Cost Saving by Janette

Parcel, Document, Packet and Pallet Delivery to Germany

February 2016

Germany has the strongest economy in the European Union and has long been the UK's largest EU export partner country. In 2015, German import and export levels were higher than the previous all-time highest record (2014).

Germany is also Britain's second biggest export market internationally, accounting for almost 20% of all UK exports. It's therefore no surprise that a huge number of parcels, documents, packets and pallets are sent from the UK to Germany every year.

The main networks for international delivery and exporting to Germany are impressive. DHL, UPS and TNT all have excellent coverage across the country, making it an ideal place to export your goods to. DHL (the international courier arm of the German company Deutsche Post DHL) is based in Bonn and has an unrivalled German network. UPS has almost 300 access points across Germany and a ground delivery fleet of 3,500 vehicles. TNT has one of the strongest networks throughout Europe and announced plans in 2015 to focus on its European services.

Given that Germany and the UK are both within the EU, importing from Germany is also often hassle free with your shipments not having to undergo any complicated customs clearance procedures and transit times are rapid. Again, due to the coverage of DHL, UPS and TNT, goods can be back in the UK less than 24 hours after collection.

Transit times to and from Germany can vary depending on the courier service you select and the precise pick-up point and destination of you parcel, packet, document or pallet. It's also dependent on whether you're sending to commercial premises in a major city or a more remote location. As a general rule though, an Express (via Air) service will be next day delivery to Germany from the UK and a road-based Economy service will usually take 2-3 days.

Again, with both the UK and Germany being members of the EU, you can import and export goods without them being subject to customs clearance and the associated duties and taxes. VAT of course is applicable on all exports to Germany though.

There are excellent rates to be had and coupled with courier comparison to save time, there's no reason to not start importing or exporting with Germany or even increase your activity and explore new corners of the country.

"The main delivery networks for exporting to Germany are impressive. DHL, UPS and TNT all have excellent coverage across the country, making it an ideal place to export your goods to. DHL (the international courier arm of the German company Deutsche Post DHL) is based in Bonn and has an unrivalled German network. UPS has almost 300 access points across Germany and a ground delivery fleet of 3,500 vehicles. TNT has one of the strongest networks throughout Europe and announced plans in 2015 to focus on its European services."