Germany, one of the biggest economies in the world and one of the biggest immigration destinations in Europe has been a popular home for Asians as well. Moving from Singapore to Germany seems to be a big step, but it’s a fantastic opportunity to pursue a career, enrich your academic activity, meet people, or retire.
Since such a big move requires quite a lot of planning, we have compiled a short guide to how you can move your household goods from Singapore to Germany.
When Is It Best to Move to Germany?
If you can choose the time of the year when to move, you have two things to worry about: the weather and the season. Moving off-season is less expensive than moving during summer or during national holidays. But that’s when the weather can be an issue, with winds, rain, and snowfall hitting Germany quite often.
Moving during Spring or Autumn is best, as you don’t have to wait for overcrowded moving companies to accept your shipment, or to pay extra fees for urgent moves.
What Kind of Goods Are Considered to Be Household Items?
You have the right to import your personal belongings, duty-free, as long as they are defined as household items. This means that you own them, you have used them for at least 6 months, you have no plans of selling them within a year of arrival, and they are destined for personal use. If any of your items exceeds the value of €5,000, you must declare them to the customs.
Documents related to your residency plan, the inventory of the goods, and other information will also be needed.
How to Ship Your Goods from Singapore to Germany?
When moving your home overseas, the cost can dramatically increase with the method of shipment used or the urgency of your shipment. But the first variable which will influence the cost of the shipping is the total volume of your belongings, and whether they need special packaging or handling.
Depending on how many items you will pack, the move can cost you from S$2,000 for a reasonably furnished two-bedroom apartment shipped by sea freight to S$5-6,000 for shipping via air freight. The best way to find out what to expect is to request several quotes from international moving companies, preferably a few months ahead.
How to Import Your Car from Singapore to Germany?
If your vehicle complies with the EU regulations and you have been using it for at least 6 months before the move, you can import it free of duty. Shipping your vehicle can be done on land, on sea freight, or air freight.
Want to Move from Singapore to Germany? Call A-1 Transport
The shipping experts at A-1 have done this kind of move before for their clients, and they are constantly helping people relocate to different parts of the world. Get a free quote by filling a form or calling, you will find the contact information on the website.
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.