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The German Customs
Customs
Investigation Bureau in Cologne
Cologne
(Zollkriminalamt, ZKA) and its investigation offices are federal agencies that fall under the German Finance Ministry. The ZKA coordinates customs investigations nationwide in particular monitoring foreign trade, uncovering violations of EU market regulations, illegal technology exports, subsidy fraud in the agricultural sector, drug trafficking and money laundering. In reaction to increasing violence, its Zentrale Unterstützungsgruppe Zoll (ZUZ) was formed in 1997 as the customs SWAT
SWAT
team for use when regular officers would be in too much danger. The Customs
Customs
Investigation Offices (Zollfahndungsamt, ZFA) are directly integrated into the ZKA. There are currently eight ZFAs (in Berlin, Dresden, Essen, Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg, Hanover, Munich
Munich
and Stuttgart) with 24 branches. They are subdivided into functional areas and investigate embargo contraventions, violations of market regulations, tax evasion and trademark violations. In addition, they have formed many joint task forces with the German Federal Police
German Federal Police
and State police forces to combat drug smuggling and international money laundering.

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German federal financial administration

Bundesfinanzministerium Generalzolldirektion Oberfinanzdirektion Bundesfinanzdirektion Bundeszollverwaltung Hauptzollamt Zollamt Abfertigungsstelle

Zollkriminalamt Zollfahndungsamt

Bildungs- und Wissenschaftszentrum der Bundesfinanzverwaltung

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Law enforcement in Germany

Federal

Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz Bundeskriminalamt Bundespolizei (incl. ASSIK and GSG 9) Feldjäger Küstenwache Z Commission Zollkriminalamt (incl. ZUZ)

State police forces

Baden-Württemberg Bavaria Berlin Brandenburg Bremen Hamburg Hesse Lower Saxony Mecklenburg-Vorpommern North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland-Palatinate Saarland Saxony Saxony-Anhalt Schleswig-Holstein Thuringia

Special
Special
units or branches

Arrest unit
Arrest unit
(incl. BFE+) Autobahnpolizei Bereitschaftspolizei Kriminalpolizei Landeskriminalamt Schutzpolizei Special
Special
Deployment Commando Wasserschutzpolizei

Local public order forces

Stadtpolizei

Other

Bahnpolizei (until 1992) Bundesgrenzschutz
Bundesgrenzschutz
(until 2005) Polizei beim Deutschen Bundestag

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Coordinates: 50°58′34″N 7°03′47″E / 50.97611°N 7.06306°E /

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