kywildcatphan asked this question 7 years, 4 months ago:

Shipping second vehicle question

I have gotten a quote of $949 from Shipoverseas.com to ship my second vehicle. Has anyone dealt with this company? They have an A+ rating from the BBB.
Also, I will be stationed at Miesau Army Depot, and the port is way up north. Would I have to take a train all the way to the port? Can they do my vehicle inspection there so that I can drive it home? Thanks for your help!



7 years, 4 months ago

Your vehicle can be delivered to Kapaun. It arrives at the port and is then trucked to Kapaun. Kapaun in only 20 minutes from Miesau. Be sure to arrange that. The trucking from the port to Kapaun is way less hassle, and could even be cheaper than having to get yourself to the port and then drive back. Remember, you'll have to pay the economy price for fuel until you have your gas card.

I've never dealt with the company you mentioned, but an A+ rating with BBB is good enough for me. Just be sure you check with BBB directly to be sure that rating is current.

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7 years, 4 months ago

So I contacted Schumacher Cargo Logistics, Inc; anyone deal with this company before? They are willing to ship it from New Jersey to K-town for $1600. Does this sound like a fair price? Any idea what other costs are be associated once car is picked up?

7 years, 4 months ago

Quote by kywildcatphan:

So I contacted Schumacher Cargo Logistics, Inc; anyone deal with this company before? They are willing to ship it from New Jersey to K-town for $1600. Does this sound like a fair price? Any idea what other costs are be associated once car is picked up?



Just off the top of my head, that sounds expensive. Try here. You may be able to find a U.S. number.

Christie
7 years, 4 months ago

We used Transcar (http://www.2ndpov.com/) and paid around the same amount you were quoted to have a sedan shipped from Charleston to Kapaun, so based on our experience, that sounds reasonable to me. We have nothing bad to say about Transcar - the car arrived in a reasonable amount of time, and had zero damage.

7 years, 4 months ago

One question I have about shipping a second vehicle. I have various quotes to ship frm the east coast. I was thinking of just picking my second POV up in Bremerhaven. Has anyone had experience in dealing with the port at Bremerhaven? Lke getting it through customs and such? Costs at the port? Etc? And... If I were to pick it up at the port, how can I get to base if I can't have it registered yet?

7 years, 4 months ago

The folks I have spoken with regarding this topic have all agreed that it is much simpler, and not a lot more money, to get your car delivered to Kapaun.

Otherwise you have to either rent a car, and have a second driver to return the car while you drive the new arrival. Or, take a train to the train station closest to the port and then take a cab the rest of the way to the port. You'll need to pay for either a rental car, or a train ticket(s) and cab fare. Not to mention paying economy prices to get your car back to Kaiserslautern since you won't have your Esso Card, yet.

You might want to consider finding out a quote to get the car to Kapaun before making any decisions.

7 years, 4 months ago

I just got a quote from Shipoverseas that is $795 from Newark to Bremerhaven. I followed up to see if they could forward on the vehicle, below is the response i got.

He mentions a "special military tag".



My quote only cover from the U.S. to Germany.



  • Contact the nearest German Consulate

    to find out the the current tax rates! Since this rate is a percentage, it is going to differ on the value of the car. US Military personnel don't need to call. Alternatively you can contact them in Washington, DC.


German Embassy Washington, DC






2300 M Street NW



Washington DC 20037


Phone: 202-298-4000



Tax and fees are payable at the arrival destination port.



  • It is approximately 135 Euros to offload your vehicle if you are using a RoRo ship. This is payable upon pickup of the vehicle.


  • When shipping a car to Germany as a private person and your final destination is another country, you will be charged 30% tax on the value of the vehicle. This is refundable once you register your car in your country. If you are a German citizen, you will pay 10% customs taxes + 19% VAT. This will not apply if you can show residence out of Germany for more than one year. If vehicle owned by the German citizen is not owned for 6 months and residency is out of Germany for one year, then duty is payable.


  • All US military personnel must obtain special military Tags from the officer in charge of transport before picking up the vehicle. These are the stickers that go on the bottom driver-side of the windshield. This will exempt military personnel from paying taxes.


  • If you are a tourist, your 30% tax will be refunded once the car is shipped back to the United States.


I just found this on the USAREUR DMV page:

MORE INFO: CAN BE FOUND HERE http://www.hqusareur.army.mil/rmv/basic_pov_information.htm#temp

REGISTERING YOUR POV SHIPPED FROM U.S.A. OR DRIVEN FROM ANOTHER NATO COUNTRY:

ID card, U.S. Forces Certificate Of License
Proof of insurance, the insurance confirmation card
Application For Motor Vehicle Registration and Allied Transactions (AE Form 190-1AA)
U.S. title or registration
Name on the title/registration and insurance card must be same as person registering the POV
Shipping document [DD Form 788], or
Customs form (AE Form 550-175A) if shipped privately, or
Current NATO registration
Check or Money Order made payable to "USAREUR Registration Fund"
POV Waiver when required
Temporary plates can then be issued Warning triangle and first aid kit must be shown at Inspection Point

TEMPORARY PLATES:

Initially issued for up to a 30 day period so that your POV may be driven to the inspection point for mechanical safety inspection. Upon passing inspection, the plates are then exchanged for the EURO style plates. The type of plate (long or short or in combination) for your POV will depend on the size of the area where plates are to be mounted.
If temporary registration plates were not returned on time causing the registration to be cancelled ("X" failed to re-register), the customer is responsible to pay for any new registration in order to return the vehicle to an active registration status.
You must return to original place of issue to finalize this transaction as only they have your supporting documents and money. Thereafter, you may go to any other FRS to do a transaction.
Temporary plates cannot be extended. When your POV cannot pass inspection after this 30 day period, it MUST be registered as non-operational. Check with your local community for guidance, as some Army communities require local Base Support Battalion (BSB), Area Support Group (ASG) approval; and Air Force communities may require Base Support Group (BSG) approval.



MORE INFO:

CAN BE FOUND HERE http://www.hqusareur.army.mil/rmv/basic_pov_information.htm#temp

7 years ago

I'm looking to ship a second vehicle from the States to the Germany on my own dime. Did anyone here have to pay the import tax? What forms do I need to avoid paying the import tax? Also does anyone have any advice?

7 years ago

Quote by xthespot:
I'm looking to ship a second vehicle from the States to the Germany on my own dime. Did anyone here have to pay the import tax? What forms do I need to avoid paying the import tax? Also does anyone have any advice?


I believe under the SOFA should exempt you from import taxes. Also you need to make sure your vehicle has a clear title if not you will have to get authorization from your lien holder in order to ship the vehicle.

You also can try to contact the military custom's office or The German-American Community Office.

6 years, 11 months ago

Anyone have any experience with Horizon auto shipping? We got a fairly reasonable quote - $1025. shipping + $300 inland freight charge from San Antonio to Bremerhaven. It doesn't include any destination charges or any other hidden costs but my experience is that if seems too good to be true, it usually is.

Transcar was much higher - $3000. from Dallas VPC to KMC VPC with destination charges and inland transport to K-town included. I have not read anything negative about Transcar but hate to spend money unnecessarily, especially with this expensive move looming in the next few months.

I greatly appreciate any feedback. Thank you!

6 years, 11 months ago

but my experience is that if seems too good to be true, it usually is.


'nuff said.

6 years, 11 months ago

Quote by Christie:
We used Transcar (http://www.2ndpov.com/) and paid around the same amount you were quoted to have a sedan shipped from Charleston to Kapaun, so based on our experience, that sounds reasonable to me. We have nothing bad to say about Transcar - the car arrived in a reasonable amount of time, and had zero damage.


Transcar is also the company that the Government has contracted at Kapaun. Just an FYI.

6 years, 4 months ago

I have read through quite a bit as I try to determine whether or not to ship 2nd POV to Germany. It's paid for and a very reliable POV and for the amount that I am being quoted, I am looking to ship instead of selling and buying another when I get there.

I have been quoted $2255 door-to-door (San Antonio, TX to Kaiserslautern customs house). My concern is on that end and what happens at customs house. When the POV is at customs house, I believe that all I require is to pick up some official forms from the VPC/vehicle registration at Ramstein and with this I can simply get my car without any additional duty/taxes or any other charges. Is this correct? I am hoping that the $2255 that the company has quoted to move my POV d2d is all that I will need to pay...aside from any insurance necessary...although I have USAA and I believe they cover vehicle during shipment.

Any advice/input would be greatly appreciated.

6 years, 4 months ago

Before I get too much into this, what kind of car are you shipping? The reason I ask is that if you are thinking of bringing an SUV, you might want to think twice. I know there are people who say differently, but most everyone I know who shipped an SUV to Germany regrets it. The roads are narrow, and parking spaces are not intended for a land yacht.

Having said that, what is the final destination for your car? You say Kaiserslautern, but normally the car is either left in Bremerhaven at the port, or you are paying extra to have it delivered to Kapaun Vehicle Processing Center. VPC is located at Kapaun with Vehicle Registration, so it makes it very easy to take care of any paperwork.

USAA will put your car in "storage" status, lowering your premium, once your car is delivered to the carrier. You have to advise USAA of the shipment in order for this to happen.

Hope this helps. If not, what do I need to clarify? Others may jump in here too with more info.

6 years, 4 months ago

Is the vehicle us spec or euro? My BMW is euro so I have a bonded official clearing my BMW for me at port then a converting company doing the rest. Some may say why go thru all that but I have a mint BMW 760i 2007 value still around about 60k not just going to leave that in Europe.

Let me know if you need anything else

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