Moving Overseas to or From Germany

 

Moving to Germany can be surprisingly economical. As an important hub for European college, trade, transport, and government, there are many ways that you can move to Germany. The cost for a full shipping container is $7,300-$9,900 from New York City to Berlin. From Shanghai, you can expect to pay between ¥65,900 – ¥89,300. With so many ships in and out of Germany every day, it can be hard to find the best value.

Working with an overseas moving company can help you find the best service at the best price. Maybe you feel confident you can handle it yourself. If so, read on.

Importing household goods to Germany

Every shipment into or out of the European Union must be accompanied by an EORI number (Economic Operators Registration and Identification). You will be asked for this number again and again through the customs process, so be sure to keep this information close at hand. In addition, you will need to provide paperwork about your shipment and your personal status in Germany, including:

  • German visa
  • Valid passport with at least six months left before expiration
  • Customs declaration forms
  • Proof of Employment and Residence
  • Detailed packing list with valued inventory
  • German Residence Registration

In order to qualify for tax-free imports of your goods, you must have lived outside of Germany for at least a year, have owned your personal goods for at least six months, and keep the items you import in your possession for at least one year after you arrive in Germany.

Can I import my vehicle to Germany?

You are invited to import your personal vehicle to Germany as long as you can meet their strict regulatory requirements. For North American vehicles, these requirements can be much more onerous. Your vehicles will need to be mechanically modified so that they can be driven on the left side of the road safely. You will also need changes to your headlights, emissions, and other safety systems. These mechanical alterations must be completed a qualified mechanic and the results will be much more functional than attractive.

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 Ownership (clean title and proof of purchase)
  • Proof of German Residency
  • Vehicle Registration
  • Vehicle Insurance Coverage

What can international movers do to help?

When you work with an international moving company you get the benefit of their expertise, experience, and established network of shipping partners. Overseas moving is a lot like life – it’s not what you know, but who you know. We have the knowledge and connections to help you achieve a stress-free move. To learn more about how Three Men and a Truck can help with your international relocation, contact us today for a free, 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.

If you have any questions about moving, our services, or anything else you think he may be able to help with, you can contact Chris by emailing him at Chris@threemenandatruck.net

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