While our couriers are happy to take on the difficult paperwork, we always recommend looking at Germany’s customs requirements to make sure you’re not sending any restricted items that could delay your package. And when you send a parcel to Germany from the UK, it’s a good idea to avoid Germany’s non-working days (Saturday and Sunday) and public holidays, to give your parcel the best chance of arriving on time.
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Since July 1st 2021, anything you send to Germany from the UK will be subject to EU VAT unless it is a gift up to the value of £38*/€45 (the value for gifts includes the cost of shipping). For example, if you send a book that costs £10 and shipping costs you £7.33, the total value is £17.33 - so you won’t have to pay EU VAT. Find out more about sending gifts to the EU.
And if the total value of your shipment to Germany costs more than £39 or you’re sending directly from a marketplace such as Amazon or Ebay, your parcel to Germany will be subject to a VAT rate of 19%.
*GBP rate may fluctuate as conversion rates change
Our Top Tip: If you’re not sure how to address a parcel to Germany, it’s good to know that Germany can be strict about address formatting. So make sure you:
Put the house number after the street name
Put the 5 digit post code before the town name
Write ‘GERMANY’ in caps under the address
When you book with Parcel2Go, you can send a parcel to Germany from just £6.89 - and you’ll struggle to find a cheaper price anywhere else! That’s because we negotiate with our couriers on your behalf to get the very best price for our customers.
If you choose express shipping to Germany, your parcel could arrive within just 1-3 days. But we offer a range of options if you’re in no rush or you’re looking for more affordable postage.
We always recommend reading the fine print because some services will arrive much quicker for a similar price to economy services - for example, Royal Mail International Tracked starts from just £8 and your parcel could arrive in just 3-5 business days.
Some items are prohibited from shipping to Germany include:
Plants and flowers
Drugs including prescribed and over the counter medicines
Fresh foods (anything that has a limited shelf life)
Liquids and creams
Here’s a full list of restricted items to Germany (make sure you choose Germany from the first drop down menu). Different couriers handle different prohibited items, so make sure you filter by your courier of choice too.
If you’re still not sure, you can contact HM Revenue and Customers and they can answer your questions on shipping to Germany from the UK.