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Moving to Portugal from The USA

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Moving to Portugal from the USA

Embarking on a journey to Portugal is a significant decision, and we are here to support you every step of the way. Whether you’re relocating for work, investment opportunities like the esteemed Portuguese Golden Visa, or simply seeking a vibrant and affordable European lifestyle, Portugal has much to offer.


Why Choose Portugal?

Portugal is a favored destination for Americans for various reasons. Many are drawn to its charm as foreign workers, while others find allure in its real estate market, especially through the coveted Golden Visa program. Additionally, Portugal stands out as one of Europe’s most cost-effective capitals, offering a high standard of living that appeals to retirees seeking a fulfilling lifestyle.


Your Journey to Portugal Starts Here

If you’re planning a move from the USA to Portugal, your motivations are personal and unique. At SDC International Shipping, we understand the importance of this transition and are dedicated to ensuring a smooth and seamless relocation process for you.


Safely Transporting Your Household Goods

When it comes to moving your household belongings to Portugal, making decisions about what to bring along can be a daunting task. Rest assured, you can ship a wide range of items to Portugal, from your favorite furniture and books to essential kitchenware and gardening tools. With our expertise in international household moving, SDC International Shipping can facilitate the transportation of your belongings via ocean and sea freight, ensuring a smooth transition to your new home.

Expertise You Can Trust

At SDC, we excel in international household moves, having successfully relocated customers to destinations as distant as Terceira. When you’ve finalized your inventory, trust us to safeguard your possessions throughout the shipping process. Here are some key insights to guide you on international household goods shipping:

  • Your presence in Portugal is required to receive your shipment.
  • Household items should reach Portugal within 90 days of your arrival.
  • For multiple shipments, a special permit is necessary.
  • Detailed inventories are essential for each shipment, especially when importing multiple consignments.
  • Separate inventories are mandatory for shipments originating from different locations.
  • Shipments must be cleared through a single Customs port.



Understanding the Costs of Moving to Portugal from the USA


Personalized Pricing for Your Unique Move

When considering the cost of moving to Portugal from the USA, it’s essential to recognize that every situation is distinctive. Several factors come into play, including the chosen shipping method, the distance between the origin and destination, the type of shipment, and more.


Tailored Solutions for Your Move

At SDC International Shipping, we understand that each relocation is unique, and we offer personalized pricing to suit your specific needs. Whether you’re moving household goods, furniture, or personal effects, our team is dedicated to providing transparent and competitive pricing.


Transporting Your Vehicle to Portugal with Ease

When moving your car or motorcycle to Portugal, SDC International Shipping offers two efficient shipping methods: a 20ft container or the RoRo (Roll-on/Roll-off) method. While the RoRo method is cost-effective and typically faster, opting for a dedicated container ensures the utmost safety and convenience, especially if you need to transport additional household items alongside your vehicle.


Essential Information for Importing Your Vehicle

Before importing your vehicle to Portugal, familiarize yourself with these crucial details:

  • The vehicle must be in your possession for a minimum of six months before importation.
  • Duties and taxes vary based on factors such as the vehicle’s type, make, model, and engine size.
  • Required documents for vehicle importation include registration documentation, title, international driver’s license, proof of insurance, purchase invoice, passport, and a valid visa.


Cost Considerations for Shipping Your Vehicle

The cost of shipping a vehicle to Portugal typically ranges from $3,000 to $4,500, with shipments from the east coast being more economical than those from the west coast due to distance considerations. Various factors, including the season, shipping method, and vehicle type, can influence the overall cost.


SDC Pickup Locations in the USA

Once you entrust your move to Portugal to SDC International, our dedicated team will coordinate a pickup of your belongings and transport them to the nearest storage facility for safekeeping. Opting for our expert packing service ensures that every item is meticulously packed and prepared for its journey. Alternatively, you can choose to pack your belongings yourself and reduce ground transport costs by delivering your shipment to one of our convenient warehouses located in:


  • California
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Texas
  • Georgia
  • Florida


Specialized Services for Your Move to Portugal

In addition to our comprehensive moving services, SDC International specializes in transporting delicate items such as pianos and artwork pieces. As your trusted partner in navigating the complexities of the shipping process, we are committed to ensuring a positive moving experience for you, especially when shipping high-value objects.


Tailored Solutions for Your Valuables

When it comes to transporting items of significant worth, our team goes above and beyond to provide specialized care. We offer complete transit insurance coverage, handle intricate import paperwork on your behalf, and ensure the safe and secure transportation of your prized possessions to Portugal.


Popular Destinations for Americans in Portugal

For American expats seeking an enriching lifestyle in Portugal, cities like Lisbon, Braga, Madeira, Ponta Delgada, Aveira, Coimbra, and Portimao offer vibrant communities and exciting opportunities for living and working. These diverse locations provide a blend of culture, convenience, and quality of life that appeal to expats looking to make Portugal their new home.


Seamless Transit to Key Ports and Airports

When shipping your belongings to Portugal with SDC International, sea freight shipments typically arrive at major ports such as Leixoes, Lisbon, Porto, and Sines, facilitating efficient and reliable transportation of your household items. For clients opting for air freight services, their goods will be delivered to one of the three airports in Portugal – Lisbon, Faro, or Porto – ensuring a swift and convenient arrival closest to their new residence.


Moving to Portugal from the USA with SDC

At SDC International Shipping, our unwavering dedication stems from a profound understanding of why we do what we do. We see beyond the logistics of relocation to the meaningful impact it has on individuals and families embarking on new chapters in their lives. Guided by a genuine desire to facilitate seamless transitions and create lasting memories, we approach each move with purpose and compassion.

We used this removal company twice and every time we were satisfied. They moved our three-bedroom apartment in less than 5 hours. Our items arrived in 5 weeks, and the unpacking team did an amazing job putting things where we wanted them to be. We fully recommend that you use this company.” – Billy F.

SDC International Shipping moved us out of New York to Lisbon. We really appreciate the advice on paperwork for importing our things. We were a bit clingy with asking too many questions, and they were always ready to respond. A crew that came to pack and pick up things was efficient and courteous. Nothing was damaged. Thank you, SDC!.” – Kristina A.


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