General Terms & Conditions
1. General provisions
Both, the use and access to our website as well as the access to your personal customer account shall be subject to the conditions stated in these GTC. Should you disagree to the terms and conditions herein, myGermany will reject your registration and opening of a customer account. Any services provided by myGermany will, in such a case, not be rendered. By signing up with our services, you confirm to be 18 years or older, considered to be of legal age in your country of residence resp. have obtained all approvals necessary to use the services of myGermany in accordance with the applicable laws.
2.1. Contents, intellectual property, and terms and conditions of use
Our website and all information contained therein are made available to its visitors on a non-binding basis. The website and contents therein may contain minor inaccuracies and/or typos. Nevertheless, both the website and the account are regularly subjected to check-ups and continuous updates. In doing so, we reserve the right to make changes and amendments to the contents provided on our website at our own discretion – in cases where changes or amendments may concern our general terms and conditions or services, we will be informed about this immediately. myGermany does not assume any liability for contents and the correctness regarding any sites linked with our website. We respect the intellectual property of third parties and we pay utmost attention to all aspects related to contents protected by copyright or trademark rights. In cases of suspected violation of intellectual rights – please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us. All trademarks and brands mentioned on this website are property of their respective owners. Our website contents, the user surface (descriptions, images, and pictures) as well as all methods and processes associated with the above-mentioned are protected by copyright and trademark rights. Any further use is not permitted and subject to our express permission. The information provided on myGermany’s website must not be used for any purposes related to the offer of products, reselling activities, marketing resp. distribution purposes or the generation of a database for commercial purposes. Customers shall not be entitled to make use of duplicated or modified contents of our website. Customers shall neither be allowed to copy and publish any kind of information from other websites, nor to link any websites to myGermany, unless prior approval has been obtained. Screenshots of our website (both in electronic and printed form) must be used for individual purposes, only. Customers must not use our website and services for any illegal purposes. In cases, where we have sufficient reasons to suspect the customer is doing so, however, we reserve the right to block you or delete your customer account resp. to refuse the services agreed upon with you. Furthermore, we reserve the right to disclose customer data to official authorities or organisations in cases of delinquencies.
2.2. Shipping cost calculator
Our shipping cost calculator is based on an estimate, which is, in turn, based on the data and information provided by you. Our shipping costs consist of our fix cost share and the transport cost share of our logistic partners. They make their fees (tariffs) dependent on various facts that we know only when we have packed your parcels ready for shipment. The actual and effective amount of cost are dependent by:
- country of destination,
- value of shipment,
- actual weight of the goods to be shipped,
- actual size and dimensions of the goods to be shipped,
- measured values in accordance with the volume weight calculation (the volume weight refers to a practical dimension applied to determine the actual cost of a shipment carried by air freight. The measurement standard was introduced by the IATA in order to provide for an exact an accurate assessment of the cost for the freight space required for the shipment of goods which may be light concerning their weight but bulky when it comes to their volume. The calculation of the volume weight is based upon the dimensions of a shipment: (Length x Weight x Height measured in cm) / 5000 (or 6000) = volume weight measured in kg. The volume weight of the shipment will, in turn, be compared with the actual weight. The higher value of both ones measured will be decisive when it comes to the calculation of the freight rate),
- combined length and girth (the combined length and girth serves as a dimensional reference for cargo loads and is measured on the basis of the parcel’s circumference in cm. If a parcel exceeds the limits specified by our partners, the shipping will be effected on the basis of the respectively applicable rate class. These maximum lengths differ from country to country, however, as a rule of thumb, they must not exceed a value of approx. 360cm and are absolutely sufficient for standard carriage. DBSchenker is used for freight transport only and has individual case limits,
- possible changes and adjustments concerning the rates and prices of our carriage service providers (due to e.g. fuel surcharges, which will be, right away, reported to you,
- changes of exchange rates.
Duty fees, taxes, or other tax-related transaction charges that might incur from any transactions related to payment processes are not considered therein.
3. Cutomer data and account
3.1. Sign up for a customer account
So as to ensure for the successful signup of your customer account, we kindly ask you to provide us with a valid e-mail address, your postal address along with a shipping address, and a telephone number. You need to make sure and confirm that the information submitted by you, are correct and will be adjusted immediately, as the case may be. We reserve the right to close an inactive account, i.e. a customer account that has either not been confirmed or used for a longer period of time. In addition to this, we reserve the right to close the customer account in such events, where customers provided incorrect data or acted in a demonstrably fraudulent manner. Please note that if a package can not be delivered due to address errors, additional fees can be incurred, which are charged by our logisitc partners. These fees are passed on to you. In exceptional cases, address corrections are made by us or our logistics partners. For incurred costs you will be charged too. Everyone can sign up as a customer to myGermany – regardless the country of their residence. However, our services are not available to all countries across the world. For more information, please click here. You commit to furnishing a copy of your valid identification documents and/or others additional information, on simple request of myGermany. If the client is a company, it commits itself to provide a copy of the articles of incorporation and an extract of the Trade Registry and the companies incorporated less than one month earlier, shall also provide a copy of the identification documents of the legal representatives the company. In case of change of the legal representatives of the company, the client commits to inform us promptly.
3.1.1. Standard, Premium & Gold Membership
We provide certain account models, please check here. »
Please not that myGermany is entitled to automatically grade up your account type if your selected account type is not sufficient to process your packages. We will evaluate activities and effort for each incoming and outgoing package.
3.1.2. Residence-related or commercial purposes
It is not possible to use the shipping address provided by myGermany for residence-related or commercial purposes. The same applies to the opening of a German bank account or the establishment of a company. Besides, it is prohibited to provide third parties with an e-mail address ending with “@mygermany.com” as a means of correspondence.
It goes without saying, that you shouldn’t disclose or pass on your account password to any third party. Individual persons or corporate bodies authorised by you to do so, are certainly entitled to the use of our services. We would like to make you aware of the fact, that both the liability and responsibility for any and all activities taking place in relation to your account will be borne by you. In other words, you will be responsible for each and every activity taking place in your account, as far as said activity happens on your account, i.e. under the use of your username and password. You obligate yourself to:
- Protect your account from unauthorised access, as far as you’re able to influence said activities (e.g. by logging off every time you’re finished with your session, not passing on your password to any third parties). Please inform us immediately in cases, where you notice any unauthorised use of your customer account. We will take immediate measures and, according to circumstances, block, deactivate, or try to cancel any transactions made with respect to your account.
- Not order or purchase any products, goods, or items (refer to Section III.2.) which are prohibited by law.
- Comply with all legal provisions and regulations concerning all products you order through us in order to resell those. Furthermore, you obligate yourself to adhere to all legal applicable provisions and regulations, as well as restrictions stated by law or the original seller.
Your account data will be stored, processed, and managed by our company in Germany. You can take it for granted, that your data won’t be sold or disclosed in any other way to third parties, whereas this does not apply to our logistics partners, and our online payment system providers. For this purpose, we kindly ask you to refer to our comprehensive elucidation of our Data Privay Policy.
You have the right to terminate your account by means of e-mail or postal mail at any time. On your request, we will delete all personal-related data and information. For this purpose, we kindly ask you to refer to our comprehensive elucidation of our data protection guidelines: Data Privay Policy.
4. Exclusion of warranty and limitation of liability
The use of our website is at your own risk. You, hereby, acknowledge that our website-based services are provided at your disposal as is and without warranty for defects. We don’t assume liability for the continuously flawless operation and functionality of our website. myGermany does not assume any liability for cases of impossibility, delays, or interruptions when it comes to the access of your customer account. Moreover, we can’t ensure the flawless execution of your payment transactions, as possibly occurring problems may be beyond the scope of our influence or not the result of any actions taken by us (e.g. erroneous connections, networks, or software). We are committed to make sure that our website is being kept free from malicious software or programs. However, we cannot assume liability that this will always turn out successfully. Therefore, we recommend you to take all necessary safety measures before accessing to or downloading information from our website. By no means, myGermany will assume liability for direct or indirect damages resulting from the use of or access to our website. The same applies regarding the sharing of contents of our website. myGermany will also not be liable for any damage claims arising out of the use of your account or our website. myGermany does not tolerate any kind of illegal activities. In cases, where a member commits a crime and/or is prosecuted due to illegal activities related to the purchase of a product through us, all legal expenses and other costs incurred shall be borne by the customer. myGermany repudiates such kind of activities in the strongest terms and assumes no responsibility for the activities of their customers or members. In the event of any criminal act committed by any of myGermany’s customers or members, myGermany will cooperate closely and fully with the German police departments.
II Purchase of products from business and private sellers, correspondence, and payment
1. You place order on your own at external online shops, thus myGermany will render logistics services only
1.1. Purchase order, payment, and payment transaction
You don’t make use of our services when it comes to the products which have sought, selected, and purchased on your own account. For this purpose we recommend you to visit the online shops of brand manufacturers or dealers linked on our website. The ultimate decision of the online shop meeting your very own needs will, of course, rest with you. The purchase contract and all conditions associated with it will generally be subject to the negotiations made between you and the original seller. As a general rule, you will be always be deemed the owner of the product you have purchased. You’ll always have to pay the costs incurred for the purchase of the product and shipping to your domestic address. By accepting our terms and conditions, you ensure the timely and adequate payment of the goods and compliance with the general terms and conditions of seller. myGermany rejects the acceptance of parcels shipped by means of cash on delivery. Incoming shipments sent by cash on delivery will be returned to the sender. Any costs that may incur in the course of this shall be borne by the customer. Payments made to myGermany become only due until the product ordered by you has been received at our warehouse and released for dispatch to your country. These payments are made up of the shipping costs charged by our logistics partners and the cost share of myGermany, which are both payable to myGermany in advance, i.e. prior to the forwarding of the goods to the customer.
In order to ensure the appropriate receipt of your goods at myGermany, as well as to provide for their correct allocation and assignment, you need to provide your correct and complete myGermany address to the merchant – incl. “myGermany” in the Surename field. This may be for example:
name: John Smith Mygermany
street: Nordstrasse 5
1.3. Message to myGermany
Once you have placed your order to the original seller, you may provide all information related to the order in your myGermany account (supplier, brand, quantity, product, size, colour, etc.) in order to enable us to check your goods for completeness and damage upon receipt at our warehouse. Please note, that we’re only capable to allocate, check, and clearing incoming shipments for export, if we have the order data at hand, required for these purposes. In cases we receive shipments whose recipient details are known to us, yet, but the order data are not clearly identifiable, myGermany will either contact you with the request to add/complete the order data, or will add/complete the order data by itself. If the effort is appropriate the service is free of costs, but should an enormous effort be required, myGermany will charge a fee per each shipment. In cases we receive shipments whose recipient details are known to us, yet, we will ask you to add these data within the next 14 days. If this will not be done within these 14 days, myGermany is entitled to open parcels or shipments for the purpose of detecting illegal contents. Each item, myGermany needs to enter resp. populate into the system will be charged a fee per shipment. In cases you have entered the order data, we are not in the position to assume any liability for the correctness and accuracy of the data provided by you. We will inform you in cases where your description of the shipment’s content deviates from its actual content. myGermany reserves the right, to adjust or correct the data provided by you. Any costs incurring due to wrong or incorrect statements made by you will be charged to your account. You undertake to keep myGermany indemnified from all liabilities, damage claims, and expenses (incl. compensation for legal services), incurred due to incorrect declarations concerning the contents or value of shipments dispatched for the purpose of exportation and/or non-compliance with myGermany’s terms and conditions.
1.4. Receipt of goods
Please note that only shipments sent from within the EU will be accepted by us.
2. You assign myGermany to carry out purchase transactions and to perform logistics services on your behalf (Concierge Service)
2.1. Compliance with the German Commercial Code
myGermany accepts purchase orders placed by their customers and acts as intermediary to the original seller – whereas clients may be either companies or private sellers. In doing so, myGermany always considers the directives of the German Commercial Code – unless no other provisions are made in these GTC.
2.2. Standard order placement, purchase, and payment
In certain cases we can purchase items on your behalf. You assign us to buy a product for you from an original seller. We place your order as purchaser in accordance with your instructions and pay for you. The purchase is to be seen solely as a transaction between you and the original vendor. Thus we can give no guarantees, warranties or representations regarding the quality or suitability of the products. For this purpose, we ask you to fill in the concierge form and state the specifications of each product to be ordered by us in a clear and precise manner. These specifications include, besides details on the product (quantity, type, size, colour, description, etc.) the URL-link of the online shop (where the product is listed), the exact amount of the product, and shipping costs that may be incurred in accordance with the online shop of the original seller. Once you’ve completed your concierge order, you will be asked to pay the due amount – including costs of the product and shipping within Germany from vendor to myGermany – via online payment to myGermany. Provided that the transaction of the payment has been completed successfully and all transferred data have been verified by us, your purchase contract with myGermany becomes effective and you’ll just have to pay the total amount due for the services rendered. For this purpose, your are responsible to check all data and information for correctness. In cases where we detect a difference between the amount paid by you and the actual amount to be paid by myGermany to the original seller, we will either deduct the respective amount from your invoice sent to you upon your next order or credit the amount to above-mentioned invoice (the second invoice will be sent to you, after your goods have been received, weighed, and released for dispatch i.e. forwarding to you, see section IV.2.3.) Acquired goods by us for customers from non-EU countries are sold at the price as seen in the German or European Online Shop by the customer, i.e. goods are sold for the gross price as listed on the online store (net plus VAT) by myGermany net to third countries. This happens for reasons of simplicity, since the reclaiming of the VAT for citizens of non-EU countries is enormously work-intensive. At the moment of our engagement we assume the items to be delivered to the destination country stated in your account. In cases where the final destination country is changed, myGermany needs to consider to change the already created bill, thus we allow to rise an administration fee.
2.2.1. Individual order placement, purchase, and payments, e.g. for companies
Please contact myGermany to discuss individual cases.
2.3. Details of ownership
Your order placement will only be performed after your payments have been received and confirmed by myGermany. Once the receipt of your payment has been confirmed, we will place the products on your behalf and render the corresponding payment from our German bank account. In doing so, the original seller will issue the invoice under your name and you’re going to be awarded the ownership of the ordered goods.
2.5. Liability for private purchases
For private sales, such as e.g. eBay or eBay-Kleinanzeigen, myGermany will not take over any liability.
2.5. Return and right of withdrawal
Refer to section V.
III Receipt and storage of shipments at myGermany facility
1. Goods receipt and inspection, letter & package
The customer entitles us to sign the delivery note of incoming shipments on their behalf. Our staff takes delivery of shipments day by day, record the data in our computers, open, weigh, photograph and check them for damages, completeness, and compliance with the respective product description (unless you have chosen the option DropShipment) – for this reason, it is of utmost necessity that you provide us with a precise description of the product you’d like to purchase in your myGermany account. It is important to know, that letters will not be opened (unless you request so), but all all received packages will be opened and reviewed to identify excluded goods or dangerous goods. All original packed and sealed products will not be unpacked during the reception. You have the option to assign myGermany with a denial of acceptance with respect to shipments addressed to you. Any costs incurred on the part of the carrier or original seller will be charged to your account. We assume no liability for any damages or losses that might occur in the transit. Besides, myGermany is not able to influence the duration of the transit times of external senders and is, therefore, not responsible for the time required for the delivery of the shipments. We accept shipments delivered in the form of packages, parcels, letters and pallets addressed to you. Shipments with prohibited items, such as dangerous goods, will be returned to the original sender. Any costs incurred due to that will be charged to your account. Any advertising stuff, such as catalogues, leaflets, offers, etc. are destroyed. In cases, where packages or parcels exhibit massive damages at the time of the visual inspection, we will return said shipment to the original seller and inform you immediately about that.
If more than 10 packages per day are received (over a longer period of time), then your standard account model will be automatically upgradet. Please check here.
2. Conditions for import and export of goods and prohibited items
myGermany will not accept or forward any goods, which are, due to the cargo conditions or conditions applying to the import and export of goods of a country, subject to prohibition resp. subject to a particular handling. In cases where shipments contain such kind of products, we will get in touch with you and coordinate the further proceedings with you. Unless otherwise requested from you, we will return prohibited goods to the original seller. The fee incurred for this will be charged to your account. You undertake to comply with all applicable conditions: a) of the country of dispatch and b) of the country of destination. In addition to this, you oblige to not use myGermany for the carriage of illegal goods. As of the definition of illegal or prohibited goods, myGermany complies with the rules of the respective country or import or export, as well as with the provisions specified by the German customs authorities (Zolls), and the provisions of our carriage service providers. We don’t take delivery or forward products, such as:
- Explosive, toxic or highly combustible materials such as loose Lithium batteries, Engine oil, fuel, etc.
(In certain cases, Lithium batteries can be delivered, please check here »)
- Electronics & lithium batteries may be classified as dangerous goods and beside specific shipping restrictions a special declaration has to be made. In general the shipment is limited. Please approach myGermany before attempting to ship such items »
- Environmentally hazardous and radioactive materials
- Fireworks and materials that require special expenses or particularly temperature- or pressure-sensitive materials
- Weapons, weapon components, or objects which could injure or infect people
- Products for military use, for example, sonar systems, laser or aircraft parts
- Animal carcasses or live animals
- Cash, money and related items
- Telephone cards, SIM cards, contractual-bound and pre-paid
- Equities, securities and other similar documents, e. g. credit cards, deposit and cheque books, bills of exchange, credit cards, debit cards, letters from banks, bank notes
- Verification letters such as for GoogleAdSense or betting offices etc.
- Drugs, unapproved medications or infectious substances
- Alcohol outside EU may be restricted »
- Goods, which are prohibited or restricted by licensing rights or organizations such as ICAO, IATA, government, etc.
- We do not ship Shipments to Post Office Addresses, PO Boxes, or Poste Restante unless otherwise agreed
If myGermany received prohibited items, you will be notified via eMail. We discuss with you if it will be either destroyed or returned at your costs.
We would like to point out that myGermany will comply with all applicable export and import laws and that we reject the shipment of items, for which a separate export or import permit is required. You carry the responsibility and agree to indemnify myGermany of all costs and fines incurring for myGermany, if it is determined that a consignment of these terms violates these regulations, as well as court costs and attorney fees incurred for myGermany in connection with such violations. myGermany has the right to terminate your account and your use of myGermany services if you violate any of the above regulations and acknowledgments In case, we have missed or miss-interpreted dangerous goods when checking received shipments and have forwarded them, myGermany shall not be liable for any damages, losses or fees caused, or presumably caused or in connection with these items. Any related costs will be passed on to the end-customer.
Our staff will not notify you before they open the parcels for inspection, but only afterwards. (If you have chosen the option DropShipment, parcels will not be opened). Once the parcels have been inspected, we will inform you via your myGermany account, what condition the parcels or the goods are in and if the goods match the product description (photographs and status messages: OK, Not-OK (e.g. Damaged, Not-as-expected, Amount differs etc.), later resupplied/partial arrived (we accept partial deliveries), product not available etc.). You then have to give instructions of what to do with the product – eg is it to be stored or sent back or should it be sent to you. In the event that you purchased the items in external shops and provided the order data, we do not assume any liability for the accuracy of your product description – should we find that your descriptions differ from the package contents, we will notify you. myGermany also reserves the right to change or correct your information, especially when no information was provided to the ordering data (Please see our section II.1.3.).
4. Unidentified recipients
If parcels are received whose recipient cannot be identified, it will be impossible to assign them to the customer. These parcels will be stored in our warehouse for 14 days. We will make additional efforts to identify the recipient. If your package is incorrectly or insufficiently addressed, additional handling charges may apply which will be charged to the recipient’s account. If after 14 days a recipient cannot be determined, myGermany will be entitled to return the parcels to the sender at his expense. If the sender denies redemption, myGermany will be entitled to dispose the goods on your costs according to dutiful discretion, among other things to sell or destruct them (according to §419 paragraph 3 HGB). Any claims for damages of the customer remain unaffected.
5. Storage of goods
We store your goods free of charge in our warehouse up to 0,5 cbm for up to 60 days in a standard account model (check here. further storage options). After the incoming goods were opened and inspected, they are re-packaged and stored in your personal myGermany-PostBox. After 60 days of free storage, we store your parcels for an additional 60 days with charge. In these 60 days we charge for each parcel three Euros per day and for each pallet 150 Euros per month for storage. Should your parcel be very large and the storage requirements are higher than normal, myGermany reserves the right to adjust the storage fees accordingly. If parcels are not claimed by you after these 120 days, myGermany is entitled to charge a monthly storage fee per cubic meter. Or myGermany can dispose the goods at the expense of the customer according to dutiful discretion, i.e. to sell or destruct them (according to § 419 paragraph 3 HGB). Any claims for damages of the customer remain unaffected. Goods can be returned to the original vendor (please see section V).
6. Acceptance of goods for drop shipping
See section IV.1.2.
7. Insurance within our storage / warehouse
We are liable for damages to the shipments stored with us. We are liable to damages, which incurres after the receipt of the shipment until its release to our partners or another person in accordance with your account. We handle your shipments with professional care. Under no circumstances, we pay indirect damage, consequential damage or loss of profit even if they incur in connection with our storage.
We are not liable for damages caused by the sender, a third party, a defect or a nature of the shipment, a defect of the shipment’s packaging, and we are not liable for packages which have been returned to myGermany. We are not liable for damges cuased by force majeure (unforeseeable events).
The compensation for insured property is limited for damage to a maximum of EUR 500,00
IV Shipping of your goods
1. Shipping and delivery
In the event of false or inaccurate product description specifications provided by you, we cannot send the goods (see also section II.1.3.). If all conditions for the implementation of the transport service are given and you have paid the required total cost as well as requested the shipment of the goods, we will notify you by email and dispatch the goods to the shipping address indicated by you in the myGermany customer account. We work with parcel services such as DHL, FedEx, DPD, GLS, UPS, DBSchenker etc. We make all reasonable efforts to deliver your packages within the normal delivery times. However, delivery times cannot be guaranteed and are not a part of the contract between you and myGermany. myGermany is not liable for any damages or loss caused by delays in delivery of the logistics service provider. For protection against fraud attempts and to protect our customers, we will send your parcels only to your name and resident address which is provided by your payment provider with whom you paid the Registration Fee. We may deliver the parcels to the address specified in the client account with discharging effect to the recipient’s signature, family members of the recipient or the spouse, or others who are present in the shop or persons present on the premises of the recipient, as well as other residents and neighbors, who – based on the circumstances – can be assumed to be authorized to receive the parcel, unless there are reasonable doubts about their authority to receive goods. The rendered signature is considered to be proof of delivery and a confirmation that the order was correctly delivered with external integrity of the packaging. The order is then considered to be completed. Our logistics partners normally make two delivery attempts, or hold shipments, whose delivery has not been possible, ready for pick up at the post office for up to seven days. Should your package be very large and the shipping costs are higher than normal, delivery times can be extended. Undeliverable parcels will be returned by our logistics partners to myGermany (for more information, consult our partners). Additional return, customs costs (caused by logistic partners), and myGermany processing fees will apply, which will be charged to you. Please also note the conditions of your correct address information (section I.3.1.).
1.1. Acceptance of logistic partner terms & conditions, and liability
You adhere to our specifications regarding the goods that we cannot ship. You also confirm with our terms and conditions the acceptance of the general terms and conditions of our logistics partners DHL, FEDEX, DPD, GLS, UPS, and DBSchenker. For any violation you will be held liable and not myGermany.
1.2. Service regions (shipping, marketplace and concierge)
myGermany only ships goods to certain countries. Please inquire before you place orders. For an overview of the countries to which we ship, please click here. If parcels arrive at myGermany which should be sent to countries that are not served by myGermany, they will be sent back to the original sender. The customer will be charged an additional handling fee. Also, the concierge will not execute orders to a country not served by myGermany.
Your orders will be consolidated once for free. If Manual Consolidation is selected, our warehouse team will focus manually on consolidation (and is often better than system) – of course also for free. Your items will disappear from your account. We will repacked and combine them into as little packages as possible. After completion we will notify you via eMail and a new package will appear in your Inbox. Once we have consolidated your parcel, there will be no further changes for free. A new re-consolidation will be charged with a fee.
1.4. Drop shipment
With Drop Shipment, parcels are directly retransmitted according to the instructions of the customer and myGermany will not open or inspect the parcel unless automatical scans will force us so. These parcels are recorded in the system and displayed in the customer’s account with the appropriate status “Drop Shipment”. You are responsible for the correct order data. Shipping rate of Drop Shipment parcels are normally less than standard processed packages.
1.5. Discreet shipping
If discreet shipping is desired, parcels are sent out – according to the customers instructions – ensuring that the contents or origin of the parcel is in any case not recognizable for the recipient. This option must be selected in the customer’s account at the time of ordering.
2. Shipping fees
The fees for shipping of your goods from myGermany to you consist of the shipping costs of our partners and the costs for the myGermany services. These costs are shown to you as one costs (as a shipping and handling fee).
2.1. Cost share myGermany
The service fee of myGermany for its services are contained in the total shipping costs. Total shipping costs include the following services from myGermany: consulting, providing the German address, concierge services, goods inspection incl. photographs and storage, modification packaging or repackaging, creation of customs documentation, direct and discreet shipping. Any additional costs which are incurred for returns are not included.
2.2. Freight cost of partners
The freight costs are finally determined when the parcel is received by us. In the preliminary use of our shipping calculator only an estimate based on your information can be given. The actual costs can only be determined when the parcel arrives at myGermany. Only then we have actual information about:
- Current exchange rates
- Current transport service prices (possible price changes of our logistics providers due to eg fuel surcharge)
- Country of Destination
- Actual weight and actual size of the goods (and thus we know whether possibly the girth and / or volumetric weight calculation must be used. See section I.2.2.)
According to the specifications of our shipping service provider, we cannot send parcels which exceed the maximum volume weight or the maximum girth. In this case we can only send them with increased cost. Should this be the case, we will discuss this individually with you. Once your goods have been weighed by our warehouse, we will indicate the weight and therefore the final freight costs in your customer account. For simplicity, dimensions are calculated by rounding them up or down and always in full kilograms.
If all prerequisites for the implementation of the transport service are met and you have requested the dispatch of the goods, we will ask you to make your payment online to myGermany. When the payment process is completed and the transmitted information has been verified, we will notify you by email and ship your goods to the shipping address indicated by you in the myGermany customer account. Any applicable duties, taxes or governmental settlement fees are not included in the shipping fees.
2.3.1. Subsequent payments or credits
If you accumulated credits (eg by use of the concierge staff or discount offers) or a deficit is listed (eg by use of the concierge staff or other charges), we will subsequently calculate or recredit that amount in the payment request, which you will receive when you release your goods for shipment.
2.3.2. Payment partner
Please refet to mygermany.com/payment-information/
2.4. Annual price adjustment
Each year, mainly end of year, our partners normally increase the rates per default and contract. myGermany will pass on these rates incrementalists automatically without any pre-notice to customers.
Any different change for shipment or service rates will be announced to customers via eMail by myGermany.
3. Preparation of customs documentation, customs and taxes
myGermany creates all customs documentation necessary for export and import. myGermany takes special care that all customs charges and taxes are paid to the relevant customs and tax authorities and that there is compliance with all legal export and import regulations. For this purpose a precise description of the goods to be shipped is required. If you place your order directly to the original vendor, you are responsible for ensuring that the goods description (content, number and value) is accurately and truthfully made. For this, we ask that you immediately enter the description of your order in your myGermany account after you have placed the order with the original vendor (see also section II.2.3.). As far as you use the concierge service of myGermany, we are responsible. myGermany is not liable for any errors or misrepresentations in the description of the goods caused by you. If additional cost occur on the basis of false or erroneous representations, you will be solely responsible. You agree to indemnify myGermany from all claims, losses, damages, liability and costs (including reasonable attorneys’ fees), which may occur if you make any false statements regarding content or value of the parcels for export purposes and / or do not comply with our Terms and Conditions. We would like to point out that customs randomly inspects parcels or is allowed to inspect parcels at any time. If incorrect product descriptions or product value shall be obtained, parcels may be retained by customs. In addition, there may be additional cost due to fines. myGermany creates all customs documentation necessary for export and import, but is not responsible for the payment of any applicable taxes and duties – the responsibility rests solely with you.
4. Prohibited items as well as compliance with the export and import regulations
You adhere to our specifications regarding the goods that we cannot ship. You also confirm with our terms and conditions the acceptance of the general terms and conditions of our logistics partners DHL, FEDEX, DPD, GLS, UPS, and DBSchenker. For any violation you will be held liable and not myGermany. See section III, #2.
5. Shipping insurance, liability and claims
5.1. Limited liability
myGermany GmbH shall be liable for forwarding of the goods under the following conditions: We are liable if damges happens caused by us, the aforementioned releases from and limitations of liability do not apply cases of gross negligence or wilful breach of contract by myGermany. When determining the amount of the compensation claims to be fulfilled by us, the economic circumstances at myGermany, type, scope and duration of the business relationship, any causation or fault contributions by the user in accordance with § 254 BGB (German Civil Code) must be taken into account. The compensation, costs and expenses must be in a reasonable proportion to the earnings of myGermany for the certain case.
In no event myGermany will be liable for any indirect, special, consequential, incidental, punitive or exemplary damages (including but not limited to loss of business, loss of revenue, loss of profits, loss of goodwill, lost opportunity, business interruption, or loss of information) arising out of your use of or inability to use your myGermany account or the myGermany websites, even if we have been advised of the possibility of such damages.
Restricted liability due to our dependence on our partners or external factors. Restrictions are e.g.:
- Works of art, film, precious stones, paintings, unique items, securities, antiques, glassware, jewelry, furs and watches are covered to a maximum of only 500 EUR
- liability exclutions:
- we are not liable for the damage or deletion of electronic or photographic images, data or recordings due to electrical or magnetic noise.
- myGermanywill not cover damage to used or second-hand merchandises
- for sensitive items myGermany can take over limited liability only. myGermany does its very best in order to pack and secure safely sensitive items, such as breakable wooden figures or clocks etc. but can (unfortunately) never guarantee the safe journey of such items as the transport is handled by 3rd parties. Thus, each claim of such items will be evaluated individually.
- myGermany exclude liability for ceramics such as cooking plates etc. Shipping of such sensitive items cannot be insured by myGermany. Even the best packaging – even from the factory – cannot prevent damage, as internal components always get vibrated during transport
- We also exclude liablity for transportation of food or any perishable goods.
5.1.1. Limited liability for goods which are not sent from myGermany facility and/or are not packed by myGermany
myGermany is not liable for any damages for shipments which are not packed, prepared or reviewed by myGermany, e.g. myGermany was principal but not actual sender and packer. In such cases myGermany cannot influence the packaging conditions and will rely on the actual sender, thus myGermany cannot take over liability.
In the case of dispatch or courier services performed by us or by third parties, special conditions of carriage apply in addition to these General Terms and Conditions. In particular, these may be the conditions of promotion of the third party. In the event of contradictions between the Conditions of Carriage and these General Terms and Conditions, the Conditions of Carriage shall apply.
In the case services are performed by third parties only, we do not take over liability for the shipment. The Conditions of used third party, the carriage partner, shall apply.
5.2. Limited liability for drop shipment
If you have selected the Drop shipping option (see section III.4.) we are not liable for damages caused due to insufficient packaging or incorrect labeling by third parties.
5.3. Limited insurance for myGermany services
myGermany is obliged to arrange the insurance of the shipment only under your instruction specified in your shipping order. Insured can be a) the value of shipped package content (see below) and b) transportation costs of logistic partners. Insurance for myGermany services and material is excluded if you have not expressly pointed out special packaging requirements.
All claims are to be evaluated by the transport partners first. If the transportation partner accepts the claim, myGermany may evaluate liability responsibility without any obligations.
5.4. Partners transport insurance for package contents
For each package a goods-insurance can be selected, partners will be insuring your goods for loss (an item will be considered lost if it is not delivered to you within 30 working days of expected receipt) and damage. The partners insure the items according to the Warsaw Conversation. All other types of loss or damage are excluded (including, but not limited to, lost profits, income, interest or future business). The insurance acts as follows (based on the shipping conditions of our insurance partners):
Your goods are automatically covered at no extra cost up to a value of EUR 500.
*Up to an order value of EUR 2,500 we charge EUR 20.
*Up to an order value of EUR 25,000 we charge EUR 70. If you prefer a higher insurance, please contact us.
Insurance must be purchased: 1,5% of the value but minimum 20 EUR.
Goods are insured with 1 kg each at 22 EUR.
*additional insurance must be purchased: for each additional 100 EUR value of goods we charge 2 EUR.
DPD Your goods are automatically covered at no extra cost up to a value of EUR 520.
*Up to an order value of EUR 10,000 we charge EUR 50.
GLS Your goods are automatically covered at no extra cost up to a value of EUR 750.
*Up to an order value of EUR 5,000 we charge EUR 20.
UPS Your goods are automatically covered at no extra cost up to a value of EUR 510.
*additional insurance must be purchased: 1,5% of the value but minimum 10 EUR.
DBSchenker Goods are insured. Each insurance is based on an individual calculation (as DBSchenker is used for freight only). If you do not select additional insurance, you assume all risks of loss or damage over the amount of standard liability as stated above.
5.5. Assertion of claims
All claims must be made in writing, accompanied by original documents and photos of the damaged goods within 14 days from the date of package receipt, otherwise, we cannot assume liability. myGermany is depending and relying on the partners evaluation process; and cannot provide any replacement or compensation before the partners final decision. The review and decision process will take at least four to eight weeks.
V Guarantee and warranty claims, returns and goods exchange
1. Guarantee and warranty claims
You can raise any warranty or guarantee claims for goods exclusively with the original seller. myGermany supports you in warranty claims, returns or goods exchange as follows:
2. Returns and exchanges if the goods are still in our warehouse in Germany
For goods bought in Germany, you have a right of return in accordance with § 355 BGB. Once the goods are received, the goods are inspected by us for damage, completeness and compliance with the order. Regarding that we will notify you via email and in the customer’s account. If a consignment is found to be defective which is caused by the original vendor, such as incorrectly transmitted or damaged goods, you can order myGermany to return the goods to the original vendor within a period of 14 days after receipt of the goods. This service is free at myGermany and usually also free at the original vendor. To meet the deadline, it is necessary that you inform myGermany in time so that we can resend your goods on time to the original vendor. If the goods are not damaged and meet your order, but you have no more interest in them, they can be returned to the original vendor without the indication of reasons. For this we charge a processing fee. Please note that it may happen that the original vendor no longer takes back the goods free of charge after a certain period (usually 14 or 30 days).
2.1. If you used our concierge service (if we bought your goods on your behalf)
For a return or an exchange of goods, we execute the communication with the original vendor and take care of the return (upon your request). Possible costs for return postage (for mail orders) and allowances (for myGermany), we will calculate with your already paid money; the remaining amount less 10% concierge fee will be refunded or we calculate it to open amounts.
Please mind, that some Concierge Orders may be treated differently: if a Concierge is discount or special offer purchase, it may not be returnable.
2.2. If you purchased the goods yourself
For a return or an exchange of goods you will be responsible for the communication with the vendor, myGermany takes care of the return of the goods upon your request. The refund for the returned goods is in the responsibility of the original vendor. Normally, he will refund already paid money and may retain incurred return postage. You receive the refund when the items were returned to the mail order company. myGermany cannot return the goods until the return slip has been made available to myGermany and possible processing fees have been paid to myGermany. It is forbidden to specify a “@mygermany.com” email address as correspondence address for third parties.
3. Return and exchange if goods are already received in your destination country
Also, the return of goods from your country to the original vendor is possible. Unfortunately, this is associated with a high time effort and cost. Therefore, we encourage you to consider before you place an order what products you want to order. In addition, we will inspect each incoming parcel for damage, completeness and compliance with the order, and therefore ask you to exactly read the status messages in your customer account. If you wish to return or exchange goods to the original vendor, you must contact the original vendor to arrange with him the next steps for a return, a refund or an exchange. myGermany assists you in returning the goods at your expense. It is forbidden to specify a “@mygermany.com” email address as correspondence address for third parties.
4. You purchase products from myGermany`s marketplace (myGermany-Store.com)
myGermany provides an onlineshop where products from several German merchants are sold. Sales and shipment are done by myGermany. Refer to mGermany-store.com and terms and conditions of myGermany-Store.com
1. Methods of Payment
Payments to myGermany are made when you use our concierge service (see section II.2) and when you release your goods to be sent. For payment you have various payment methods to choose from (myGermany reserves the right to exclude particular methods of payment to the customer):
Creditcard, such as AMEX, JCB, UnionPay, Diners, Mastero etc. For payment via credit card your bank account is debited after the notification of acceptance has been transmitted. Credit card transactions are processed via the credit card service provider WireCard who undertakes the settlement regarding to the highest safety standards (eg PCI DSS guidelines). We accept all major credit cards. For further information, please contact WireCard / firstname.lastname@example.org
ApplePay, AliPay, Skrill Digital Wallet, MercadoLibre, Moneta.ru including Yandex, Boleto Bancario etc. In cooperation with our partner Wirecard we offer more than 20 alternative national and international payment methods. For further information please contact WireCard / email@example.com
Paypal is an online payment service which is safe, easy and fast. Normally your payment will be immediately transferred to us (your Paypal account is debited on the day of the order) allowing us to act immediately regarding placement of your order or shipment of your parcels. For more information please see Paypal.
Advance Payment If you select advance payment we will give you our bank details. Once your payment is received on our account, we can act on your behalf. Normally, the invoice amount is to be paid to the bank within seven days of notification.
2. Partners for Payment Transactions
myGermany collaborates with the international partners WireCard and Paypal. www.wirecard.com Wirecard AG Einsteinring 35 85609 Aschheim Germany www.paypal.com PayPal Pte. Ltd. 5 Temasek Boulevard?#09-01 Suntec Tower Five ?Singapore 038985
3. Payments to myGermany if you use the concierge service
See section II.2.3.
4. Payments to myGermany when you release your goods for shipping
See section IV.2.3.
5. Subsequent payments and credits
See section IV.2.3.1.
VII General Information
1. Change in Terms and Conditions
myGermany may change the Terms and Conditions as well as the services temporarily or permanently at any time, without a consequent liability to the customer (except for products that were ordered before modification, suspension or ending). Such change would be adequately announced by us on our website and via mail to our registered customers. The Terms and Conditions herein constitute the entire agreement between myGermany and its customers. All other priorly written or oral statements will be replaced by it.
2. Relevant Jurisdiction
These terms and conditions, the disclaimer, and all claims which are based on our Terms and Conditions, are subject to German law. The parties submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the competent court in Weimar / Thuringia, Germany. The provisions of the UN Sales Convention are excluded.
3. Provisions becoming invalid
If any provision of these Terms and Conditions are or become invalid, this shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions. Instead of the invalid provision an appropriate or at least similar replacement provision is agreed upon, which myGermany and its customers would have agreed upon in order to achieve the same economic result if they had known the invalidity of the provision. This also applies in case of incompleteness. If any provision of this Agreement is declared as unlawful, void or unenforceable by a court or a competent authority, such provision shall be deemed as removed without affecting any of the other provisions. These Terms and Conditions are subject to our myGermany GmbH © 2018. All rights reserved.