Dortmund is a large city North Rhine-Westphalia, in Germany. It holds significant importance and is the cultural and commercial hub of the Ruhr region.
If you are moving here for further education, on a job or are a returning citizen, you will realize that having your own vehicle can be a pleasant requirement as hiring a car is extremely expensive. Not only will you be able to save time and money, traversing across the city, but language barriers will not be an issue.
It is comparatively easy to import your car to Dortmund from any state in USA. However, it is necessary to work with a professional international shipping company and that is where hiring A1 Auto Transport service is a sensible option. You can ship your vehicle from any of the major shipping port and pick RORO or container shipping option as an affordable method to import your vehicle to Germany.
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Vehicle regulations in Germany.
It is important that the vehicle adheres to the required modifications as per the EU environment protection and emission laws. All imported vehicles have to pass the technical inspection by the Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA) or the Federal Motor Transport Authority in Germany. If you have a U.S made vehicle, chances are high that you will need to get the tires, headlights, brakes and emissions modified before it can be cleared for import. Thus, it is best to know about the requirements from A1 Auto Transport service about the vehicle you intend shipping.
Costs and Clearances in Dortmund.
The German Customs Administration conducts a roadworthiness test before the vehicle is cleared for payment of import duties and related taxes. However, there are specific eligibility criteria that allow you to ship your vehicle to Dortmund on tax waivers. These are only applicable when the vehicle is free from any lien and is registered in your name in USA. Other criterion includes:
- Plan on being a permanent resident of Germany/renounce U.S citizenship.
- Lived away from European Union for minimum of 12 months.
- Owned and used the vehicle for at least 180 days.
- You agree to re-export the vehicle or sell it in Germany before going back to USA.
Other than that you are required to pay the taxes which are standard 10% of the import duty based on the valued price of the vehicle. There is additional 19% VAT or the Einfuhrumsatzsteuer (import turnover tax) which is applicable on the non-EU vehicles.
Registration of vehicle.
It is essential that you or an authorized representative takes the delivery of the vehicle as ports do not hold vehicles. You are required to get the local driving license and the vehicle registered with the Federal Motor Transport Authority in Germany within 6 months of importing it. If you intend being in Dortmund for no longer than one year you can get special permission to drive it with the U.S registration and license. However, a translated registration document and permit has to be attached with the relevant paperwork. The documents that have to submitted for registration of vehicle include:
- Passport of the owner.
- Official resident address proof.
- Custom tax receipts and clearance documents.
- Import permit for Germany.
- S-Title deed/car registration documents.
- German Federal Motor Vehicle Registry certificate.
- Insurance proof.
- Emission and roadworthiness certificates.
It is important to learn about the German traffic rules and speed limits. Although all roads are well-maintained and driving laws are followed stringently, it is good to adhere to all laws for safe travels.
The tow viable methods used by freights hipping to transport your vehicle to Germany include container shipping and RORO. You have the option of choosing any of these but ensure that you consider your budget and requirements. Talk with A1 Auto Transport Company and we’ll be able to assist you.
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.