IMPLEMENTATION LEVEL

National

AFFECTED FLOW

Inflow

ANNOUNCED AS TEMPORARY

No

NON-TRADE-RELATED RATIONALE

No

ELIGIBLE FIRMS

all

JUMBO

No

TARIFF PEAK

No
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Inception date: No inception date

Import-related non-tariff measure, nes

On 27 November 2013, the political parties CDU, CSU and SPD signed a coalition agreement for the next 4-years term. One element of the agreement is a nation-wide toll on the motorway ('Autobahn') that would discriminate against foreign car owners. The new road charge would apply to local and foreign owners of passenger cars (under 3.5 tonnes). German vehicle owners would however get a refund through the vehicle taxing system.
 
The European Commission stated on 31 October 2013 in a press briefing that there is 'no green light on any future road toll system in Germany' as long as the EC has not seen any concrete plan. Nevertheless, it is explicitly stated that there should be 'no discrimination' and it will not be allowed to 'link the road toll system to the German vehicle taxing system'.
 
In an interview from 9 April 2014, the Minister of transport reconfirmed that the nation-wide toll will be introduced on 1 January 2016. Nevertheless the minister did not provide further details or a concrete plan on how German vehicles will be excluded from the toll. In the mean time, the government decided to scrap plans to introduce the toll.

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