Grow your business in Germany
Grow your business in Germany
Interested in selling your products in Germany?
- Roughly 27 million people in Germany speak English
- 65% of German online shoppers say they like to buy British brands, with 81% trusting UK sites to sell the genuine item
- Those that had bought British products had spent a healthy average of €163 on UK products in a 3 month period
- Our local partner in Germany is Deutsche Post – the most trusted delivery service in the country.
Germans trust Deutsche Post – our delivery partner
Deliver a great experience to your German customers
27% of German online shoppers didn’t buy from a website because the delivery cost was too high.*
If you spend over £5k a year on international parcels, open an International Business Parcels Account. You’ll access our best rates, and be able to pass these savings on to your customers.
82% of German online shoppers say it is important to have clear delivery information before placing an order on a UK site*. Be clear and upfront about any delivery charges and how long items will take to arrive.
of German ecommerce customers want to be notified when their item is out for delivery*
How Royal Mail can help you grow your business in Germany
As well as great-value standard international services, we also offer a International Tracked service to Germany, providing peace of mind for you and your customer with end-to-end tracking. In addition to this, we have an International Tracked & Signed service, with the same notifications – plus we require the recipient to sign for the package, for an even more secure delivery. It can be good to offer customers a choice of delivery speeds and prices, so they can decide which service is best for their needs.
Learn more about our delivery services to Germany.
Royal Mail delivery options to Germany
Choose a service below to find out how we can help your business deliver in Germany:
|Service||Lower price option||Fast delivery||Full tracking included||Proof of delivery included||Delivery aims to Germany|
|3-4 working days|
|International Business Tracked and Signed||3-4 working days|
|International Business Standard||
|3-5 working days|
|International Business Economy||2 weeks|
Offer your German customers peace of mind
20% of German shoppers have returned an item bought from a UK site, while 60% say they would be unlikely to shop again following a difficult return experience*.
Returning an item to a seller in a different country can be a daunting prospect, and a lot of buyers assume it will be both difficult and expensive. This can put them off shopping with overseas sellers altogether.
The good news is that Germany is one of the destinations covered by International Business Parcel Returns.
For Germany we offer a range of options, so you can choose to have customers return parcels directly to your UK address or via a local address. You also decide whether to fully pay or part-pay the return delivery costs for your customer. Offering a hassle-free returns process will encourage German shoppers to buy from you with confidence.
Customs and Brexit
From 1 January 2021, the UK is no longer part of the EU’s single market and customs union and new rules apply. The UK extended the rules which only applied to non-EU postal items before, to include items received from the EU. Similarly, the EU now treats postal items from the UK as it did non-EU items before. This means there may be changes to how you send and receive items from abroad.
As of 1 July 2021, items imported to the EU with a value of €22 or less became liable for VAT.
For more information on how to send goods to EU countries more effectively click here.
*Delivery Matters Germany, Trinity McQueen, 2018