Like other EU countries, shipments heading to Germany require customs documentation, and import VAT and import duty will be charged in Germany – rather than the UK – and paid by the receiver of the parcel.
Personal senders must complete a commercial invoice with their shipping agent. These documents are simply used to detail the contents of the package, describing its items and including their commodity codes – which can be found online.
Businesses shipping to EU countries will also need to register for an EORI number. This can be done easily online, too.
If you’re sending ‘personal correspondence’, like letters and postcards, to friends and family in Germany, you won’t have to worry about customs documentation, as these are exempt from the rules.
Are there restrictions on what I can send to Germany?
As with all countries, Germany has some rules around which products can be imported. So, it’s worth checking your items are permitted to save you the cost and hassle of having your package returned to you.
Germany’s restricted items include:
Medicines and narcotics
Cash over a certain value
If you’re still unsure whether your items are permitted – and for a full list of restricted items –check the German government’s website.
PACK & SEND gets your valuable, fragile or awkward items wherever they need to go in the world. Our expert packers can secure your items for youand we’ll then help you arrange all the required documentsand take care of shipping.
We also offer comprehensive loss or damage cover– no matter the value of your goods – in case the worst happens unexpectedly.
Fill out a formto receive a quote for shipping to Germany or give us a call on 0345 873 9990.
What ways are there to get an item sent to Germany?
Shipments to Germany can be organised by both road and air freight by PACK & SEND.
How long will my things take to reach Germany?
An estimated shipping time of 3-4 working days is to be expected when sending goods to Germany. This however is only an estimated time as with customs clearance there can be delays on shipments going through borders.