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International Moving from USA to Europe – Moving companies to Europe

Published on Jul 07, 2021 by Kfir Cohen

For decades SDC International Shipping has been helping Americans and returning Europeans move across the Atlantic. When you consider an international moving company to Europe, look for one whose expertise in Europe, who works in Europe every day. Look for a company that knows major European ports like Felixstowe and Bremerhaven just as well as they do the ports of Los Angeles and New York.

What’s on this page?

01 | International Household Moving to Europe
02 | European Customs and Regulations
03 | International Car Shipping to Europe
04 | Moving to Europe Checklist
05 | Moving to Europe from USA – Shipping options

For SDC International Shipping, relocating clients to Europe is a daily activity. If you are relocating to Europe from anywhere in the United States, start your journey to the old world with a company that ships there every day. Sure, there are lots of obstacles on the way to Europe, but we go through them on a regular basis and know how to get your shipment to Europe. It doesn’t matter if you’re moving to UK or Germany, Belgium, or Bulgaria, our extensive network will ship your things to your destination safely, competently, and efficiently.

International Household Moving to Europe

When you relocate overseas, you will need to spend most of your household goods with you. When you do your international household moving to Europe what should you take and what should you leave behind? This will, of course, be dependent upon the specific location, but in general, there are some things available in the United States that will be hard to find or very expensive in Europe. 

Are you moving to a country with a serious winter? Don’t forget to buy lots of American winter gear early. If you ski, you will want to send your equipment. There are lots of other things available in the US which are simply better and might not be available in your destination country. Notable amongst them are things like furniture, grills, and many, many kitchen items. Remember that the cost of adding a little more to your shipment is not great, so you will not only want to send your kitchen, you might also want to “top off” your plates and flatware before your move.

Don’t forget that pets are a part of your household. If you are taking your pet with you, check the regulations of your destination country early, and make sure that your pet has all of the necessary vaccinations and a clean bill of health from the vet.

A very important part of any moving from the USA to Europe is the packing list. Sometimes this will need to be presented in both English and the destination country’s destination language, sometimes English is sufficient. SDC International will prepare this list for you we pack or load or your shipment. 

European Customs and Regulations

Most countries in Europe are members of the European Customs Union, outside of Norway and Switzerland, including some countries that are not European Union members.  What this means is that there are certain common laws and regulations that are uniform throughout Europe. While the individual countries still make some of their own rules, most of the rules governing what comes into Europe are the same, regardless of which country you enter. There are no internal tariffs between the member states.

For most people, this will be a big advantage. It means that if you are moving to France, we can ship your belongings through Belgium, Germany, or the Netherlands, whatever makes the most sense for the individual client. 

If you are sending a commercial shipment or a shipment that contains both commercial and personal goods, this is also helpful. For sending anything of a commercial nature to Europe you will need to obtain an EORI number (Economic Operators Registration and Identification). You should request this number from the country to where your shipment is going, or where your office will be if you are opening one, but it will be valid throughout Europe. So if you are sending a shipment to France right now, you will not need to request another number if you want to send it to Italy next time, you’ll continue using the one issued by France.

International Car Shipping to Europe

For most of Europe, shipping a car from the United States is an attractive prospect. Automobiles in Europe are typically far more expensive than the same cars in the US. Though there are slight differences between countries, the standard rules are that cars should be between six months and five years old, owned by the shipper, and conform to EU safety and environmental rules. You will always have to pass inspection in your destination country, sometimes at the point of entry, sometimes at designated facilities. Notably different in the UK, where you can bring a car under certain conditions, but require special prior approval.

You can also take other vehicles with you, not only automobiles. Almost all motorcycle drivers will take one with them. If your destination is a major European city, consider a scooter (under 50cc motorcycle) as their regulations are relaxed and they will come in handy. We will usually crate cycles.

Read more: International Vehicle Shipping

Do you love traveling and want to travel by road? You can send your RV to your new home. Some countries might allow you to bring both an RV and a car. 

Recreational vehicles like jet skis, snowmobiles, recreational boats, etc. can also be shipped.

Moving to Europe Checklist

Are you a citizen of any European Union country? If you or your spouse are, this will change your visa situation. Make sure that you have obtained the appropriate visas for immigration, long-term residence, work, etc. 

To import your personal belongings without paying taxes, you will need to show that you lived outside of the EU. Be prepared to prove this ahead of time. Usually, the consulate of your destination country will provide you with that country’s particular form. This should be taken care of early, as it can cause major problems with importation.

You might have to get certain records translated into the language of your new country. These include birth certificates, marriage certificates, divorce certificates, change of name documentation, and health documents.

Moving to Europe from USA – Shipping options

The most effective way to ship your belongings from the United States to Europe is on the sea. Today’s modern ships, intermodal transportation, and inland ports distributed throughout Europe mean that shipping containers can be sent almost anywhere.

However, it doesn’t always make the most sense to send a container. If you are sending a shipment that is less than a full container load, we can still deliver your things straight to your destination door. If your shipment can’t wait the length of time necessary for a sea shipment, we will send via air shipment. Many times we will send a portion via air and the bulk of the shipment via sea.

We send several consolidated groupage containers to Europe each month. In these containers, SDC International Shipping combines the shipments of several clients in large containers. This is very similar to the traditional LCL shipping (Less than Full Container Load) method. However, since we send so many clients to Europe, we can group our clients together. This greatly reduces the cost of sea shipping and allows us to pass the savings on to our clients.

Another advantage of the groupage method is that it doesn’t constrict the size of your shipment. Send as much as you like. You don’t have to feel that you can only send what fits into a 20’ container that can hold 1000 cubic feet. If you want to, send 1200 cubic feet or 1300 cubic feet. Sending in a groupage will be far less expensive than sending a container plus an additional shipment. Speaking with your relocation specialist for more details.

International Moving from the USA to Europe? SDC will move you with a smile!

SDC International Moving Company offers moving and relocation services to just about every country in Europe, from France to Croatia, and has one of the largest networks of international shipping agents at its disposal.

We handle your entire European relocation process from A-Z, providing you with in-home estimates and packing, moving, and shipping services.

Our team doesn’t miss a beat, offering ultra-competitive shipping rates coupled with industry-leading customer service.

Whether your household and other items require sea or air freight services, our team of expert international movers will tailor a moving solution to fit your needs and budget.

Our professional packers can come to your home, fill our free boxes with your beloved household items, ship them to the plane or port and even deliver them directly to your new home.

And if some of your items are large we’ll load them into custom containers, maximizing space while minimizing costs, so you can enjoy your move to Europe to the fullest.

Our International Moving Services Include:

  • FREE Estimates
  • Door-to-Door and Port-to-Port Service
  • Custom Crates
  • Professional & Licensed Moving Agents, Worldwide
  • 24/7 Shipment Tracking

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International Moving companies to Europe – Useful information before International moving to Europe

When moving to Europe from the USA it’s natural to feel anxious, but familiarizing yourself with the country you’re moving to’s customs regulations can help, including basic information on customs processes, inspections, payments, banned substances, and necessary documentation.

It’s also a good idea to find out what kind of insurance you’ll need as a resident of a European country – and what the government’s public services include.

As each European country has its own set of policies, rules, and regulations, it’s best to check out the official website of the country you will soon call home before your upcoming relocation.

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By Kfir Cohen

Kfir Cohen is handling global operations, cargo shipping, negotiation, and management of different suppliers around the world. He has more than 15 years of experience in the avant-garde of relocation and the sea/air freight business.
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