Import VAT (Einfuhrumsatzsteuer) is a special form of VAT, charged by Customs Authorities (Zoll) when you import goods from non-EU countries to Germany.
Import VAT is charged on the value of the goods plus transport costs, customs duties, consumption tax and costs of transport within the EU. This VAT is charged at the general rate of 19% or, in specific cases, 7%.
Foreign companies must pay import VAT in Germany especially for imports via the ports of Hamburg and Bremen. After registering for VAT in Germany, foreign companies can usually apply for reimbursement of paid import VAT.