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Following the entry into force of the revised Foreign Trade and Payments Regulation (AWV) on 1 September 2013, all external reports from enterprises, banks, public authorities and individuals must, as a general rule, be submitted in electronic format to the Bundesbank directly.

Payment reports

Residents, ie legal persons who are domiciled in, or natural persons whose place of residence or habitual place of abode is, the Federal Republic of Germany are generally required to report incoming and outgoing payments (transactions) of more than €12,500 or the equivalent value in another currency.

Only those transactions which they receive from non-residents or from residents for the account of non-residents (incoming payments) or make to non-residents or to residents for the account of non-residents (outgoing payments) have to be reported.

The reporting threshold does not apply to payments which have to be reported using forms Z 8, Z 11, Z 12 or Z 13.

Individuals may also submit reports using the dedicated hotline (found under contact).

Reporting forms:

  • Z 4 - All incoming and outgoing payments, which are not to be reported on form Z 10
  • Z 8 - All incoming and outgoing payments in connection with maritime shipping
  • Z 10 - All incoming and outgoing payments made in connection with securities transactions and financial derivatives  
  • Z 10 to Z 15 – Forms for financial institutions

Stock reports on external claims and liabilities

Residents – with the exception of monetary financial institutions (MFIs), investment stock corporations, investment companies for their special funds and individuals – are required to report their claims and liabilities vis-à-vis non-residents on a monthly basis if the sum of the claims or the sum of the liabilities amounts to more than €5 million or the equivalent value in another currency at the end of a given calendar month.

Furthermore, domestic enterprises whose claims or liabilities vis-à-vis non-residents amount to more than €500 million must report their claims and liabilities vis-à-vis non-residents arising from derivative financial instruments on a quarterly basis.

Reporting forms:

  • Z 5 - Claims and liabilities arising from financial operations with foreign banks
  • Z 5a sheet 1/1 - Claims and liabilities arising from financial operations with affiliated foreign non-banks
  • Z 5a sheet 1/2 - Claims and liabilities arising from financial operations with other foreign non-banks
  • Z 5a sheet 2/1 - Claims and liabilities vis-à-vis affiliated foreign non-banks arising from transactions in goods and services (export claims and import liabilities including advance payments made and received)
  • Z 5a sheet 2/2 - Claims and liabilities vis-à-vis other foreign non-banks arising from transactions in goods and services
  • Z 5b - Claims and liabilities vis-à-vis non-residents arising from derivative financial instruments

Stock reports on cross-border equity investments

Domestic enterprises, banks, public authorities and individuals are required to report cross-border equity investments on an annual basis wherever their share of capital or voting rights is 10% or higher and the investment enterprise’s balance sheet total is more than €3 million (or the equivalent thereof if the balance sheet is denominated in another currency).

Reporting forms K3 and K4 in paper form or by fax will be accepted until June 30, 2019 only.

Reporting forms

  • K 3 - Residents' assets abroad
  • K 4 - Non-residents‘ assets in Germany

Reporting forms: Stock reports on cross-border equity investments

Additional information

Contact

Service Centre for External Sector Statistics (Servicezentrum Außenwirtschaftsstatistik)

0800 1234 111 (free of charge)

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