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Austrian foreign exchange regulations

A new reporting system became effective on 1 January 2006 for preparing Austrian foreign trade statistics.

Under the new rules, companies and individuals will have to comply with direct reporting requirements – subject to specific thresholds – of Bundesanstalt Statistik Österreich (Austria's central statistical office) and Oesterreichische Nationalbank (Austria's central bank).

Pursuant to Reporting Regulations ZABIL 1/2004 and ZABIL 1/2005 issued by the Austrian central bank, the following items must be reported:

  • Direct investments (cross-border equity investments which represent at least 10% of the company's capital).
  • Portfolio investments (securities which are not held in securities accounts at domestic banks, securities repurchase agreements, and securities lending transactions).
  • Financial derivatives (forward transactions concluded with foreign counterparties).
  • Other investments (amounts receivable from, and amounts payable to, foreign entities under loans and deposits).
  • Asset transfers and real estate.
  • Exports and imports of services.


For more detailed information, please contact our experts.

Foreign Exchange Regulations and Reporting Requirements
Nordbergstrasse 13, A-1090 Vienna

 +43 (0) 50505 ext. 59121

Further information on the new reporting system introduced by Austria's central bank for preparing Austrian foreign trade statistics is available at  http://www.zahlungsbilanz.oenb.at and  www.netquest.at.