Shipping From The USA To Germany (GUIDE) ??

Do You Want To Ship To Germany From The US?

Shipping to Germany from the USA takes between 3 to 25 business days (depending on the shipping method). We ship to Germany using carriers like FedEx, DHL, USPS, and Planet Mail. Prices start at around $10 for small packages and you get package tracking as wellWe also send packages right to your doorstep so it is very convenient for you.

Shipping from the USA to Germany
Shipping from the USA to Germany

In this guide, we are going to explain to you, how does it work, how much does it cost and how to get the cheapest shipping from the USA to Germany, how does it work, how to declare the goods, what are the prohibitions & restrictions and much more.

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Shipping Price And Time From The USA To Germany

Prices of the shipping from the US to Germany are very affordable. For smaller packages, the price starts on dozens of dollars. The estimated postage and delivery time can be calculated using our postage calculator.

How To Get The Cheapest Shipping From The USA To Germany?

The price of the shipping depends mainly on the dimensions of the package, its weight, and the delivery method you choose. To get the cheapest shipping from the USA to Germany, select slower delivery methods like Planet Mail Express or USPS.

How much does it cost to ship from us to Germany? We asked the same question, and here are the results. In the following table, you can see the estimated costs of shipment to Germany from the USA to Berlin.

Shipping Method0.5 kg, 25×18×10 cm4.5 kg, 50×25×18 cm20 kg, 90×60×50 cm
Planet Mail: Express$13.27n/an/a
Postal Service: Fully Tracked$23.56n/an/a
USPS: Priorityn/a$57.5n/a
USPS: Express$39.79$55.44n/a
*FedEx: International Economy$32.31$40.48$149.34
*FedEx: International Priority$36.49$44.87$215.25
*DHL: Express Worldwide$42.71$74.41$416.17
The prices were estimated on the 9th of July, 2020.
*Insurance included

We send the shipments to Germany using carriers such as USPS, DHL, FedEx, or Planet Mail. The delivery usually takes 3 days with express methods and 5 to 10 days with cheaper, economy methods.

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The more expensive methods like DHL Worldwide Express, FedEx Priority, and FedEx Economy, are suitable for those that want to enjoy the content of the package as soon as possible. The cheaper delivery methods are excellent ‘budget’ options if you don’t need your package as quickly.

Tip: Our customers from Germany especially love the FedEx Economy & Express, Planet Mail Express, and DHL Worldwide Express delivery methods.

How Does The Shipping To Germany Work?

Generally, there are 2 most used ways how to ship goods and personal items from the US to Germany. The first is you find some carrier like FedEx, contact them, schedule the pickup and they deliver the package to your delivery address. It works, but it is ridiculously expensive.

The second way is to take advantage of a package forwarding company like Planet Express. You can benefit from several advantages when using the package forwarder. The following table shows the pros and cons of traditional shipping and package forwarding (Planet Express).

Traditional ShippingPlanet Express
Costs of the shippingVery expensiveMuch cheaper
Delivery timeDepending on the delivery methodDepending on the delivery method
Additional servicesVery limitedWide selection*
Delivery methodsLimited, depending on the carrierWide selection (more carriers)
Customer supportVery slowVery responsive and helpful
Package consolidationn/aAvailable

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Shipping From The USA To Germany With Planet Express

Whether you wanna shop from the US stores that don’t offer delivery to Germany, or you just want to send some personal items, Planet Express is here to help you with your shipment to Germany. The shipping process can be described in 3 simple steps.

1. Getting a Free USA Address

At Planet Express we can provide you with a free US address in Gardena, California, and also with a premium sales-tax-free address in Portland, Oregon. You can use these addresses for orders from the US stores, or even for packages containing your personal items, eventually gifts from your friends that live in the US.

2. Using Your USA Address

When you have the Planet Express address, feel free to use it for receiving the orders from the US online stores. Once we receive packages addressed to you, we link them with your account and send you the notification email. Then you can take advantage of one of our additional services. Once you decide to send the package to your home address in Germany, proceed to step 3.

3. Choosing The Delivery Method From The USA To Germany

Before we can send the package to you, you have to complete the customs declaration. It is an online form where you describe the contents of the package. It is closely tied up with customs and it allows customs officers when checking the imported package.

Once you finish the declaration, you can choose the delivery method that suits your needs. We offer quick delivery methods and even cheap, slower ones. Read more about the methods in the following section.

Duty & TAX

The following part covers customs duty & TAX for imports from the US to Germany.

For general goods, the following table is valid:

Value of the packageCustoms dutyTAX
0 to 22€NONO
22€ to 150€NOYES
Above 150€YESYES

If you want to import one of the following categories, you have to pay a special rate:

• alcohols including alcoholic beverages,
• tobacco and tobacco products,
• perfumes and toilet waters,
• roasted coffee, instant coffee and merchandise containing coffee.

The general TAX rate in Germany is 19% of the value of the package (value of goods, price of the shipping + insurance).
General Customs duty rate for Germany is 0%–17% of the value of the package.

Important information is that the customs declaration is the responsibility of each customer. If you do not know how to complete it read our guide on How to fill out the customs declaration.

Prohibitions & Restrictions On Goods Imported To Germany

There are also some restrictions on some goods. Each carrier has its own list of prohibited items. So what you cant ship from the USA to Germany? You can read the terms of each carrier under the following links:

The most important information for you is that your shipment to Germany cannot contain the following items:

Medicinal products and narcoticsCashFireworks
Counterfeiting and piracyDangerous dogsInstruments of torture
Animals and plants, products containing
animal or vegetable substances
Weapons and ammunitionRough diamonds
TextilesCultural assetsFood and feedstuffs

If you are not sure whether some restrictions apply to your goods, please visit Germany’s import and export website, review the above terms of each carrier or contact us at [email protected].

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Planet Express is not just about forwarding packages. We also offer our customers additional services such as consolidationfulfillment or Shop For Me service.


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You can easily calculate the postage price in advance. Take advantage of our postage calculator. Just fill in some details and you will get an estimate of the price and delivery time.

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Save Up To 80% With Consolidation

f you order more pieces of goods from different stores and you want to save on postage, we recommend using the consolidation serviceYou can save up to 80%.

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Do You Have Any Other Wish?

Do you need to scan documents, remove invoices from the package, check the status of the goods, fill customs declaration, or something else? Just make a special request.

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Useful Information For Purchase And Package Forwarding From The USA To Germany

Read our blog, where we regularly publish tips for different kinds of products. Also, make sure you visit our page where you can find tutorials on how to order from the most popular US stores.

We deliver to all parts of Germany – from Berlin to Hamburg, Frankfurt, Munich, Cologne, Düsseldorf… We cover 100 % of the cities in Germany. You can manage everything from the comfort of your home.

Shipping From The USA To Germany FAQ

? How much does it cost to ship from the USA to Germany?

The price of the shipping varies depending on the delivery method you choose, the dimensions and the weight of the package. Cheaper methods costs between $10 to $30. The more expensive ones are usually above $50 for the smaller package.
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?? How can I send a package from the USA to Germany?

The process of the shipping packages from the USA to Germany can be described in 3 simple steps:
#1 STEP: You sign up with Planet Express and get a free US address. Thanks to it you can receive goods from the US stores.
#2 STEP: Once Planet Express receives your package, you will get a notification email.
#3 STEP: After that, you fill in the customs declaration and you can select the delivery method to Germany.
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✈️ Does the USPS ship to Germany?

Yes, USPS delivers to Germany. They offer several methods including USPS Priority and USPS Express.
With Planet Express, you will get discounted rates on these methods so you can save a lot of money.

✈️ Does FedEx ship to Germany?

Yes, FedEx delivers to Germany. People especially like FedEx Economy and FedEx Priority delivery methods.
Planet Express offers discounted rates for these methods for its customers.

⏱ How long does it take to ship from the US to Germany?

Getting a shipment to Germany from the USA takes between 3-10 business days with fast delivery methods, about 10-20 business days with slower delivery methods, and about 20-30 business days with the slowest and cheapest delivery methods.

? What is the cheapest way to ship to Germany?

One of the cheapest ways to ship packages to Germany is using a package forwarding company like Planet Express. We offer Planet Mail Express delivery methods that cost lower dozens of dollars.


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