Relocating is full of challenges and pitfalls, and partnering with an experienced international moving company to Germany like SDC International Shipping will help you overcome many of those problems.
International Household Moving to Germany
The heart of Europe, Germany is the destination of choice many Americans choose for their European relocation. Most people who move from the US to Germany want to bring their household items and personal goods and effects. Germany is a wonderful place to live, but you have to keep in mind that some items that Americans are accustomed to may be hard to find.
First of all, you will want to take most of your furniture with you. American furniture is fantastic, high quality at reasonable prices. Many European visitors hire SDC International Shipping to ship furniture they bought while on vacation in the US back to Europe for them.
SDC specializes in international household moving to Germany, and knows exactly how to move your household to Germany while both protecting your belongings and saving you space and budget. The legs and stands of most tables and beds are carefully removed and wrapped. All wood furniture is wrapped to protect from scratches along the way.
You will want to take your personal effects with you. For your fragile items, you should rely on SDC’s professional packing service rather than packing by yourself as items that you pack yourself can’t be insured against damage. Special boxes are available for artwork and mirrors. Custom crates that will protect your special items can be built for unusually shaped items or particularly valuable possessions.
Most appliances should be left behind, but most electronics can be taken. Keep in mind that many European appliances are much smaller than their American counterparts, so if you are moving with a family, consider finding an American washing machine that will work in Germany (only do this if you already know where you will live and can verify that it will fit). Refrigerators, dishwashers, etc. should be purchased in Germany. However, the vast majority of electronics should work in Germany, just check to see if the electricity input of your device has 110/220 v capabilities. This includes most TVs, computer monitors, and even many modern vacuum cleaners (those with AC adapters are almost always OK). If you’re unsure, your relocation specialist should be able to check for you.
International Car Shipping to Germany
You can ship your car (or motorcycle!) to Germany, in most cases without import duties. Please ensure that your car is at least six months old and registered to you. Newer cars are subject to 19% VAT and another 10% import tax. You will also need to show that you have not lived in Germany for the past 12 months, or you will pay the VAT and import tax, Your name needs to appear on the vehicle’s title and registration, which will need to be provided prior to picking up your vehicle for shipment. These should be translated into German.
The method for sending your vehicle to Germany will vary according to your point of origin, destination and the remainder of your shipment. Sometimes your vehicle will be sent with your goods, sometimes as a separate shipment.
German Customs and Regulations
As a part of the EU, most of Germany’s customs and regulations are governed by the official European Customs Union policy. This website provides current official policies of Der Zoll (German customs authority) in English. In addition it is a good idea to call the closest German consulate for clarifications of any specific questions you have.
If you are relocating to Germany, you need to check the specific import and customs regulations. For the most part, there are few problems importing used goods to Germany, and as long as what you are shipping is legal and belongs to you, it should not be difficult to import your goods. It is imperative to prepare a thorough and accurate list of the goods in your shipment. When you use SDC International Shipping’s professional packing services, this list is prepared for you, but it is still your ultimate responsibility to ensure that it accurately reflects what you are shipping. This list is also important for your shipment insurance, so it is a good idea to put the time into making an accurate list.
Most new goods will be taxed at the standard 19% VAT rate. Do not import alcohol.
It is important to note that if you are using mold inhibiting product or humidity preventing measures or are sending new wood (crating, pallets, etc.) that might contain these, they need to be declared and conform to German safety and health regulations. When you use a professional service like SDC International Shipping, all of the packaging materials are suitable for international shipments.
If you are sending a commercial shipment, you need to first obtain an EORI number (Economic Operators Registration and Identification). This number is valid throughout the European Union but should be obtained from the country to which you are shipping or where you are opening an office.
International Moving to Germany Checklist
All packed and ready to go? While you are waiting for SDC International Shipping to come load your personal belongings, it is time to double check that you have prepared everything you need:
- The Customs Registration form #0350 available here and the Anmeldebestaetigung (proof of residency) once you get to Germany
- Personal documents for the whole family (birth certificates, passport, marriage or divorce certificates, driver’s license, medical records). Consider translating vital medical documents.
- Official school records – including primary school. If you are an American citizen relocating to Germany, you may one day need to present these records to prove the duration of your residency in the US in order to obtain citizenship for children or grandchildren born abroad. A little bit of extra work now can save you lots of work in a few years!
- Diplomas, professional certificates of qualifications and degrees.
International Shipping Options
Working with SDC International Shipping opens up many different options for international shipping to Germany. A detailed examination of your particular needs will help you decide upon what makes the most sense for you. Some things to consider include: the size of your shipment, the contents of your shipment, the timing of your move, and the exact location of your destination.
Options include: full container load (20’ or 40’ containers), partial containers, oversized freight for special items that don’t fit into containers, and air shipments.
SDC International Shipping is in a unique position as a large relocation service provider to offer its clients the ability to send almost any sized shipment. Decided to add a few more items? Everything doesn’t fit into one container? Not a problem. You don’t need to feel that you must limit yourself to the contents of a container.
Timing is always an important factor in choosing your shipping options. With storage facilities on both sides of the Atlantic, SDC International Shipping will work with you to time your delivery. To get shipments delivered to your destination quickly, it is necessary to order shipping as early as possible. However, if you want to take advantage of your relocation to do a grand tour of Europe or visit family and friends in the US before you depart, SDC International Shipping will plan your move with our shipping options that will make the most sense for you.
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Useful information before International Moving to Germany – customs and regulations
When moving to Germany, it’s natural to feel anxious, but familiarizing yourself with the country’s customs regulations can help. Here’s basic information you should know. For more information, check out Germany’s official website.