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The German city of Essen is situated in the North Rhine-Westphalia which is a part of the Rhine metropolitan area. It is the center of education and seat of the German corporations, with plenty of employment opportunities.

That is why there is a high inflow of foreign nationals and returning nationals in the last few years. Essen has been declared as the 2017’s European Green Capital, which goes a lot to say about the environmental laws of Germany.

Cost & Time Examples For Shipping a Car to Essen

To/FromGroundOceanEstimated Time
Essen to (California port)
to San Jose, CA
$200$35005+32 days
Essen to (New York port)
to Boston, MA
$400$23005+19 days
Las Vegas, NV to (California port)
to Essen
$450$35005+32 days
Portland, OR to (California port)
to Essen
$475$35006+32 days
Essen to (California port)
to Seattle, WA
$550$35006+32 days
Essen to (New York port)
to Columbus, OH
$550$23005+19 days
Detroit, MI to (New York port)
to Essen
$575$23006+19 days
Essen to (New York port)
to Chicago, IL
$675$23006+19 days
Essen to (California port)
to Denver, CO
$775$35007+32 days
Houston, TX to (New York port)
to Essen
$1,075$23007+19 days

*Prices and times are estimated. They can vary depending on the season and the type of vehicle.

*Save the ground transport cost by delivering the vehicle to the nearest port.

*Allow an additional 10 days to process the documents.

*Prices are for 1 car in a dedicated 20ft container. This is the safest and most reliable way to transport a vehicle internationally. Other items may be included in the container to help save you money when moving.

*Using the RoRo (roll on, roll off) method is less expensive and shipments can be completed in fewer days. Contact us now for a free RoRo quote.

A-1 Auto Transport ships vehicles worldwide. Click here or call 1-800-518-8708 to get a free, no obligation to buy price quote to ship your car.

Specific laws on auto imports.

With similar import/export laws in Germany and USA, it is comparatively easy to import it to Essen. As every import has tax liabilities, you will be required to pay 10% as standard tax and additional VAT of 20% but if you are importing motorcycles, the duty is 6% to 8% depending upon the value of the vehicle. You are allowed to import the vehicle on a temporary basis if you are travelling through Germany to other EU countries or are on a holiday for a short while. A deposit fee is applicable for the permit and will be refunded when the vehicle is sent back.

You might be interested in knowing more about import taxes and VAT in Germany and A1 Auto Transport service can assist you with it.

With stringent environment and emission laws, there might be other additional expenses and restricted zones where you need a sticker to enter with your vehicle. For returning citizens or those seeking German citizenship and renouncing the U.S citizenship, you are allowed to bring in the vehicle without taxes as part of the household goods. However you have to be living abroad for at least 1 year.

Vehicle inspection requirements.

Orange vests, First-Aid kits, warning stickers along with fire extinguishers are needed to be present in the vehicle. You might want to check with A1 Auto Transport Company about other criteria that are evaluated at the Port of Hamburg, before the vehicle is cleared for delivery to the owner.

Documents for vehicle import.

The documents are standard requirements for imports and have to be submitted in advance to the German Customs Administration. These are:

  • Owner’s passport and U. S. driving license.
  • Vehicle title.
  • Car insurance.
  • Bill of Lading.
  • Export permit.
  • Proof of stay/work visa.

It helps to know the driving and traffic rules in Germany before you start driving your own vehicle in Essen. Though you are allowed to drive on your U.S license for the first 6 months, you need to get a new German license, if you want to drive your personal vehicle after that.

For more information and details about German laws, import duties and documents, please contact the German Consulate in USA or discuss it further with A1 Auto Transport.

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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.

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“I am super happy with my choice of A1 Auto Shipping. The other company I worked with was super difficult, though it did teach me a bit about the industry. Some brokers underbid by a lot, so they’ll get your contract, even if there are no carriers who will ever want to take on a job at such a price. Because of this, after signing the contract, they may leave you hanging endlessly. I had to get my car to Kentucky and had no time for pointless waiting. The other company asked me to pay $800 upfront. I didn’t know at the time this wasn’t standard practice. By paying upfront, I basically had no choice but to wait on them till a truck finally offered to take my car. A1 Auto Transport, for example, only asks for a deposit amounting to a fraction of the total cost when picking up your vehicle. You only pay the full sum after the job is done. The broker, whose name I won’t mention, was supposed to get a truck to my doorstep on the 5th of September. I put my order in 10 days prior, so there was plenty of time to find one. When I called them, they told me the 5th was actually the earliest estimate, and the actual pickup date could be quite long time away. After β€œaccidentally” charging another $700 for my transportation, I was in tears. I had to move in less than a week, and I couldn’t afford to leave my car behind. So, I gave up on those guys and opted for A1 Auto Transport. I spoke with Joe and he got my car on a truck the following day. I am so grateful! The arrival time was estimated at 6-8 days, and it got to Kentucky on the 7th. This saved me a ton of money I would have had to spend on transport to search for an apartment. Joe called a day earlier to let me know of the time and place it would arrive. I asked if it could be delivered to another nearby location, and he was nice enough to do it. He was very helpful and straight forward. Thank you!”

“I got a ton of quotes from companies and brokers until I got to A1 Auto Transport. Brokers were quite sneaky. The rate was good, but it wasn’t the actual quote. They mentioned the driver or their commission only, so there was bound to be more I had to pay down the line. I got just one decent quote, but the timing wasn’t right. He could only pick up my car on Monday, and I needed it to leave for Georgia on Friday. After this company, I tried A1 Auto Transport. I called Joe on Tuesday, and he answered promptly. He agreed to pick my car on Friday and offered to do it sooner. But since I needed it until then, I insisted on my date and he did as I wanted. The driver got it delivered on Saturday, as promised, but 20 minutes early. I’ve heard stories of car transports being delayed for several days due to weather or unforeseen circumstances, so I was glad this did not happen to me. I’m very happy with the service, and although I don’t have any other cars to move in the foreseeable future, I’ll remember A1 Auto Transport just in case.”

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“I had to leave Tennessee due to my school and could really use my car. I wasn’t sure about shipping it, so I was quite nervous. I searched for a company for almost a week before I finally found A1 Auto Transport. It seemed to have to greatest number of happy customers, so I felt I could trust them. Joe helped a lot with setting up the transport, contacting me and keeping me informed all the way. The delivery date was set on Monday, but I really wanted it to arrive on Sunday, so I may use it to commute. After telling the driver my situation, he was super ok in that he managed to get my car on Sunday evening. Superb customer service if I’ve ever seen one! I definitely got what I paid for. The pickup was done on time, my car arrived on time, the staff was super attentive, I loved the customer service, and my car arrived intact. I’m extremely happy with the service I got and will recommend it to everyone I can. Thanks a ton!”

“I just wanted to say thanks for bringing my car Coast to Coast in October, 2005. It was my first auto transport shipment and a painless one to boot! My Beamer arrived intact w/o a scratch!!Β Special thanks to Emily and Maggie for their courteous patience with a minor error, and to Jim of Dispatch, who is now in Sales. Their friendly and polite customer service made it a truly commendable experience. You are "A1"!”

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