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Freedomtrucking  
#1 Posted : Thursday, May 03, 2018 4:34:56 PM(UTC)
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I am looking to accept a GS11 position in Germany that authorizes a single POV to be shipped. My wife is not willing to give up her ride and we are looking at paying out of pocket to move it. Other than the typical transportation costs, is there any way to avoid the import duties and fees? Any help on this would be greatly appreciated.
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#2 Posted : Thursday, May 03, 2018 5:37:35 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Freedomtrucking Go to Quoted Post
I am looking to accept a GS11 position in Germany that authorizes a single POV to be shipped. My wife is not willing to give up her ride and we are looking at paying out of pocket to move it. Other than the typical transportation costs, is there any way to avoid the import duties and fees? Any help on this would be greatly appreciated.


How about if you ship hers, and you buy something when you get there? Paying to ship a vehicle, and paying to ship it back, is going to be expensive. Even if there's no issues with it being compliant.

You need to contact your new agency with this question to find out all the hidden pitfalls.
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#3 Posted : Thursday, May 03, 2018 7:30:31 PM(UTC)
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Given that a car is a depreciating asset, I would be hesitant to pay for it to be shipped regardless of cost. To ship my car across the US would have cost $2000 on the low end, I would imagine that it would be easily over 8k to ship it to Germany. As the last poster pointed out, if you pay 8k to ship it, are you going to pay another 8k to ship it back?

Given that you are going Germany, youll probably be able to find a better used car for cheaper than that 8k....If I were you, id let the givernment ship the more expensive car and dump the other one.
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#4 Posted : Thursday, May 03, 2018 9:38:10 PM(UTC)
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Yes, you will not have to pay import taxes and fees. We shipped my wife's car from California to Germany in 2016, it was around $1500 from our house in San Diego to the port in Bremerhaven. The local customs office on the base you will work on can provide the forms you'll need to present to the German customs office. Let me know if you have any other questions.

For us it made financial sense to ship her car. To purchase a good dependable car here would have cost more than $1500, we'll sell her car before we leave and use the funds as a down payment on a car when we return to the US.

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#5 Posted : Monday, June 25, 2018 5:54:45 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: JDSIII Go to Quoted Post
Yes, you will not have to pay import taxes and fees. We shipped my wife's car from California to Germany in 2016, it was around $1500 from our house in San Diego to the port in Bremerhaven. The local customs office on the base you will work on can provide the forms you'll need to present to the German customs office. Let me know if you have any other questions.

For us it made financial sense to ship her car. To purchase a good dependable car here would have cost more than $1500, we'll sell her car before we leave and use the funds as a down payment on a car when we return to the US.


Concur - we also shipped my wife's MINI from ABQ to Germany for $1500 door-to-door in 2013.
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