Moving To Germany from South Africa

International Movers South Africa To Germany


Germany is a land-locked country that holds a central position in Europe, geographically as well as politically.  In fact, in the years after World War II, Germany has rebuilt and rebranded to such a remarkable extent that Germany is now considered a strong democracy. With that rehabilitation has come vastly improved social, political, and economic stability, making Germany a popular country for ex-pats.

There’s a lot to know when you move internationally. 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

One of the first things you should consider when moving overseas is customs duty and taxes. Fortunately, Germany will allow you to import your household goods free of custom and border taxes. To qualify for this benefit, you must provide documentation to support:

  • Official termination of your residence abroad (Documentation could include a lease termination or sale agreements for your previous home in South Africa)
  • Proof of new residence in Germany (Again, this could be 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 a signed lease agreement or proof of homeownership.)


Did you notice what all these things have in common? A terminated lease agreement from South Africa combined with a new lease agreement in Germany could be all you need. 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 South Africa for at least 12 months before your move. Reach out to your local German embassy for the most current guidance.

Importing a Vehicle to Germany

If you move to Germany permanently, 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, are moving permanently to Germany, and have lived in South Africa for at least a year.

Modifications to your vehicle may be required. Even if your South African vehicle meets all of the mechanical requirements, your vehicle will be subject to inspection for 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

Most people don’t get the chance to become experts in overseas moves or international shipping because they only do it once or twice. At Three Men and a Truck, we have developed international shipping expertise and established partnerships with international shipping partners. We can help with everything from paperwork to packing to ensure that your move is seamless and stress-free. Contact us today for your free, no-obligation international shipping quote.

Moves From South Africa to Germany: Our Top Routes

Three Men and a Truck can help you with your relocation from various cities in South Africa to many different cities in Germany. For people moving from South Africa to Germany, these are some of the popular routes.

Cape Town to Germany

Cape Town to Berlin
Cape Town to Hamburg
Cape Town to Munich
Cape Town to Cologne
Cape Town to Frankfurt
Cape Town to Stuttgart
Cape Town to Leipzig
Cape Town to Dusseldorf
Cape Town to Dortmund
Cape Town to Essen
Cape Town to Dresden
Cape Town to Bremen
Cape Town to Hanover
Cape Town to Nuremberg
Cape Town to Duisburg
Cape Town to Bochum
Cape Town to Wuppertal
Cape Town to Munster
Cape Town to Bielefeld
Cape Town to Bonn
Cape Town to Karlsruhe
Cape Town to Mannheim
Cape Town to Augsburg
Cape Town to Wiesbaden
Cape Town to Mönchengladbach
Cape Town to Braunschweig
Cape Town to Kiel
Cape Town to Gelsenkirchen
Cape Town to Chemnitz

Durban to Germany

Durban to Berlin
Durban to Hamburg
Durban to Munich
Durban to Cologne
Durban to Frankfurt
Durban to Stuttgart
Durban to Leipzig
Durban to Dusseldorf
Durban to Dortmund
Durban to Essen
Durban to Dresden
Durban to Bremen
Durban to Hanover
Durban to Nuremberg
Durban to Duisburg
Durban to Bochum
Durban to Wuppertal
Durban to Munster
Durban to Bielefeld
Durban to Bonn
Durban to Karlsruhe
Durban to Mannheim
Durban to Augsburg
Durban to Wiesbaden
Durban to Mönchengladbach
Durban to Braunschweig
Durban to Kiel
Durban to Gelsenkirchen
Durban to Chemnitz

Johannesburg to Germany

Johannesburg to Berlin
Johannesburg to Hamburg
Johannesburg to Munich
Johannesburg to Cologne
Johannesburg to Frankfurt
Johannesburg to Stuttgart
Johannesburg to Leipzig
Johannesburg to Dusseldorf
Johannesburg to Dortmund
Johannesburg to Essen
Johannesburg to Dresden
Johannesburg to Bremen
Johannesburg to Hanover
Johannesburg to Nuremberg
Johannesburg to Duisburg
Johannesburg to Bochum
Johannesburg to Wuppertal
Johannesburg to Munster
Johannesburg to Bielefeld
Johannesburg to Bonn
Johannesburg to Karlsruhe
Johannesburg to Mannheim
Johannesburg to Augsburg
Johannesburg to Wiesbaden
Johannesburg to Mönchengladbach
Johannesburg to Braunschweig
Johannesburg to Kiel
Johannesburg to Gelsenkirchen
Johannesburg to Chemnitz

Soweto to Germany

Soweto to Berlin
Soweto toHamburg
Soweto to Munich
Soweto to Cologne
Soweto to Frankfurt
Soweto to Stuttgart
Soweto to Leipzig
Soweto to Dusseldorf
Soweto to Dortmund
Soweto to Essen
Soweto to Dresden
Soweto to Bremen
Soweto to Hanover
Soweto to Nuremberg
Soweto to Duisburg
Soweto to Bochum
Soweto to Wuppertal
Soweto to Munster
Soweto to Bielefeld
Soweto to Bonn
Soweto to Karlsruhe
Soweto to Mannheim
Soweto to Augsburg
Soweto to Wiesbaden
Soweto to Mönchengladbach
Soweto to Braunschweig
Soweto to Kiel
Soweto to Gelsenkirchen
Soweto to Chemnitz

Pretoria to Germany

Pretoria to Berlin
Pretoria toHamburg
Pretoria to Munich
Pretoria to Cologne
Pretoria to Frankfurt
Pretoria to Stuttgart
Pretoria to Leipzig
Pretoria to Dusseldorf
Pretoria to Dortmund
Pretoria to Essen
Pretoria to Dresden
Pretoria to Bremen
Pretoria to Hanover
Pretoria to Nuremberg
Pretoria to Duisburg
Pretoria to Bochum
Pretoria to Wuppertal
Pretoria to Munster
Pretoria to Bielefeld
Pretoria to Bonn
Pretoria to Karlsruhe
Pretoria to Mannheim
Pretoria to Augsburg
Pretoria to Wiesbaden
Pretoria to Mönchengladbach
Pretoria to Braunschweig
Pretoria to Kiel
Pretoria to Gelsenkirchen
Pretoria to Chemnitz

Port Elizabeth to Germany

Port Elizabeth to Berlin
Port Elizabeth to Hamburg
Port Elizabeth to Munich
Port Elizabeth to Cologne
Port Elizabeth to Frankfurt
Port Elizabeth to Stuttgart
Port Elizabeth to Leipzig
Port Elizabeth to Dusseldorf
Port Elizabeth to Dortmund
Port Elizabeth to Essen
Port Elizabeth to Dresden
Port Elizabeth to Bremen
Port Elizabeth to Hanover
Port Elizabeth to Nuremberg
Port Elizabeth to Duisburg
Port Elizabeth to Bochum
Port Elizabeth to Wuppertal
Port Elizabeth to Munster
Port Elizabeth to Bielefeld
Port Elizabeth to Bonn
Port Elizabeth to Karlsruhe
Port Elizabeth to Mannheim
Port Elizabeth to Augsburg
Port Elizabeth to Wiesbaden
Port Elizabeth to Mönchengladbach
Port Elizabeth to Braunschweig
Port Elizabeth to Kiel
Port Elizabeth to Gelsenkirchen
Port Elizabeth to Chemnitz

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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