Our European removals service
Our extensive fleet of vehicles, specialist local knowledge and experienced staff make us the standout choice for all removals to Germany.
We can arrange a free no obligation home or virtual survey and quotation, carried out by one of our qualified surveyors.
Out surveyor can also answer any questions you have and offer advice where necessary.
The survey will determine the volume of effects you will be shipping.
The total cost of shipment is based on the space your effects will take up in our vehicles.
Regular removals to Germany
We offer weekly removals services to and from Germany.
This includes either full load consignments that take your belongings direct from point A to B, or part loads that are delivered shortly after your arrival.
With full load services our team will arrange the unloading and unpacking of your household items exclusively onto our own fleet of trucks.
If you are moving with fewer items or are staggering your move to Germany, you may want to opt for a part load service.
The service is completely the same, but we will combine several customers’ loads onto one high-capacity truck to save time and reduce transport costs.
Export Packing & Wrapping Service
When the client has accepted the quoted price and a move date has been secured, the vehicle and removal team will arrive at residence.
The removal team will proceed to export pack and wrap all items being transported in special breathable bubble wrap.
Specific made-to-measure wooden creates can also be used for difficult to move or fragile items.
Our dedicated team in Germany will ensure all the relevant paperwork and customs clearance is processed correctly. They will arrange the unloading and unpacking of your household goods.
White & Company offers secure containerised storage facilities via its own depots. We have 19 secure units dotted throughout the UK and our partners in Germany can also offer storage facilities.
All our warehouses are clean, dry, secure and accredited to European Standard BS EN 14873.
We are founder members of the British Association of Removers – the voice of the UK removals industry in the UK.
As such we are responsible not only for meeting the highest set of standards but also, listening to our customers on how we can continue to improve our performance.
In addition to this we are also affiliate members of the FIDI & OMNI international relocation network and have industry partners all over the world.
Insurance For Removals to Germany
Despite our best efforts sometimes items get damaged, or things go amiss. White & Company always try to minimise problems during the moving process. That’s why we offer limited liability insurance.
Marine insurance is a key consideration when shipping overseas. We recommend you consider protecting your valuable personal possessions while in transit or storage with our ‘All Risk’ Marine Standard Liability cover.
Marine Insurance Cover is offered to you on receipt of a completed Overseas Valuation Form. Such insurance cover is ‘Comprehensive’ and ‘All Risk’ and is based on the values as declared by you on the Overseas Valuation Form.
Moving to Germany? Get a removals quote
Preparing for Your Move
Choosing a removal company who have a proven track record with European moves will give you peace of mind that your personal belongings are in safe hands.
Each European country has its own rules and regulations and Germany is no different.
With a strong economy and a lower cost of living than Australia, Canada and France it’s not hard to see why Germany has become a popular relocation destination for British expats.
Rules & Regulations
There are some rules and customs that you will have to become acquainted with if you move to Germany, particularly with regards to the road.
The famous Autobahn has an advisory speed limit of 130km/h (about 80 mph). There are strict rules with regards to documentation required, compulsory health and safety items and jaywalking among other rules.
Thankfully our experienced moving team can help put you at ease and answer any questions you might have about the process of moving to Germany.
Our drivers are equipped with local knowledge of the roads having carried out many successful delivers before.
Top Tips When Moving to Germany
- Register: As the UK has now left the EU, if you intend to stay in Germany for more than 90 days or to work there, you need a visa or residence permit.
- Research: before you buy a property it is advisable to consult independent legal advice. Most properties in city centres will be expensive apartments but the further outside of the centre you venture you’ll find larger plots of lands and even some estates.
- Rent before you buy: This will give you time to decide which part of the city would suit your requirements: close to the busy centre or in the suburbs which cater more for families. There is something for everyone and much will depend on your personal circumstances.
- Healthcare: Your company may be covering the cost of private health insurance. If not, research what public healthcare you are entitled to or consider private options.
A number of factors will be included when calculating the cost of your move:
Distance our vehicles have to travel to get to you
The volume of your effects (and the space they take up in the vehicle)
Customs documentation fees
Sundry fees such as ferry crossing costs, parking permit arrangements at destination, hoists, or shuttle vehicles for narrow streets.
Difficult or heavy items like pianos, may require a hoist if stairwells or lifts are not large enough.
These extra services can be costly as they must be arranged independently on the German side.
Our estimator will let you know if he thinks there could be any potential problems in this regard.
We endeavour to use environmentally friendly packing materials which are specifically sourced to ensure they are eco-friendly. All our used cardboard is compacted and sent to a recycling facility.
We use the following packaging materials to ensure your possessions arrive safely:
Double-thickness cartons are used to wrap china and glassware
Quilted blankets are used to wrap items such as sofas and arm chairs and bubble wrap is also used as protection.
Wooden made-to-measure crates to safeguard expensive items such as antiques.
You need to register in Germany before you are able to open a German bank account. Make an appointment with the bank and take your passport and confirmation of your registration or (Meldebescheinigung) document.
The most common account is called a Giro account. It is like a checking account or current account and various banks offer various services for differing fees with a Giro account.
Some of the popular banks for those who speak English are Deutsche Bank (they offer all services in English). The N26 Bank, also called Number26 offer their services in English, but you have to specifically request an English-speaking employee.
Online accounts require you to have a basic command of the German language. Many Brits start with the basic account and once their German improves, they move to using the online system.
As a general rule yes. Credit cards are widely accepted as are most Debit Cards in large stores, hotels restaurants and supermarkets.
It is wise to check before you purchase as in some cases, they may not be compatible with older German technology.
The most commonly used German bank card is a debit card which is called a “EC-Karte”
There are plenty of ATMs or (Geldautomats) most do not charge for withdrawing cash. Their locations are easily recognizable by a large EC sign.
With a burgeoning economy built on migration the German job market has much to offer expats in a range of sectors. Most notably within the automotive industry and finance services.
Looking for a job in Germany can be a cause of great frustration however due to the high levels of bureaucracy involved and your search will take time and patience.
Currently one in five expats in Germany work in the IT industry and people with the right skills are highly sought after.
Other high demand areas of employment are managerial roles, researchers, engineers, doctors, nurses and medical assistants.
Knowing where to look for employment and what skills are in demand is just one piece of the puzzle. Despite being a multi-lingual country with high levels of spoken English, learning and having a good grasp of Germany will strengthen your chances of securing highly paid employment.
There are several good online recruitment agencies who will point you in the right direction and can offer services such as CV preparation and useful interview techniques, tips and general advice.
Exporting your car to Germany is legal, however, it does involve quite a bit of paperwork. There are also some details you need to be aware of.
If you bring a car to Germany from outside the EU, you are liable to pay an import duty of 10% of the car’s value, plus VAT, unless you fulfil all of the following conditions:
You are moving to Germany as a full-time resident.
Have given up residency in your home country.
The vehicle has been used for more than six months.
It has acquired more than 6000 kilometers (3730 miles).
It may also be necessary to make a number of modifications to the vehicle to satisfy German safety standards.
Before you make your decision to export your car you will need to familiarise yourself with German traffic rules and regulations.
White & Company can arrange to transport your car direct to your new home in one of our large trucks as part of our vehicle shipping service.
Note that this service excludes larger vehicles or very low sports cars.
The earlier you plan your vehicle shipping, the less stressful the move should be.
To start planning, contact our experienced team who will take you through the process or enquire during the survey stage to obtain a quote.