If you are looking for a fresh start, Berlin has a unique charm and offers uncountable opportunities, bringing a laid-back vibe that can be a dream come true after the hustle of NYC. At Oz Moving & Storage, as an international moving company, we are happy to draw from our experience to help you navigate those bureaucratic hurdles and make your move stress-free.

Our International Moving Services

Oz Moving & Storage provides a comprehensive range of overseas moving services to ensure a stress-free relocation. We take pride in offering a proper all-in-one solution for international moves. 

Our personalized moving plan helps to ensure that every detail is managed from NYC pickup to your new Berlin home. We handle everything from shipping and planning to pickup, customs clearance, packing, and insurance. Whether you choose sea or air transportation, we partner with trusted shipping and air transport carriers to ensure your belongings are delivered safely and efficiently. 

Our expertise in moving to Berlin and other European cities allows us to navigate the customs bureaucracy and proactively deal with typical overseas relocation issues before they become problems.

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Why People Are Moving to Berlin?

People are moving from NYC to Berlin for various reasons, which will vary depending on individual circumstances and lifestyle priorities. Both NYC and Berlin are renowned for their diverse populations and vibrant art and music scenes, offering a wide range of cultural experiences. 

While NYC is a global finance and technology hub offering excellent job opportunities with a lively nightlife, the high cost of living is a significant barrier. At the same time, Berlin offers a more affordable living cost and a high quality of life, making it an attractive option. 

Berlin has a relaxed atmosphere with more green spaces and bike-friendly streets. The public transportation in Berlin is more efficient, less-crowded, cheaper, and easier to use than the NYC transit system. 

Although German is the official language in Berlin, most people speak English, which can be helpful for those still learning the language.

Moving to Germany: What You Need to Know

This is essential information for Americans moving to Berlin. It includes German visa requirements, customs regulations, and helpful tips for anyone from NYC considering relocating to Germany.


Germany allows those moving from the USA to stay for 90 days without a visa or permit. However, to stay longer than 90 days, you require either a standard residence permit or a settlement permit. The standard residence permit allows USA nationals to move to Germany for a limited period for work or education purposes. The settlement permit is the permanent German residence permit, effectively a German Green card. 

To be eligible for permanent residence, you must have had a standard residence permit for at least five years, demonstrate good German language proficiency, and pass the German integration course. 

German health insurance coverage and a German bank account are also essential requirements. If applying for a resident permit for work purposes, evidence of a job offer is required.

Living costs

Berlin has a lot to offer, but one of the main advantages is that the cost of living in Berlin is 30-50% lower than in NYC. Rents and real estate are less than half of typical New York City prices, groceries, on average, cost far less, and eating out is around 40% cheaper. Utility bills are more expensive, but anyone moving from NYC to Berlin will have a significant financial advantage.

Berlin Moving Tips

Moving to Germany from the USA is a big step that requires careful planning and organization. At Oz Moving & Storage, we help you to plan for all eventualities, but please find some helpful tips to get you started below:

1. Plan: Start preparing for your international relocation as early as possible and avoid last-minute stress.

2. Research Berlin and Germany: Learn about the culture, language, and local customs beforehand.

3. Declutter your possessions: Only take necessary items with you and avoid paying to transport junk to Europe.

4. Pack carefully: Use sturdy boxes and packing materials to ensure your belongings arrive safely (or use our full packing service).

5. Be organized: Before you leave, keep all important documents, such as tickets, passports, and visas, in a secure and easily accessible place.

6. Stay connected: Update your contact information to prevent mail from going to your old address.

7. Purchase German health insurance coverage.

Why Choose Oz for Your Move to Berlin

Oz Moving & Storage is a premier service provider with over 30 years of experience in storage, moving, and relocation services. Our international moving services offer a seamless and stress-free experience tailored to meet each client's unique needs. From personalized care to precise planning, we ensure that every aspect of your international move is expertly managed. 

Our experienced and professional team is well-versed in navigating international regulations and customs and dealing with potential problems encountered during long-distance moves so that we can take care of all the details on your behalf. You can expect transparent pricing, competitive rates, and no hidden charges by choosing Oz Moving & Storage for your move from USA to Europe. Get a free quote to learn more about how we can assist you.

Services Offered

Oz provides several specific moving services as part of our comprehensive international relocation package:

Full-service packing

Instead of handling all the packing yourself, consider entrusting the Oz professionals to do it expertly on your behalf. By hiring experts, you can be sure your belongings are carefully packed to save you time and reduce stress. Our professional packers have the skills and experience to care for delicate items and valuable possessions, ensuring they arrive safely in your new Berlin home.

Pickup and transport

Oz Moving & Storage can pick up and transport your belongings door-to-door from New York City to Berlin. With Oz, there are no additional steps or requirements for freight forwarders or additional carriers. 


Shipping by sea is our cost-effective international solution. It is a popular choice for international moves that take around three weeks. For those who need an international move on a shorter timescale, we also offer air shipping, which typically takes about a week.

Customs Clearance

Dealing with customs when relocating from New York City to Berlin can be a bureaucratic headache. Why not let us deal with compliance and customs regulations so we can efficiently transition your belongings from one country to another? We can meticulously prepare and submit all required paperwork on your behalf, ensuring a straightforward and timely relocation to your new home.


New York City to Berlin? Some are understandably nervous about making such a big move, but your peace of mind is our top priority. Oz Moving & Storage offers comprehensive insurance coverage backed by Lloyd's of London for each international move. Trust us to keep your belongings safe and secure until their timely arrival at your new Berlin residence.

Storage Solutions

Our team can take care of every aspect of your storage needs. Our storage facilities are accessible only to authorized personnel. Unlike other storage providers, we price our storage services based on the size/volume of your items, not by the size of the unit. 

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