Foreign trade regulation

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Basic data
Title: Foreign trade regulation
Previous title: Ordinance for the implementation of the Foreign Trade Act
Abbreviation: AWV
Type: Federal Ordinance
Scope: Federal Republic of Germany
Issued on the basis of: Section 27 (1) AWG
Legal matter: Commercial administrative lawforeign trade law
References : 7400-1-6
Original version from: August 22, 1961
( BGBl. I p. 1381 )
Entry into force on: September 1, 1961
New announcement from: November 22, 1993
( Federal Law Gazette I, p. 1934 , ber.p. 2493 )
Last revision from: August 2, 2013
( BGBl. 2013 I p. 2865 )
Entry into force of the
new version on:
September 1st 2013
Last change by: Art. 3 G of 10 July 2020
( Federal Law Gazette I p. 1637, 1641 )
Effective date of the
last change:
July 17, 2020
(Art. 4 G of July 10, 2020)
GESTA : E042
Weblink: Text of the regulation
Please note the note on the applicable legal version.

The Foreign Trade Regulation (AWV) is the regulation for the implementation of the German Foreign Trade Act . It contains the approval, procedural and reporting regulations as well as the associated penal and administrative fines. It first came into force in 1961.


The foreign trade regulation is divided into ten chapters:

  • Chapter 1: General Regulations
  • Chapter 2: Domestic export and shipment
  • Chapter 3: Import
  • Chapter 4: Other freight transport
  • Chapter 5: Trade in Services
  • Chapter 6: Restrictions on Movement of Capital
  • Chapter 7: Reporting requirements in capital and payment transactions
  • Chapter 8: Restrictions on Certain Countries and Individuals
  • Chapter 9: Crimes and Administrative Offenses
  • Chapter 10: Entry into Force

Export control

The foreign trade regulation, together with the European dual-use regulation and the so-called EU anti-terrorism regulations, regulate German export controls . The export list published as an annex to the Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance lists all goods (goods, data processing programs (software) and technologies) whose export must be approved or prohibited by the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA).

After § 7 AWV boycott -explanations prohibited.

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