International Movers Canada To Germany


Germany is home to many things Canadians love, including beer and bratwurst. If you’ve decided to embrace the Oktoberfest life, moving to Germany is going to put you closer to the things you love.

For many, international moves can be pretty overwhelming. There are a lot of details to keep track of. Even packing, the most mundane part of the process, will require extra steps. Importing your goods overseas will require you to create a detailed inventory of your goods, complete with serial numbers as applicable.

Before you pack, there are some things you should know. First of all, appliances manufactured for use in Canada will likely not be usable in Germany. The reason for that is that German power outlets run at 220v, as opposed to North American appliances that run at 110v. Even the plugs are different. You would be better off just leaving these appliances behind and buying new items when you arrive in Germany.

Here are some of the other things you need to know about moving to Germany:

Importing Household Goods to Germany

You can import your household goods to Germany without duties and border taxes, as long as you can meet Germany’s import requirements.  To qualify, you must prove:

  • That you have officially terminated 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.)
  • That you are establishing your new residence in Germany (This proof could be in the form of a lease agreement, German police registration known as Einwohnermeldeamt, or a letter from your German employer.)
  • That you have lived outside Germany for at least a year (Proven by the aforementioned lease agreement or proof of homeownership.)

Not all goods qualify for this exemption. The goods you import must be items you have owned and used in your country of origin for at least a year prior to your move.

Importing a Vehicle to Germany

For the most part, vehicle imports to Germany are subject to a 10% import duty and a 19% import VAT (value-added tax or EinfuhrumsatzsteuerI). However, if you are all in on Germany and can prove you are establishing your permanent residence in the country, you can import your vehicle free of duty and VAT.

The requirements for this tax-exemption are the same as for shipping household goods. You will need to show 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.

Importing your vehicle to Germany may only be half the journey. Depending on where you are moving from, you may need to have your vehicle mechanically converted to meet German vehicle standards. At the very least, you will need to submit to inspection to determine your vehicle’s roadworthiness and adherence to safety standards regarding headlights, emissions, brakes, and tires. Contact your local German motor vehicle registration office (or Kfz-Zulassungsstelle) to learn more.

In order to register your vehicle in Germany, you need to have the following documentation:

  • 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 Country of Origin
  • Insurance Card
  • Proof of Roadworthiness and Emissions Testing (In this context, achieving a designation of roadworthiness may require significant mechanical modifications to your vehicle)
  • Certification that the vehicle has not been registered in Germany previously (this comes from the German Federal Motor Vehicle Registry)

Three Men and a Truck

International moving is not for the faint of heart. It’s more than just renting a truck. You will also have to complete a ton of paperwork and manage complex shipping logistics. At Three Men and a Truck, we specialize in international transfers. Whether you want to ship by air or sea, our shipping experts can help you get the job done. Contact us today to learn more and to receive 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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