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Ship a car to Germany
We offer weekly sailings from ports in the USA to Germany
Shipping a car to Germany is very simple when using the RoRo method. Use this method if you are only shipping one car and nothing else. Our shipping vessels depart on a weekly basis from U.S. seaports to Germany. We offer several car shipping methods and additional services, to meet all your auto shipping needs to Germany. We ship to Bremerhaven in Germany.

 

Ship Overseas Inc. is your resource to ship a car to Germany. Ship Overseas Inc. is also a reputable provider to ship military cars to Germany. Our company specializes in car shipping to Germany. Ship Overseas Inc. has more than 3 decades of experience as a freight forwarder. While there are several modalities that will provide a successful overseas shipping experience when shipping a vehicle from US to Germany, the team at Ship Overseas Inc. highly recommends exploring our top two overseas shipping methods.

RoRo Shipping – RoRo ships are vessels built for shipping wheeled cargo, more specifically – shipping cars and motorcycles. The cars are driven on to the ship as if it were a floating parking garage.

Container Shipping – Container shipping means that a car is shipped in a container; there is also the option to select an Exclusive Container.

 

 

Ship Overseas Inc. is your resource to ship a vehicle to Germany. We are equipped to transport a car to Germany. With our 34 years of industry expertise you can trust that we deliver! We also specialize in classic vehicle shipping to Germany. Let us share our 34 years of industry knowledge to guide you to successfully export a car to Germany. Over the past 34 years, Ship Overseas Inc., a leading international car shipping company, has earned the trust of 1000s of customers, to ship a vehicle to Germany safely and successfully. If you are asking yourself how to ship my car to Germany, you have come to the right place. The Team at ShipOverseas, Inc. is ready to assist you.

Ship your Car to Bremerhaven
Bremerhaven is a port city on Germany’s North Sea coast. Bremerhaven, literally “Bremen’s harbour”, is a city at the seaport of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, a state of the Federal Republic of Germany. It forms an enclave in the state of Lower Saxony and is located at the mouth of the River Weser on its eastern bank, opposite the town of Nordenham. Though a relatively new city, it has a long history as a trade port and today is one of the most important German ports, playing a role in Germany’s trade. Ship Overseas Inc. ships vehicles worldwide. Click here or call (858) 547-0840 to get a free quote to ship your car to Bremerhaven in Germany.
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Trusted Military Partner

It is our honor to serve the Active Military community, as a highly reputable provider of international car shipping services. Ship Overseas Inc. has more than 3 decades of experience as a freight forwarder. Our Team specializes in shipping, Cars, SUVs, RVs, Motorhomes, Heavy Machinery, Boats, Yachts and Motorcycles to Europe, Africa, Latin America and The Middle East. Ship Overseas Inc. can also support with importing cars internationally into the USA. Car shipping rates to Germany start at $790. There are 6 things to consider when shipping your car to Germany while active in the military. These items include car modifications, weight, time limits and car licensing. Click below to learn more.
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FAQ’s

How long does it take to ship my car to Germany?

The average transit time for shipping cars to Germany takes up to two or three weeks, but can be less. The time it will take for the ship to make it across the Atlantic to port is usually two to three weeks.

 

What documents are required to ship my car to Germany?

The documents you will need are:

  • The original Certificate of Title of Ownership of the vehicle without a Lien recorded on the Title.
  • If the vehicle is used or pre-owned the existing Certificate of Title can be endorsed by the seller to the new owner. No Sales Tax is payable to the Seller and proof of export will be given to the Seller if requested.
  • Depending on which Port the vehicle will sail from, you may need a Bill of Sale or a Notarized Bill of Sale.
  • 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 Lien holder 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.
  • When a new vehicle is purchased , an Original Certificate of Origin must be obtained from the Dealership who sold you the vehicle. we need this to get Custom Clearance. A Bill of Sale is also required.
  • For some ports in Florida, you will need a Power of Attorney giving the clearing agents permission to clear your documents on your behalf.

 

How much does it cost to ship my car to Germany?

Rates typically start at $790. Rates depend on the shipping ports and distance from port to port.

 

How to prepare your car for shipment?

  1. Disable the alarm

Seems obvious, but to avoid making an enemy of the truck driver, be sure you disable any alarm systems your vehicle may have.

  1. Don’t gas up

Your vehicle is being transported, not driven, so there’s no need to fill up prior to loading. In addition, having a full tank of gasoline makes your car heavier. Additional weight can add and risk to the shipment.Leave as little fuel in the tank as possible when preparing your vehicle for transport.

  1. Check for leaks

Before your car or truck gets loaded onto the truck, check the undercarriage for any noticeable leaks. If your vehicle has an aggressive leak, the car shipping company may refuse service. If you see a leak, make sure to get it repaired prior to moving day.

  1. Check tire pressure

Under-inflated or over-inflated tires are just as risky in transport as they are on the road. By not having your tires properly inflated, you could be increasing the risk of damage to the tire. Tire damage is most likely to occur during loading and unloading, but if your tires are properly inflated, you won’t have a problem.

  1. Remove custom accessories

To prevent the risk of a car spoiler and other special accessories breaking in transit due to their odd size, make sure to remove any custom parts or accessories before the vehicle is loaded onto the truck.

  1. Lock the car

Once your vehicle is loaded onto the auto transport truck, there’s no reason for it to be opened up until it is delivered.

 

Can anyone pick up the vehicle at the destination port 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.

 

RoRo Shipping

RoRo ships are vessels built for shipping wheeled cargo, more specifically – shipping motor cars and motorcycles. The vehicles are driven on to the ship almost like it was a parking garage. The name Roll-on/Roll-off comes from the fact that vehicles roll-on/roll-off the ramp, which is how they are driven on and off the ship. By contrast, lift-on/lift-off (LoLo) vessels require the vehicles to be lifted by a crane. Interested in the UK? Our RoRo ships specialize in our friends across the pond.

 

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 runs almost like an airline flight schedule.

Also, RoRo shipping is the preferred shipping method for new car manufacturers to ship their own vehicles. In addition to the exact departure and arrival dates, RoRo shipping means that all vehicles are tied down below deck. That way, the vehicles have all the protection against external elements.

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Shared Container Shipping

With this method, multiple vehicles are loaded into a container at a warehouse. To leave the warehouse for departure, the container must be completely filled with vehicles. This, in turn, doesn’t provide fixed departure dates like the RoRo method does.

However, shared container shipping has its advantages in terms of cost-effectiveness. Firstly, the shipping costs are split among the vehicles loaded into the container. Secondly, this method can sometimes be the only cost-effective method in departure or arrival ports where the RoRo method is not available.

Also, customers are allowed to ship additional items in the truck or the backseat of their vehicle, which is largely thought to be the only real advantage container shipping has compared to RoRo.
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Exclusive Container Shipping

As opposed to the shared container, exclusive container means that a vehicle is shipped in an exclusive container; it doesn’t share the container with any other vehicle. This is also a good option if vehicle owners want to ship their personal belongings along with the vehicle. However, exclusive container shipping is the most expensive shipping method, compared to shared container and RoRo shipping.

Both shared and exclusive container methods are used to ship non-operational vehicles because RoRo vessels ship only running vehicles.
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Open and Enclosed Auto Shipping

Ship Overseas, offers the convenience to transport your vehicle to the port, if you are unable to drive your car to the port yourself. Having one company deal with both the transport to the port and the shipping is a good move, since you won’t have to deal with different agents. What’s more, Ship Overseas with a proven track record has the experience and practical know-how to handle all phases of your car shipping, including its transport to the port.

We offer open and enclosed auto shipping to pick from your location and deliver it to the port.

Open Auto Shipping – This is the most common type of car shipping method in the U.S. Generally, it is also the least expensive! This car shipping method is widely used for shipping vehicles like sedans and minivans. Many car manufacturers use the open auto shipping method simply to reduce costs. It is a safe and cost effective method.

Our transport trucks normally carry as many as 9-10 cars at a time and as few as 5 cars. The transport truck driver will load and unload vehicles while shipping cars across country. In addition, since we are able to fill these transport trucks to full capacity, it lowers the over all shipping costs when running routes across the U.S.

Enclosed Auto Shipping – Many of our customers who use an enclosed transport truck ship luxury, exotic, specialty, or vintage cars. The cost of this shipping method is higher, but the risk factor is greatly reduced. By using this car shipping method, the vehicle will not be exposed to the elements. Shipping a car to the port using enclosed car shipping is ideal if a person has a slightly higher budget. The car will normally be shipped along with 2 couple other vehicles. A special ramp or lift-gate is used to get the cars into the transport truck. You can expect to have peace-of-mind when using the enclosed car shipping method.

Marine Insurance

Ship Overseas recommends that all shipments be insured for transit cargo insurance (marine insurance) on a first dollar basis for losses incurring in transit.

We offer FULL COVER Marine Insurance against Loss or Damage from the time your vehicle is loaded onto the Vessel for shipment at a rate of 1.75% of the value you wish to Insure for.
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Our Competitive Advantage

  • Our shipping rate includes your AES port filing fee, and the express mail fee to return your vehicle documents.
  • You never have to pay in advance to place your shipping order. You only pay when your vehicle is ready to be loaded onto the ship.
  • We are a licensed NVOCC shipper Lic.# 019334, and we only specialize in international vehicle shipping.
  • Your own Customer Dashboard to track your shipment in real time, and manage your shipping documents.
  • We ship 1000s of vehicles which affords us to negotiate with shipping lines huge volume discounts directly, to provide you with the best shipping rates.
  • Our weekly schedule of departures means less delays for your vehicle to depart and to arrive at its destination port.
  • Your car is handled with the utmost care from start to finish, which is reflected in the highly positive reviews and testimonials we consistently receive from our customer. Read our Customers Feedback here.
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Important info to Ship a Car to Germany:
  • 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 its final destination.
  • 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.
Import Duty for Germany:
  • If you are in USA, contact the Germany Embassy by phone.
    Embassy of Germany
    4645 Reservoir Rd NW
    Washington, DC 20007
    (202) 298-4000
  • 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 vehicle owned by the German citizen is not owned for 6 months and residency is out of Germany for one year, then duty is payable. Destination handling charge is €150.