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  1. Car Shipping Germany
  2. Taxes & Duties When Shipping A Car To Germany
  3. Typical Car Shipping Prices – How Much Does It Cost?
  4. Average Cost & Time Examples For Shipping Cars To Germany From The Usa
  5. Popular Germany Car Shipping Services Destinations
  6. Required Documents For Shipping A Car To Germany
  7. Germany Auto Transport Resources
  8. Shipping Of Heavy Equipment & Oversized Cargo To Germany
  9. Shipping Method
  10. Lift On/Lift Off
  11. Roll-On/Roll-Off
  12. Fat Rack Shipping
  13. Container Shipping
  14. Other Services
  15. Related Information
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Car Shipping Germany

Taxes & Duties When Shipping A Car To Germany

Shipping A Car To Germany from The USA.

Typical Car Shipping Prices – How Much Does It Cost?

  • The typical car shipping costs for a car to Germany from The USA are $1,800 to $3,900, with much of the shipping cost depending on the escrow service and which part of the U.S. you’re shipping from.
  • Both container and RORO shipping are generally available to Germany within the price range mentioned above.

Average Cost & Time Examples For Shipping Cars to Germany From The USA

To/FromGroundOceanDays
San Jose, CA to (California port) to Bremerhaven$200$3,0005+30
Denver, CO to (California port) to Bremerhaven$775$3,0007+30
Boston, MA to (New York port) to Bremerhaven$400$2,1005+12
Portland, OR to (California port) to Bremerhaven$475$3,0006+30
Phoenix, AZ to (California port) to Bremerhaven$550$3,0006+30
Detroit, MI to (New York port) to Bremerhaven$575$2,1006+12
Chicago, IL to (New York port) to Bremerhaven$675$2,1006+12
Los Angeles to (California port) to Bremerhaven$350$3,0005+30
Memphis, TN to (New York port) to Bremerhaven$800$2,1006+12
Miami, FL to (New York port) to Bremerhaven$925$2,1007+12

*Car shipping 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 its final destination before shipping the car to Germany. You can deliver the car to the nearest port with a big parking garage.

*Allow an additional ten days to process the documents.

*Prices are for one classic car in a dedicated 20-foot shared container service. 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.

It can be complicated to ship a vehicle internationally, but the import and export laws of Germany are more or less consistent with the United States, which makes the process a little easier than it would be from some other parts of the world.

As a general rule, the duty on imported autos in Germany is 10% and there’s also a VAT tax of 20%. For motorcycles, the duty is usually between 6% and 8%. For more information about the value-added tax in Germany, this resource has a good explanation.

*Note that the value-added percentages on vehicle imports can fluctuate slightly depending on several factors.

Germany has strict environmental standards, which can cause additional expenses for people shipping a classic car to the country. There are also restrictive ecological zones in the country, which require a sticker if you’re operating a vehicle in the area.

If you’re becoming a permanent resident of Germany and forfeiting residence in the U.S., you can ship a car without paying import duties. This is contingent on being a new resident and having been outside of the country for 12 months consecutively.

Something that shouldn’t be overlooked when transporting a vehicle to Germany is that many of the roads are smaller and narrower than in the U.S., which can make it challenging to navigate with the larger, wider motor vehicles that are more common in the States.

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

Required Documents For Shipping A Car To Germany

The paperwork needed to ship a car to Germany is pretty standard regarding import and export laws for vehicles. Here’s what you’ll need to ensure everything goes as planned when shipping a car, truck or motorcycle to the country.

  1. Original title & registration.
  2. Passport.
  3. Export permit (from The U.S.)
  4. Proof of insurance.
  5. Bill of lading.
  6. German driver's license.
  7. Proof of ownership.
  8. German registration (Anmeldebestatigung) 
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If you have questions about required forms or documents before shipping a car to Germany, your auto transport company should be able to explain the details and give you any assistance you might need along the way, including forms, documents, laws, import duties, permits, licensing and taxation.

How to register your vehicle in Germany.

Germany Auto Transport Resources

U.S. Embassy In Germany - Information and resources for U.S. citizens in Germany, including citizenship, visas, security and general assistance with living in Germany for residents of the United States.

Getting Around In Germany - Learn the road rules for Germany, including right-of-way, licensing, legal and parking issues, traffic regulations and other resources for driving in the country.

Shipping Of Heavy Equipment & Oversized Cargo To Germany

Shipping heavy equipment or oversized cargo to Germany requires precision and a logistical aptitude with decades of overseas car shipments.

At A-1 Auto Transport, we offer car shipping services using decades of accumulated experience to get your shipment to Germany and help you through all the permitting and regulatory processes.

Depending on what you are shipping, there will be different procedures to get it there. Size, weight, and industry all play a part in the process and we are happy to have a wide array of successful transports in our history. Based on our expertise in car shipping, we have the following list of resources:

  • Pile drivers
  • Pavers
  • Cranes
  • Large trucks and heavy vehicles
  • Engineering equipment
  • Agricultural equipment & machinery
  • Forklifts
  • Hydraulic equipment
  • Engines
  • Tractor combines & other farm equipment
  • Backhoes and excavators
  • RVs and motorhomes
  • Industrial equipment

There are several ways to ship your oversized cargo and/or heavy equipment to Germany. The following methods are the most popular, yet we are open to special cases and welcome a call concerning those.

Shipping Method

Lift On/Lift Off

Lift On/Lift Off (LoLo) is a common form of transport for inoperable cargo like boats, crated equipment, or machinery. This method is a bit more expensive than container and RoRo shipping due to the use of a crane and the precision involved.

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Roll-On/Roll-Off

Roll-On/Roll-Off, also known as RoRo Car Shipping, is the most inexpensive way to transport heavy equipment or oversized cargo overseas. Given that your cargo is wheeled and operable, it will be stored within the ship’s hull.

This shipping method requires using a ship’s ramp and height restrictions depend on the vessel and hull size.

Fat Rack Shipping

Flat Rack shipping is a form of international transport that allows the most flexibility when it comes to your oversized cargo. It comes in variations of a flat rack or a car shipping container sans walls to allow your cargo to be attached to the corner points of the container frame.

Your heavy cargo will be secured and then placed on the back of the ship. Since this type of car shipping to Germany exposes your load to the elements, you may want to consider your car shipped while shrink-wrapped.

Container Shipping

Container shipping to Germany is what most people are familiar with as it’s easy to see ships stacked high with shipping containers. As far as oversized cargo is concerned, 40-foot shipping containers may be too small for your purposes.

This is the most expensive and secure form of shipping classic cars we have available. It will protect your cargo from the outdoor elements. In the case of shared container shipping, you'll exclusively be paying for a single vehicle.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What documents are required to ship a car overseas?


What happens if the required documents are not present at the time of shipment/border crossing?


What is a customs broker, and what do they do?

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