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International Moving Company to Russia

Published on Jul 12, 2021 by Kfir Cohen

Moving to Russia will be a major transition for your family; before you cross the sea, you will have to prepare. SDC International Shipping is an international moving company to Russia with much experience in relocating customers. We will help you make your relocation a success.

What’s on this page?

01 | International Household Moving to Russia
02 | Russian Customs and Regulations
03 | International Car Shipping to Russia
04 | Moving to Russia Checklist
05 | International Shipping Options to Russia

Though our Russian relocation service typically sends containers for families relocating to Moscow or St. Petersburg, we can deliver to locations throughout the Russian Federation, and air cargo can be sent to most cities.

International Household Moving to Russia

Americans have woken up to the great business potential that is Russia. It has become a destination of choice for companies looking to expand into Eastern Europe, and more and more American businesses are sending representatives there. Many Americans of Russian origin are also choosing to return to their homeland with their families.

When you move from the United States to Russia, you will want to spend most of your household items and personal goods and effects. Of course, you are moving to Russia because it is the country where you want to live, and you are probably excited about Russian culture and customs and the Russian way of life. However, you have become accustomed to many American things not readily available in Russia, and you will want to bring or send many with you.

International household moving to Russia is done by SDC International Shipping regularly. We know how to move your household items to Russia. Protecting your belongings is essential in a move to Russia, which is longer than most moves, and sometimes is accompanied by extra transfers of containers. Also, the space in the shipment and your actual budget needs to be carefully considered.

Take your furniture with you. You can find furniture in Russia, but it won’t be of the same quality that you are accustomed to in the United States. This is especially true for mattresses and bedroom sets. If you want something slightly above the level of knockdown furniture, you will want to put it in your container. To import goods free of tax into Russia, you should have lived abroad and been sending used items.

For other furniture, the legs and stands of most tables and beds will be carefully removed by our movers. They will then wrap them individually for protection, as SDC wraps all your furniture with top-quality materials to prevent as much damage as possible. Your cargo will be handled several times and be on several vessels, trains, trucks, etc. The careful preparation of all your items is necessary to minimize and hopefully eliminate damage to your belongings. We will use wrapping, cardboard pads, cloth pads, and bubble wrap, which is appropriate for each piece.

Read more: What You Need to Know Before Moving to Russia

All people relocating overseas will take their personal effects with them. Rather than packing on your own, you should use SDC International Shipping’s professional packing service. Items that you pack by yourself can’t be insured against damage. In addition to wrapping materials, our moving team brings all the boxes necessary for moving. They will also provide specially designed packaging for things like mirrors and artwork. If you are sending anything especially fragile to Russia, our team can also provide extra protection with a custom-built crate. Ask your relocation consultant about the costs of this additional service.

If you do choose to pack yourself, make sure that you use only new moving boxes suitable for international moving. Used boxes from the supermarket or the superstore are not sufficient.

American appliances will not be suitable for use in Russia. Ovens, dishwashers, refrigerators, etc., won’t work in Russia, so don’t waste your cargo space on them.

However, the majority of small appliances and household electronics should work in Russia without problems. If your device has 110/220 v capabilities written on its power adapter, it should be fine. (You will be concerned with the input, not output). This includes a modern computer, monitors, TVs, and other devices that will work. Ask your relocation specialist to check for you if unsure.

Russian Customs and Regulations

This website provides current official policies of the Russian customs authority in English. We absolutely recommend that you contact the Russian consulate closest to you with specific questions.

Russia is a member of the Eurasian Economic Union. The predominant member of the union that includes Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, and other countries, the Russian Federation, conforms to the organization’s rules and regulations.

Russia differs from most countries in its road to citizenship or long-term residency. It is relatively easy to obtain a one-year residency visa. Once there, you can request permanent residency or Russian citizenship.

Your shipping inventory needs to be detailed and accurate for all of your things. The importation of any electronics must include full detail, including serial and model numbers. SDC International Shipping’s movers will create an inventory list for you when they load your cargo. You must ensure the accuracy of this list, and it is prudent to translate it into Russian.

International Car Shipping to Russia

It is essential to understand that while you can import a car to Russia, it is a temporary import, consistent with the immigration policy of the country. The car will continue to be registered in whichever US state it is currently licensed.

Moving to Russia Checklist

Now that you have engaged SDC International Shipping to relocate you to Russia, it’s time to prepare the necessary documents:

  • Visas for the whole family. If you are a returning citizen, make sure that you have registered your time abroad in a Russian consulate.
  • Make copies of personal documents for your whole family (birth certificates, passport, marriage or divorce certificates if appropriate, driver’s license, medical records). Most documents should be translated into Russian.
  • If you are shipping a car or motorcycle, you must bring their registration and title. Remember that your car will continue to be registered in your state.
  • Official school records – For both adults and children, you should include your primary school records, as this will come in very handy later on.
  • Any university diplomas, professional certificates of qualifications and degrees that you have earned should be brought with you and translated into Russian where applicable.

Read more: Simple Moving Checklist

International Shipping Options to Russia

SDC International Shipping sends many containers to Russia for families relocating there. There are many international shipping options to Russia, and your relocation specialist will work with you to choose which options make the most sense for your family.

Container shipments to Russia take longer than most destinations to arrive at their final destination (usually about 8 -12 weeks). SDC International Shipping is offered to most destinations in Russia and takes much less time (usually about a week door to door). Early planning for your move is essential.

If you are sending a private container, known as an FCL, we offer 20’ and 40’ containers to Russia, with 1100 and 2200 cubic feet of cargo space respectively. You can also send what is known as an LCL, or less than a full container load from as little as 100 cubic feet of cargo space, about one fully packed pallet size.

If you are planning on moving to Russia in the coming months (or years), there are a few specifics you need to be made aware of. These specifics will help ensure your transition is that much easier on you and whoever else is moving with you (if there is anyone else). However, just remember to keep an open mind, as you are sure to love every moment of it.

Ask your SDC International Shipping relocation specialist for details.

How to Arrange for Work in Russia?

Before you move over, you really need to have work lined up. Although the Cold War has been over for two decades, tensions are still high between the United States and Russia, and there are specific visa requirements. While obtaining a visa is not difficult, even a traveler has to check in upon arrival to confirm they are doing what they had stated when applying for the visa. Without a work visa, you will not be able to stay and move for more than a few months.

Do I need to learn Russian before I move to Russia?

While English is a widely spoken language, especially throughout Europe, the further you go east, the fewer the number of individuals who speak the language. Due to this, you are going to find that if you do not speak some Russian, it is going to be very difficult to communicate. Moving to a new location is one of the best ways to learn a new language. Still, without specific attention and a few keywords and phrases ahead of time, it will prove not easy to communicate with other individuals.

Where is it better to change dollars for rubles?

Generally speaking, credit cards are widely accepted in Russia, but you will still need some rubles for local shops and markets. Changing your money at your bank before you travel is probably the best way to do it. The worst option is to change dollars for rubles at the Airport.

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