If you are a British citizen planning on relocating to Germany, you’re probably unsure how this process will be affected by recent developments in the global context, like Brexit or the coronavirus pandemic. While the relocation process might be a bit delayed by these circumstances, planning ahead and researching thoroughly will make your transition smoother.
Brexit and Relocating to Germany
For British immigrants to the EU, it’s important to know the stipulations in the Withdrawal Agreement. This list of regulations is meant to ease the transition for both Brits who are moving to Germany, and for those who plan on returning to the UK.
The most important thing to remember is that until December 2020, the Withdrawal Agreement allows Brits to establish themselves in Germany as easily as they did when the UK was part of the EU.
Getting Your Things in Germany from the UK
Your belongings can be transported from the UK to any point in Germany by:
- Sea freight
- Air freight
- Land transportation
You can also opt for a combination of more methods, depending on what the starting and ending points are. Distance is one of the many factors that can influence the costs and duration of transport, so make sure you collect several quotes from transportation companies, so you have enough options.
Registering in Germany
After your arrival in Germany, you have 14 days to register (“Anmeldung”) at the Residence Registration Office. More details about what documentation you need and what the eligibility criteria are can be found here.
The good part of hiring a professional moving expert is that you can get qualified advice on what documentation you need for the belongings you'll be moving from the UK to Germany. To make sure this step of the process goes smoothly, hire a reputable international moving company and try to plan the logistics as early as possible. A professional mover will help you make sense of the bureaucratic jargon and prepare the list of documents you need to move to Germany legally.
Getting Your Car from the UK to Germany
You can import your vehicle in Germany without paying the 10% import duty and the 19% added tax as long as you prove that you intend to change your residency to Germany and you are giving up your main residency in a different country.
Here is more information about importing vehicles from the UK to Germany. As for the transport itself, A-1 Auto Transport has the best solutions for shipping vehicles internationally, as it was one of the first services we have provided when founded.