Guide to Parcel, Pallet and Freight shipping to Germany from the UK

Cost of shipping Pallets to Germany

The price for shipping pallets to and from Germany can be surprisingly cheap with small, light pallets under around 200kg costing as little as £85 + vat. Equally if your pallets are long or ‘oversized’ our network of international carriers can offer outstanding value for money. Importing tends to cost more than exporting and some of our clients prefer to take control of their transport as opposed to leaving it to their supplier to provide pallet delivery ‘Ex Works’ meaning that the supplier has arranged transport.

Germany is by far the UK’s biggest EU export destination and in 2016 we sold goods to the value of over £34 billion (our second biggest EU export customer is France at a mere £20 billion!). Whilst nearly one third of this trade is conducted by large corporations (Typically in the Automotive, Aeronautical and Petroleum sector) the weaker pound has bolstered our SME exports and we are seeing many businesses start to sell into the EU for the first time. This page aims to give the reader an overview of various export methods from small parcels to articulated lorry’s and some guidance from experienced professionals.

Freight shipping to Germany from the UK

OK, so the term ‘Shipping to Germany’ is rather misleading. Over 97% of UK exports to Germany travelled by road last year, which is unlikely to change in 2017/18 (even during and after Brexit) and freight is a general term you will hear that refers to any bulk transport.The next few sections will cover what is generally classified as freight and includes palletised shipping, containerised shipping and ‘full loads’.

When selling goods to EU businesses that are tax registered make sure that you include their tax number on your invoice other wise it will be deemed a consumer sale. You can apply a zero rate of tax and charge only the net value of the goods.

Palletised shipping

If you are going to begin exporting from the UK to Germany, Palletised transport is likely to be the most accessible and cost effective means due to the robust road network, tariff free access to the EU and several healthy international hauliers with vehicles and hubs in the UK, Netherlands, Belgium, France and of course Germany.

If you are going to begin exporting from the UK to Germany, Palletised transport is likely to be the most accessible and cost effective means due to the robust road network, tariff free access to the EU and several healthy international hauliers with vehicles and hubs in the UK, Netherlands, Belgium, France and of course Germany.

You may have come across the term ‘customs clearance’, if you are exporting within the EU and your goods are not on the list below there will not be any customs clearance required. here

Licences are needed to export:

  •  Military and paramilitary goods
  •  Dual-use and technology – such as machine tools, computers and marine equipment
  •  Artworks
  •  Plants
  •  Animals
  •  Medicines
  •  Chemicals

It is good practice to send a copy of the invoice with the goods, if unforseen difficulties arise this documentation will be used to identify both parties involved in the transaction and issues can be resolved.

Address Format

  • Name
  • Company Name
  • Building Name (if applicable)
  • Number and Street Name
  • Country
  • Area Code (5 digit area code is similar to the UK Post code)

Next day pallet delivery

If you need a next day delivery to Germany this will require a dedicated vehicle which will come at a premium price. To get a good price for a next day service it is worth getting several quotes directly from hauliers, to begin your search I recommend you start on directories like and search their road haulage services section.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • For continental land transit the hauliers liability to you, the owner of the goods, is calculated at around £8 per KG. Additional insurance up to £10k coverage can be purchased for £20, and for higher value goods we will provide you a bespoke quotation.

  • As the roads and ferries can be unpredictable we do not guarantee delivery timescales however we do work hard to ensure rapid transit where required.

  • Yes. To ensure smooth transit it may be necessary to discuss access and timings with our service personnel and we can ensure that a tail lift vehicle is used where required.

  • 'Standard Pallets' are 120x100cm and 'Euro Pallets' are 120x80cm. Anything bigger than this would be classed as oversized or if your goods overhang the pallet (not recommended unless the goods are sturdy) it would also be classed as oversized. If possible it is best to keep the height to a maximum of 220cm as anything taller may not fit through the doors of many standard vehicles. Our oversized pallet quotes are calculated on the exact measurements of your load so you will not pay for more space that you use.

  • Typically 5 working days is a good rule of thumb for most western European countries.

  • For domestic pallets and Exports, we can sometimes collect same day If booked before 10am. On most occasions though collection will be next working day and for Imports it is best to allow 2 days.

  • Yes (depending on the distance). This will require a dedicated vehicle.

  • Yes. Engines or vehicle parts must be fully drained of any oil or fuel prior to transport as spill and leaks can create a slip hazard and a fire risk.

  • Yes, often we can provide an online tracking link. If this is not available our service personnel can keep you updated on transit.

  • If your goods can be moved by hand (small and lightweight) or by forklift then it may not be necessary to put them onto a pallet. Typically though a pallet is essential for transit.

  • Kerbside refers to the position and availability of goods. Collections must be from a place accessible by the vehicle and goods will not be move further once off the vehicle.

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    Shipping to Germany costs - Export

    Description Collection Delivery Cost in £ ex VAT
    120x80x130 @ 150kg 38162 Germany EN4 8SB 179
    2 @ 120x100x120 @ 960kg each 20459 Hamburg, Germany TA5 2DR 339
    11 @ 120x80x150h GW 9000kg 86368 Germany DN38 6AA 1150
    120x80x142h @ 258kg 92536 Germany SM3 9QP 205
    4 @ 0.8 x 1.2 x 1.8m 750kg each 16356 Germany 16356 Germany DA8 1QL 599
    120x80x210 500kg 02943 Germany BN15 8SU 189
    2 @ 120x120x102 @ 740kg each 49525 Germany MK18 3LA 325
    10 @ 120x80x160h @ 800kg each Non Stack 91481 Germany M17 1WA 660
    Full Load of 56299 Germany TN35 1550
    150x120x170h @ 1100kg 63322 Germany CM21 0LX 229
    2 @ 120x80x180h - GW 582kg - Dedicated van 22113 Germany SO50 4ET 700
    200x180x100h @ 390kg 84556 Germany BA10 0NH 499
    2 x 150x80x105 @ 215kg each Germany 33739 NP20 2AQ 195
    120x100x50 @ 75kg 38162 GERMANY EN4 8SB 115
    7 @ 120x80x180 GW 5000kg 19258 Germany SL6 1AB 835
    3 x 120x80x150h @ 370kg each Germany 38162 CB8 0AP 339
    120x80x100cm high @ 600kg 50389 Germany CM15 9SG 189
    120x80x48 @ 64kg Germany 22453 W5 4DR 119
    120x80x200 @ 200kilo 39629 Germany LS27 7PB 147
    5 @ 126x72x182 GW 1200kg 47229 , Germany EC1A 7JQ 435

    Shipping from Germany to the UK cost examples - Import

    Description Collection Delivery Cost in £ ex VAT
    2 @ 120x80x180h @ 110kg each NG12 3GZ 13053 Germany 219
    125 x 80 x 100 weight 150kilos RM14 2AP 90459 Germany 105
    120x80x150 @ 334kg SL3 0NJ 21258, Germany 135
    3 @ 120x100x130 @ 270kg each SS13 1EB 47137 Germany 214
    80x80x80 @ 80kg PR7 4HD 66773 Germany 109
    5 @ 120x100x180 @ 980kg each NN12 8PL 45468 Germany 355
    3 @ 180x75x75h GW 150kg Non Stack SK11 0TA 50126 Germany 219
    120x80x85h @ 45kg WR13 5AX Germany 74858 114
    120x100x45 @ 100kg YO14 0PH 42551 Germany 109
    5 @ 120x100x160 @ 180kg RG17 7TJ 52499 Germany 415
    4 @ 120x100x145h @ 855kg each CO10 2DX 50739 Germany 381
    80x80x60 @ 65kg KY10 3XA 81925 Germany 123
    230x120x60 @ 600kg NG17 2HU 40599 Düsseldorf, Germany 143
    100x120x40h @ 215kg E8 4QN 85748 Germany 109
    120x80x150h @ 450kg SL3 0NJ, UK 21258, Germany 122
    9 @ 300 kg each, size 120 x100 x170 cm B66 1PE 15236 Germany 695
    1m x 1.2m x 0.9m @ 230kgs SS4 1NF GERMANY 25337 115
    100 x 86 x 90cm @ 220 kilo LE17 5DB Germany 88631 114
    70x50x42ch @ 73kg RH10 4NR 08525 Germany 95
    4x 120x100x200h 150kg each DT9 8RG 10365 Germany 555