Car Shipping To Germany

Preparing your vehicle for car shipping to Germany is very important when you have decided to import your car to Germany. Depending on the place from which your car is shipped, you need to provide winter protection for your car. For example, if your car is shipped from Alaska, batteries and radiators must be prevented from freezing. The tank must be half filled so that your car can be driven to service station if needed. Never leave any of your personal items in your car to prepare your car for export to Germany. Alarm systems and other removable components must be removed.

You have to find moving companies that provide car shipping to Germany on dates comfortable for you. Operable cars are moved by any moving company, but if your car is not in an operating condition, then you should inform your movers about it. Make sure that ground clearance is done for your cars. Also, cars in Germany follow European standards and it is your responsibility to make sure that the car you intend to export to Germany meets the standards. In Germany, cars are driven on the right side of the road and measurements are kilometers and kilometers per hour.

The moving companies provide both roll on and roll off as well as container shipping service for car shipping to Germany. You need to inform the moving company if you want the car to be stored at terminals before taking your car to home. You have to allow at least three to four weeks for the car shipped to arrive at the destination port in Germany. Adequate shipping insurance must be purchased to cover losses and damages to the car you intend to ship.

In Germany, not many restrictions control car import. Regardless of the age or make of the car, all cars can be imported to Germany. Also, the cars are treated equally in terms of duties and taxes which mean that you will pay the same import tax duty irrespective of whether the car is old or brand new. The import duty is 10% of the purchase price of the car and the freight costs to the German port are additional. You will also have to pay additional import tax for the freight insurance. Value added tax is 15% of the price of the car along with freight cost and import duty. If your car is a vintage car or a collectible piece, an additional 7% tax duty is applicable. You don’t have to obtain prior permission for exporting a car to Germany, but it must be registered at the German port. You need to get German license if you want to drive your car in Germany for more than one year.

Customs clearance requires vehicle registration and title documents. You need to give originals of these documents to the movers. Creditor notarized statement is required if your car is under credit or lease. You should also have ownership document for the car. Customs clearance hassle is handled by the moving company that ships your car to Germany.

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