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.
- 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