Removals to Germany

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Moving to Germany

Are you planning to relocate to Germany? Moving to a new house in the UK can be a difficult process at the best of times, moving to a whole new country can be even harder. You will need to find an experienced removals company who can be trusted to move your personal effects with the minimum of fuss and maximum care.

Choosing White & Company, who are a BAR, FIDI & OMNI registered removal expert, will ensure you are using a company that meets the highest standards within the removals industry. Our removal staff have the necessary training, experience and professionalism to carry out your move as efficiently as possible.


Survey

Our experienced surveyor will visit your home to conduct a pre-move survey to ascertain the volume of effects being shipped. This involves him/her walking through the property room by room noting what items are to be exported and recording it on his electronic tablet. They will be able to answer any of the questions and concerns you may have and offer advice where necessary. A free no obligation quotation will follow within 48 hours.

Storage

You may find you need to store some or all of your possessions for a period of time prior to moving abroad. White & Company has storage facilities at 19 storage locations throughout the UK all providing secure containerised storage in personal dedicated storage containers.

Our trusted partners in Germany are also able to offer storage should you require it. All our warehouses are clean, dry, secure and accredited to European standard BS EN 14873. Just speak to our surveyor for further information.

Packing

When our quotation has been accepted and a move date has been secured, the vehicle and removal team will arrive at your residence. The removal team will proceed to export pack and wrap all items being shipped and load onto vehicle for delivery to our closest depot or directly onward to your home in Germany.

We use a modern range of environmentally friendly, purpose-made packing materials and can pack everything for you prior to your move.

Shipping

Shipping My Effects to Germany: the process

The whole moving experience can be incredibly stressful at the best of times, let alone to a new country. White & Company, with its 145 years of experience in the removal industry, can help make the process a smooth and largely pleasant experience.

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Why Move to Germany?

Germany has developed a name for itself as a forward-thinking, pragmatic nation with a thriving economy and a diverse range of working opportunities. So called ‘Multi-Kulti’ cities, such as the capital Berlin have become hotbeds for expats looking to embrace the German way of life while also wishing to be part of a vibrant and diverse international community.

Expats are attracted to opportunities in the fields of IT, science and engineering and Germany prides itself on its prestigious automotive industry, which has given rise to such famous manufacturers as Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen and BMW. As a nation that prides itself on high levels of academic attainment, be aware however that such in-demand roles often have strict criteria.

You will find that the Germans work hard and play equally as hard. The country is known around the world in particular for its love of beer and social events such as Oktoberfest in Munich, with its clinking steins of beer, bratwurst and raucous singing are essential parts of German life.

Expats are also surprised to find that despite the high standard of living, housing costs in Germany are typically more affordable than in the UK. Although this is likely to vary considerably depending on your intended destination with prices fluctuating between Lower Saxony and Bavaria.

From mountain climbing or skiing in the Alps, to cycling in the Northern countryside or sunny days spent on the beach in the North Sea and Baltic coastal regions, Germany’s fantastic central location right in the centre of Europe make it an ideal place to explore all the continent has to offer.

Customs Information

Germany, like most worldwide countries has very strict importation regulations. There are restrictions on entering with items such as:
• replica guns
• radio communications equipment
• weapons and ammunition (including empty cartridge cases and air guns)
• narcotics
• some prescribed medication

You must declare all kinds of food to the customs authorities, too. In practice, unless it poses a general health hazard or violates animal health laws, food and drinks usually are ignored.

You must declare cash, securities, or cheques more than €10,000 in value. Cash equivalents such as raw or polished jewels and precious metals must also be declared. If you are caught trying to slip these items past customs, the resulting fines can be rather heavy (up to €1 million).

Used household goods and personal effects can be imported into Germany duty-free if:
• have lived in your country of origin for at least 12 consecutive months.
• be planning to take up official residence in Germany.
• have owned the imported items for at least six months.
• intend the goods for personal use only.
• wait at least one year before reselling them in Germany.

If you are unsure of any items, visit the following web sites for further information before you attempt to import:
https://www.internations.org/germany-expats
http://germany.shipping-international.com/customs/

Property

Germany has a preference for renting over purchasing properties, with one of the lowest rates of homeownership in the developed world (only 41% of the population own their own home and the rate is much lower in some cities).
Having said that, buying a property in Germany is generally a straightforward process. With the economy still in a state of recovery following the global credit crisis, property prices in some areas are lower than they have been for a number of years.

The average price for a 30 square metre property (a small apartment) is currently €60,000 (£52,223). While a large 100 square metre apartment averages around €250,000 (£217,600). Prices are typically up to 50 percent higher in the major cities and Munich is rated as the most expensive city.

As Germany offers a wide range of high-quality rental housing most people opt to rent. There are plenty of properties on the market from large homes with big gardens to small one bedroomed flats.

Renters are protected by the law against excessive increases in rent, and landlords are not allowed to terminate a lease without cause. Additionally, rental homes are of a very high standard, equivalent to owned properties, although many homes come unfurnished meaning you may need to pay extra to fit your kitchen or bathroom.

You can expect to pay a monthly rent of between €700 – €1700 (£ 610 – £1450) depending on which city you choose to live.

It is possible that you will need to go through a ‘Makler’, or rental agent, who will take around two months deposit as payment for their services. You will also need to pay around three months rent as a deposit on your apartment.

Schools

Germans take schooling and education very seriously and school is compulsory from the age of six. Most German schools are run by the state and there is no charge for your children to attend.

The individual states are responsible for their own education policy and the content of curriculum can change from state to state. To cater for expat children who do not speak fluent German, the local education authority offers special lessons. The goal is to integrate expat children as soon as possible into regular school classes.

It is also worth noting that at secondary school age, children are split into different types of school, depending on their academic achievements and interests. The different routes they take at this point can have a large bearing on their options later in life.

If you prefer, there are plenty of private and international schools to choose from, however, not surprisingly they are expensive.

For more information on education provision in Germany, visit the following web sites:
https://www.howtogermany.com/pages/germanschools.html
https://www.expatica.com/de/education
https://www.german-way.com/…/education/the-german-school-system

Working in Germany

Visas

As an EU citizen you do not need to apply for a visa to work in Germany. All expats with a recognised university degree or one which is comparable with a German university degree, are entitled to the ‘EU Blue Card’ single residence and work permit.

To obtain it, you need to prove that you have a job in Germany which corresponds to your qualification. The only condition is that you must earn an annual gross salary of at least €52,000 (£45,000).
For further advice on obtaining a Blue Card, visit the following web sites:

https://www.eu-bluecard.com/eu-blue-card-germany
https://www.howtogermany.com/pages/eu-blue-card.html

Finding work

Due to its large international population many Germans are English speaking, but as a general rule you will need to speak German in order to find a commanding job with a competitive salary. It is less of a necessity in certain industries, but for jobs in the financial industry it is required.

Germany’s largest growth industries are in the IT, science and technology and engineering sectors, and there are many multinational companies who employ expats or arrange relocations from existing jobs. It is best to get this set up and arranged prior to moving to Germany as jobs can be hard to come by and competition for places is fierce following the economic recession.

Healthcare

Health insurance in Germany is mandatory, and conditions apply whether residents must choose state German health insurance or private health insurance. Without insurance you cannot access hospital services or outpatient medical treatment.

German residents are required to register with either a statutory German health insurance scheme (gesetzliche Krankenkasse, GVK) or a private insurance scheme (private Krankenversicherung, PVK).

Most employers will be able to offer some kind of health insurance. However, as with all insurance policies, there are different levels of cover. You are strongly advised to research fully before you relocate to ensure you and your family are sufficiently covered.

Here are some useful web sites regarding health insurance:
https://www.expatica.com/de/healthcare
https://www.justlanded.com
https://www.howtogermany.com/pages/healthinsurance.html

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