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      06-21-2006, 03:08 AM   #1
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E.H. Harms (shipping co.) Horror Stories?

Sending a message out there to see if anybody has had a bad experience with the shipping company.......
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I havn't heard of anyone having any trouble with them. They're really just the middleman between BMW and the transport companies though. They were very nice to me at drop off and were helpful when I was trying to find out which ship my car was on.
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Sending a message out there to see if anybody has had a bad experience with the shipping company.......
Why? Besides, there's not really a choice.
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Despite the room at Munich being smoke filled, I had a wonderful experience.
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my boss just sent two of his saab's with them no problems. shipped from kaiserslautern to s.carolina i believe.
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EH Harms is Incompetent.

JSpira's post is almost correct. You can hire another shipper, but BMW's in bed with EH Harms -- they'll be your de-facto shipper.

I hired Harms to ship an auto stateside to Europe, and it's been an unbelievable mess. It's September as I post this. I bought the car in April. The car's not here yet.

I've been dealing with an agent in the Harms Baltimore office. She's been very pleasant but doesn't know what she's doing. When I hired them in April I sent their payment and asked what documents they'd need. The agent told me she'd need the original title and bill of sale along with a simple contract that she emailed me. I asked if she would need a power-of-attorney. She told me she did not.

I signed the contract and overnighted the three documents back to Baltimore. The week the car was to be loaded on the ship I got an email from her -- she needed a power of attorney and needed another EH Harms contract signed -- different from the first. This specific incompetence cost over a month's delay. We missed the ship out of Galveston and had to wait for another.

EH Harm's excuse for this was that they were unfamiliar with Galveston's requirements, that they most often ship out of Baltimore and NJ, not Texas. I countered that Harms was a professional shipper. These things should not happen. EH Harms said "sorry."

I had to remind the Harms agent to send me the original documents back -- the title and bill of sale. I need these documents to get through German customs. If I had not reminded her, I doubt they would have ever come back to me.

When she mailed the title and bill of sale over, she also mailed me the shipper's bill of lading. The bill of lading should not have come to me. It needed to be mailed to the receiving company in Bremerhaven.

I received a frantic email from the German receiving company to get the bill of lading to them as soon as possible. The ship with my car on board was in Zeebrugge, Belgium, but the shipping line would not release the car to the German agent without the original bill of lading. Thank you, Harms.

I've had to remind Harm's agent about everything. I asked three times about the condition reports before I received them. If the car arrives damaged, without those condition reports it's impossible to know where the damage occurred and who needs to be held responsible.

I've had to manage every aspect of the shipment of this car from Texas to Stuttgart, and that's not what one expects when they hire a professional firm. My experience with EH Harms has absolutely terrible.

So, bought the car in April, here we are in September. Winter's almost here, but my car's not. I do know that my car's in Belgium, so at least it's on the right continent. Wrong country, but right continent -- that's progress.

EH Harms does a lot of business directly with BMW and is the de-facto military shipper. Someone such as myself who's only shipping one or two cars won't get the level of support afforded a million-dollar customer. I understand that. But the incredible s***storm of EH Harms' incompetence has just been overwhelming.

My advice to you: if you can hire anyone other than EH Harms, do so.
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JSpira's post is almost correct. You can hire another shipper, but BMW's in bed with EH Harms -- they'll be your de-facto shipper.

I hired Harms to ship an auto stateside to Europe, and it's been an unbelievable mess. It's September as I post this. I bought the car in April. The car's not here yet.

I've been dealing with an agent in the Harms Baltimore office. She's been very pleasant but doesn't know what she's doing. When I hired them in April I sent their payment and asked what documents they'd need. The agent told me she'd need the original title and bill of sale along with a simple contract that she emailed me. I asked if she would need a power-of-attorney. She told me she did not.

I signed the contract and overnighted the three documents back to Baltimore. The week the car was to be loaded on the ship I got an email from her -- she needed a power of attorney and needed another EH Harms contract signed -- different from the first. This specific incompetence cost over a month's delay. We missed the ship out of Galveston and had to wait for another.

EH Harm's excuse for this was that they were unfamiliar with Galveston's requirements, that they most often ship out of Baltimore and NJ, not Texas. I countered that Harms was a professional shipper. These things should not happen. EH Harms said "sorry."

I had to remind the Harms agent to send me the original documents back -- the title and bill of sale. I need these documents to get through German customs. If I had not reminded her, I doubt they would have ever come back to me.

When she mailed the title and bill of sale over, she also mailed me the shipper's bill of lading. The bill of lading should not have come to me. It needed to be mailed to the receiving company in Bremerhaven.

I received a frantic email from the German receiving company to get the bill of lading to them as soon as possible. The ship with my car on board was in Zeebrugge, Belgium, but the shipping line would not release the car to the German agent without the original bill of lading. Thank you, Harms.

I've had to remind Harm's agent about everything. I asked three times about the condition reports before I received them. If the car arrives damaged, without those condition reports it's impossible to know where the damage occurred and who needs to be held responsible.

I've had to manage every aspect of the shipment of this car from Texas to Stuttgart, and that's not what one expects when they hire a professional firm. My experience with EH Harms has absolutely terrible.

So, bought the car in April, here we are in September. Winter's almost here, but my car's not. I do know that my car's in Belgium, so at least it's on the right continent. Wrong country, but right continent -- that's progress.

EH Harms does a lot of business directly with BMW and is the de-facto military shipper. Someone such as myself who's only shipping one or two cars won't get the level of support afforded a million-dollar customer. I understand that. But the incredible s***storm of EH Harms' incompetence has just been overwhelming.

My advice to you: if you can hire anyone other than EH Harms, do so.
EH Harms is primarily a Europe to US shipper and their stateside operations are a bit "unorthodox" as they don't move a lot to Europe on the civilian side.

I've used Harms a handful of times from Europe to the US without issues (other than a stolen CD changer) but I've never used them from the US - I never got the shipping documents for the military shipments from the US so I'm not sure who was used.
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I've used them from Germany with no problem but thanks for the heads up if i do have to go back to Germany i will not use them.
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I've asked them multiple times via email and phone to send me quote US to Europe and never heard from them
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E.H. Harms lately ??

Any news on Harms lately?

Who got his BMW shipped from Europe back to the USA thru the BMW shipping program? What was your experience?
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Harms is really your only realistic choice.

Most shippers do military and corporate business and do that fairly well. Very few do any significant amount of private business so they often have issues with paperwork.

I've shipped about 10 cars with Harms (a couple both ways.) Most were through military channels or overseas buying programs and aside from cosmetic damage I had no issues - but I always dropped it off at the port and picked it up from the port (Baltimore - Zeebrugge or Baltimore - Bremerhaven.) My two most recent shipments had issues with the CD changer ripped out during transit (Audiovox - not even decent quality) on the same car (1992 Typhoon) both ways.
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I had a terrible experience with them just recently.
I shipped my BMW (Mil, Germany - Brunswick) in July. Estim. delivery date was 16 Aug. After date passed I checked the website and no change in status, therefore I called the POC. I was told the vessel arrived but I have to wait for custom clearance. So, I waited a few days, nothing - I called the same person again-same answer ! I also sent 2 e-mails to the given POC and never got a reply. I called again 1st Sep, got same answer, asked for manager. He told me that car arrived a while ago and as of tomorrow I have to pay 12 Dollar/day storage fee. I should have gotten an e-mail with instructions. This didn't happen (...otherwise the POC would have mentioned it to me-right?). I really had to push to get everything done quick. This was also Labor Day weekend. Not a good time to get a plane ticket to Brunswick for a reasonable price with such a short notice.
When I arrived at the port, I was told that this has happened lately to other customers also. People at port site get a lot of complaints about E.H. Harms, he told me. He told me, Harms is a broker only and doesn't do anything at site.
I already "started" to contact BMW to inform them about this "customer service".
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Port employees

Please take comments made by Port Employees with a grain of salt; the only other entity to blame is themselves and you know they aren't going to do that. Harms and any other broker is at the mercy of the Port and the Port can make a broker look very bad.
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