Moving to Germany

Germany is thought to be the economical center of the European Union, and is one of Europe’s most populated nations. It enjoys commerce with the United States and other countries, and is a main exporter of various products. Dolphin Express provides shipping services from the U.S. to Germany on a regular basis. Whether you are moving to Germany from NY, NJ, CT, PA, MD or any other state, we can provide full relocation service from door to door.

Nearly all shipments of household goods to Germany go through the ports Bremerhaven and Hamburg. At Dolphin Express we offer two main options for shipping to Germany: consolidation and exclusive containers. In a consolidated shipment, we individually pack and palletize each shipment and load several clients into a single container. This greatly benefits all clients as they share the cost of the ocean freight. The second option, an exclusive 20ft or 40ft container, is suitable for individuals or families who are shipping the contents of their home and / or a vehicle to Germany.

German Customs

It is possible to obtain a tax-free entry for shipments of used household goods and personal effects to Germany. Several documents are required:

 

  1. Copy of the passport’s photo page
  2. Copy of the Bill of Lading or Airway Bill (provide by Dolphin Express)
  3. Packing list (provided by Dolphin Express)
  4. German town hall registration confirming the new residency in Germany (“Anmeldebestaetigung”) – done by the client in Germany
  5. Customs registration form #3050, which confirms that you will not sell your items for at least a year
  6. Customs declaration
  7. A letter stating that you are not bringing certain goods (to be specified later)

 

Other documents may be required on a case by case basis, such as a copy of the visa or a letter from the employer in Germany stating that the length of employment will be for at least a year.

For the complete German customs regulations, click here. Please note that the information on this page is for guidance purposes only, and Dolphin Express does not assume responsibility for it. We recommend that you contact the German Consulate for the most official information.

Moving to Germany with Dolphin Express

When we ship your belongings to Germany, whether it is a handful of boxes or a full container, we always entrust the shipment to our reliable and licensed agent. The German agent will contact you when the shipment arrives to the port, verify that all of the forms required for the customs clearance are available, and coordinate the delivery of your shipment to the final residence. Whether you are moving to Berlin, Hamburg, Hannover, Munich, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Heidelberg, or anywhere else, we will gladly provide a comprehensive and professional service. We can even provide storage service here in the U.S. or in Germany as necessary, all in order to make your relocation to Germany as smooth and easy as possible.