What You Need to Know About Moving to Germany, Europe

To The Land Of Ideas, Move to Germany

Germany due to its powerful economy attracts many international businesses. This place is a home to 85.7 million people (has the highest population in the EU) and famous destination for expatriates to relocate. If you are also planning to move to Germany and take advantage of top-notch schooling systems, well-maintained infrastructure, and brilliant transportation system, APAC Relocation can help you in planning a successful move.

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APAC Relocation is a top-notch and reliable mover in Singapore who maintain a team of professional moving consultants for efficiently planning your move to Germany and its various cities like cities  Frankfurt, Bremen, Dusseldorf, Bielefeld, Cologne, Leipzig etc.

Every step of your international move to Germany like packing, loading of containers, voyage, documents, customs clearance etc. will be taken care by one of the top movers in Singapore. You can be assured of the safety of your residential/commercial belongings since we are fully-licensed and insured packers and movers in Singapore.

Why Must APAC Relocation Be Your First Choice?

There can be several reasons behind your relocation to Germany but moving to any new destination requires some important paperwork and legal formalities to comply with. Our expert team of international packers and movers can help you in filing and completion of all mandatory documents. There are several documents required and here are few important once:-

  • Copy of passport and valid visa
  • Letter of employment or botschaftsbescheinigung -returning citizens
  • Packing list in German or English
  • Customs declaration / signed letter by owner of the goods
  • In case of vehicles relocation- proof of ownership, original bill of lading, registration and a copy of the title from origin country, third-party liability insurance initiated at customs clearance, insurance card from origin country etc.
  • In case of pets shifting- veterinary health certificate in German and vaccination record etc.

To know about restricted items, dutiable items, prohibited goods, and detailed information about aforesaid documents, contact our team.

Our shipment modes-Air freight, LCL( less than container load), Sole-use container, Groupage shipping etc. can be customized in accordance with the client’s requirements and budget.To learn in detail about these modes, shipment time, goods arrival and waiting time, customs and quarantine clearance time, client’s can contact us and our consultants will be happy to solve your queries.

Our expert Singapore movers and packers consultants offer a range of comprehensive transit insurance options, clients can choose the one which is right for them and can take a sigh of relief thinking that their possessions are in safe hands.

How Can Germany Be Your Next Home Sweet Home?

Germany has one of the highest immigrants population in the world. People moving from any EU country to Germany are allotted residency permit on registration of their address with the Burgeramt and those who have a valid passport, do not require a work permit.EU nationals can enjoy similar rights as of Germans in terms of social security, vocational qualifications, access to housing, working conditions etc.

Shipment Modes
We can customize the shipments modes in accordance with your requirements, possessions, and budget. If you require warehouse facility before or after your goods leave your location, you can contact our moving consultant for storage options and rates. We are affordable and reliable storage company in Singapore and offer warehouse options to handle every type and size of residential/commercial relocation.

Good to know
People moving from any EU country to Germany are allotted residency permit on registration of their address with the Burgeramt and those who have a valid passport, do not require a work permit.EU nationals can enjoy similar rights as of Germans in terms of social security, vocational qualifications, access to housing, working conditions etc.

Expatriates can also enjoy free education for children. State schools are perfect for the children who want to start from kindergarten classes (since all classes will be in German Language and non-German speaking older students can face problems in such schools) and international schools are for older students. Mandatory schooling starts from age six and student’s proceeds to stages like lower secondary school, vocational colleges, and higher education.

People have to buy health insurance in Germany. A big portion of worker’s salary goes to health care. Germany has one of the outstanding medical practitioners, health specialists, dermatologists etc.

Whether you are moving to Germany for professional reasons, or for competing higher education, choose your moving partner wisely and Make your stay in Germany comfortable with our reliable moving and relocation services.

Connect with our experts and learn how our expert services could help you in establishing your roots in Germany.

The Federal Republic of Germany has a very rich cultural history, Germany has been continuously the home of influential and successful artists, philosophers, musicians, sportspeople, entrepreneurs, scientists, engineers, and inventors.
If you are required to move to Germany, it is important to study the rules and regulations in that country. Please go through them.

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Documents Required
  • Photocopy of passport

  • Photocopy of visa

  • Bill of lading (BL) / air waybill (AWB)

  • Packing list in German or English

  • Customs declaration / signed letter by owner of the goods

  • Customs registration form 0350

  • Letter of employment or botschaftsbescheinigung (returning citizens)

  • Anmeldebestaetigung (registration)

  • Diplomatic entry form 0349 (diplomats)

  • Certificate from the diplomatic organization in Germany (diplomats)

Specific Information
  • Effective processing of the Customs declaration can only commence once the goods are in the European Union and have been presented at the Customs office.

  • Products imported into the European Customs Union are subject to duties only when and where the product first enters the European Union (e.g., Germany).

  • The Customs declaration should be provided by the local agent in Germany.

  • A letter signed by the owner of the goods certifying that the following taxable high value goods have not been included in the shipment:

  • Firearms

  • Alcohol

  • Tobacco

  • Cigarettes

  • Tea

  • Coffee

  • Customs registration form 0350 stating goods will not be sold for 12 months.

  • Letter of employment must state the term of employment will be for a minimum of 12 months and that the owner of the goods lived abroad for at least 12 months (must be issued by the employer of the client)

  • Anmeldebestaetigung can be obtained from the appropriate German town hall confirming registration of new residency in Germany (not older than 3 months).

  • Effective 1st November, 2015, the owner of the goods is required to obtain a confirmation letter, called “Wohngeberbescheinigung” from their future landlord in order to get a registration, “Anmeldebestaetigung”.

  • The confirmation letter, “Wohngeberbescheinigung” must confirm that the owner of the goods will live at the address mentioned.

  • Shipment must arrive in Germany within 12 months after registration in Germany.

  • Botschaftsbescheinigung from the German Embassy or Consulate at origin.

  • This document serves to confirm the period of time abroad (returning citizens).

  • Proof of registration may not be older than 3 months.

  • All goods for duty-free importation, such as household goods and personal effects must have been in the owner of the goods’ possession for at least 6 months in the origin country.

  • Duty-free entry for foreign diplomats is permitted if a bilateral agreement exists with the origin country.

Documents Required
  • Proof of ownership

  • Car documents

  • Original bill of lading

  • Anmeldebestatigung

  • Insurance card from country of origin

  • Third-party liability insurance initiated at Customs clearance

  • Registration and copy of title from origin country

  • The registration must show a minimum use of the last 6 months prior to shipping / prior to the first registration of the client in Germany

Specific Information
  • Owner of the goods’ town hall registration in Germany (Anmeldebestatigung)

  • Cars and motorcycles must be in the owner of the goods’ possession and must have been used for at least 6 months (as evidenced by a proper registration) at origin prior to shipment; adequate confirmation will be given by simple declaration as part of the Customs declaration

  • Approval for possession and use requires title and registration documents showing customers name and identified vehicle for import

  • Cars must be inspected before licensing, and must comply with German technical and environmental regulations and may require modifications

  • Customs clearance requires knowledge of all technical details of the car

  • Tax and duties must be paid in advance to the Customs office

Documents Required
  • Vaccination record

  • Veterinary health certificate in German or translated by a licensed veterinarian

Spesific Information
  • The veterinary health certificate is valid ten days from the date in which it was issued (20 days for pets coming from non-European countries).

  • It must describe the animal and state that the pet is free from rabies and other contagious diseases.

  • Animals must be fitted with an identification microchip.

  • The import of cats and dogs under 3 months old requires the purchase of an import permit from the state authority of the future residence in the destination country as well as the authority of the port of entry (POE).

  • Weapons (applicable license is required)

  • Live plants (special import license is required)

  • Tobacco and cigarettes (subject to duties and taxes)

  • Alcohol is not a household effects and is taxable. The shipper should sign a customs declaration to confirm that the shipment does not contain alcohol.

  • Customs clearance of alcohol is an additional customs clearance and not included in standard destination rates

  • Alcohol is subject to duties as per a EU customs code which is complicated. Alcohol is also subject to taxes based on duties as per tariff

  • Taxes of 19% based on duties plus proportionate costs of transport (door-to-door)

  • Drugs and narcotics

  • Explosives

  • Ammunition

  • Dried plants

  • Pornographic materials

  • Certain types of meat

  • Radioactive materials

  • Any protected animal or species (ivory, snakeskin, leopard fur, etc.)

  • Items of historical significance (pre-Columbian items, etc.)

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