Moving from Germany to US (Need Advice)

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Hi!


I am moving to USA next month (yes, during this pandemic) and although I am getting rid of most of my stuff, I do have some clothing, little furniture and other small things I'd love to bring with me.  I have started contacting some moving companies to get quotes, but wanted to ask this community for some advice.

 

- Can anyone recommend a decent shipping company for returns to the US from Berlin?

- What was your experiences with using a palette / a crate and mailing boxes via DHL and bringing luggage on the plane?

- Is there any advice on getting stuff back to the US in general? Also what to take and what to leave?

 

(I am aware that this topic has been discussed on this forum multiple times - however most of it is out of date)

 

I appreciate any help. Thank you!

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I don't have any experiences but I found this moving company : 

DMS Deutsche Möbelspedition GmbH & Co. KG

 

hopefully that helps you 

 

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Upakweship.eu.com i used them to move 3 very large pallets to germany  and worked great with no issues. They delivered to door in germany. I  gave the drivers extra and they delivered all my boxes to 3rd floor. No one was even close in price coming here. They also move back TO USA. But you must pack your own boxes and they pallet ship. Took about 2 months to get here. Link is for return moves from europe. I will use when we go back

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Neither any experiences but i have found this company: schuhmachercargo. Seems they are spezialced on moving goods to from the states to Germany.

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I used JK Moving going the other way (US to Germany), and was quite pleased. I think they have worldwide operations through partner networks.
 

International household goods shipping is expensive, even by container. My advice is be sure to really think through each item and decide if it’s better to ship or buy back home. I sold lots of my stuff in the US before the move. My now-husband and I took stuff of mine in our luggage every time we visited in the year before the move (him coming to the US, me going to DE). It still cost me more than $2k for a crate that went inside a container, since I wasn’t going to fill up a whole 40ft container. Be careful of dense items, ie small but heavy, because you’ll end up over the planned weight for the size of crate.

 

 

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I used upakweship to send a container from the US to here.  I was very happy with the experience.

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Hi, 

 

I can certainly relate to any anxiety, or frustration, that you might have.  When I left Germany, for San Diego, four years ago, I had an entire household of things to move.  Even after selling off as much as we could beforehand, we still needed a container to ship what we wanted to keep and send along.  From my own experience, here's what I can share with you:

  • We found it very difficult to contract with a local Spedition because we were residential, and none of the five or so companies we spoke to wanted to deal with residential.
  • We ended up contracting with a US based company, Allied, that sub-contracted with one of its partners in Germany.
  • in our case, we needed a 20 foot container.  Then we were basically given two options - a 20, or 40 footer.  A 20 footer is more than enough!
  • We had to declare every item that we intended to ship - by description, worth, size, and weight.
  • It was a straight forward process for us.  The container showed up, we had it loaded in two hours, and then away it went.
  • Five weeks later, our items were delivered to our door; however, once they arrive in the US, a bonding company unloaded the container, and the carrier palletized everything and delivered it to our new home. 
  • Once the items arrive in the bonded area, and customs is cleared, we received the bill.  The carrier won't deliver until they are paid in full.
  • Total cost to ship: ~$5000.

 

When I left San Diego for Germany in 2007, I shipped everything I had in five boxes via Fed Ex.  At the time, I'd say that I was naive because that caused quite a ruckus with Zoll.  But in the end, I got all of my things.  When I left Germany in 2016, I had a family in tow and big house full of things.  It was stressful... but with some careful planning, a lot of back and forth between both countries, and a lot of help from friends, all ended well.

 

Plan carefully, and think things through.  I don't know how long you've been in Germany, but after a decade for me, I went back to a place that was far removed from what I'd left behind.  

 

Good fortune, friend!

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we used ITO https://www.ito-movers.de/ because they have physical offices, with real people in them, on both sides of the equation. And because they were the most flexible, willing to let us do our own packing. Price was around the average of five different offers we collected from different companies.

 

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I've used Smoovr.de when re-locating in Germany.  I know they do international removals as well, and might be able to combine your goods in a container that is already going to US if you do not have enough to fill a whole container.

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Pro-tip:  Never, ever, ever let your stuff be put into a shared container.  It‘s better to pay more for your own container, even if it‘s half (or more) empty.

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