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International Moving Company To Ukraine

Published on Jul 09, 2021 by Kfir Cohen

International Relocation Company to Ukraine, specialists in shipments of household goods, personal effects, automobiles, and commercial goods with International Movers to Ukraine

For many Americans, moving to Ukraine would have been unimaginable just a few years ago. After years of neglect under Soviet oppression, the country is emerging as a modern, exciting place to live.

There is a growing demand for IT expertise, creating opportunities to move there with generous offers and a funded move. With natural mineral and petroleum resources abiding, many jobs are available in these sectors to Americans.


What’s on this page?

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


International Household Moving to Ukraine

Ukraine is the second largest country in Europe after France. Many Americans looking for a true old world feeling will select Ukraine as the destination of choice for their European relocation, particularly locations like Lviv and Odessa. The capital Kyiv of course, has much to offer in higher education and hi-tech. Ukraine is far different from anything in the United States, so you should prepare for a real life-changing event.

When you move from the United States to Ukraine, you will want to send most of your household items and personal goods and effects along with you. You have chosen Ukraine to live in for many reasons, but as you have become accustomed to many American things not available there, you will want to bring many of them while living there. 

We hope you have made at least one trip to Ukraine before moving there and are familiar with the types of dwellings available. If you have already bought or rented a place, have someone measure the rooms for you. If not, consult real estate agents as to the exact sizes of rooms in plausible flats. While some Soviet era dwellings are dismal, many older and newer buildings are spacious and not too different in size from those in the United States.

It would help if you took all of your furniture with you that you can. You will find that the quality and value of American furniture is tough to duplicate anywhere.

Stock up on cold weather gear. Ukraine can get very cold, with many parts of the country under freezing for several months at a time. Do you enjoy fishing? Ukraine abounds in lakes and rivers, If you have any high-tech angling gear, bring it. Make sure that everything is cleaned. Stock up on the rest of your gear as well, as it is likely of superior quality to what you will find at the Kyiv Fisher’s Market.

American appliances typically are not suitable for use in Ukraine. You will be better off purchasing ovens, dishwashers, etc., when you settle in Ukraine. However, most electronics will work in Ukraine without difficulties. Check to make sure that the electricity input of your device has 110/220 v capabilities.

Ukraine uses the same electricity as most of Europe, so any device you have previously used anywhere in Europe will be fine.


International Car Shipping to Ukraine

It is important to note that Ukraine is full of post-accident American cars. Cars that have been declared a total loss by insurance companies are bought, renewed, and sold in Ukraine. The good part of this is that you are likely to find that most American cars are serviceable in Ukraine.

The downside of this is that Ukraine subjects cars to rigorous roadworthiness tests. This is quite understandable, as cars arriving post-accident are the norm. We presume that for most of our clients their cars will easily pass the test. We recommend that you only send young cars and have them undergo service before shipment. 

The best way to move a car to Ukraine is as a part of your household contents. When our movers come to load your container, the car will be drained of all liquids, battery disconnected and loaded into your container using a special automobile lift. If you choose this option, the car will be the last thing placed into the container.

Read more: International Vehicle Shipping

You will need to make sure that you have a clean title to your car. If you purchased your car with payments, check that the title has been cleared. You will need to send us the original title and license. These will be returned to you before travel. 

Ukraine only allows cars that are less than five years old to be imported.


Ukrainian Customs and Regulations

Do not send any food stuffs in your shipment, Ukraine does not allow their import without relevant certification.

You are not permitted to send any kinds of weapons or ammunition.

Printed and recorded material: be careful what you bring. Most books should be ok but don’t bring anything that has pornography, materials relating to drugs and poisons, etc.

You are required to have an accurate list of the things that will be in your shipment. When SDC International Shipping’s movers load your belongings, they will make a list for you. We recommend that you translate this list into Ukrainian or Russian.


Moving to Ukraine Checklist

We are thrilled that you have chosen SDC as your Ukraine relocation service provider. Before we come to pick up your things to be sent, you will need to prepare many things:

  • You will need an immigration visa if you are not a Ukrainian citizen. Please see this site.
  • Do not expect Ukrainians to understand English. Any important documents that you have will need to be translated into Ukrainian or Russian. These include documentation of births and deaths, marriages and divorces, etc.
  • If you are shipping a car or motorcycle, you will need to provide their records to us early.
  • Official school records – we recommend that you provide full education transcripts for your entire family. If you are able to do so, even include for your primary education. If, for instance, you will want to prove American citizenship later on for children, this will be very handy.
  • Any diplomas, degrees and professional certificates of qualifications that you have should be copied and brought with you. 
  • It is prudent to translate your medical records into Russian or Ukrainian. Make sure that your entire family is immunized before travel.
  • If you are bringing pets with you, please see the USDA instructions for pet export to Ukraine.
  • Make sure that you will have reliable access to your American funds and bank accounts. Check now your bank’s requirements and make sure that they will work. Apps that work on an American phone might not work on a phone with a Ukrainian SIM in it.

Read more: The Ultimate International Relocation Checklist


International Shipping Options

Please plan your relocation early. Sea shipments to Ukraine take 6-10 weeks, and if you want to receive your things promptly, prior planning is necessary. You can send a portion of your things using air cargo. It is more expensive and would not be appropriate for sending your entire household.

Most of our clients to Ukraine send 20’ containers. These have enough cargo space to hold 1100 cubic feet, about the contents of a 3 bedroom house. For those who choose to send more cargo, you can send a 40’ container, which has enough room for 2200 cubic feet of cargo. This is also a perfect option if you want to send a vehicle with you.

If you want to send less, we can offer a less than full container service called LCL, with door to door service starting from 100 cubic feet. 

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