The IMF Country Reports Series covers economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after discussions with officials of the country, is published at the option of the member.
This report reviews observance of standards and codes on the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Recommendations for antimoney laundering and combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) for Germany. The report reveals that the AML/CFT framework is not fully in line with the FATF Recommendations. There are weaknesses in the legal framework and in sanctioning for noncompliance with AML/CFT requirements. German authorities regularly use a broad range of legal procedures to seize, confiscate, and forfeit property, but they confiscate and forfeit a lot less property than the courts issue orders for.