Are you planning to send a parcel or letter to Germany from the UK?
Germany is known for its architecture and varied landscape but it's also an excellent destination for trade and eCommerce selling, making it a popular shipping destination for businesses and online retailers. However, Germany has strict rules for address formatting, which must be adhered to avoid any sending confusion.
Whether you're planning to send a gift to a friend in Berlin or a business document to a client in Frankfurt, learn how to write a German address correctly and discover our low-cost courier services to Germany by reading our handy guide below.
German address format
Germany's strict postage rules mean there are a couple of things you'll need to include in your package's address label to ensure a smooth delivery. We've provided an example of a UK address format and a German address format to compare:
UK address format:
1 Interparcel Lane
German address format:
How do you write a German address internationally?
After the addressee's full name, you must write the street name before the door number, e.g., Friedrichstrasse. 1. (this can include apartment numbers)
Germany has a five-digit postcode system. The first digit represents the area, the second digit represent the region, and the last three digits refer to the town/group of delivery districts. Write the five-digit postcode before the town name on the same line. Do not include the country code (D or DE) in front of this five-digit postcode.
Finally, write the destination country, 'GERMANY', in capital letters on the last line of the address.
How easy is it to send a parcel to Germany with Interparcel?
Over a decade of industry experience
With over 200 countries and territories to choose from, we will guide you from the initial booking stage to delivery. Our easy online booking system takes you through each field required, whether you have selected a Collection or Drop Off service.
Automatic address format
When you book a service to Germany, we ask you to enter the destination city or postcode first so we can format the address correctly. The receiver's telephone number and email address are also required in case the courier needs to contact them about their delivery. German telephone numbers start with the dialling code 49. You can opt in to our email or SMS notifications to keep you or your recipient updated during the shipping process.
Simplified customs declaration
As the UK is no longer part of the EU, Germany must be treated like any other international destination. When you request a delivery to Germany from the UK, you'll need to fill in a customs declaration.
We've incorporated the customs declaration into our booking process, so when you book a parcel delivery service to Germany with Interparcel, we'll ensure you have the necessary paperwork to print and attach to your package. If you're not familiar with customs forms, have a read of our blog.
Popular delivery services to Germany from Interparcel
Why use Interparcel to ship a parcel to Germany?
Germany is one of our most popular destinations, so we have negotiated low-cost prices to Germany with reputable couriers like Evri, Landmark Global and Parcelforce. Enter your parcel dimensions and weight into our online quote tool to generate a list of Economy, Express and Timed delivery services.
When you create a free account with Interparcel, you'll also benefit from features such as:
- Access to a range of eCommerce integrations through our Shipping Manager
- In-built address verification and correction
- Parcel Presets to shortcut package detail input
- Branded Tracking for a seamless brand experience
- Unlimited no-cost label printing options
Book a parcel delivery service to Germany today, and see how easy it is!
If you need any help, don't hesitate to contact our team of parcel experts via phone, email or live chat.