The most popular cars

  1. Toyota Rav4 All Year Range
  2. Nissan Skyline All Year Range
  3. Mercedes E-class All Year Range
  4. Mitsubishi Outlander All Year Range
  5. Mercedess S-class All Year Range
  6. Nissan Silvia All Year Range
  7. Porshe 911 All Year Range
  8. BMW Z3 All Year Range

Shipping Port

Major shipping ports in Germany are Hamburg and Bremerhaven.

Left-hand drive vehicles

Importation of left-hand steering vehicles is permitted in the country.


Technical Inspection (Fahrzeug-Hauptuntersuchung, common 'TUV') is required on vehicles imported in Germany.

When registering a vehicle in the country, Technical Inspection certificate is required.

Documents Required for importation

  1. Copy of passport or other identification
  2. Residence Registration Confirmation
  3. Copy of certificate of Title and Registration
  4. Proof of Ownership - bill of sale, commercial invoice: required for vehicles in the owner's possession less than 6 months
  5. Insurance Card - from origin country
  6. Export permit
  7. Original vehicle registration papers
  8. Third Party Liability Insurance - initiated at Customs clearance
  9. Proof the vehicle has successfully completed the safety and roadworthiness inspection and emissions control test

Exemption on duty is given, provided the following conditions are satisfied

  1. The importer must have lived outside the European Union (EU) for at least a year.
  2. The vehicle must be bought outside EU and have driven for at least six months before its importation.
  3. The importer must be a registered citizen of Germany.
  4. The vehicle is intended for personal use only.
  5. The importer should keep the vehicle for at least one year following its importation.

It is allowed to drive the imported vehicle with the home license plates and registration if one imported the vehicle for temporary basis i.e. for a period of up to 12 months. Registration document with German translation is required. If one is staying for a longer period, then the vehicle must be registered at local Kfz-Zulassungsstelle.

Documents required for registering the vehicle

  1. Proof of identity and residence such as passport, residence registration receipt.
  2. Proof of ownership e.g. Bill of Lading, Commercial Invoice.
  3. Customs clearance certificate (Zollbescheinigung) stating payment of or exemption (Unbedenklichkeitsbe-scheinigung) of relevant taxes and duties.
  4. Proof of liability insurance
  5. TUV certificate
  6. Insurance confirmation

Taxation in GERMANY

Duties and taxes on used vehicles will be 12 percent of CIF and VAT of 16 percent of CIF including the duty.

Every motor vehicle registered in Germany is subject to a special motor vehicle tax (Kfz-Steuer). The first payment must be paid soon after registering the vehicle.

 This information is only for your reference. For up-to-date information please visit your governmental official source.