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Ship Your Car to Germany

Ship your car to Germany with West Coast Shipping, a US based car shipper with a decade of experience in shipping cars to Europe. We are one of the largest car shipping companies in the US, with locations in California and New Jersey. We handle ground transportation, vehicle documentation, export and import clearance, and shipping overseas by container, air-freight, and roll-on/roll-off.

Get an instant quote to ship your car to Germany by using our shipping calculator.

We ship thousands of cars from the US to Germany each year. Whether you are moving to Germany, buying a vehicle from the US or relocating your POV, we can help with US Car Import to Germany!

We pick up cars from anywhere in the US, clear US customs, and ship cars overseas. You have the option of shipping your car in a container via ocean freight, Roll-on/Roll-off or Air Freight. When shipping to Germany in a container, the cheapest destination port is Bremerhaven. From there, we can arrange transport of your vehicle to any Germany city, including Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, and Cologne.

After your vehicle is shipped to Germany, it will take anywhere from 12 to 30 days to arrive in Germany (depending on where in the US it was shipped from). The agent in Germany will be responsible for clearing import customs, collecting the container from the port of Bremerhaven, and taking it to their location for unloading. After your vehicle is unloaded, your agent will prepare the vehicle for you. Car import agents can also deliver the vehicles right to your door. You always have the option of collecting the container from the port yourself, as long as you notify us to place you as the receiving party in Germany. You will then be able to collect the container and take it to your location for unloading.

Car Shipping Cost to Germany

The cost to ship a car from the USA to Germany in a container is around $900 to $1,300. To get the current rate simply use our car shipping calculator.

German Car Import Tax and Duties

As of 2017, the import duty on cars is 10% plus 19% VAT. When importing classic cars over 30 years old to Germany the import duty is just 7%. If you are moving to Germany you can avoid paying the import duties on your car entirely, find out more.

Germany is one of the largest importers of classic cars from the United States. However, many customers choose not to ship classic cars to Germany because of the more expensive import rate. You can save on import duties by importing your classic cars to the Netherlands which charges 6% or the UK which charges only 5.5%. Since the countries are all a part of the European Union, you are free to transport your classic to Germany without having to pay import duties again.

FIND A CLASSIC CAR FOR SALE IN THE USA

The United States holds one of the largest inventories of classic cars in the world. On the West Coast you can find classic cars in pristine condition and at a great price. We work with private buyers and international auto traders to help locate and purchase vehicles from all over the USA. No matter where you buy your car in the USA, we can collect it! 

Here is a list of places to find US classic cars.

Unlike other international car shipping companies, we do not outsource our loading to others. We do everything from documentation to loading your vehicle in-house, using our own employees with decades of experience.

Don’t want to ship your car in a container? We also offer car shipping services to Germany via Roll-on/Roll-off (RoRo) service. However not all ports around the world accept RoRo ships, and since the vehicle has to be driven on and off the ship, nearly all classic car shippers choose to ship in a secure container instead. 

Shipping your car via Air Freight to Germany will be more expensive than other methods of shipping. Prices can range anywhere from $3,000 to $15,000 depending on the season, flight route and most importantly vehicle size. When shipping cars by air cargo, the price is calculated by the volume the vehicle takes up in the container. 

No matter what car shipping service you choose, all require you to have the original title for the vehicle. The only exceptions are if a vehicle is over a certain age and the state where it was registered did not issue titles. For example, Alabama, Connecticut, Georgia, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont do not issue titles for older vehicles. Find out which documents are required when exporting a car from the US to Germany.

Have questions about insurance for your car shipment? Look here.

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Import Cars From Germany

Our goal is to make the import of US cars to Germany as simple as clicking a button. We provide a full car import service which includes purchasing the car via escrow in the US, collecting the vehicle, loading the cars into a container, then shipping by ocean, air or roro, and delivering the car to your door in Germany. We are not a car shipping broker - we employ our own loaders, own our own warehouse and work directly with the ocean carriers to ship your cars to Germany.

Using our online car shipping to Germany calculator, you will get the most competative rates on vehicle transport and international shipping. We import cars, motorcycles, boats, and auto parts to Germany from the USA. We collect your vehicle from any location in the USA, and ship to Germany from both US coasts. 

The most popular method of importing a car to German from the USA is in a shipping container. Our expert shipping team loads your cars, motorcycles, boats, auto parts and household goods into a container from either California or New Jersey. The containers are then shipped to the port of Bremerhaven, Germany. Transit time from the West Coast is 30 days, and from the East Coast shipping takes 12 days.

We specialize in classic cars and utilize specialty loading methods to ensure no part of your car is scratched or damaged during shipping. Every step of the loading process has been meticulously tested to ensure the car arrives overseas in the same condition it departed in. 

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Documents Required for Export

Shipping your car from the United States requires the clearance of US customs. This step requires a few documents to be submitted to prove to the US government that you own the car. Here are the documents required:

  • Bill of Sale for the vehicle

  • Original Vehicle Title - if it currently has a lien on it, you must also provide a lien release letter

  • Power of Attorney form

  • Completed online shipping form

  • Copy of Passport (if you are an international citizen without a US passport)

  • Copy of EIN letter if you are a US citizen

Contact us if you have any questions about the documents required to ship your car overseas to Georgia.

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Shipping Options

CONTAINER

By using a container for shipping, we can load anywhere from 1 to 6 cars (depending on size), the vehicles can either run and drive, or be project cars. We offer consolidation when shipping to the port, saving you money by shipping your vehicles along with other cars in the same container. When shipping high-value vehicles, we can load them in their own dedicated 20ft or 40ft containers.

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RORO

Shipping via Roll-on/Roll-off is another option when shipping cars overseas. However, unlike with containarized car shipping, you cannot ship anything inside of your vehicle, and the car be in run and drive condition to be able to drive on and off the ship. The ports which support RoRo vary widely, and so do the rates.

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AIRPLANE

If you require your vehicle overseas as quickly as possible, we recommend shipping the car via Air-Freight service. Compared to lengthy shipping times and possible port delays when shipping in a container or via RoRo, shipping your car by Air is the quickest shipping options. Transit time is estimated at around 3 to 10 days, depending on the documentation and customs requirements.

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Motorcycle Shipping Overseas
How Motorcycles Are Shipped Overseas

Motorcycles are a popular import from the US, and most customers use a container. You can fit up to 8 motorcycles in a 20ft container and up to 16 in a 40ft container. They are securely strapped and braced. This makes it the perfect solution for wholesale buyers and dealers. Use the shipping calculator on this page to get a quote, or contact us.

Another option is shipping your motorcycle via air freight to any international airport. It's a more expensive option, and it requires a custom crate to be built around the bike. However, air freight will minimize transit time.

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What We Ship

Leading dealerships, auctions, museums and events ship their vehicles, motorcycles, and special projects around the world with West Coast Shipping. We have the expertise to handle them all.


About Us

We are car people who pride ourselves in safely and reliably transporting vehicles for consumers, dealers, collectors, and wholesalers around the world. We speak English, German, French, Dutch, Russian, Arabic, & Spanish.

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