The secret to increasing your e-commerce business is international expansion. You might find orders coming from Germany when you start selling your goods overseas.
German buyers are a perfect customer base for exporting to one of the world’s leading economies. Your e-commerce company benefits from your presence in the European Union as you can develop a broad customer base in Germany and then expand into other EU countries.
We will cover the laws, prices, shipping options and cheap courier services in this guide that will help you start selling and shipping your goods internationally to Germany, whether you want to do it yourself or partner with a third-party logistics company (3PL) to have them pack and ship your orders.
The variations in service levels for shipping to Germany, including prices and transit times for carriers, are discussed below.
Shipping services to Germany are all offered by the top four carriers. But how do you know which one is the right one for your order(s) for shipment to Germany? The response here is that it depends. Each carrier has pros and cons, and, depending on the type of Package, you can decide which courier to use.
UPS is an excellent choice for shipping to Germany, with a global reach. In the US, they can pick up packages and deliver them in as little as three days to addresses in Germany. UPS can also be a more expensive courier if you ship heavier products that weigh more than 10 pounds.
FedEx has a global footprint, like UPS, and is a great choice for shipping to Germany. They will pick up packages in the US and send them in as little as three days to addresses in Germany. FedEx usually is more costly than USPS, but with UPS and DHL, it provides attractive pricing.
For US-based companies wishing to ship overseas, DHL is one of the biggest foreign shipping companies. Plus, they have their head offices in Germany. If you’re shipping to Germany consistently, DHL is a safe bet.
Duty and tax thresholds when shipping to Germany
The threshold for taxes and import duties is the level at which a corporation starts paying taxes based on the declared value of an item. Germany estimates using the CIF process, which means that import duties and taxes are measured based on both the value of the goods purchased and the cost of shipping.
Import taxes over €22
You’re in luck if your Package has a value of €21.99 or less! You’re under the threshold to pay taxes on imports.
Duty fees over €150
Duty fees are for much cheaper items; you don’t have to think about paying a duty fee if your item is under €150.