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Moving to Berlin From Australia

Moving to Berlin From Australia
Moving to Berlin From Australia

Berlin's reputation as a popular destination for Australian ex-pats has been growing due to the German city's vibrant, welcoming, and entrepreneurial spirit. If you've decided that you're going to move overseas from Australia to Berlin, you're going to need a game plan. We're here to answer your moving-related questions as to what that game plan will look like. 

We're going to be focusing on shipping your household items, and car(s) as these are generally the two areas that Australian's moving to Germany focus the most on. 

Let's begin with transporting household items. 

How Do I Transport My Household Items to Berlin From Australia? 

With over 9,000 miles between Australia and Germany, sea freight or air freight shipping are going to be your go-to options for transporting household items. In terms of which shipping option is better, air freight shipping will get your items to Berlin from Australia in a matter of days, but it's going to cost you much more than sea freight shipping. It's necessary to plan when selecting sea freight shipping so you can line up with your arrival in Berlin with the arrival of your household items. Both sea freight and air freight shipping provide customers with various sizing options. 

Cargo planes can only hold so much weight, so a full household airfreight move is going to cost up to ten times the amount shipping your household belongings via sea freight. If you're planning a smaller-sized move, air freight shipping may be able to accommodate your budget. 

Overseas movers tend to select the following sea freight shipping container sizes:

  • 20ft
  • 40ft
  • 40ft high cube container 

Once you select the size of your sea freight shipping container, you'll have to decide whether to opt for a Full Container Load (FCL) or a Less Than Container Load (LCL). If you choose an FCL container, you'll have the whole container to yourself, whereas LCL is shared with another party. Most companies prefer customers to opt for FCL containers as it decreases the number of logistics involved in a delivery. An LCL container will take longer to deliver due to the need to coordinate another party's delivery. 

Once you choose your method for shipping household items, you'll need to figure out which delivery service to select. 

Does It Matter How My Items Are Picked Up and Delivered From Australia to Berlin? 

Most people opt for door-to-door delivery for their household items as this delivery service decreases the amount of work you'll have to do. Door-to-door delivery involves a shipping company picking up your household items at your home in Australia and dropping off the items at your new home in Berlin. Port-to-port delivery will consist of you dropping your items off at a sea or airport to pick them up at the port nearest to your destination in Berlin. You'll have plenty to deal with during a big move from Australia to Berlin, so if your budget can accommodate door-to-door shipping, that's the route we recommend. 

Shipping a vehicle from Australia to Berlin is just as important as shipping household items. Let's evaluate how you'll be able to import your car into Berlin legally. 

How to Ship and Import a Vehicle into Germany From Australia

Shipping a vehicle from Australia to Germany is similar to shipping household items as you can either select air freight or sea freight shipping for your car. Like shipping household possessions, sea freight shipping for cars is more common as the high costs of shipping a car via airfreight are usually reserved for luxury or rare vintage vehicles. While door-to-door shipping is preferred for vehicle delivery, port-to-port shipping is going to be more manageable for picking up a vehicle than it is for collecting and transporting household items. 

If your vehicle is in running condition, you can select either roll-on-roll-off or container shipping. Your car needs to be running to select roll-on-roll-off service as the vehicle will be driven on and off the cargo ship. 

Are you wondering what kinds of taxes you'll be subject to when importing a vehicle from Australia into Germany? 

Value-added tax and Customs tax are standard for German car importation, but you may be able to gain exemption from vehicle duties and taxes if you:

  • Plan on living permanently in Germany 
  • Can prove your ownership of the vehicle
  • Have an export permit
  • Prove insurance ownership 
  • Pass vehicle inspection 
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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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Mylene Rutllant
It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.

And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.

The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.

When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

Luis Rodriguez
You have my full support and recommendation!

I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.

The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.

They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?

So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!

If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.

I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!

The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!

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Cristine Benoit
I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.

After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.

Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.

By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

David Osallo
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10!

We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.

We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!

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