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Moving to Estonia from the USA

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Moving to Estonia from the USA

If you’re planning a move to Estonia from the USA, there’s plenty to admire about this picturesque Baltic country, known for its employment opportunities, quality of life, and rich culture.

Before you settle into your new life in Estonia, it’s crucial to find a trustworthy moving company to transport your belongings. With nearly a decade of experience in international moves to Europe and the Baltic States, SDC International Shipping is here to assist you.


Our Moving Services

At SDC International Shipping, we provide personalized and budget-friendly moving solutions tailored to your specific requirements. Whether you’re relocating household goods or in need of comprehensive customs clearance assistance, we’ve got you covered.

Our services include:

  1. Household Goods Shipping: Safely transport your belongings to your new home in Estonia.

  2. Customs Clearance Assistance: Navigate customs procedures smoothly with our expert guidance.

  3. Door-to-Door Service: Enjoy a hassle-free experience from start to finish, including packing, storage, and final delivery.


For more details about our services, please continue reading below.


International Household Moving to Estonia

When moving your household goods to Estonia, navigating customs clearance is essential. As an EU member state, Estonia adheres to the regulations of the European Customs Union, which governs tax policies.

To import items duty-free, you must have owned them for at least six months and lived outside Estonia for a minimum of one year. New items are subject to over 20% VAT.

Here are the required documents for customs clearance:

  • Proof of Residency
  • Resident ID Card
  • Valid Work Contract
  • Original Bill of Lading or Air Waybill
  • Passport and Flight Ticket

Accurate completion of these forms is crucial. Allow our international household movers to manage the paperwork and inventory on your behalf to prevent errors or delays at customs. We ensure that your items comply with all import regulations, providing you with a seamless moving experience.


Shipping Your Vehicle or Motorcycle to Estonia

If you’re considering shipping a car or motorcycle as a part of your household move to Estonia duty-free, certain residency and registration requirements apply. You must have resided in the USA for the past 12 months to qualify.

Here’s what you need to know about importing your vehicle:

  1. Pre-Registration and Inspection: Register your vehicle in advance for inspection before clearing customs.

  2. Post-Import Registration: After completing customs clearance, register your vehicle in Estonia within 5 days.

Required documents for vehicle importation include:

  • Customs Certificate and Declaration
  • Passport
  • Letter of Employment
  • Title and Registration Documents
  • Original Bill of Lading or Air Waybill

Navigating the export and import process for personal belongings can be complex. If you prefer a hassle-free experience, allow SDC International Shipping to handle all aspects of shipping for you.


Vehicle Shipping Cost to Estonia 

Here are the key points about the cost of shipping a vehicle to Estonia from the USA:

  • The origin location in the USA and the destination port in Estonia affect the cost significantly. Common departure ports mentioned are Newark, Norfolk, Savannah, Houston, Miami, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Destination ports are Tallinn and Muuga.
  • Export documentation fees like the vehicle title, bill of sale, and passport copies are required and factor into the cost.
  • The shipping method – we recommend container shipping. 
  • Additional services like exclusive containers, consolidation, inland trucking, and insurance can increase costs.
  • The minimum price for shipping a vehicle from the USA to Estonia seems to start around $350-400, but the exact cost depends on the specific vehicle, distance, services required, etc.

So in summary, the origin, destination, shipping method, documentation, and any extra services are the main factors determining the total vehicle shipping cost to Estonia, which can vary significantly. Are you unsure if taking your car with you makes sense? You can always reach out to SDC shipping coordinators to discuss your move and receive professional advice. 


Marine Insurance – Do You Need It?

While marine insurance isn’t mandatory, we highly recommend it for your peace of mind. During ocean transit, your belongings can be exposed to risks such as water damage or mishandling.

International moving insurance, especially for high-value items, provides reassurance by offering full or partial compensation in case of damage or loss.

At SDC International Shipping, we can assist you in selecting suitable insurance coverage based on your specific needs. Our goal is to ensure your belongings are protected throughout the entire shipping process.


Moving Pianos and Artwork

At SDC International Shipping, we specialize in transporting fine art, antique furniture, pianos, and other delicate musical instruments to Estonia. Our experienced crew is trained in handling precious belongings with care.

You can rely on our quality packing and crating solutions to ensure the safe transportation of your piano or artwork right to the doorsteps of your new home.

Trust SDC International Shipping for expert handling of your special items during your move to Estonia. Contact us today to discuss your unique requirements and receive personalized moving solutions. 


Choosing the Right Shipping Method for Your Move to Estonia

For containerized shipments weighing over 100 kg, sea freight is often the preferred and cost-effective option. While it typically takes 6-8 weeks for transit, this method offers affordability and convenience.

Alternatively, airfreight is faster, delivering your items to Estonia in 3-5 days. However, it can be costly for shipments exceeding 100 kg in size.

Our international movers are here to assist you in selecting the optimal shipping method tailored to your needs. We’ll ensure a smooth and efficient shipping process that meets your budget and timeline.


Moving to Estonia with Pets

If you’re planning to bring your dog, cat, or ferret to Estonia, they must meet the EU’s animal import requirements, which include:


Up-to-date Vaccination Records

  • Pets must be vaccinated against rabies with an inactivated vaccine at least 21 days before entry.
  • Puppies/kittens under 12 weeks old are exempt from the rabies vaccination requirement.

Veterinary Health Certificate

  • A licensed veterinarian must complete the EU health certificate for Estonia within 48 hours of travel for commercial imports, or within 10 days for non-commercial imports of ≤5 pets.
  • For the U.S., the certificate must be endorsed by the USDA. For Canada, it’s the CFIA.

Microchipping for Identification

  • Pets must be microchipped or have a clearly readable tattoo (if done before July 3, 2011) for identification purposes.
  • The microchip must comply with ISO standards 11784 and 11785.

Declaration Form for Pets

    • While not explicitly mentioned, a declaration or customs form is typically required when traveling with pets to provide details like microchip numbers, vaccination dates, etc.

As our client, we can facilitate an affordable and convenient pet relocation service for you. Our experienced team will ensure that your pet’s journey to Estonia is smooth and compliant with all necessary regulations.


Moving to Tallinn, Tartu, Parnu, Haapsalu and More

We offer relocation services from major US ports and cities to any destination in Estonia. While many American expats choose to work and live in Tallinn, Estonia’s capital city, there are also vibrant expat communities in other cities like Tartu, Pärnu, Haapsalu, and beyond.

Tallinn particularly attracts expats from diverse backgrounds, including those from cities like Los Angeles, New York City, Miami, Las Vegas, Boston, Houston, and beyond.

No matter where you’re moving from in the USA, SDC International Shipping is equipped to assist you with your relocation to Estonia. Contact us today to start planning your move and benefit from our expertise in international moving services.


Moving with SDC International Shipping

Navigating the relocation process involves managing numerous details and logistics. Choosing a reliable moving company like SDC International Shipping is essential for a successful move.

To begin planning your international relocation, you can:

  1. Fill Out Our Three-Step Quote Form: Provide us with essential details about your move through our online quote form.

  2. Contact Us Directly: Reach out to our team at (877) 339-0267 to discuss your moving needs and receive personalized assistance.

Let SDC International Shipping handle the complexities of your international move to Estonia. Our expertise and dedication ensure a seamless and stress-free relocation experience.

Get in touch with us today to start your journey to Estonia with confidence.

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