Germany is one of the top academic centers in the world, with many important universities attracting thousands of students each year. To sweeten the deal, even more, there are countless school programs with absolutely no tuition, and even if you do have to pay you generally are only looking at around $290 per semester.
If you’re about to go study in Germany, you may be considering shipping a few personal items and maybe even transport your vehicle. Here’s what you need to know about these services.
How Much Does International Shipping Cost?
Prices in the shipping industry aren’t exactly black and white, so it can be really difficult to understand the rates companies offer. Usually, the cost of moving to Germany is influenced by various factors, including:
- Shipping distance;
- Size and weight of the cargo;
- Time of the year the shipping needs to occur;
- The shipping route;
- Special requirements that certain, more valuable items need.
All of these factors ultimately tie in with how much you pay. The only viable way to know how much shipping will cost is to get in touch with these companies directly and ask for a free quote.
Free quotes are calculated based on the specific details of your shipment. There may be some variations when it comes to the final amount, but for the most part, you can count on the quote to get a good sense of how much everything will cost. Contact multiple shipping companies and compare their quotes to see which offer the best rates!
What Does Shipping to Germany Imply?
Moving overseas is a bit more complicated as you most likely have to go through the customs process.
Germany requires no import taxes for students bringing in:
- Household items such as clothing, bedsheets, and more. They can be new items as well;
- Educational materials like computers, printers, or other tools usually used by a student;
- Used furnishing intended for personal use, regardless of how much furniture or how heavy. The intent of use matters here.
For vehicles, students will have to pay the following taxes to bring their car into the country:
- 10% import duty
- 15% value-added tax
Duty-free car import is only available for returning citizens or people who are relocating to Germany permanently.
We Can Help You Navigate the Process!
If you’re worried about the intricacies of German customs, don’t be. A1 Auto Transport is happy to help you ship your belongings, and help you prepare all the relevant documentation for German officials.
Thanks to our years of experience in the business, we know the rules of German customs like the back of our hands and are ready to assist you all the way to ensure your belongings don’t get caught in a bureaucratic nightmare.
Get in touch with A1 Auto Transport now for more information about our international shipping services and get a free quote.
Written By:Joe Webster
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.