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International Moving Company to Spain from US

Published on Jul 08, 2021 by Kfir Cohen

With lovely weather and a reasonable cost of living, Spain is a wonderful place to live, and it is the choice of many Americans who want to relocate to Europe.

Spain is very different from the United States, and many things typically found in An American home will be hard to find there. Those doing international household moving to Spain usually take most of their belongings with them.

Relocating is full of challenges and pitfalls, and partnering with an experienced international moving company to Spain like SDC International Shipping will help you overcome many of those problems.

What’s on this page?

01 | International Household Moving to Spain
02 | International Car Shipping to Spain
03 | Spanish Customs and Regulations
04 | International Moving to Spain Checklist
05 | International Shipping Options
06 | International Moving Services
07 | FAQ

International Household Moving to Spain from USA

If you can, you should take your furniture with you. Modern Spanish homes are built similar to typical American suburban houses, so most of your furniture should fit. If you’re moving to a traditional Spanish townhouse, it will likely be smaller than what you’re used to.

SDC specializes in international household moving to Spain. Knowing exactly how to move your household to Spain, our movers will make efforts to protect your belongings and save space on your shipment, something that will save you budget space. Table legs and stands are carefully removed and wrapped. Beds are disassembled in the US and reassembled within your Spanish home. Wood furniture is usually wrapped to minimize the damage from little bangs along the way.

Your personal effects should come with you to your new home. SDC’s professional packing service is a better choice than packing by yourself if you have delicate items.  Those that are packed by you can’t be insured against damage. For artwork and mirrors, our movers bring special boxes. Crates are built to a custom size for treasured possessions or unusually shaped items; these will protect these special items.

You will have to leave your major home appliances behind; most of them won’t work in Spain. Specialty shops selling appliances that work overseas exist, but you aren’t supposed to bring new things in your shipment. The good news is that most home electronics work in Spain without problems, and all you need is the US-European plug. Check to see if the device’s input of electricity has 110/220 v written on.

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Most TVs, computer monitors can do this, and even many modern small appliances like vacuum cleaners are often ok. Anything charged by an external “brick” or USB connection is usually OK. If you’re unsure, your relocation specialist should be able to check for you.

International Car Shipping to Spain

When moving to Spain, in most cases you can bring your car with you without having to pay import duties. You can also take your motorcycle. The car should be at least six months old and registered in your name.  

Cars newer than this are subject to 21% VAT. The vehicle’s title and registration should be in the name of the person receiving the shipment.  [These will need to be provided to SDC before your vehicle is transferred for shipping.] You will need to obtain your Spanish residency before obtaining your local vehicle license plates.

Different methods for sending your vehicle to Spain exist. They will vary according to the pick point and your ultimate destination.  Cars will need to be checked that they meet EU standards.

Read more: International Vehicle Shipping

Spanish Customs and Regulations

Spain is an EU member, and customs and regulations are governed mainly by the official European Customs Union policy. This website provides the current official policies of Agencia Tributaria (Spanish customs authority) in English. It is always a good idea to call the closest Spanish consulate to clarify any specific questions you have.

When importing used goods to Spain, there should be few problems for the most part.  And as long as what you are shipping is legal and belongs to you, it should not be difficult to import your goods. If you are relocating to Spain, you need to check the specific import and customs regulations. A necessary step is the creation of an accurate list of the goods in your shipment.

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This list is prepared for you when you use SDC International Shipping’s professional packing services, but the sender is still the one with the ultimate responsibility of inventory accuracy. If you are sending valuables that might be damaged, this list will be important for your shipment insurance.

Most new goods will be taxed at the standard 21% VAT rate.  Do not bring anything prohibited in Spain like drugs, pornography. Alcohol should not be shipped.

Spanish and EU health and safety regulations regulate chemicals commonly found in new commercial wood products in the US. If you use new wood in pallets or crating, they likely contain mold inhibiting chemicals or humidity preventing measures. These will need to be declared and conform to the regulations. SDC International Shipping is an international shipper, and all of the packaging materials are suitable for international shipments. Do not use readily available pallets.

If the shipment you are sending is commercial, you will need to start with an EORI number (Economic Operators Registration and Identification). This number will be valid everywhere in the European Union but apply for it in the country to which your shipment is going.

International Moving to Spain Checklist

All packed and ready to go? While you are waiting for SDC International Shipping to come to load your personal belongings, it is time to double check that you have prepared everything you need:

  • Shipment inventory. Needs to be in Spanish.
  • NIE number (when you are approved for residency you should receive)
  • Personal documents for the whole family (birth certificates, passport, marriage or divorce certificates, driver’s license, medical records)
  • Diplomas, professional certificates of qualifications and degrees.
  • Pets require health and vaccination certification

Read more: The Ultimate International Relocation Checklist

International Shipping Options

SDC International Shipping offers several different options for international shipping to Spain. A detailed examination of your particular needs will be made to help you decide upon what relocation options make the most sense for you. Some things we consider are the shipment contents (fragile, urgent), the size of your shipment, when you want to move, and your exact destination. Some Spanish destinations require the extra coordination of additional vans.

The main options are full container loads (20’ or 40’ containers), partial container loads sent either right away or in more economical consolidations; for oversized freight that won’t fit into containers, we will make special arrangements. Urgent and small shipments are sent by air.

SDC International Shipping can offer clients the ability to send almost any sized shipment. As a large international mover, SDC can offer combinations of shipment options that will best meet the clients’ unique move, and every move is unique. Don’t worry if you have decided to add a couple of things to your shipment. Everything doesn’t fit into one container? Not a problem. Don’t feel that you must limit yourself to what you can fit in a container.

Shipments to Spain can be more intricate than the typical European move. Europe’s best ports are far away, and extra logistics are often necessary. You don’t need to worry; SDC International Shipping is waiting to help with your relocation. Spain is a great place to live, but you need experts to help move you there.

International Moving Services

  • FREE estimate with no obligation
  • Hassle free moving from USA to any cities in Spain
  • Comprehensive Marine Insurance
  • Door to door, port to port service service
  • For less than container load (LCL) we offer unique custom made wooden crates for your possession security and safety
  • Antique, fine arts, delicate and valuables custom crates
  • Professional & licensed moving agents network worldwide
  • Secure and safe moving process
  • International Moving to Spain 24/7, 365 days
  • Delivery is guaranteed

Useful information before International moving to Spain

What are the Required Documents?

Passport or Spanish identification number/residence or work permit
Residence visa
Work permit
Fiscal identification number (NIE)
Inventory list in Spanish

What are the Restricted Items?

Some items are restricted regarding quantity or condition. Among those items: tobacco, alcohol, original art, or antiques with no permits.

Are there any Prohibited Items

Some items cannot be admitted into Spain (unless you have a license issued by the relevant authorities). Among those items: drugs and narcotics, weapons, explosives and ammunition, pornographic materials, etc.

Is it worth moving furniture overseas?

It really depends on your furniture. If you have many new and expensive items, you should try to ship them to Spain.

SDC International Moving is more than just an international moving company to Spain. We offer multiple shipping solutions for business as well, from ocean freight to air freight. We are an all-in-one shipping solution.

Call SDC International Moving today to arrange for a free estimate and no-obligation consultation.

Call (877) 339-0267 for more information about International Moving Company to Spain.

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