You will remember the recent cases where violins were seized at German airports. Well, the authorities have today issued clear guidelines, as follows:
German Customs and the Finance Ministry are making it clear to all concerned that anyone carrying a musical instrument is required to pass through the RED channel when entering the country and the instrument is deemed to be used for commercial (professional) purposes.
Papers have to be supplied to the customs authorities showing the value of the instrument and it has to be declared to the customs agents. They are suggesting that everyone should obtain an ATA carnet to speed up proceedings.
All artists and orchestras on tour should be aware that when travelling in and out of Germany they have to declare their instruments with the proper papers through the RED customs exit.
Here’s the document: 02_13_Zollverf
And here’s an updated advisory.