Some items are rationed because a separate agreement between the UK and Germany explicitly limits the amount of cigarettes and tobacco, whisky, gin and coffee that a person can buy duty-free, which is why your NAAFI Ration Card must be filled every time you purchase these products. In order to ensure that the exempt allowance for these goods is not exceeded, they cannot be purchased tax-free in outdoor stores: for example, if you make your weekly purchases at REWE with an exempt order form, you cannot buy rationed items (for example. B a glass of coffee or a packet of cigarettes) as part of your tax-exempt "Big Shops". Please remember that if rationed items are included in obtaining a larger purchase in tax exemption, then the tax on the total purchase will have to be refunded (yes, the total amount of the weekly shop!) not only on rationed items, and you may be subject to disciplinary action. The NATO sofa and sofa agreement granted many privileges and immunities to the armed forces concerned. These include, for example, civil, administrative and criminal immunity, as well as social security, customs, tax and motor vehicle privileges. In addition, they contain provisions on the use of premises and the employment of German personnel on the ground by forces stationed in the country, in particular the additional agreement on THE SOFA. The SOFA agreement is complemented by another agreement that specifically applies to the six NATO countries (including the United Kingdom and the United States) that have a permanent military presence in Germany, the Complementary Agreement (or SA). SOFA was signed in 1951 and the SA was signed in 1959 and last updated in 1998 at the end of the Cold War. With its 83 articles, the SA to SOFA is much more detailed than SOFA itself (with 20 articles in Roman numerals - z.B. XX), and most of the time it is confused with the SOFA itself.

You may have heard of the SOFA status, but "SOFA" is not part of the furniture - it is an important set of demands and responsibilities that determine how, as a military community, we live and operate in our host country, Germany. The Status of the Armed Forces Agreement (SOFA) is a treaty that defines the conditions under which the armed forces of a foreign NATO member country can operate in another NATO state, including legal issues such as: A Status of armed forces agreement (SOFA) is an agreement between a host country and a foreign nation that deploys military forces in that country. CANPAÉs are often included with other types of military agreements as part of a comprehensive security agreement. A CANAPÉ is not a safety device; it establishes the rights and privileges of foreign staff in a host country in order to support the greater security regime. [1] Under international law, a force status agreement differs from military occupation. A recent example of a bilateral agreement on the status of German armed forces abroad is the German-Russian transit agreement of 9 October 2003 (agreement between the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Government of the Russian Federation on the transit of defence equipment and personnel through the territory of the Russian Federation with regard to the contributions of the Federal Army to the stabilization and reconstruction of Afghanistan , Bundesgesetzblatt 2003 II P.1620).