
    German Customs Offices and USFC-E Offices Supporting Customs Control at U.S. Forces Airfields and Airbases in Germany
    Airfield or Airbase German Customs Office USFC-E
    Grafenwöhr Army AirfieldZollamt Bahnhof
    92637 Weiden/Oberpfalz
    Grafenwöhr Field Office
    Unit 28130
    APO AE 09114-8130
    DSN 475-8901/7249
    Ramstein AirbaseZollamt Kaiserslautern
    Von-Miller-Str. 13
    67661 Kaiserslautern-Einsiedlerhof
    Ramstein Field Office
    Unit 3135
    APO AE 09094-3135
    DSN 480-4845/7168
    Spangdahlem AirbaseZollamt Wittlich
    Max-Planck-Str. 13
    54516 Wittlich
    Spangdahlem Field Office (note)
    Unit 3720
    APO AE 09126-3720
    DSN 452-4500/8976
    Stuttgart Army AirfieldZollamt Flughafen Stuttgart
    70629 Stuttgart-Echterdingen
    Stuttgart Field Office
    Unit 30401
    APO AE 09131-0401
    DSN 421-4880/431-2657
    Wiesbaden Army AirfieldZollamt Wiesbaden
    Rheingaustr. 190-196
    65203 Wiesbaden
    Wiesbaden Field Office
    Unit 24335
    APO AE 09005-4335
    DSN 337-5188/6071
    NOTE: The Spangdahlem Field Office will also coordinate customs-control support for the NATO airbases in Büchel and Geilenkirchen.


    17. CUSTOMS CONTROL OF MILITARY GROUP MOVEMENTS
    Movement commanders will coordinate troop movements across the German border with the HQ USAREUR (AEAGC-PDP-N), Unit 29351, APO AE 09014-9351, or DSN 370-4983/5760.


    18. PROHIBITED TRANSACTIONS AND ACTIVITIES


    19. DETAINING, SEIZING, AND DISPOSING OF PROPERTY


    SECTION VI
    CUSTOMS POLICY AND PROCEDURES FOR RETIRED U.S. MILITARY PERSONNEL, GRAY-AREA RETIREES, AND THEIR UNACCOMPANIED DEPENDENTS; UNACCOMPANIED DEPENDENT CHILDREN; AND WIDOWS OR WIDOWERS IN GERMANY


    20. GENERAL

    NOTE: This publication does not grant authorization for customs and tax exemptions or entrance to U.S. Forces facilities.


    21. RETIREMENT AND LOSS OF STATUS


    22. USE OF U.S. FORCES SALES FACILITIES IN GERMANY
    The following categories of personnel may be authorized use of U.S. Forces sales facilities in Germany:


    23. REGISTRATION WITH UNITED STATES FORCES CUSTOMS-EUROPE AND GERMAN CUSTOMS AUTHORITIES
    Personnel listed in paragraphs 22a through h must register with USFC-E and German Customs authorities before using U.S. Forces sales facilities. Once a year, personnel must apply for AE Form 550-175K at a USFC-E field office (app B, table B-1). Dependents must present verification of their sponsor’s status to be issued AE Form 550-175K. AE Form 550-175K is valid for 12 months after the issue date or for the period that all supporting documents are valid, whichever is shorter.

    NOTE: Entitlements to use AAFES, Defense Commissary Agency (DECA) facilities, or both are stated on the ID card. IMCOM-Europe (IMEU-HMT, DSN 379-6647) can provide information about these entitlements.


    24. MAKING PURCHASES FROM U.S. FORCES SALES FACILITIES IN GERMANY


    25. USE OF THE MILITARY POSTAL SERVICE IN GERMANY
    Personnel listed in paragraphs 22a through d and 22g and h may use the MPS in Germany. Registration with a local USFC-E field office, military-customs customer-service office, or German customs authority is not required.


    SECTION VII
    SHORT-TERM FUEL-RATION CARDS


    26. OBTAINING A SHORT-TERM FUEL-RATION CARD
    The U.S. Forces use an automated fuel-ration card system in Germany. Authorized personnel (AE Reg 600-17, para 9 and app C) may be granted temporary permission to purchase tax- and duty-free fuel for rental vehicles and POVs registered outside Germany and may be issued short-term fuel-ration cards.


    27. RATION AMOUNTS AND ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE
    AE Regulation 600-17, table C-2, prescribes ration amounts. Servicing USFC-E field offices can provide additional guidance.


    28. LOST OR STOLEN SHORT-TERM FUEL-RATION CARDS
    Personnel will immediately report lost or stolen short-term fuel-ration cards to AAFES Customer Service and the Customs Executive Agency (DSN 370-4973).


    SECTION VIII
    AUTHORIZED TRANSFERS OF DUTY- AND TAX-FREE GOODS WITHOUT CUSTOMS CLEARANCE


    29. TRANSFERRING GOODS AT U.S. FORCES CATERING FACILITIES


    30. TRANSFERRING GOODS DURING SPECIAL EVENTS OR PRIVATE FUNCTIONS


    31. TRANSFERRING GOODS AS PERSONAL CUSTOMARY GIFTS


    32. TRANSFERRING GOODS FOR DONATION OR CHARITY
    Transferring goods for donation or charity requires approval by the Customs Executive Agent and German customs authorities. Requests must be submitted in writing to HQ USAREUR (AEAGC-PDP-N), Unit 29351, APO AE 09014-9351.


    33. TRANSFERRING GOODS AT FLEA MARKETS
    According to the FCL and the FCO, organizations of the U.S. Forces or headquarters may organize flea markets provided that the following conditions are met:

    NOTE: Privately organized yard sales and garage sales by individuals are restricted to ID-card holders with status under the SOFA in Germany. Transfer of duty- and tax-free goods to unauthorized individuals is not authorized unless permitted in accordance with section III of this publication.


    34. TRANSFERRING GOODS AT PUBLIC EVENTS HOSTED BY THE U.S. FORCES
    The U.S. Forces may sponsor events open to the general public where imported goods are offered. Those events take place on the premises made available to the U.S. Forces for their use and are organized by the U.S. Forces. The German public is invited to attend without admission charges.

    NOTE: Requests for approval of other public events (for example, rodeos, Halloween balls) must be submitted in writing to HQ USAREUR (AEAGC-PDP-N), Unit 29351, APO AE 09014-9351, 10 weeks before the event for further coordination with German customs authorities.

    NOTE: Failure to comply with the requirements above or conducting an event that was neither requested nor approved constitutes commercial trading in the German market by the U.S. Forces.


    35. TRANSFERRING GOODS AT PUBLIC EVENTS HOSTED BY OTHER PARTIES
    The U.S. Forces may offer imported goods for sale to unauthorized persons during public events to which they are invited.

    NOTE: Failure to comply with the requirements above or conducting an event that was neither requested nor approved constitutes commercial trading in the German market by the U.S. Forces.


    SECTION IX
    TEMPORARY AUTHORIZATION FOR APPOINTED CAREGIVERS


    36. IN LOCO PARENTIS
    The Customs Executive Agent may grant temporary authorization on a case-by-case basis (for example, deployment, medical incapacitation, Family hardship) to personnel not subject to the NATO SOFA and who are appointed as caregivers. In Loco Parentis (latin for “in place of a parent”) authorization may be granted in situations involving U.S. Forces personnel deployed to support peacekeeping, contingency, or security operations. These authorizations grant customs and tax exemptions to non-SOFA personnel while they care for the children of single military and civilian component personnel and military and civilian component personnel couples deployed to support peacekeeping, contingency, or security operations. This status does not waive host-nation labor laws. Application worksheets are available at USFC-E field offices or can be requested at DSN 370-4942. Applications with supporting documents must be sent for review and approval to HQ USAREUR (AEAGC-PDP-N), Unit 29351, APO AE 09014-9351.


    37. EMERGENCY ASSISTANTS
    U.S. Forces personnel in hardship situations not covered by paragraph 36 may apply for temporary authorization for emergency assistants. Application worksheets are available at any USFC-E field office or can be requested at DSN 370-4942. Applications with supporting documents must be sent for review and approval to HQ USAREUR (AEAGC-PDP-N), Unit 29351, APO AE 09014-9351.

    NOTE: Appointed caregivers will carry a copy of the letter of approval from the Customs Executive Agent when making use of their customs and tax privileges.


    SECTION X
    TEMPORARY AUTHORIZATION CARDS


    38. PARTICIPANTS OF TRAINING, SPECIAL MISSIONS, OR CONFERENCES
    The Customs Executive Agent may grant temporary tax and duty privileges to personnel not entitled to ILS based on exceptional agreements with the FMOF and according to the FCL and FCO by issuing a temporary authorization card (TAC). The TAC will show the authorization and scope of granted privileges.


    39. OFFICIAL VISITORS
    The Customs Executive Agent may grant TACs to official visitors who are invitees of the Commander, USEUCOM; Commander, USAFRICOM; CG, USAREUR; the CNE-CNA-C6F; or the Commander, USAFE. Their requests will be coordinated with HQ USAREUR (AEAGC-PDP-N), Unit 29351, APO AE 09014-9351.

     

    APPENDIX A
    REFERENCES


    SECTION I
    PUBLICATIONS


    A-1. INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS

    Agreement Between the Parties to the North Atlantic Treaty Regarding the Status of Their Forces (NATO SOFA)

    Agreement to Supplement the Agreement Between the Parties to the North Atlantic Treaty Regarding the Status of their Forces With Respect to the Foreign Forces Stationed in the Federal Republic of Germany (Supplementary Agreement)

    Agreement on the Implementation of the Customs and Taxation Provisions of the Supplementary Agreement to the NATO Status of Forces Agreement in Favor of a Force and a Civilian Component (Article 65 and Article 67 of the Supplementary Agreement)

    Agreement on the Implementation of the Customs and Consumer Tax Provisions of the Supplementary Agreement to the NATO Status of Forces Agreement in Favor of Members of a Force, of a Civilian Component and Dependents (Article 66 and Paragraph 6 of Article 3 of the Supplementary Agreement)

    Schengen Agreement

    A-2. U.S. GOVERNMENT

    Controlled Substances Act of 1970

    Manual for Courts-Martial United States (2008 edition)

    A-3. GERMAN LAWS

    Gesetz zur Ausführung der zoll- und steuerrechtlichen Bestimmungen des NATO-Truppenstatuts, des Zusatzabkommens zum NATO-Truppenstatut hinsichtlich der in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland stationierten ausländischen Streitkräfte und des Protokolls und der Abkommen betreffend die in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland errichteten internationalen militärischen Hauptquartiere (Truppenzollgesetz) (Forces Customs Law) (1 November 2009)

    Verordnung zur Durchführung des Truppenzollgesetzes (Truppenzollordnung) (Forces Customs Ordinance) (1 November 2009)

    A-3. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

    DOD 4500.54-G, Department of Defense Foreign Clearance Guide

    A-4. JOINT SERVICE

    AR 600-8-14/Air Force Instruction 36-3026_IP/Bureau of Naval Personnel Instruction 1750.10C, Identification Cards for Members of the Uniformed Services, Their Eligible Family Members, and Other Eligible Personnel

    AE Regulation 55-355/USNAVEUR Instruction 4600.7G/USAFE Instruction 24-201, Joint Transportation and Traffic Management

    AE Regulation 190-1/CNE-C6F Instruction 11240.6X/USAFE Instruction 31-202, Registering and Operating Privately Owned Motor Vehicles in Germany

    AE Regulation 190-6/CNE-C6F Instruction 5300.15Q/USAFE Instruction 31-205, Registration and Control of Privately Owned Firearms and Other Weapons in Germany

    AE Regulation 215-6/USAFE Instruction 34-102, Individual Tax-Relief Program

    A-5. DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY

    AR 195-5, Evidence Procedures

    AR 690-700, Personnel Relations and Services (General)

    A-6. ARMY IN EUROPE

    AE Regulation 600-1, Regulated Activities in Europe

    AE Regulation 600-8-3, Army in Europe Postal Operations Manual

    AE Regulation 600-17, Retail Sales of Motor Fuel to Individuals in Germany

    AE Regulation 600-700, Identification Cards and Individual Logistic Support


    SECTION II
    FORMS

    NATO Form 302, Import/Export Customs Declaration

    German Customs Form 0217, Bescheinigung für die versorgungsberechtigte Person (Pink Card)

    DA Form 4137, Evidence/Property Custody Document

    AF Form 52, Evidence Tag

    AE Form 550-175A, Import/Export Certificate and Purchase Permit/Einfuhr-/Ausfuhrgenehmigung und Erwerbsgenehmigung

    AE Form 550-175B, Permit to Transfer/Veräußerungsgenehmigung

    AE Form 550-175C, Request for Exception to Policy for Authorization to Operate a Privately Owned Vehicle/Antrag auf Erteilung eines Berechtigungsausweises

    AE Form 550-175D, Authorization to Operate a Privately Owned Vehicle/Berechtigungsausweis

    AE Form 550-175E, Certificate of Postal Customs Inspection

    AE Form 550-175F, Notification of Incurred Tax Debt

    AE Form 550-175G, Customs Clearance Certificate/Erklärung für die Zollabfertigung

    AE Form 550-175H, Customs Declaration for Pilots and Crew

    AE Form 550-175J, Customs Declaration for Members of the U.S. Forces

    AE Form 550-175K, U.S. Forces Status Verification/Statusnachweis für versorgungsberechtigte Personen der US-Streitkräfte

    AE Form 550-175L, U.S. Forces POL Authorization for Rental Vehicles or Privately Owned Vehicles Registered in Europe but not in Germany/Genehmigung zum Kauf von Treibstoff für Mietwagen oder für außerhalb von Deutschland in Europa zugelassene Privatwagen

    AE Form 600-8-3C, Application for Box-R General Delivery Service

     

    APPENDIX B
    UNITED STATES FORCES CUSTOMS-EUROPE FIELD OFFICES

    Table B-1 lists United States Forces Customs-Europe field offices and military-customs customer-service offices.

    Table B-1
    United States Forces Customs-Europe Field Offices and Military-Customs Customer-Service Offices
    Office Location Telephone number
    AnsbachBarton Barracks
    building 5254, room 316
    Civ 0981-183-842/546
    DSN 468-7842/7546
    BambergWarner Barracks
    building 7011, rooms 124 and 125
    Civ 0951-300-7460/9312
    DSN 469-7460/9312
    BaumholderSmith Barracks
    building 8724, room 2
    Civ 06783-6-7442/8193
    DSN 485-7442/8193
    Frankfurt International AirportTerminal 1, gate area C
    (ground level)
    Cell phone 0162-270-8679
    GarmischMP Station (note)
    Artillery Kaserne
    building 209
    Civ 08821-750-3648/3601
    DSN 440-3601/3648
    Geilenkirchen470th ABS/LGT Geilenkirchen (note)
    NATO Airbase
    building 84, rooms 8 and 9
    Civ 02451-632227
    DSN 458-6087/6031/6030
    GrafenwöhrGrafenwöhr Garrison
    building 621, room 102
    Civ 09641-837249/8901
    DSN 475-7249/8901
    HeidelbergShopping Center
    Central Processing Facility
    building 3850, room 271
    Civ 06221-57-8998/7142
    DSN 370-8998/7142
    HohenfelsTraining Area
    building 10, room 116
    Civ 09472-83-2012/2745
    DSN 466-2012/2745
    KaiserslauternKleber Kaserne
    building 3245, room 215
    Civ 0631-411-7383
    DSN 483-7383
    MannheimSullivan Barracks
    building 255, room 110
    Civ 0621-730-3307/3326
    DSN 385-3307/3326
    RamsteinRamstein Airbase
    building 305, room 14
    Civ 06371-47-0100
    DSN 480-0100
    SchweinfurtConn Barracks
    building 64
    Civ 09721-96-8846/8847
    DSN 353-8846/8847
    SpangdahlemSpangdahlem Airbase
    building 139, room 106
    Civ 06565-61-4500
    DSN 452-4500
    StuttgartPanzer Kaserne
    building 2913, room 303
    Civ 07031-15-2657/2731
    DSN 431-2657/2731
    WiesbadenWiesbaden Army Airfield
    building 1038, room 201
    Civ 0611-705-6071/5188
    DSN 337-6071/5188
    NOTE: Military-customs customer-service offices

     

    APPENDIX C
    PROTEST AGAINST SEIZURE OR DETENTION OF PROPERTY


    C-1. Property owners or recipients may protest the seizure or detention of their property through U.S. Forces authorities within 30 days after being notified of the seizure or detention. The protest will be treated in either of the following ways:

    NOTE: Property owners or recipients may file a protest directly with German customs authorities.


    C-2. Figure C-1 is the format for a letter of protest.

     

    (Property owner or recipient)
    (CMR XXX, Box XXX)
    (APO AE XXXXX-XXXX)

    (date)

    HQ USAREUR
    (AEAGC-PDP-N)
    Unit 29351
    APO AE 09014-9351

    RE: Protest Against Seizure or Detention of Property by U.S. Forces Customs Authorities

    TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:

    Personal property was (seized/detained) from my custody by (name of official) at (location), (time), on (date).

    I hereby protest the (seizure/detention) of this property for the following reason: (reason for protest).

      Sincerely,



    (Typed or printed name)


     

    Figure C-1. Format for Letter of Protest Against Seizure or Detention of Property

     

    GLOSSARY


    SECTION I
    ABBREVIATIONS


    AAFESArmy and Air Force Exchange Service
    AFAir Force
    APOArmy post office
    CGCommanding General
    CNE-C6FCommander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe/Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet
    CNE-CNA-C6FCommander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe/Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa/Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet
    DECADefense Commissary Agency
    DEROSdate eligible for return from overseas
    EUEuropean Union
    FCLForces Customs Law (Truppenzollgesetz)
    FCOForces Customs Ordinance (Truppenzollverordnung)
    FMOFFederal Ministry of Finance (Bundesministerium der Finanzen)
    ggram
    HQheadquarters
    IDidentification
    ILSindividual logistic support
    IMCOM-Europe   United States Army Installation Management Command, Europe Region
    IMHinternational military headquarters
    J-4Director for Logistics and Security Assistance, United States European Command
    Lliter
    LNlocal national
    MCMManual for Courts-Martial
    MPOmilitary postal office
    MPSMilitary Postal Service
    NAFInonappropriated fund instrumentality
    NATONorth Atlantic Treaty Organization
    ozounce
    PCSpermanent change of station
    PMProvost Marshal, United States Army Europe
    POApower of attorney
    POFprivately owned firearm
    POVprivately owned vehicle
    qtquart
    SOFAStatus of Forces Agreement
    SSNsocial security number
    UCMJUniform Code of Military Justice
    U.S.United States
    USAFEUnited States Air Forces in Europe
    USAREURUnited States Army Europe
    USEUCOMUnited Stated European Command
    USFC-EUnited States Forces Customs-Europe


    SECTION II
    TERMS


    dependent
    A person who is is a lawful spouse, unmarried child (including adopted child or stepchild), ward, or parent (including adoptive parent, stepparent, parent-in-law, and adoptive parent-in-law) and meets the dependency specification in an applicable service directive (for example, AR 600-8-14).

    gray-area retiree
    A retired Reservist who is eligible for retired pay and who is under 60 years old.

    Truppenzollgesetz (Forces Customs Law)
    Law on the implementation of the Customs and Taxation Provisions of the Agreement between the Parties to the North Atlantic Treaty Regarding the Status of their Forces of 19 June 1951 (NATO SOFA) and of the Supplementary Agreement to the NATO SOFA with Respect to Foreign Forces Stationed in the Federal Republic of Germany of 3 August 1959.

    Truppenzollordnung (Forces Customs Ordinance)
    Ordinance implementing the Forces Customs Law.

    unaccompanied dependents
    Dependents who reside in Germany while their sponsor is assigned to a duty station outside of Germany or whose sponsor had died.