International Moving Companies India To Germany

Moving to the land-locked nation of Germany can be a big change for Indian citizens. Not only will you need to learn a new language you will also need to navigate a new culture and new traditions. Not to mention, the German language can be kind of tough to learn, with words as long as 79 letters.

Beyond all that, you still have to manage the logistics of an international move. You can choose between sea, land, and air freight. Air freight is the fastest and most expensive, and usually reserved for antiques or other valuables. Sea and land freight are cheaper but could potentially take longer.

This guide will explain the basics of moving from India to Germany.

Importing Household Goods to Germany

For most household relocations, you can import your goods 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, German police registration known as Einwohnermeldeamt, or a letter from your German employer.)
  • Proof of residency outside Germany for at least 12 months (Proven by the aforementioned lease agreement or proof of homeownership.)

Not all household goods will 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. Reach out to your local German embassy for the most current guidance.

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). People who are moving to the country permanently are exceptions to this rule. If you can provide documentation for your permanent residence in the country, 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 will need to show proof 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.

Depending on where you are moving from, you may need to have your vehicle mechanically converted to meet German vehicle standards. At a minimum, your vehicle will be subject to inspection to determine roadworthiness and adherence to safety standards regarding headlights, emissions, brakes, and tires. Contact your local German motor vehicle registration office (known locally as 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

Becoming an international shipping expert doesn’t happen overnight, and you’re not going to get there with just one move. There are many logistical concerns you must manage when you are shipping goods internationally. From detailed packing lists to customs declarations, it can feel overwhelming. Three Men and a Truck are overseas movers who have the experience you need. We can help you with every step of the process. 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.

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