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Removals to Germany



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Burke Bros Moving Group has decades of moving and relocation experience in removals to Germany and throughout Europe. We operate regular services to and from Germany.

Why Choose Burke Bros for Your Move to Germany?

Choosing Burke Bros for your relocation to Germany ensures a hassle-free and efficient move. Here’s why:

  1. Extensive Experience: With over 35 years in the moving industry, Burke Bros offers unparalleled expertise in international relocations. Our experienced team knows the ins and outs of moving to Germany ensuring a smooth relocation.
  2. Comprehensive Services: We provide a full range of services, including packing, transportation, storage, and customs clearance. Our door-to-door services are tailored to meet your specific needs, ensuring that every aspect of your move is covered.
  3. Professional Standards: As members of the British Association of Removers (BAR) and the Federation of International Furniture Removers (FIDI), we adhere to strict quality standards. Our accreditation guarantees that you receive reliable and high-quality services.
  4. Environmental Responsibility: We are the world’s first PAS2060 certified Carbon Neutral moving company, ensuring your move is eco-friendly.
  5. Customer Focus: At Burke Bros, customer satisfaction is our top priority. Our dedicated team is available to answer any questions and address any concerns you may have throughout the moving process, ensuring a stress-free experience.
  6. Move Manager: Each client is appointed a highly experienced move manager who will assist with all details of your removals from start to finish.

Regular departures from the UK to the following;

Cities: Berlin, Bremen, Cologne, Dortmund, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanover, Leipzig, Munich, Nuremberg, Stuttgart

Regions: Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Berlin, Brandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Hesse, Lower Saxony, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein, Thuringia


Our services involve the movement of your possessions ‘door to door’ and can include a packing service. Fragile items are packed using packing paper, tissue, bubble wrap or polychips. Export-strength cartons in various sizes are used to accommodate books and heavy items. Special linen cartons are used as hanging garment carriers. Furniture is wrapped with padding and transit blankets. Items can also be crated.

The Process

One of our experienced estimators will visit your home to determine the volume of goods that will be making the trip to Germany, as well as your packing requirements. Our representative will discuss with you how the moving process works, from the collection stage in the UK right through to delivery to your new residence in Germany. We will give you a realistic quote, without obligation, based on a first class high quality service.

We can move you to any location in Germany you desire, including the popular locations of Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Cologne, Dresden, Weimar and Dusseldorf.

Part Load Removals to Germany

Part loads to Germany offer a cost-effective solution for those with fewer belongings to transport. This service allows your items to share space in a removal vehicle with others’ goods, reducing costs. It’s ideal for small moves or when you’re flexible on delivery times.

Dedicated Service to Germany

Dedicated removals to Germany provide a personalised service where the entire removal vehicle is reserved for your belongings. This option suits larger moves or when you need your items delivered on a specific date. It offers direct transportation from your current residence to your new home in Germany, ensuring a quicker and more tailored moving experience.


If your home contents have to come into store for weeks or months during the process of relocating to Germany, Burke Bros Moving Group have 50,000 sq.ft of storage facilities and offer two options: containerised storage and self-access storage at our head office in Wolverhampton. We can also arrange storage in Germany if this is required.

Packing For Your Move to Germany

Export packing for your move to Germany involves specialised materials and techniques to ensure your belongings are securely protected during transit. It’s crucial for international moves, where items can be exposed to various handling stages and environmental conditions. Our professional packing services use durable materials and methods tailored to each item, from wrapping delicate glassware to crating valuable art, ensuring they arrive safely at your new home in Germany. This service provides peace of mind, safeguarding your possessions throughout their journey.

Customs Clearance

Moving from the UK to Germany post-Brexit means UK expats face different customs clearance processes compared to when the UK was part of the EU.

1. Personal Belongings and Household Goods

  • Inventory List: Prepare a detailed, itemized inventory list of all goods you are moving. This list should ideally be in German or accompanied by a German translation, and it must specify the contents, quantity, and value of each item.
  • Proof of Residency: You’ll need to demonstrate that you are moving your primary residence from the UK to Germany. This can typically be done with proof of German residency registration (Anmeldung) or a lease agreement in Germany.
  • Declaration for Duty-Free Import: Household goods that have been in your use and possession for at least six months prior to the move can usually be imported duty-free as part of your relocation. You will need to sign a declaration confirming these goods are for your continued use and not for sale.

2. Vehicles

  • Importing Vehicles: To import a vehicle as part of your household goods without paying duty, the vehicle must have been registered in your name and used for at least six months before the move.
  • Required Documentation: Bring the original vehicle registration and purchase documents, along with your UK driving license and proof of insurance.
  • Vehicle Registration: Once in Germany, you will need to register your vehicle according to German regulations, which may include passing a technical inspection (TÜV).

3. Pets

  • Health Requirements: Pets must be microchipped, have a rabies vaccination, and come with an EU pet passport or a third-country official veterinary certificate.
  • Entry Through Designated Points: Make sure to enter Germany with your pets through designated travelers’ points of entry where veterinary checks can be performed.

4. Restricted and Prohibited Items

  • Regulations: Certain items such as firearms, certain drugs, and endangered species are subject to specific restrictions or require special permits. It’s crucial to check the latest regulations regarding prohibited and restricted items when moving to Germany.

Our European department offer complete step by step support to complete the necessary customs documents.

Applying For A Visa

As a UK citizen, you will require a visa to live in Germany for periods longer than 90 days, following the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. This change means that UK citizens no longer have the right to freedom of movement within the EU, which includes Germany.

To live in Germany, you will need to apply for a residence visa that corresponds to your specific reason for staying. Here are the common types of residence visas:

  1. Employment Visa: For those who have received a job offer in Germany.
  2. Job Seeker Visa: For those who wish to move to Germany to look for a job.
  3. Blue Card EU: For highly skilled professionals with a recognized university degree and a job offer in Germany that meets the salary requirements.
  4. Self-Employed Visa: For those who want to establish a business in Germany.
  5. Student Visa: For those who want to study at a German university.
  6. Family Reunification Visa: For joining a family member who is living in Germany.
  7. Training/Internship Visa: For internships or vocational training in Germany.

After entering Germany with the appropriate visa, you will need to apply for a residence permit to legally live there. The application process involves providing proof of financial stability, health insurance, and, depending on the visa type, a valid contract or letter of intent from an employer or university.

It’s important to contact the German embassy or consulate nearest you for detailed information on visa requirements and the application process based on your specific circumstances.

Registering Your Address

Residence Registration: Register your living address at the local Registration Office (Einwohnermeldeamt or Bürgeramt) shortly after moving. This is compulsory and is needed for everything from opening a bank account to setting up healthcare.

Living in Germany

Germany offers a high quality of life, characterised by its efficient public services, vibrant culture, and economic stability. Here are some highlights:

  1. Cultural Richness: Germany is known for its rich cultural heritage, including historic landmarks, world-class museums, and vibrant arts scenes. Cities like Berlin, Munich, and Hamburg are cultural hubs.
  2. Economic Strength: Germany has a strong economy, offering excellent job opportunities, especially in sectors such as engineering, finance, and technology. The country’s low unemployment rate and high wages attract expatriates from around the world.
  3. Quality of Life: Germany boasts a high standard of living, with excellent healthcare, education, and public transport systems. The country is also known for its clean and safe cities.
  4. Scenic Beauty: From the Black Forest to the Bavarian Alps, Germany offers stunning natural landscapes. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy hiking, skiing, and other recreational activities.
  5. Cost of Living: The cost of living in Germany is reasonable compared to other Western European countries. While major cities can be expensive, many regions offer affordable living options.

Property in Germany

Germany’s property market offers a range of options, from modern city apartments to traditional houses in the countryside. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Urban Properties: Major cities like Berlin, Munich, and Frankfurt offer a variety of modern apartments and houses. These cities are ideal for those seeking vibrant urban living with access to excellent amenities and job opportunities.
  2. Countryside Homes: For those looking for tranquility, Germany’s countryside offers charming houses and farmhouses. Regions like Bavaria and the Rhineland provide stunning natural beauty and a peaceful lifestyle.
  3. Market Trends: Property prices vary significantly across regions. Urban areas tend to be more expensive than rural ones. It’s important to research the local market and seek advice from real estate professionals.
  4. Buying Process: Purchasing property in Germany involves understanding local regulations. Foreign buyers may face some restrictions, so it’s advisable to work with local real estate agents and legal advisors.
  5. Rental Market: The rental market in Germany is well-regulated and offers a range of options from short-term rentals to long-term leases. Renting can be a flexible and practical choice for expatriates.

Healthcare in Germany for UK Expats

Germany provides an excellent healthcare system accessible to UK expats. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Health Insurance: All residents, including expatriates, must have health insurance. There are numerous providers offering a range of plans to suit different needs and budgets. It’s important to arrange health insurance within the first three months of arriving in Germany.
  2. Public and Private Healthcare: Germany’s healthcare system combines public and private elements. While public health insurance covers a wide range of medical services, additional private insurance can provide access to private hospitals and specialists.
  3. Quality of Care: German healthcare is renowned for its high standards and efficiency. The country boasts well-equipped hospitals, highly trained medical professionals, and excellent patient care.
  4. Access to Services: General practitioners, specialists, and emergency services are widely available. Pharmacies are also easily accessible, providing prescription and over-the-counter medications.
  5. Language Barrier: In major cities, many healthcare providers speak English. However, in rural areas, it may be beneficial to have a basic understanding of German or bring a translator.


As members of the BAR (British Association of Removers) and FIDI (the Global alliance of International quality international removal companies) we are regularly inspected and adhere to their strict code of practices.

Financial Guarantee

Our membership with the BAR and FIDI organisations also guarantees your money and move are thoroughly protected.

We offer our customers financial security, operational competence, worldwide support and redress facilities through FIDI, that give you total satisfaction that your possessions are being thoroughly cared for. We provide a scheme of pre-payment protection, as payments are made prior to moving, it is reassuring that we are a financially bonded mover. Your advanced payments are protected should the company cease to trade.

Ready to get moving? Call one of our advisors on 01902 714555 or email sales@burkebros.co.uk

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