Ship A Car To Germany From USA

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Thinking of shipping a car to Germany? Ship Overseas, Inc. has been shipping cars back and forth between USA and Germany for 35+ years. Many people have never shipped a car and feel scared. This page should answer almost every question you have and ranges from Pricing, Shipping Methods, Marine Insurance, etc. If this is your first time shipping a car to Germany from USA, please get a free quote and read everything below. 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).


  • 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 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).

Here is a pricing table that shows the starting rates for shipping cars to Germany.  All shipments arrive in Bremerhaven, Germany. Here are the GPS coordinates of where your car will arrive: https://goo.gl/maps/M4V5um82qRYNxFQq5

 Depending on the year, make and model of your vehicle, pricing will vary. Basically, Ship Overseas, Inc. will handle the logistics for you.

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

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.

Vehicle 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 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. Destination handling charge is €150.

RoRo Shipping Method (Roll On/Roll Off)

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 runs 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.

Container Shipping Method

Shared Container

With this method, multiple vehicles are loaded into a container at a warehouse. Normally 4 cars fit into a container. The container must be filled with vehicles in order for it to be loaded onto the container ship. Because a container must be filled, it doesn’t provide fixed departure dates like the RoRo method does. You might need to wait an extra week until the container is filled with the 4th car. Use container shipping when you’re shipping 2 or more vehicles.

In addition, customers are allowed to ship additional items in the trunk or the backseat of their vehicle, which is largely thought to be the only real advantage container shipping has compared to RoRo.

With shared container shipping, you can ship vehicles that do not work. Many people who buy broken down classic cars in USA (over the internet) choose shared container.

Exclusive Container Shipping

Exclusive container shipping is normally used when shipping exotic vehicles like Bentley, Ferrari, Aston Martin, etc. It is also used if you want to ship personal belongings along with your car. Exclusive container shipping is the more expensive than RoRo and Shared Container shipping.

Like shared container shipping, you can ship vehicles that do not work.

Military Car Shipping to Germany


If you are in the US Military or you’re a dependent of someone in the military, you get additional benefits which you can read about here.

Two Types of Shipping Methods


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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Marine Insurance in Case Something Goes Wrong

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.


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