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Customs requirements when moving to Spain

Posted: Fri Jun 7, 2024 10:45am
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Alkazar54

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Hi All 😀


            As we want to move in stages while our UK home is sold I need to know what I have to do to satisfy Uk & Spanish Customs. The plan is to move everything ourselves in 2 trips in a large Enterprise van, starting in 3 weeks. There will be an inventory of all the contents, age approx value etc. It will be via Brittany Ferries Portsmouth - Santander, all goods for personal use only at our soon to be permanent home in Tabernas. Enterprise are charging for EU travel. Do I need to notify anyone of these moves or just roll up at the Declare aisle and handover the inventory. 

Regards,

Alan D

Alicia 11

Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2024 9:51am

Alicia 11

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Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2024 9:51am

as I understand it there are various forms to be completed before you turn up so best to consult the goverment internet site or ask someone like Indaloman what is needed as he does it all the time.

or just turn up with all relevant paperwork for any item that might need proof of ownership and go straight through the green lane and hope they don't stop you and check.

You can pay import tax on new items but all personal stuff should be free,   

Alkazar54

Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2024 11:35am

Alkazar54

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Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2024 11:35am

Alicia 11 wrote on Mon Jun 10, 2024 9:51am:

as I understand it there are various forms to be completed before you turn up so best to consult the goverment internet site or ask someone like Indaloman what is needed as he does it all the time.

or just turn up with all relevant paperwork for any item that might need proof of ownership and go straight through the green lane and hope they don't stop you and check....

...

You can pay import tax on new items but all personal stuff should be free,   

Hi,

      Forgive my ignorance please, you mentioned Indolaman, may I ask how I connect with him. I seem to be unable to find that name on here 😀


Alan D

Alicia 11

Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2024 3:58pm

Alicia 11

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Posts: 2149

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Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2024 3:58pm

Alkazar54 wrote on Mon Jun 10, 2024 11:35am:

Hi,

      Forgive my ignorance please, you mentioned Indolaman, may I ask how I connect with him. I seem to be unable to find that name on here 😀


Alan D

he is a registered transporter and can be found at indalotransport.com  they have a free guide you can download

Linda57

Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2024 6:12pm

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Location: Almería

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Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2024 6:12pm

Hi Alkazar54

Can I just tell you of our experience when moving to Spain last year….

We used a well known removal company (I won’t name them) to bring over our personal belongings - no furniture or electrical goods.

We drove ourselves and our pets  over, taking the ferry from Dover to Calais, then driving through France crossing into Spain at San Sebastián. 

The only customs check we experienced was at Dover when French customs checked our pets documents, totally ignoring our fully loaded car. 

There was no border check at San Sebastián, in fact we didn’t know we were in Spain until we saw road signs in Spanish! 

Our personal belongings didn’t arrive until  two months after us, with the removal company constantly asking for more and more paperwork that we feel should have been requested from the outset, greatly delaying things.

If we had to do it again, we would hire the largest vehicle allowed on my husband’s license, packed our belongings, written itemized lists and moved ourselves. We would have saved ourselves over 6000 Euros and arrived at our new home with all of our personal belongings.

This was just our experience but I’m sure there are many people who have used a removal company with great success. 

Best wishes with your move to Spain. 
L

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