Do You Want To Ship To Germany From The US?
In this guide, you will find all the information needed for the shipping package from the USA to Germany.
We are going to explain to you, how does it work, how much does it cost, how to declare the goods, what are the prohibitions & restrictions and much more.
If you are interested in specific sections only (VAT, delivery time, etc.), use our navigation below.
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 Shipping||Planet Express|
|Costs of the shipping||Very expensive||Much cheaper|
|Delivery time||Depending on the delivery method||Depending on the delivery method|
|Additional services||Very limited||Wide selection*|
|Delivery methods||Limited, depending on the carrier||Wide selection (more carriers)|
|Customer support||Very slow||Very responsive and helpful|
*Read more how you can benefit from our additional services below.
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 that. 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.
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.
The price of the shipping depends mainly on the dimensions of the package, its weight, and the delivery method you choose. To lower the price to a minimum, choose slower delivery methods. Here are examples of the shipping prices of different packages from the US to Berlin.
|Delivery method||0,5 kg, 25×15×10 cm||5 kg, 40×25×20 cm||10 kg, 50×35×25 cm|
|Planet Mail Economy||$10,51||n/a||n/a|
|Planet Mail Express||$16,06||n/a||n/a|
|DHL Express Worldwide||$49,69||$84,4||$122,51|
Note: The prices have been calculated on the 16th of April, 2020.
We send the packages to Germany using carriers such as USPS, DHL, FedEx, Aramex, or Planet Mail. The delivery usually takes 3 days with express methods and 5 to 10 days with cheaper, economy methods.
Tip: Our customers from Germany especially love the USPS ePacket, FedEx Economy & Express, Planet Mail Express, and DHL Worldwide Express delivery methods.
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 package||Customs duty||TAX|
|0 to 22€||NO||NO|
|22€ to 150€||NO||YES|
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 you cannot import the following items from the USA to Germany:
|Medicinal products and narcotics||Cash||Fireworks|
|Counterfeiting and piracy||Dangerous dogs||Instruments of torture|
|Animals and plants, products containing|
animal or vegetable substances
|Weapons and ammunition||Rough diamonds|
|Textiles||Cultural assets||Food and feedstuffs|
Take Advantage Of Some Of Our Other Services
Calculate the Postage Price in Advance
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.
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 service. You can save up to 80%.
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Shipping From The USA To Germany FAQ
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.
Find out more about the price of shipping 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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Yes, USPS delivers to Germany. They offer several methods including USPS ePacket, USPS Priority, USPS Express.
With Planet Express, you will get discounted rates on these methods so you can save a lot of money.
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.
Getting a package from the USA to Germany 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.
One of the cheapest ways to ship packages to Germany is using a package forwarding company like Planet Express. We offer Planet Mail Economy and Planet Mail Express delivery methods that cost lower dozens of dollars.
Our fulfillment center services are used by those who want to save on storage costs. We offer the opportunity to rent storage space in the California warehouse. In addition, we will handle logistics for you, your only concern being the marketing of your business and the administration. For individual calculation, please contact us at [email protected]