Some items are rationed because a separate agreement between Britain and Germany explicitly limits the amount of cigarettes and tobacco, whiskey, gin and coffee a person can buy duty-free, which is why your NAAFI ration card must be filled out every time you buy these products. In order not to exceed the allowance of these goods, they can also not be purchased tax-free in external stores: for example, if you make your weekly purchases at REWE with a tax free form, you can not buy rationed items (for example. B a glass of coffee or a pack of cigarettes) as part of your tax-exempt "Big Shops". Please remember that if rationed items are included on obtaining a larger tax-free purchase, the tax must be refunded on the entire purchase (yes, the total amount of weekly purchases!), not just on the rationed item, and you may be subject to disciplinary action. The right of presence of former Soviet forces on the territory of the former German Democratic Republic (GDR) was governed by the Treaty on Relations between the GDR and the Soviet Union of 20 September 1955. The subsequent withdrawal of Soviet forces was signed by two treaties concluded in 1990 with the former Soviet Union (Treaty on the Conditions of Temporary Residence and the Modalities for the Gradual Withdrawal of Soviet Forces from the Territory of the Federal Republic of Germany of 12 October 1990 (BGBl. 1991 II p.256) and the Agreement on Certain Provisional Measures of 9 October 1990. October 1990 (BGBl. 1990 II p.1653). 1991 II p.447).

The total withdrawal of former Soviet forces from Germany was achieved in 1994. While the U.S. military has the largest foreign presence and therefore represents the largest number of SOFAs, Britain, France, Australia, Germany,[2] Italy, Russia, Spain, and many other nations also deploy armed forces abroad and negotiate SOFAs with their host countries. In the past, the Soviet Union had SOFAs with most of its satellite states. While most U.S. SOAs are public, some remain secret. [3] You may have already heard of "sofa-status", but "SOFA" is not part of the furniture – it is an important set of requirements and responsibilities that determine how we live and function as a military community in our host Germany. The Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) is a treaty defining the conditions under which the armed forces of a foreign NATO member state may operate in another NATO state, including legal issues such as: the SOFA Agreement is complemented by another agreement specific to the six NATO countries (including Great Britain and the United States) that have a permanent military presence in Germany; the endorsement (or SA). The 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 often it is confused with the SOFA itself. The temporary deployment of the armed forces of the PfP states and other third countries in Germany provides for the conclusion of an agreement under the Visiting Forces Act of 20 July 1995 (BGBl. 1995 II p.554, BGBl.