SHIPPING YOUR POV TO GERMANY
"Shipping Your POV" is a pamphlet by the transportation office and
it covers general car shipping information. Your car has to pass
an inspection for safety, condition, and reliability before it can be
registered in Germany. To make your transition smooth, it is
recommended that any needed repairs be done prior to shipping your car
to Germany. Repair labor and parts are very expensive, and parts
may take a while to arrive in Germany, so it would be to your advantage
to make all repairs stateside. Check for rust, torn fenders,
chips, cracks or star fractures in the windshield, or any type of oil
leaks, inoperative lights, horn, speedometer, etc. Any of these
can prevent your car from passing inspection.
Be sure the POV is in a safe and operable condition when it is turned
into the port. Failure to do so may be cause for the terminal
commander to refuse your POV for shipment. Be sure the POV meets
all emission control and safety standards. Be sure the POV has no
more than a quarter tank of gas in it when dropped off at the port.
A POV with a diesel engine may be shipped with the fuel tank three
quarters full. All exterior surfaces, including the undercarriage,
must be clean and free of soil and other foreign matter. You may
also want to consider rust protection and undercoating prior to
shipment. You must ensure that only authorized personal articles
remain in your POV when it is turned in for processing.
following items may remain in your vehicle during shipment: normal vehicular tools, such as jacks,
jumper cables, and warning triangles, and one spare tire. In
the government is not liable for replacement of any items which may be
When your vehicle arrives in Europe, you should follow the proper
INSURING AND REGISTERING YOUR VEHICLE, the first step of which
involves passing a German VEHICLE
POV LIEN HOLDER RELEASE
US Service Members must have a copy of their Title when
shipping their vehicles. This is in addition to their statements of
approval from the Lienholder for overseas shipment, as well as
registration and car insurance.
Leased POVs: If a POV is leased or a recorded lien exists in the
United States (including US Territories), written approval from the
"third-party-in-interest" (leasing company or lienholder) must be
obtained stating that the vehilce may be exported.
POV Title: It will be necessary to bring one certified (notarized) and
two facsimiles (copies) of the original vehicle title. The title
must include the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or, if the vehicle
does not have a VIN, the product identification number.
Power of Attorney: If someone other than the service member delivers the
vehilce, there must a signed letter of authorization, simple power of
attorney, or other acceptable evidence. Ensure your agent has the
proper identification and all other documentation required to ship your
To process a damage claim you will need the original shipping
documents (DD Form 788) from where you shipped and received the vehicle
showing damage. Contact your local Claims Office for any other
documentation needed to process your claim.
SEE OUR GUIDE TO
CLAIMS FOR LOSS/DAMAGE TO HOUSEHOLD GOODS/BAGGAGE