buying from US and shipping to Germany or near by countries

Hi guys,
I've just moved to Berlin and will stay here for a few months. What are the options for shipping US goods to Germany? There are quite a few mail forwarding companies out there, any recommendation?

What are you trying to ship?

Just some simple stuffs like clothing, electronic. I found couple companies like My US (, Via address (  Via box (via etc...and also a new company call Planet Express ( and their rate is much cheaper than any one out there.
I'm just trying to see if anyone has any experience or recommend company?

Please note that, depending on what kind of goods is shipped into the EU from abroad, various rates of customs and import duties will be charged from the receiver (before the shipment is released to him/her). This can be up to 30% of the value.
In any case, 19% GST (MWSt) will be charged, unless the shipment is below the minimum amount of EUR23 to 45 (again depending on what is shipped).
You should select a forwarder who knows the (very complicated) customs and import regulations and can explain them to you. Just selecting the cheapest will end up being more expensive!

Thank you everyone. Yes, I did my home work and so far, with cheaper postage vs other forwarder, I like my saving a lot. I spoke with some manager at Planet Express, they sent the rate for example and it is around 50% cheaper than anyone out there. I will test them and let everyone know.

Like Beppi mentioned, one of the bigger costs might be customs duties. Used cloths in general can probably be declared as having a much lower value than their purchase price unless they are expensive brands or designer cloths; same with books. Any electronics that need to be plugged in (rather than battery operated) are questionable since Germany uses 220 volts with a different type of plug than the USA. Converters exist but also cost and then waste energy in the transfer

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