Shipping to Germany Guide 2024

At Parcel2Go we have all the experience of international parcel delivery you need to make sending a parcel to Germany easy and stress free.

Let’s take a look at our top tips!


How Much Does It Cost to Send a Parcel to Germany?

Prices to send a parcel to Germany start from just £6.89 with Parcel2Go.

We compare prices from the UK’s best couriers including Royal Mail, DPD and UPS to make sure you’re always getting the cheapest shipping to Germany without compromising on the quality of service.


How Long Does a Parcel Take From The UK to Germany?


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If you’re in a rush, your parcel could arrive as early as the next day with one of our express delivery services.

The more affordable option is a super economy service. These services can take up to 6 working days to arrive in Germany but are very cost-effective if you can plan ahead.

When you’re shipping to Germany, it’s always best to avoid sending your parcel around their public holidays to make sure you’re not meeting any unnecessary delays.


The Cheapest Couriers to Germany From The UK

Since 2001, we’ve helped millions of our customers find the cheapest prices for their parcels.

That’s because we work in partnership with the UK’s best couriers such as Royal Mail, Yodel Direct, Evri and DPD to offer you the cheapest shipping without compromising on the quality of service.

Our cheapest couriers to send a parcel to Germany are Evri. Starting from just £6.89 exc VAT, this economy delivery service will see your parcels delivered in around 6 working days. This service is super convenient. Once you’ve booked your delivery, you can drop your parcel off at one of over 7,500 drop-off shops across the UK. Or, if you’re willing to pay a little more, you can opt for an Evri collection service and have your parcel picked up from your home or workplace.

Royal Mail International Tracked is another great service which starts from only £8 and offers shipping to Germany in just 3-5 business days. It also includes £50 of parcel protection. You can drop your parcel off at one of 14,000 drop-off points across the UK.


What Do I Need to Know About Shipping to Germany?


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Before you send a parcel to Germany, you should know these couple of things:

1. Customs in Germany

Customs charges to send a parcel to Germany have changed since Brexit.

You’ll need to pay EU VAT on anything you ship from the UK to Germany, unless it’s a gift up to the value of €45 (around £38). You should be aware that the value of gifts includes the postage.

If the total cost of your shipment is more than €46, or if you’re shipping to Germany directly from an online marketplace such as eBay or Amazon, you’ll have to pay an EU VAT rate of 19%.

You can find out more about the customs charges to send a parcel to Germany in our handy guide on sending gifts to the EU. We also have lots of helpful information about sending parcels to countries within the EU in our international shipping hub. There’s some great info there too on shipping to Germany as a business sender.

2. Prohibited & restricted items

There are different rules about what you can and cannot send in the post in every country.

Before you send your parcel to Germany, we always suggest that you check the latest advice to make sure your shipment doesn’t contain any prohibited items that might cause a delay in customs. Some items that are prohibited to send to Germany are:

  • Perishable goods or perishable food
  • Ceramic and porcelain
  • Food items of any kind
  • Wood and wooden items
  • Perfume


How to Send a Parcel to Germany

At Parcel2Go, we make it easy to send a parcel to Germany. Just follow these five easy steps.

1. Get a quote

We’ll help you find the cheapest shipping to Germany from the UK. Just follow the same process to get a quote as you would do to send a parcel within the UK.

2. Choose your courier

We work with the UK’s most trusted parcel couriers, so you know your shipment will be in safe hands. Choose from top names such as DPD, Royal Mail, or UPS.

Every international parcel you send with Parcel2Go comes with free tracking which will enable you to keep an eye on your shipment every step of the way.

3. Pack your parcel securely

Your parcel is going to be travelling a long way to get to its destination in Germany. To make sure it arrives in perfect condition, follow our top tips for packing your parcel securely:

  • Invest in new boxes to send your items to Germany. Triple-corrugated boxes are best if you can get them.
  • Make sure your box is bigger than your items. You need room to spare so that you can pack plenty of packing material around it.
  • Wrap each of your items individually with plenty of bubble wrap.
  • Pack the space between each item and the sides of the box with leftover bubble wrap or scrunched-up newspaper.


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4. Address your label correctly

German addresses are written slightly differently. Here are a couple of things to remember:

  • Your recipient’s house number should come after the street name
  • Their 5-digit postcode comes before the town name
  • ‘GERMANY’ must be written in capitals under the full address

Read this handy guide to German address formatting for all the details. It’s a good idea to include your name and address on the parcel too.

5. Drop off your parcel or have it collected

Most of our German couriers offer a convenient drop-off service which you can use at a time that suits you best. Simply find your nearest drop-off point and drop your parcel off at a time that best suits you.

However, you can also arrange to have your parcel collected from a place of your choosing. Whether it's your home or office, we offer convenient collection services that work around your schedule!

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