International Movers Australia to Germany

Are you ready to trade in your vegemite for spätzle? Moving to Germany will be a grand adventure and a big change. Australia, on the one hand, is a massive island nation/continent, and Germany is a mid-sized, land-locked nation in the center of Europe.

Say goodbye to the Dingoes and Kangaroos, and say hello to European Wildcat and Alpine Ibex. While perhaps not as wild and untamed, Germany has a lot of natural beauty to offer as well, nestled among the majestic peaks of the European Alps.

The purpose of this guide is to share some of what you need to know to make this big move. Read on to learn more about the process of moving to Germany.

Importing Household Goods to Germany

If you’re moving to Germany, you are probably wondering about taxes, customs duty and other costs of moving internationally. For most household relocations, you can import your goods overseas to Germany free of custom and border taxes. To qualify for this benefit, you must provide documentation to support:

  • Official termination of your residence abroad (This proof could be in the form of a lease termination, documentation from the sale of your home, or a letter from your employer.)
  • Proof of new residence in Germany (This proof could be in the form of a lease agreement, Einwohnermeldeamt [A fancy German word for German police registration], or a letter from your German employer.)
  • Proof of residency outside Germany for at least 12 months (By way of signed lease agreement or proof of homeownership.)

Sounds great, right? Not so fast. Not all household goods will qualify for this exemption. The goods you import must have been owned and used by you in Australia for at least a year prior to your move. Reach out to your local German embassy for the most current guidance.

Importing a Vehicle to Germany

If you can provide documentation proving your permanent residence in Germany, you can import your vehicle free of duty and VAT.  The requirements for this vehicle tax-exemption are the same as for your household imports. You must prove that you have given up your residence in your home country, that you are moving permanently to Germany, and that you have lived outside of Germany for at least a year.

You may also need to have your vehicle mechanically converted to meet German vehicle standards. Even if your Australian vehicle meets all of the mechanical requirements, your vehicle will be subject to inspection to determine roadworthiness and adherence to safety standards regarding headlights, emissions, brakes, and tires. Contact your local Kfz-Zulassungsstelle (German motor vehicle registration office) to learn more.

Once your vehicle has safely arrived in Germany, you will need to register your vehicle. Here are the documents you will need to provide:

  • 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 Australia
  • Insurance Card
  • Proof of Roadworthiness and Emissions Testing
  • Certification from the German Federal Motor Vehicle Registry proving that the vehicle has not previously been registered in Germany

Three Men and a Truck

If you are moving to Germany and Australia, you’ve got a lot more to do that just pack. An international move requires scheduling, logistics, tons of paperwork, and a little bit of luck. There is a lot that can go wrong with an overseas move, from lost cargo to costly delays. Working with an international moving company will give you the peace of mind you deserve. Three Men and a Truck are an overseas moving company with the expertise and connections needed to ensure a seamless transfer. Contact us today for your 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

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