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International Movers Europe

Published by Chris Townsend

International Movers Europe

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Europe is a continent made up of 44 independent countries with their own rules and traditions. While each of these countries are self-governing, there are some powerful treaty organizations in the Europe that impact the way that immigration and imports are handled.

Of the 44 countries in Europe, 27 of them are members of the European Union, or EU. Of these countries, all but one, Ireland, is also a member of the Schengen border-free area. If you are making an international move into a country within the EU or the Schengen border-free area, the rules governing your imports will be influenced by EU policy, as well as the individual nation that you are traveling to.

Once inside the Schengen Area, you can move freely among all 26 Schengen States without border checks because the borders between the member states are virtually gone. For this reason, moving within Europe is easy, but moving outside of Europe is more complicated.

How much does an international relocation from Europe cost?

International removals out of Europe can be done using air freight services which is expensive but fast or ocean freight which is much cheaper but slower. It is also important to bear it in mind that there are many taxes, fees, and other expenses involved with moving, and international moves are even more complicated. Unless you work with an international moving company who gives you a comprehensive moving quote of the relocation process, the cost of moving overseas will be difficult to predict.

international companies and corporate clients

Container shipping carriers do publish price ranges on their websites that you can use to establish a baseline, but their estimates are quite broad. For example, the cost to ship a full container to New York City to Paris, France is listed as being between $7,200 - $9,800. To Los Angeles, the cost is indicated as between $8,800 - $11,800.

Most countries allow for tax and duty-free imports of your household goods, as long as they are items you have owned and used in your home country for at least a year, that you are moving permanently, and that you promise to not sell, rent, or otherwise dispose of these items for at least a year after your arrival.

Moving to North America from Europe

In North America, things are just done differently. We like to drive our cars on the right side of the road, use feet instead of meters, read temperatures as Fahrenheit instead of Celsius, and power most electronics with 110v outlets.

In Europe, home outlets are wired at 220v, with a different shaped plug, and way too much power for most North American consumer power supplies. You won’t be able to plug in your computer, phone charger, hairdryer, or anything else, so you should leave these items behind if you can.

Paperwork and process

When you arrive at your destination, you will need to be processed through customs no matter which country you arrive in. The process differs from country to country, but these common documents are always important to have with you:

  • Passport
  • Proof of residence
  • Work permit
  • Visa if needed
  • Detailed, box-by-box inventory of all of your imported goods

International Moving Services Cost Extra Dollars, but Makes a Lot of Sense

If you’ve ever moved before, you know that there is no time to learn everything there is to know about international shipping. You can do a bit of research, but you won’t know what you don’t know until somebody has to tell you.

If you work wiith some of the best international moving companies such as Three Movers, Allied International Moving Network, United Van lines, International Van Lines, and other international moving companies that are reputable, you will eliminate the stress and fatigue that come with trying to figure things out by yourself.

Three Movers

By working with an international moving company like Three Movers, you get to take advantage of our knowledge and experience to move safely and easily. Contact us today to learn more about why choosing Three Movers as your relocation services provider is a great investment.

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving. Chris has a keen eye for detail and brings intelligence and passion to every project he’s involved with.

While getting his degree in communications from Santa Clara University, Chris started out with the company working in the field as part of our team of professional moving associates. Following graduation, he was promoted to our main office, where he has thrived in a role that involves increasing responsibility and requires him to wear many different hats. Some days, you may find him answering the phone and providing moving estimates, others he may be writing for our moving blog, and another day he may be coordinating a large corporate moving job or helping us with our marketing efforts. Chris has authored many of our in-depth moving guides, as well as provided our clients with information and advice to handle the complexities of their upcoming moving plans. Simply put, there’s nothing he can’t do and we wouldn’t be where we are today without him.

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