How Much Does It Cost To Move From California To Germany?

How Much Does It Cost To Move From California To Germany?


There are many ways to move from California to Germany, but overseas shipping by container is likely to be your best option. When you move to Germany via sea transport, you can choose either a half-container (20 ft) or full-container (40 ft).

While you will need to work with a shipper to get a comprehensive quote, container shipping rates are available online and serve as a helpful baseline. To move a full container from California to Germany, you can expect to pay under $3,000. A half-container can be shipped for as little as $1,700. Note that these prices are for the container shipping only and do not reflect taxes and other associated fees.

There are several international ports in California, giving you access to options that could save you time and money. Whether you ship out of San Diego or San Francisco, or anywhere in between, working with an overseas moving company will ensure that you take advantage of these savings. Professional movers know all the secrets so they can get you the best deal.

Importing Household Goods to Germany

Not surprisingly, one of the first things people ask about when moving overseas is customs duty and taxes. It’s true that those taxes can lead to a lot of stress, particularly if you need to be able to plan and stick to a budget. Unwelcome surprises at the border can cost you thousands of dollars.

However, if you are moving to Germany permanently, you can import most household goods free of customs duty and taxes.

To qualify for tax and duty-free imports, you must provide documentation to demonstrate:

  • Official termination for your residence in California (such as a lease termination or sale agreements for your previous home in California)
  • Proof of new residence in Germany
  • Proof of residency in California for at least 12 months

Unfortunately, the laws governing immigration and customs change often. For this reason, if you choose not to work with an overseas moving company, you need to contact your local German embassy to receive the most current guidance.

Importing a Vehicle to Germany

If you are moving to Germany permanently, your vehicle can be imported tax and duty-free.

However, for vehicles manufactured for use in North America, modifications will be required for your steering, headlights, emissions, and potentially more. These modifications must be performed by a qualified mechanic.

Sounds easy enough, right? Well, if you aren’t sure you want your vehicle to be modified, take a look online. If you are on the fence about whether or not you want to subject to your car to this modification, take a look at modified vehicles online. There’s a reason why they call them modifications and not upgrades. Stay open to the idea of selling your vehicle in the U.S. and buying another in Germany.

Once your vehicle has successfully arrived in the country and passed through customs and modification, 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

Three Men and a Truck is a moving company with expertise in international and overseas moves. Whether it’s down the street or around the world, we have the connections and experience needed to ensure a smooth transfer. To learn more about how we can help you achieve the perfect move, contact us today for your free, no-obligation shipping quote.

Moves From California To Germany: Our Top Routes

Many people move to Germany from California. But, there is not a single city that Californians prefer to move to. Some of the common routes between California and Germany that we serve are:

California to Germany

Los Angeles to Germany
Anaheim to Germany
Fresno to Germany
Stockton to Germany
Irvine to Germany
Bakersfield to Germany
Fremont to Germany
Oakland to Germany
Richmond to Germany
Sunnyvale to Germany
Modesto to Germany
Oxnard to Germany
Sacramento to Germany
Santa Clara to Germany
Huntington Beach to Germany
Santa Ana to Germany
San Francisco to Germany
San Jose to Germany
San Diego to Germany
Thousand Oaks to Germany
Chula Vista to Germany
San Marcos to Germany
Santa Clarita to Germany
Long Beach to Germany

California to Berlin

Los Angeles to Berlin
Anaheim to Berlin
Fresno to Berlin
Stockton to Berlin
Irvine to Berlin
Bakersfield to Berlin
Fremont to Berlin
Oakland to Berlin
Richmond to Berlin
Sunnyvale to Berlin
Modesto to Berlin
Oxnard to Berlin
Sacramento to Berlin
Santa Clara to Berlin
Huntington Beach to Berlin
Santa Ana to Berlin
San Francisco to Berlin
San Jose to Berlin
San Diego to Berlin
Thousand Oaks to Berlin
Chula Vista to Berlin
San Marcos to Berlin
Santa Clarita to Berlin
Long Beach to Berlin

California to Hamburg

Los Angeles to Hamburg
Anaheim to Hamburg
Fresno to Hamburg
Stockton to Hamburg
Irvine to Hamburg
Bakersfield to Hamburg
Fremont to Hamburg
Oakland to Hamburg
Richmond to Hamburg
Sunnyvale to Hamburg
Modesto to Hamburg
Oxnard to Hamburg
Sacramento to Hamburg
Santa Clara to Hamburg
Huntington Beach to Hamburg
Santa Ana to Hamburg
San Francisco to Hamburg
San Jose to Hamburg
San Diego to Hamburg
Thousand Oaks to Hamburg
Chula Vista to Hamburg
San Marcos to Hamburg
Santa Clarita to Hamburg
Long Beach to Hamburg

California To Munich

Los Angeles to Munich
Anaheim to Munich
Fresno to Munich
Stockton to Munich
Irvine to Munich
Bakersfield to Munich
Fremont to Munich
Oakland to Munich
Richmond to Munich
Sunnyvale to Munich
Modesto to Munich
Oxnard to Munich
Sacramento to Munich
Santa Clara to Munich
Huntington Beach to Munich
Santa Ana to Munich
San Francisco to Munich
San Jose to Munich
San Diego to Munich
Thousand Oaks to Munich
Chula Vista to Munich
San Marcos to Munich
Santa Clarita to Munich
Long Beach to Munich

California to Cologne

Los Angeles to Cologne
Anaheim to Cologne
Fresno to Cologne
Stockton to Cologne
Irvine to Cologne
Bakersfield to Cologne
Fremont to Cologne
Oakland to Cologne
Richmond to Cologne
Sunnyvale to Cologne
Modesto to Cologne
Oxnard to Cologne
Sacramento to Cologne
Santa Clara to Cologne
Huntington Beach to Cologne
Santa Ana to Cologne
San Francisco to Cologne
San Jose to Cologne
San Diego to Cologne
Thousand Oaks to Cologne
Chula Vista to Cologne
San Marcos to Cologne
Santa Clarita to Cologne
Long Beach to Cologne

California to Frankfurt

Los Angeles to Frankfurt
Anaheim to Frankfurt
Fresno to Frankfurt
Stockton to Frankfurt
Irvine to Frankfurt
Bakersfield to Frankfurt
Fremont to Frankfurt
Oakland to Frankfurt
Richmond to Frankfurt
Sunnyvale to Frankfurt
Modesto to Frankfurt
Oxnard to Frankfurt
Sacramento to Frankfurt
Santa Clara to Frankfurt
Huntington Beach to Frankfurt
Santa Ana to Frankfurt
San Francisco to Frankfurt
San Jose to Frankfurt
San Diego to Frankfurt
Thousand Oaks to Frankfurt
Chula Vista to Frankfurt
San Marcos to Frankfurt
Santa Clarita to Frankfurt
Long Beach to Frankfurt

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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