Shipping belongings to Spain

Shipping your belongings to Spain

Transporting belongings, from large pieces of furniture to delicate sentimental items, can be a stressful business. The information below talks you through the process of shipping items from the UK to Spain.

Is it easy to ship my household belongings to Spain?

It is easy to ship your personal belongings to Spain but you need to make sure that you pick a fully accredited international removals company.

A removals company should have the following accreditations:

  • FAIM Accreditation, which is the only independent Quality Assurance standard for the International Moving Industry
  • Membership of the FIDI Global Alliance, which sets a quality benchmark for its members
  • Membership of the British Association of Removers Overseas Group - BAR OVERSEAS is covered by the I.M.M.I. Advance payment guarantee scheme for your financial protection

How do I go about arranging shipping?

Gather a number of quotes from international removal companies and then decide on what service is best for you. Companies will often offer you one of two options; packing that can be completed by their staff or you can choose to pack your goods yourself. Both options will see the use of expert packing materials. You will usually be given a move co-ordinator who can help every step of the way.

Companies will often offer you one of two options and depending on your budget you will be able to choose whether you’d like to pack your belongings yourself or whether you’d like the removals company staff to pack your belongings for you. Usually with both options some packaging materials will be provided.

What happens to my belongings once they’ve been packed up?

This will be dependent upon your destination or what kind of service. European destinations can be serviced either via road freight or sea freight. If you’ve commissioned a full household removal via road freight there will be a dedicated vehicle at your home to take your goods away and delivered to your destination.

The sea freight service sees goods loaded directly onto the containers, with a customs seal placed upon it. This will then be loaded onto the vessel and delivered to your new home. In both instances you will be given an inventory of what has been packed.

Do I need any special paperwork for the move to Spain?

There are a number of requirements when moving to Spain and it will dependent upon whether you are a Spanish citizen or coming from an EU country.

If you are a Spanish Citizen you will need the following details:

  • Passport
  • Fiscal Identification number (N.I.F)
  • Certificate of change of residence issued by the Spanish Consulate at origin confirming that they have been working and living for more than 12 months in the country.
  • Registration certificate at the Town Hall in Spain
  • Removal inventory in Spanish
  • Valuation form for transit cover/standard liability
  • Purchase receipts (only applicable if you are importing any newly purchased goods)

If you are coming from an EU country you will need the following details:

  • Passport
  • Certificate of residency confirming they have been working and living for more than 12 months in the country of origin.
  • European Certificate or N.I.E number.
  • Removal inventory in Spanish
  • Valuation form for Shipment Protection cover
  • Purchase receipts (only applicable if you are importing any newly purchased goods)

How long does it take for my goods to be shipped to Spain?

The transit time between removals in the UK to the arrival of your goods in Spain is approximately 3 to 7 days for dedicated loads and 1-3 weeks for part load shipments.

What happens on the day of arrival?

Delivery will be arranged in advance. Depending on the type of shipment and ease of access to your new property your belongings will be arrive in a dedicated vehicle or a sea freight container.

Once your delivery reaches its destination the unloading crew will help unpack your goods and place them in the correct rooms.

 This information was produced in partnership with PSS Removals

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