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Shipping Car from USA to Germany

Ship Overseas, Inc. has been shipping cars back and forth between USA and Germany for almost 4 decades. There’s no reason to be scared or nervous if you have never shipped a car. This page should answer nearly all questions regarding the shipping process including Pricing, Documents, Departure and Arrival Ports. To get pricing we only need the Year/Make/Model of your car, Pickup Zip Code or Departure Port, and Destination Country (in this case Germany).

Read Our Germany Google Reviews Below!

I sent two classic VW from the port of Texas to Bremerhaven in Germany. Everything worked out smooth, I received all paperwork in advance, got all answers to my questions and safely picked up my cars.

The only thing that was missing, was one cars front light that was probably stolen at port parking warehouse.
Alexander R.
Alexander R.
13:06 10 Dec 16
Myron took great care of me on shipping 2 vehicles to Germany. Accurate quotes and great communications.
Michael B.
Michael B.
11:42 22 Feb 22
I shipped two cars from Savannah to Germany. Super easy process and the rates were better than anyone elses that i was getting for the same route. Would recommend them to anyone for their shipping needs. They helped along the way to get the documents needed and explained the process clearly so i knew exactly what needed to be done to have my cars on the boat that I needed them to be on. Pickup on the other side was easy as well with who shipoverseas was partnered with where my vehicles arrived. They were in contact with me often so i knew that the vehicles were on time and when to have everything ready. I will certainly be in touch again when it's time to return from my oversea travels. Thanks for the smooth process!
B H.
B H.
20:06 24 Feb 22
We have been very happy with the transports booked through your company

Pricewise and service wise. Surely we will us you again to ship to Germany,
Clarissa F
Clarissa F
05:33 15 Mar 22
Great service. Quick Response to an unanswered call and the car was picked up and delivered nicely to europe
Jean T.
Jean T.
05:36 15 Mar 22
Great customer service, the Kendra was highly responsive and easy to communicate with. I really happy with the service to Germany. She worked very fast and got us a great driver for our vehicle. I would definitely use this company again.
Adam A.
Adam A.
05:40 15 Mar 22
Good Price, Good Pick-Up, Quick Delivery... all as PROMISED! THANK YOU!! Would use Ship Overseas again when coming back from Germany.
Marti L.
Marti L.
05:51 15 Mar 22
They were able to accommodate my exact date for pick up and good with communication. Would ship Overseas with them again! Delivery was to Bremerhaven in Germany
James H.
James H.
14:23 15 Mar 22
The team was awesome to work with! Thanks so much! The service and communication was top notch! My car was delivered without issue and on schedule to Germany. I will definitely recommend and/or use their services again!
Zoe S.
Zoe S.
14:46 15 Mar 22
Used to ship from NY to Germany. Process was easy and straightforward. Saved money versus buying a second vehicle overseas. Would use again.Good communication throughout. Thank you.
John W.
John W.
19:19 15 Mar 22
ShipOverseas was a great partner in shipping a Chevy Bolt EV to Helsinki Finland. The representatives provided easily understood descriptions of the roll on-roll off process, required paperwork, payments, etc. We drove the car onto the Galveston, TX dock with an accompanying guide. It was 100% smoothly accomplished. The car was transferred in Germany without problems (it is an electric vehicle with some unique starting characteristics) and offloaded near Helsinki, Finland. The photo shows incredibly clean conditions at the destination despite weeks at sea. I can highly recommend ShipOverseas for safe, economical, and successful vehicle shipping.
Leora E.
Leora E.
20:05 15 Mar 22
Great and fast service. I ship my car from Baltimore to Wiesbaden Germany only took 5 weeks and the process was fast and easy
Carlos P.
Carlos P.
00:18 19 Mar 22
After using it to send my car to Germany, I knew I would use it when I returned to the United States. We've shipped a lot of cars to the UK and Germany as well as several to Belgium, no one else can even imagine using.
Elsa A.
Elsa A.
10:16 24 Jun 22
After using it to send my car to Germany, I knew I would use it when I returned to the United States. Twice I have received offers from many companies, but no one has beaten Ship Overseas. Shipping is a breeze with them and their staff is great for getting back to you on time!
Stiven M.
Stiven M.
13:47 24 Jun 22
Very helpful, quick answer to the question. I sent my car to Sweden, no problem. I have shipped cars with other companies before but Ship Overseas helped me with the best solution which was RORO for my needs. Will definitely ship with them again, send thanks again abroad.
Adriana E.
Adriana E.
12:14 24 Jun 22
I shipped my car safely and quickly from New York, NJ to Southampton, UK. Arrived there on time very quickly. Their demeanor is very friendly and helpful, quick answers to questions. Then I sent my car to Italy without any problem.
Selim A.
Selim A.
10:59 24 Jun 22
Buying my car and sending it to the Middle East was full of challenges and complexities, but the only thing that was 100% easy was that the part was operated by Italian ships from abroad. Excellent service and communication from start to finish. Highly recommended. Thank you for your best service !!!
Anders P.
Anders P.
13:38 23 Jun 22
I shipped my car safely and quickly from New York, NJ to Southampton, UK. All the complex documents were clearly defined for me to understand the process. A few weeks after it was released in the United States, I was able to drive my own car in England. Will definitely ship with them again, send thanks again abroad.
Juli A.
Juli A.
11:50 23 Jun 22
I sent my car from France to the UK. They arranged to take my car from the UK to the port of FL and then from FL to PR by boat. Staff responded very quickly to any communication I sent, especially when my car was running. I appreciate your excellent service and love overseas ships.
Eric S.
Eric S.
09:29 23 Jun 22
I first heard the shipoverseas name from a close friend of mine in the Foreign Service. I first went to Italy from Belgium. Since then I really appreciate your service. Using this service has saved me a lot of time. Some of my friends from England, Belgium and Switzerland are currently using this service. This is a very good service all over the world. Thank you for your excellent service.
Sarah R G.
Sarah R G.
06:17 23 Jun 22
I have benefited a lot from using this service because it has saved me a lot of time. I used this service from Italy. I never thought I would get such a good service in such a short time. Some of my friends from Belgium, France, Greece and many more have gladly used your service. Thank you so much ship overseas.
Kasey R W.
Kasey R W.
04:45 23 Jun 22
He sent several cars to England with this company.
An exceptional service. The downside is that car transport was unreliable. Granted through no fault of foreign ship.
International shipping is my shipping option. Thanks for the smooth process!"
Elli B.
Elli B.
20:26 22 Jun 22
We got a really good services. Jack always answers your so many questions with a short delay , for sure in the day , most of the time in the hour ( and in the minute too ). Really good communication. That's why we choose Ship Over Seas from the other company quotes we received. Good services , good prices , that's the criteria for our choice we don't regret at all. Thanks again.
JF G.
JF G.
18:10 03 Jun 22
Great rates, and trust worthy performance! You can depend on Shippo for your shipping needs.
Madison B.
Madison B.
14:39 18 Apr 22
Easy to use, reasonably priced and keeps track of what you sent and who you sent it to. Great product.
Jayne G.
Jayne G.
14:37 18 Apr 22
Easy to use. Great online shipping program.
Debra H.
Debra H.
14:35 18 Apr 22
very easy to use with many great features and the best shipping rates I could find. We are very happy customers!
Beverly W.
Beverly W.
14:33 18 Apr 22
provided excellent service! Prompt delivery at a good price. Many thanks!
Jesse D.
Jesse D.
14:27 18 Apr 22
All the times I have used this service everything went well.
Philip S.
Philip S.
14:26 18 Apr 22
Easy and reliable. Great support team
Catherine H.
Catherine H.
14:25 18 Apr 22
Makes things easy to ship items and it’s easy to use.
Pamela J.
Pamela J.
14:22 18 Apr 22
It has integrated smoothly with our online order platform and has made the entire shipping process easy.
Nathan J.
Nathan J.
14:18 18 Apr 22
I bought shipping labels,when i needed them thank you
Brandon S.
Brandon S.
14:17 18 Apr 22
Super easy to use.Fast reaction time. Impressive
Bruce H.
Bruce H.
14:14 18 Apr 22
I am very pleased . It's ease of use and user friendly functions make it a pleasure when shipping our product is needed.
Evelyn M.
Evelyn M.
14:13 18 Apr 22
Amazing company. So helpful and they keep you informed of what’s happening.
Staff are so professional and friendly.
Nothing is too much trouble.
Would recommend them as the best in the business
Keep up the good work
Jason C.
Jason C.
13:22 18 Apr 22
I am every happy with the service I have receive from shipcars and I would definitely recommend there services to anyone.
Zoe S.
Zoe S.
13:20 18 Apr 22
Excellent service. Alec was extremely courteous and helpful. Always kept us informed at every stage.
Tiffany W.
Tiffany W.
13:18 18 Apr 22
Great service, kept us informed about the whole process from first contact to vehicle arrival at destination port.
Would use again, definitely recommend
Jonathan W.
Jonathan W.
13:17 18 Apr 22
Highly recommended. Excellent service from Nikki and Alex. They expedited my first car shipment to Belgium with comfort and assurance. Many thanks guys.
Elizabeth R.
Elizabeth R.
13:16 18 Apr 22
Thank you very much ship car uk..nikky you are the best
13.I apprechiate to work with your company and I will recomend you. Thanks
Cheryl M.
Cheryl M.
13:14 18 Apr 22
Amazing service and information throughout the shipment process.
All questions answered promtly and the shipment went very smooth.
Grace T.
Grace T.
13:13 18 Apr 22
Excellent service from start to finish. I would certainly recommend them to anyone
William W.
William W.
12:09 18 Apr 22
Great company and very easy to work with.

Absolutely would recommend.
Kathie M.
Kathie M.
12:08 18 Apr 22
An amazing service! Everything was made so easy. It took to worry out of shipping my car.
Reba L.
Reba L.
12:05 18 Apr 22
The was extremely helpful and very friendly. She explained everything very clearly, and everything went smoothly with minimum surprises as a result
Melissa G.
Melissa G.
12:04 18 Apr 22
This was my very first time shipping a vehicle. This company and their staff are phenomenal at what they do. I am absolutely blown away by their level of engagement and professionalism.
Carol B.
Carol B.
12:01 18 Apr 22
Very helpful and made the process of shipping my car easy and stress free. Thank you
Harvey O.
Harvey O.
12:00 18 Apr 22
The service was very good. They even collected the vehicle from the dealer, had it inspected and took it to the port for shipping. It was really convenient for me.
Pamela W.
Pamela W.
11:59 18 Apr 22
Everything about ship cars service was excellent, from the first contact to the actual shipping.
Ashley F.
Ashley F.
11:57 18 Apr 22
Excellent customer service helpful ones again thank you so much Alec and other lady.i will use this company again
Patricia S.
Patricia S.
11:55 18 Apr 22
The was extremely professional, he answered every email quickly and was very helpful throughout the whole process. We thoroughly recommend this company
Grady F.
Grady F.
11:54 18 Apr 22
The company made it easy to ship my car overseas. No fuss and no problems!
Abe R.
Abe R.
08:40 18 Apr 22
Very professional when it comes to shipping my vehicle to Central America
Kendra G.
Kendra G.
21:10 13 Apr 22
Shipped my car to Nigeria . It was fast and easy . Best part they handles majority of the work . Very convenient and definitely will go through them again .
Heather :.
Heather :.
14:24 12 Apr 22
Very reliable agents. Thanks for being there for us!
Shipped my car from NC to Puerto Rico. They took care of the transport of my car from NC to the port in FL, and then on the ship from FL to PR. The staff was very responsive to all communications I sent, especially while my car was in transit. I always knew exactly where my vehicle was. Very kind and helpful staff, especially when I was just calling to inquire in the beginning. Will use them again if I ever need to ship my car back stateside.
Brittany B.
Brittany B.
01:51 18 Mar 22
Nigeria. Thanks
Humphrey Osazee O.
Humphrey Osazee O.
08:51 17 Mar 22
Very helpful, quick response to questions. Shipped my car to Costa Rica, no issues what so ever. I had shipped cars previously with other companies but Ship Overseas helped with the best solution which for my needs was RORO. I will definitely ship with them again, thanks again SHIP Overseas..
Robert M.
Robert M.
00:03 17 Mar 22
Super business partner, fast and correct shipment of my car.ThanksDany
dany L.
dany L.
19:14 16 Mar 22
Shipped my vehicle from Newark, NJ to Southampton, United Kingdom safely and quickly. All the complicated paperwork was laid out clearly for me to figure out the process. I was able to drive my own car in England a few weeks after dropping it off in the US. Would recommend!
Cai Y.
Cai Y.
14:11 16 Mar 22
Very good service. I was shipping for the first time and they helped me with everything that needed to be done.
Luka B.
Luka B.
06:53 16 Mar 22
Thank you for shipping my car
hareb A.
hareb A.
04:34 16 Mar 22
We shipped our car to Uganda from California and the services were exceptionally good 👍, regular feedback and updates were excellent and provided a peace of mind.
Fred K.
Fred K.
01:34 16 Mar 22
I used Ship Overseas back in 2019 to ship my 2008 Harley Softtail from Galveston Texas to Belgium. I forget exactly how long it took, perhaps in the two month range. However, the bike did eventually arrive and was completely ready for me at pickup. They even handled all the import paperwork etc. My only complaint would be that somehow the bike had accumulated almost 100 extra miles on it from when I dropped in off, and picking it up. Perhaps they needed to run it around the boat a few 1000 times. Also, there were a couple of parts missing from my saddle bags. Lesson: NEVER leave anything that can't be bolted to the object you are shipping. Otherwise, great service and a very good shipping experience.
Vincent P.
Vincent P.
22:41 15 Mar 22
Shipped my car from the Netherlands to the US(via Belgium), everything went smoothly. The whole thing was relatively painless.
Daniel S.
Daniel S.
22:12 15 Mar 22
Everything was ok. Thanks!
Carlos Paz S.
Carlos Paz S.
20:24 15 Mar 22
Our company, Jackson Creek Mfg., Inc. has used Ship Overseas, Inc. numerous times to ship vehicles overseas and have always received excellent service. Great company to work with!
Warren B.
Warren B.
20:00 15 Mar 22
Vehicle was shipped without any issues, easy process.
Michal D.
Michal D.
19:16 15 Mar 22
They were efficient, transparent, and no nonsense. Planning to use them again for another shipment.
Johnny Y.
Johnny Y.
19:14 15 Mar 22
If you never had your car shipped before, I can tell you that it can be a very fearful, and stressful event, but I can vouch 1st hand that this agency took all the thought fear and stress away! We moved my XT-5 from DFW to overseas (Bahrain). We didn't have any issues, and it was relatively fast considering it's been shipped across the seas. I will 100% recommend this company to anyone and everyone. Hassle-free and delivers what was promised. I'll definitely be using them whenever we decide to return stateside!
Ehte P.
Ehte P.
19:08 15 Mar 22
i shipped an 89' Land Rover Defender from italy to the US without troubles, they took care of all docs and around 60 days later the car was at the port in VA. i'd definitely use them again in the future.
Magnum Opus C.
Magnum Opus C.
19:07 15 Mar 22
It was my first time needing to transport a vehicle to EU they were amazing the transportation took place as they said the time they were going to pick it up the time that they delivered and the driver was very nice and very helpful and we really appreciate it, we had just canceled with a previous company because they didn’t do what they said. We were very happy with crystal car shipping and will definitely get them again if we need to transport another vehicle.thanks for service.
Louanne F.
Louanne F.
15:16 15 Mar 22
This company was great

Everything they promised in their contract was 100% true and I am o fully satisfied customer.

If you need a transport of a vehicle to Italy I recommend Ship Overseas
Tricia C. H.
Tricia C. H.
15:14 15 Mar 22
ship Overseas got it done right and on time. Appreciate every team member there. I worked with Kendra because she speaks Spanish. Car went to Spain
Elizabeth A.
Elizabeth A.
15:06 15 Mar 22
Working with Ricardo for my vehicle transport was easy and stress free. Ricardo kept me updated on transport availability and pickup times. Vehicle was sent to United Kingdom from Houston in a very timely mann
Oliver J.
Oliver J.
15:03 15 Mar 22
Very nice and quick car shipping services to Sweden. Prices is reasonable and great communication with customers. The staff was very helpful and nice agent. I highly recommend them.
Jack A.
Jack A.
14:59 15 Mar 22
Ship Overseas is best. The staff is very knowledgeable about the business and was able to provide great insight for what would happen at each step of the process. Gary is a great communicator and the overall experience was a success.
Noah J.
Noah J.
14:42 15 Mar 22
Great service, they picked up my car earlier than expected which was ok in my instance and delivered as promised w/o any damage, Miron the sale rep kept me updated and f/u appropriately. Very professional company.
Ashley C.
Ashley C.
14:29 15 Mar 22
So satisfied with the service, The staff was amazing and had great communication. Ricardo reached out to make sure everything was okay after delivery, an unbeatable price to Spain with excellent service. I would recommend to everyone!!
Ava C.
Ava C.
14:18 15 Mar 22
This was the first time I used such a service. I was very happy with both my broker in UK and the truck driver in IL. Their communication was excellent through the entire process. They answered all my questions and delivered my vehicle to Europe exactly as I had given it to them. If I have need for such service again in future I will definetly use the same company.
Marco B.
Marco B.
05:49 15 Mar 22
Timely service and my car arrived in the same condition I dropped it off in. Great job!
Johnnie V
Johnnie V
18:42 22 Feb 22
It was an easy an quick process
Rudolf de J.
Rudolf de J.
09:19 22 Feb 22
Ship overseas helped me ship my car to senegal when some companies refused to do so in the heat of corona virus.thank you for your professionalism.
Kade M.
Kade M.
03:44 22 Feb 22
My car purchase and shipping to the Middle East was full of challenges and complications, however the one thing that was 100% smooth was the part handled by Miron from Ship Overseas. Great service and communication from beginning to end. Highly recommend.
William E.
William E.
03:35 22 Feb 22
This company and team were tremendously professional & also the least expensive company I found. I researched quite a few before settling on ShipOverseas. I’m glad I chose them, they were able to deliver my vehicle to my destination port in Korea when others said they could only deliver to one port in Korea and for less money. I will definitely use them again and recommend anyone shipping anyone to consult with ShipOverseas.com. Well done!
Robert Gibson (.
Robert Gibson (.
03:06 22 Feb 22
These guys are super, fair priced and very helpful.
Mike C.
Mike C.
00:28 22 Feb 22
I have used them few times and they on point great service and always answer all my request in timely manor.
Moe A.
Moe A.
14:09 21 Feb 22
Hello Tere! Last summer I sent my car to Estonia. I was scared little bit because it was my first time ( maybe even last!) to do this kind of thing. But it went very smoothly - unexpectedly . Most difficult thing was driving myself to the port, but I did it! I could order somebody from Ship Overseas, but it cost money. And paperwork was pretty normal. The same day, I left to the airport, I got phone call that they sent car title to my old address. Wow! I thought that this title goes directly to the Estonian port, but I was wrong. They sent this very important paper over to my son.It arrived on time when I was ready to show car documents to the toll office. Everything ended very well ! Thanks to Ship Overseas. And , by the way, sending my car to Estonia was much, much cheaper than other companies offered. I am thankful !!!
Lydia K.
Lydia K.
13:24 21 Feb 22
Ship Overseas did a great job. There's no reason to use anyone else.
Taylor B.
Taylor B.
13:22 18 Feb 22
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Ramabale Mdeeh N.
Ramabale Mdeeh N.
05:32 02 Nov 21
Always great. Shipped my car with them multiple times, and have never had a problem. Not sure how others have, but I like to be very communicative, and be updated, which Jack, and everyone in ShipOverseas respond to well.

UPDATE: Shipped my 5th car with them, no problems whatsoever. I've so far shipped 5 cars back and fourth, totaling to 6 shipments (USA -> Europe, Europe -> USA, USA -> Eurpoe, etc.)
Emil H.
Emil H.
14:44 09 Jul 17
I received my 1972 Chrysler Newport Royal in PERFECT condition. Holy cow!!!! These people are super awesome. They went above and beyond to make sure everything was perfect. First time I shipped with them. Awesome experience!!!! Rodrigo Tamayo you are the man. The communication level was unbeatable.. I will definitely ship with you guys again and again and again. Thank you sooooo much. Keep up the good work.
Daniel P.
Daniel P.
00:12 15 Feb 17
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Pick Up

When you get a quote to ship your car to Germany, you’ll see an OPTIONAL charge if you want us to pick up your car for you and transport it to the shipping port. You can do it yourself, but you should compare the costs of gas & food, time off work, how you’ll get back home, and maybe a couple nights at hotels. Or you can just pay a couple hundred dollars for us to take the hassle out of taking the car to the nearest port.

Departure Shipping Ports

This is a list of departure ports where the ships leave from.

  • New York, NY
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Charleston, SC
  • Brunswick, GA
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Newport News, VA
  • Galveston, TX
  • Long Beach, CA
  • Tacoma, WA

As mentioned above, you can take your car to one of these ports or we can handle it for you.

Arrival At Shipping Terminal in Germany

All shipping lines arrive at Bremerhaven, Germany. This is where the designated person will pick up the car. Remember that we only send quotes for the transport of your car. Whoever picks up the car in Bremerhaven will need some cash to pay in person for Tax or Duty. See the section below for Vehicle Import Tax & Duty

If you ship your cars to Bremerhaven, Germany, you can also send them to the following cities:

  • Wiesbaden
  • Kaiserslautern
  • Mannheim
  • Heidelberg
  • Schweinfurt
  • Vilseck
  • Grafenwohr
  • Spangdahlem
  • Hohenfels
  • Geilenkirchen
  • Stuttgart
  • Baumholder
  • Ramstein
  • Garmisch-Partenkirchen
  • Munich
  • Berlin

How Much Does It Cost to Ship a Car to Germany

  • Pricing to ship a sedan or regular SUV to Germany ranges from $781 to $1,000.
  • Pricing will depend on the year/make/model of your car, the departure shipping port, and whether you need us to pick up your car or if you want to drop it off at the shipping port.
  • Destination handling charge E150 ($165 USD)

The cost to ship a car to Germany depends on a few main factors. A compact car is cheaper to ship vs. a large SUV. If you’re shipping from the East Coast USA, it’s cheaper than shipping from the West Coast. If you need us to pick up your car at your house, that’s an additional cost. If you want to personally drop off the car and meet us at the departure shipping port, you’ll save money (of course you’ll need to make your own travel arrangements for getting back to your house).

Departure & Arrival Ports, Starting Costs, & How Long Shipping Takes

The Estimated Time in Transit does not include the transit time from when the trucker picks up your car. It only includes the time from when your car arrives at the shipping terminal.

Shipping To/FromEstimated Time in TransitCost
Ship Car New York, NY to Bremerhaven, Germany11-21 DaysFrom $781
Ship Car Baltimore, MD to Bremerhaven, Germany11-21 DaysFrom $781
Ship Car Charleston, SC to Bremerhaven, Germany11-21 DaysFrom $781
Ship Car Brunswick, GA to Bremerhaven, Germany11-21 DaysFrom $781
Ship Car Jacksonville, FL to Bremerhaven, Germany11-21 DaysFrom $781
Ship Car Newport News, VA to Bremerhaven, Germany11-21 DaysFrom $781
Ship Car Galveston, TX to Bremerhaven, Germany21-33 DaysFrom $791
Ship Car Long Beach, CA to Bremerhaven, Germany28-35 DaysFrom $1,175
Ship Car Tacoma, WA to Bremerhaven, Germany31-40 DaysFrom $1,280

Vehicle Import Tax & Duty & Destination Handling Charge

Destination handling charge E150 ($176 USD)

If you are in USA, contact the Germany Missions in USA by phone if you need the latest information.

German Missions
4645 Reservoir Rd NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 298-4000
German Missions in the United States – Federal Foreign Office

Please note, Ship Overseas does NOT collect the import duty. It must be paid at the time the car is being picked up.

EU Citizens

When shipping a car to Germany as a private person and your final destination is another country, you will be charged 30% tax on the value of the vehicle. This is refundable once you register your car in your country.

If you are a German citizen, you will pay 10% customs taxes + 19% VAT. This will not apply if you can show residence out of Germany for more than one year. If the vehicle is owned by a German citizen for less than 6 months and residency is out of Germany for one year, then duty is payable. The destination handling charge is €150.

If you are a Private EU Citizen returning with your vehicle to Europe, you will be subject to the same destination charges above and have to pay a Customs Tax and VAT TAX on the Value of your vehicle. However, if you have owned the vehicle for 6 months or more and can prove residency in the United States for 6 months or more you will not pay the Taxes.

US Military

For active military personnel, normally the payment for the shipment of your car to Germany is covered by the military. If you have a 2nd car (normally when a spouse is shipping a car too), you are the one who pays for the shipment.

We are authorized shippers for the US military.

POV Transfer Requirements for Military

  1. The car must be owned or being leased by a member of the military or a dependent
  2. The auto must be self-propelled and legal on public highways
  3. If a leased vehicle, written consent for transport must be included from the third party
  4. Must have four wheels or more, with exceptions for mopeds and motorcycles 

Travelers (Temporary Imports)

Anyone traveling to the EU will be able to bring their car for up to 6 months. This is a temporary import. You’ll need to leave a deposit for the temporary import upon arrival. This deposit needs to be paid upfront. Once a traveler is leaving, the deposit is refunded.

Relocating

If you have lived in USA for 1 or more years and you are a returning EU citizen, you’ll be able to being back your car duty free! You cannot have any liens on your car. Please check with the German Customs Department.

New/Used Car Purchase

If the final destination is an EU member country, you pay 10% duty and 19% German VAT if the car is owned for less than 1 year.

Classic Car Purchase

If you are shipping a classic car (30 years old or more), then you’ll pay a lower amount of duty. Duty for importing classic cars is 7% while duty for cars less than 30 years old is 10%.

Storage Fees

Sometimes when someone’s car arrives, they do not pick up their car on the scheduled date. When this happens, the port in Bremerhaven will charge storage fees. If you need to know the latest storage fees, contact us.

Optional Marine Insurance

We HIGHLY recommend purchasing the optional marine insurance. We offer FULL COVERAGE Marine Insurance against Loss or Damage from the time your car is loaded onto the ship. The cost is 1.75% of the value you wish to insure the car for. Purchase Marine Insurance if you cannot afford to come out of pocket for repairs or loss. We have never ‘lost’ a vehicle unless it was a hurricane. Hurricane season is from June 1 and ends on November 30. You can learn more about Marine Insurance here.

Shipping Car to Germany Military, Government Contractors

US Military and Government employees  (or contractors). For those people, a letter of authorization from the lender will need to be issued to pass US Customs. Otherwise, the car may be considered stolen.

US Military and Dependents

At the Base ports of Germany, Belgium, and the United Kingdom, you will be required to pay a destination offloading fee of $280.00 per car and $350.00 per SUV. These prices are subject to change but not by much. To get a release of your vehicle, you will need to Identify yourself, and before that, you will go to the Officer at your Base in charge of Transport, who will give you a document to complete which will act as Military Tags and will enable you to drive to your base.

If you would like your vehicle delivered to your Base, then you can request a delivery service from us, and we will arrange the forwarding for you at an additional fee.

Government Contractors

Government contractors follow a similar procedure as US military active-duty personnel.

Documents Required to Ship Car to Germany

US Military

If you are in the Military, Government, or State service and there is a Lien recorded on the vehicle, the Lien Holder needs to give permission to export the vehicle. This permission must be an Original Letter from the Lienholder together with 3 certified copies of the Certificate of Title. You will also need to present your Military orders or a letter from the Government or State authority and a copy of the Title Record History obtainable from the Department of Motor Vehicles in the State the vehicle is registered.

EU Citizens

You will need the original title of the vehicle and your ID.

Non-EU Citizens

  • Copy of Passport
  • Power of Attorney Form for international residents.

Vehicle Registration For Military & Government Contractors

This will be taken care of at the military base. Talk to your Officer in Charge. You’ll also be getting your military tags for your base.

Shipping Methods

RoRo (Roll On Roll Off)

These ships are made specifically for vehicles.
RoRo ships are built so anything with tires can Roll On and Off the ship. Automobiles and motorcycles are the most common vehicles. Other types of vehicles that can be shipped are motorhomes, campers, trailers, buses, construction vehicles, and boats. RoRo shipping is normally used when you only ship one vehicle. The car MUST be able to make it up and down the ramp without any assistance. The inside of a RoRo ship looks like a big parking garage. Once loaded on the RoRo vessel, each vehicle is tied down securely in its designated spot (as shown in the picture)

This shipping method has proved highly efficient and extremely cost-effective. When compared to container shipping, it has an additional advantage: it provides reliable departure and arrival dates. The ship’s departure and arrival schedule run almost like an airline flight schedule.

Also, RoRo shipping is the preferred shipping method for new car manufacturers to ship their own vehicles. All vehicles are tied to the deck and are not exposed to the ocean. That way, the vehicles have all the protection against external elements.

Payment Methods / Options

Payment doesn’t have to be made until your vehicle is at the departure shipping port.

Wire Transfer or Cashier’s Check

This is a very common way to pay for your shipment if you are not in USA. We will send you our bank information once your order is placed.

Credit Card & Zelle

There are no service fees if you choose to make payment with Zelle. Basically, Zelle is bank-to-bank transfer.

There is a 3% service-fee if payment is made with credit card.

Canceling Your Order

If for some rare reason you need to cancel your order, let us know by email. Normally payment is refunded via the same payment method you chose. If you cancel your order, there is a $300 cancelation fee

Additional Information

  • Destination handling charge E150.
  • If final destination is an EU member country, you also pay 10% duty and 19% German VAT if the car is owned for less than 1 year.
  • If in transit through an EU country, leave a deposit of 30% of the value of the car which is refunded after the car is registered at the final destination country.
  • A clear Title of Ownership with no Liens on the Title.If you bought a car new, then your name must be listed on the front of the Title as the registered owner.
  • If the vehicle has been sold, then both the Seller and Buyer have to sign the back of the Title in the spaces as detailed on the back of the Title.
  • For safety reasons, the vehicle cannot have more than a ¼ tank of gas.

USA Customs Clearance

Ship Overseas, Inc. will clear US Customs for you.

When your car is shipped via RoRo ship, US Customs agents simply look through the window. At most, they will open the trunk and peek inside.

When it comes to container shipping, the US Customs agent may sometimes need to open the container to check whatever is inside the container. This process takes longer than the RoRo method, but either way, Ship Overseas, Inc. will clear customs for you.

Who Can Pick Up The Vehicle in Germany

You can nominate any person to pick up the vehicle at the destination Port. You must advise us of this a few days prior to the sailing of the date so that we can enter their name as the Receiver or Consignee. They will be required to identify themselves with a picture ID as well as produce the Title of Ownership and a letter of permission to pick up the vehicle. There is a charge by the shipping line if you notify us of any changes after your cargo has been loaded on the vessel.