Capital of the North Rhine-Westphalia, Dusseldorf is the seventh largest city in Germany. It is the financial and international trade center while most of the trade and fashion fairs are held here.
Holding a prominent place in Germany and EU, the city hosts dozen of DA companies and many Fortune 500 companies have their offices here.
With good bilateral relations, it is simple to import your vehicle from USA to Germany. However, it will take filling out forms, getting the permits and scheduling freight shipping of the vehicle. Additionally, you might need assistance with the customs authorities and that is why A1 Auto Transport service can help you at every step. We have all information about the documentation to let you know what is needed and it is essential to be aware of the fact that if you have an USA made vehicle to import to Germany, you will be required to get modifications done to the headlights, emission, brakes and tires before your vehicle is shipped out to Dusseldorf.
Vehicle import rules and regulations.
Though it is easier to import to Germany due to similar regulations, there are plenty of import duties and taxes to pay and clear before you are authorized to legally drive it in the city. You need to pay 10% as standard import duty with over 20% as VAT. In case you are importing a motorcycle, the duty is 7% to 8%. Import duties are based on the price of the vehicle, insurance and freight charges. If you are looking for a short term import for traveling through Germany or are in Dusseldorf for less than 1 year, temporary import permits can be availed from Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA) for a refundable deposit.
At A1 Auto Transport Company, we have shipped plenty of vehicles to Germany and assist you through the processes. There are other specifications that you have to cater to including having orange vests, first-aid box, warning sticker and fire extinguisher in the car. The vehicle is inspected for it before the clearances are given. There is other consideration which you might like to discuss with the shipping agent before the vehicle is exported from USA.
Tax exemption on import.
There is a provision for tax exemption when you import the vehicle. However, you need to be a returning citizen or want to settle down in Germany after renouncing your U.S citizenship. But you need to be a non-EU citizen who has lived broad for at least 12 months. Additionally you should have owned it for at least six months in your own name before you are importing it. You are eligible to use your U.S issued driving license for the first six months but you need to get the local driving license issued after that.
Documents needed for import.
Most imports require extensive documentation and you will be required to submit a set 72 hours in advance with the U.S Customs and another set with the German Customs Administration before the vehicle reaches the port in Germany. Some of the documents are:
- Lien-free vehicle title.
- Insurance certificate.
- Bill of Lading.
- Work visa/residence permit.
- Proof of ownership.
Before you start driving your vehicle on the roads in Dusseldorf, it is important that you are conversant with the driving and traffic rules in Germany. Other than that you need to pick and select the method of shipping to Dusseldorf. As this is going to affect the price, you have the option of choosing the cheaper shipping way of Roll-on/Roll-Off or the more expensive method of container shipping. Discuss it in detail with A1 Auto Transport service before you finalize the shipping method.
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.