Cost Of Moving From Florida To Germany


When you move to Germany via sea transport, you can choose either a half-container or full-container. The half-container offers 20 feet of space, and the full-container gives you the whole 40 feet. While you will need to work with a container shipper to get a comprehensive quote, container shipping rates are available online and serve as a helpful baseline. To move a full container from Florida to Germany, you can expect to pay under $3,000. A half-container can be shipped for as little as $1,700.

There are several international ports in Florida, giving you options that could save you time and money. Working with an overseas moving company will ensure that you take advantage of these savings. Professional movers know the secrets to getting the best deal.

Importing Household Goods to Germany

Beyond the shipping cost, one of the first things people ask about when moving overseas is customs duty and taxes. Surprises during the customs declaration process can be costly and stressful. You could end up having to send items back to the U.S. after you paid to bring them to Germany, or surrendering those items to be destroyed. No good.

Fortunately, if you are moving to Germany permanently, you can import your household goods free of custom and border taxes. In order to qualify, you must show:

  • Official termination for your residence in Florida (such as a lease termination or sale agreements for your previous home in Florida)
  • Proof of new residence in Germany (a lease agreement, Einwohnermeldeamt [German police registration], or a letter from your employer.)
  • Proof of residency in Florida for at least 12 months

Immigration and customs law changes all the time. To avoid unexpected complications, you should contact your local Germany embassy for advice and guidance.

Importing a Vehicle to Germany

When moving to Germany permanently, you can import your vehicle tax and duty-free. However, your vehicle will be tax and duty-free as it pertains to customs only. Germany has other taxes associated with vehicle ownership that you cannot avoid.

Most people choose not to import their vehicle to Germany from the U.S. Vehicles manufactured for use in the U.S. need substantial mechanical modifications to be safely driven in Germany. These modifications are expensive and must be performed by a mechanic that is qualified to make adjustments to your steering, headlights, and more. Still not sure if you want to put your car through all that? Look it up online. You may decide to purchase a vehicle in Germany when you arrive.

Once your vehicle has successfully been shipped, processed, and modified, you must register your vehicle in Germany. Vehicle registration in Germany requires:

  • Valid Passport or Other ID
  • Proof of Vehicle Ownership (free of liens or encumbrances)
  • Proof of Address in Germany
  • Customs Clearance
  • Export Permit
  • Vehicle Registration from your country of origin
  • Insurance Card
  • Proof of Roadworthiness and Emissions Testing
  • Certification from the German Federal Motor Vehicle Registry attesting that the vehicle has never been registered in Germany

Three Men and a Truck

Overseas moves are a heavy lift, but there is a better way. Three Men and a Truck is more than just a local moving company. They have expertise with overseas shipping and are ready to put the strength of their knowledge and connections to work for you. International moving companies work with established networks of shippers, giving you access to a world-class moving experience. Contact us today for your no-obligation shipping quote.

Written by Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving.

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