Whether you’ve been shipping to Germany for a while or you’re planning your first shipment, we are here to help you take advantage of the most industrialised country and largest economy in Europe.
Germany is not only a big exporting nation, it’s also the third largest import economy in the world, with an import value of $1.17 trillion in 2017, and France’s main trading partner: 14% of all French exports go to Germany.
The relationship between France and Germany is an integral part of Europe’s economic and political network: as founding, and main leading members of the European Union, the two countries are also often described as the ‘twin engines’ or ‘core countries’ pushing for moves and further integration of the EU. Their special relationship, known as the Franco-German friendship (French-German Friendship), is also an immense building block for a strong economic cooperation, making Germany a prime export destination for French businesses.
With the EU Single Market, shipping a parcel to Munich, Cologne, Stuttgart or Berlin is just as easy as shipping a parcel from Lyon to Bordeaux. So what are you waiting for? Use UPS for small businesses as your courier of choice and ship to Germany from as low as €11,88 incl. VAT.
You have a variety of different options to ship your parcels to Germany depending on whether you prefer speed, economical solutions or convenience for you and your customers - whatever that may be. See below some examples, or go straight to our shipping application to start shipping. If you are only looking for a quote, you can quote your parcel delivery now and we will send you an email with everything you need to finish your shipment at a later time.
If you are looking to send a time-sensitive parcel, go for our morning delivery service, guaranteeing delivery to most German postal codes by 10.30 AM the next business day.
As a more economical option, go with a delivery by the end of the next business day. For shipments that are not urgent, choose our standard economy solution that’s based on distance and takes up to three business days.
Rest assured that all our services are fully tracked across country borders and you can check on your parcel’s status at any time for free.
Any of our Express services include a money-back guarantee at no additional cost. With this, you receive an extra commitment on the delivery time and an added assurance that, if your parcel arrives late (unless due to events beyond our control), the shipping costs will be refunded or credited. You also get a basic coverage for loss or damage for up to €85. Should you wish to insure your parcel further (maximum declared value is USD 50 000), you can do so for only 1% of the declared value or a minimum of €10 incl. VAT.
If you value convenience over speed and want to save on shipping costs, choose UPS collection and drop-off points, known as UPS Access Point locations. These are local shops across your neighbourhood such as corner shops or grocers where you can drop off or collect parcels. The number of UPS Access Point locations has been growing across Europe, making it even easier to serve your customers abroad.
When you select the UPS Access Point to UPS Access Point delivery, you leave your parcel at the nearest UPS Access Point location when convenient for you and your customer in Germany collects it when convenient for them. Not only are you making it easier for your customers to get their parcels according to their schedule, you also save €2.40 VAT incl. by having the parcel sent to a collection point and you save €3,60 VAT incl by having dropped off your parcel at a UPS Access Point.
If you don’t have the time to leave your office – don’t worry, you can still offer the flexibility of a collection point to your customers without having to leave your office or home: simply schedule a collection and we will collect the parcels from you during your desired timeframe.
The first thing you need to know is that your shipment to Germany is considered an international shipment. Due to your parcels crossing country borders, you will be classified as an exporter. However, thanks to the European Union, parcels to Germany (or any other EU country for that matter) usually do not have to clear customs (there are some exceptions when it comes to excise goods and chemicals). This means that the difference between shipping a parcel within France or to Germany is minimal.
For further information, visit the European Delivery page for information on customs and regulations for shipments within Europe.
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