Moving Back to the US from Berlin

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Hi!

 

After a too short stay in Berlin, I am headed back to the US. In my time here, I have accumulated a little bit of clothing and furniture, but not a ton. Maybe a studio apt worth of stuff. Can anyone:

 

Recommend a decent shipping company for returns to the US from Berlin?

Advise on how DHL has worked out for them?

Recommend to shared shipping services?

Provide any advice on getting stuff back to the US in general?

 

I have written no less than a dozen shipping companies with my move details, but have had literally zero response (maybe I don‘t have enough stuff to be interesting?). And yes, I searched this site up and down, but the topics were either out of date, or the movers didn‘t reply, or they didn‘t move from Berlin. Ack.

 

Any advice would be SUPER appreciated!

 

Thanks!

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I just used Iloxx to ship a 58x34x34 box to the US. DHL and UPS both quoted me 400€ while I only paid 240€ with Iloxx. Very pleased just on the price.

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just for reference:

 

These are shipping by boat (2-3 months) cheaper ...

 

http://www.ito-bremen.de/

http://www.upakweship.com/index.php

 

Thanks,

Chris

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Hi ...

 

I need to ship my 'stuff' from Berlin back to the US. I have 30 boxes (42cm x 35cm x 34cm) and three bikes.

 

I have contacted the following firms ... anyone else I should contact.

 

http://www.ito-bremen.de/

http://www.upakweship.com/

http://www.eurousa.us/

http://www.iloxx.de/

http://www.cevalogistics.com/

 

Thanks,

Chris

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Hi all,

 

I schlepped a ton of books with me in the plane to Berlin and it ended up being very expensive. Now, I'm planning to ship them back to NYC by post--to at least save my back--if not some cash. I bought a couple of boxes from the post officw, but I've heard that it too is very expensive. Does anyone have any advice or other suggestions for sending books from Germany back the States?

 

Thanks!

 

Felixe

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http://www.dhl.de/

http://www.tnt.de/

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We would appreciate recommendation on moving/shipping services by sea for moving to the U.S. from Berlin. Only around 20-25 boxes to move to the U.S from Berlin and there is no furniture to bring back (as we have been living in a furnished apartment). Shipping by air is very expensive and we would like to find a decent shipping/mover service by sea - Not using expat package. When we moved to Germany, it was from Japan and we did not get a chance to do this search. Somewhere in this forum, I found UPakWeShip. They seem Ok and we are considering them. But it will be nicer to have a few options to compare. If you know any other service providers you can recommend us, please kindly let us know.

 

Many thanks!

W

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I've got the best quote to send 1 cubic meter from Germany to New Jersey from F+N International Removals:

 

http://www.fnworldwide.com/

 

It will be around 500€ including insurance.

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As a traveler from other locations and have shipped even my truck, a huge Ford F-150 quad cab from the Mainland USA, to the Hawaiian Island via Matson shipping... I have learned to "downsize." Unless the item is extremely personal... "Get rid of it!" Re-purchase new when you get to your destination... I have been in the planning stages for the last 6 month's to move to Berlin, I will move with very little personal belongings, because I am only bringing what I absolutely have to have, and buying what I need...

 

So I suggest first "if you can"... go through the items you are currently wanting to ship, and ask yourself, can I replace this in the USA? Is it of any sentimental value... the cost savings of shipping will offset the price of re-buying. But that's just my .02 cents... Your mileage may vary... :-)

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MarkIIStudios is right. I gave away a lot of stuff, before I shipped anything. Just for reference, I sent within the past two weeks 7 various size boxes, weighing a total of about 65 kg. I used FedEx. It was actually very easy, but it cost almost $850. This was from Karlsruhe to Denver, Colorado.

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suggestions for shipping large framed paintings? I can fit most things in DHL boxes, but I have two large framed paintings to ship back to the USA?

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Hi everybody, I'm hoping to gain a little from you experience. I'm moving back to the US this month and I'm sending a couple packages of my household effects with DHL, not enough for a moving service to be worthwhile. Does anyone have experience doing this? How does it work with customs upon arrival of the packages? I have found information about CBP form 3299, http://forms.cbp.gov/pdf/CBP_Form_3299.pdf , but a lot of the information on the sheet I can't answer because I don't know for example what the port of entry for my packages will be. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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I do not know about moving to US but we moved from India to Germany and the best offer was from UTS group. They operate with franchisees/partners in a large number of countries. Shipping via sea for us took a little over a month and a half. Packaging, customs processing, shipping, delivery (door to door), unpacking everything was included. Our quote was about EUR 2050 for 150 Cft/980 Lbs. They did a fantastic job at both ends.

 

We used another company when we moved from US to India end of 2009. We only had a few boxes. We used IPS Parcel (http://www.ipsparcel.com/). They will in turn ship using DHL/FedEx/GLS but the rates are better. I guess they get bulk discounts. Companies like this will only handle shipping. You may have to do some work on customs clearance especially if you can claim reduced import duties.

 

In our case, IPS Parcel used UPS and UPS in India did not support customs clearance for returning Indians. Basically you need to file some paperwork and can bring back household items with a very low import tax. UPS did not want to deal with this and we had to clear the shipment ourselves. Had we used UPS, they would've cleared the shipment as a normal import and we would've had to pay almost 8 times more than what we paid.

 

PS: We also sent some items to Germany from India via DHL (through an agent) and DHL in Germany filed the proper paperwork and cleared the items under the provisions for relocation which meant that we did not have to pay import duties. So, may be the issue we faced was a UPS India specific problem.

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Thanks, but I'm really looking for anyone with experience specifically with America, especially regarding customs in the US. Has anybody done this before?

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Hi everyone,

 

Did anyone get hit with a customs tax payment when shipping stuff to the US?

 

I am living in Berlin and my dad sent me some clothes from the US. Because the value of the clothes was over a certain amount, I got a €50 tax bill from the Zollamt.

 

Is there something similar when shipping stuff to the US? I just want to send one box to the US and DHL says I can ship up to 20 KG for €66 or so. I plan to send some old books, old clothes and kitchen stuff. Nothing valuable, just things I want to keep when I move back to the US.

 

But I don't want to get hit with a tax almost equal to the shipping fee.

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Hi everyone,

 

 

We will be moving from Vermont to Berlin in September, and are trying to figure out what to do with our (already very downsized) belongings. We still have around 300 cubic feet of stuff, so too much to send via Mail but too little for an entire container.

We've been in touch with several shipping companies (ito-movers, upackweship), but the prices they quoted us are still pretty expensive, and we're on a somewhat tight budget.

 

Does anyone have any advice on how to get a cheaper offer? Has anyone done the "shared shipping container" option? Does anyone know how difficult it is to put stuff on crates for shipping (and if that is an option for furniture as well)?

 

Thank you very much!

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we're on a somewhat tight budget.

 

Then consider bringing much less.

 

Rent has increased 45% between 2010 and 2014 in Berlin; the chances of recent arrivals on a tight budget being able to find a large cheap apartment are not very good. If you just bring the essentials, it'll make moving much easier.

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