Deciding to ship a car to Germany from the USA as part of your relocation or for a temporary stay can be a long choice to make. You have to consider the process, which you may not know if it’s your first time shipping a car to Germany. However, whether you are a member of the military shipping a second vehicle or moving to Germany and bringing your personal automobile, it’s more cost effective than buying one there. As an auto shipping specialist, we ship cars to Germany on a regular basis and have been doing so for over four decades.
Read our guide on how to ship a car to Germany below and learn how to start your international shipment. If you need a quick quote on the cost for shipping your car to Germany, start with our Online Quote Form.
How to Ship a Car to Germany
If you want to ship a car to Germany, you’ve come to the best resource. Shipping a car from the United States to Germany is quite simple with Schumacher Cargo Logistics. Once you start your shipment with us, we take care of all the major steps to complete your delivery.
This guide focuses on car shipping to Germany from the USA. To get general information and view common questions about shipping a vehicle, visit our page on general transport.
**Our warehouses include Los Angeles, Houston TX, Savannah, Miami, and New York.**
Services for Shipping a Vehicle to Germany
The most used method to ship a car from the USA to Germany is via container. Although we do offer RoRo and air freight services, most individuals elect for the first method.
Most customers choose to use container service when shipping a car to Germany. You can either ship your car in a 20ft or 40ft sole use container, or take advantage of our specialized consolidated container shipping service. For this service, your vehicle will be loaded with others into a 40ft going to Germany. This has the best value as the costs are split between each shipper while still retaining the protection of a container.
Roll on Roll off (RoRo)
With a roll on roll off car shipping service, the autos are driven into the belly of the large vessels where they are braced and secured. RoRo has limited ports of service and is generally less protected as it is open to the elements. Though the main use for this service is when a vehicle is too tall or wide for a container and can only ship via the open space in a vessel.
Air freight shipping for cars to Germany is the fastest possible way to transport a vehicle overseas. With this service, the main concern is speed and money is should not be a consideration. Generally, this is used for events, shows, and super luxury vehicles.
How Much Does Shipping a Car to Germany Cost
Determining how much it will cost to ship a car to Germany depends on multiple factors including: 1) Your vehicle 2) Your location and nearest US departure port 3) Shipping method and the 4) Availability and final destination.
The most secure and cost effective method of shipping a car to Germany is using a shared container service as opposed to booking a single 20ft container. Generally, the difference in price will be hundreds of dollars if not thousands.
Another price to factor into the overall cost is the pickup/delivery rates. Not everyone can deliver their vehicle to one of our 5 US offices themselves. However, we have our own in-house dispatch department that can orchestrate pickups from anywhere in the country. No matter where the vehicle is located.
To get the cost to ship your car to Germany, please fill out our Online Quote Form today!
Popular Places to Ship a Car to Germany
Below, we’ve listed the port information as well as estimated transit times when shipping a car from the USA to Germany.
How Long Does Shipping a Car to Germany Take
**These time frames are estimates for a port to port service. They assume all the necessary documents are given to us up front, the vehicle is ready for departure, and that the container is ready to ship.
Some of the other destinations that we offer car shipping services to in Europe have multiple ports. However, in the case of Germany, the main port is Bremerhaven in the north.
Shipping Car to Bremerhaven:
Bremerhaven is Germany’s primary ocean freight port and our container service sails every other week depending on US departure port.
From Los Angeles, our west coast office, it takes between 4-5 weeks on the water. Please remember this is ocean transit only. This does not consider the time it takes to book enough cars for a full container. We recommend clients leave themselves at least 6-8 weeks for the entire process. However, it can take longer. Individuals and families moving to Germany from the USA and shipping a car from the east coast will enjoy a shorter transit time of 3-4 weeks on the water port to port.
For those looking for inland transportation to a further city such as Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, or any other destination, we can deliver to your door with our German inland car transport.
Importing Cars to Germany: Taxes and Duties
Since the USA is not a member of the EU, anyone planning to import a vehicle to Germany will be subject to duties as well as the 19.6% value added tax.
There are a few exceptions to this. For those bringing a vehicle on holiday, or traveling through Germany to another final destination, only a deposit is required and after the car leaves Germany or is registered in your respective country, the money is refunded to you. The duration of the stay must not be longer than 12 months if you are staying temporarily.
Citizens needing to ship a car to Germany as part of an overseas move can import the vehicle as part of personal effects as long as it’s used and has been owned longer than 6 months. This is a one time offer. If you meet the above requirements, you will not be liable for the VAT tax or duties.
EU citizens that have lived in the USA for more than a year AND have owned the vehicle longer than 6 months are allowed a one time tax free import.
As a suggestion, we advise all clients to contact the German embassy for confirmation of your status. This is due to the fact that taxes and duties can change without notice.
Transporting cars to Germany is just as easy moving automobiles back to the US. Though it is limited in terms of the different services available.
You will also be dealing with a different SCL department when importing vehicles back to the US from Germany. In this case, we have a team of auto import specialists who are fully capable of assisting you. Use our auto imports page as a resource.
More Info for Car Shipping to Germany
For any additional questions about car shipping to Germany, please use our quote form to get a free estimate or call one of our specialists at:
US 562-408-6677 // Toll Free 800-599-0190