Moving to Spain with iContainers

According to the 2010 US Census, there was a total of 635,253 Spaniards residing in US. The American Community Survey from 2013 claims there are 759,781 Spaniards located in US. They are the European group that has become the most present in America. They are the 8th largest Hispanic group in the United States.

iContainers: What can you ship with us when moving to Spain?

Are you worried your belongings may not make it to your destination in one piece? Fear not, iContainers specializes in shipping cargo to a great number of destinations. We provide a trustworthy door-to-door service that will help you with the moving process, giving you the peace of mind of knowing that your belongings are in good hands.
When shipping new objects to Spain, be aware in case you have to pay specific tariffs, which are naturally established depending on the value of the objects. You will be allowed to transport the following:

  • Household items
    • Can be shipped for free if you have used them for at least 6 months before sending them.
    • If you want to avoid paying duty fees make sure to provide the necessary paperwork.
  • Furniture
  • Artwork
  • Kitchen appliances and equipment
  • Electronics
  • Transportation (used or new)
    • Certificate of Ownership
    • Vehicle Registration or Title
    • Insurance Information
    • License Plates
    • Passport
    • Tax Receipt

How to estimate the volume of your shipment to Spain?

We have a list of the articles that can be shipped, with a standard volume and weight. To help you determine the volume and weight of your cargo, our website provides you with a couple of easy steps you must follow: obtain an estimated price for your move.

Decide on LCL or FCL when moving to Spain?

When choosing a Full Container Load (FCL) to ship to Spain, the customer is responsible for the entire load.Since the container is not shared with anyone else, your belongings will be safe from any unknown cargo that could be mixed when sharing it with someone else.
If you choose to use Less than a Container Load (LCL) to ship to Spain, all belongings must be properly boxed and wrapped prior to shipping. If you do not have a pallet to place your load on, let us know at the moment of the reservation and we will provide you with one.

Where to ship when moving to Spain?

If you are an individual moving to Spain, the door-to-door service is just what you are looking for.
Spain has one of the largest economies in the European Union, and is one of the most developed countries in the world and with a high quality of life. Their global growth gave Spain a competitive advantage over their competitors. There has been a great increase in sales of medium and high technology as Spain?s expansion throughout Europe, Asia and US has given them a better position in competitive markets. Their economy is highly influenced by tourism and the automotive industry. They not only belong to the European Union, but are also part of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development; and the World Trade Organization.
Two of the most important ports in Spain are:

  • The port of Barcelona has an area of over 2,400 acres and features over 12 miles of docks and berths, with depths of up to 52.5 feet. It is the ninth biggest container port in Europe, and Spain's third largest. The port moved 43 million tons of cargo in 2001, transported by more than eight thousand vessels. The port also has over 460 hectares of available storage as well as 50 acres of sheltered warehouse space. When shipping cargo to Barcelona, you can pick from 15 ports of destination, with 11 shipping lines making 11,776 schedules port calls each month.
  • The port of Valencia is the biggest port of the western Mediterranean coast. Its yearly traffic capability is over 4,210,000 TEUs and 62 million tons. It has an area of 1,500 acres and nearly 40,000 feet of dock, with 45 feet of alongside depth. Its up-to-date facilities and equipment allows the port to handle the large traffic volume it receives. If you want to ship to Valencia you can pick from any of their 15 ports of destination with 11 shipping lines making 11,644 schedules port calls per month.

Tips for a successful move to Spain

Although Spain is a relatively old country, it offers a well-developed infrastructure and modern living environment. In comparison to other European countries, life seems to be calmer and the weather allows you to enjoy outdoor activities. It is a good combination of historical and modern architecture with very rich and traditional culture. Around 90% of the population is Spanish with ethnic minority groups such as, Moroccans, Romanians, Ecuadorians and Colombians. If you are moving to Spain, you must take some things into consideration first:

  • Learn about its culture.
  • Be open-minded and outgoing.
  • It is recommended not to travel before your belongings are shipped.
  • Have proper documentation in person.
  • Transit times may change.
  • Have a destination agent or customs broker.
If you have further questions, contact one of our experts or refer to the guide to moving overseas.

Steps before moving to Spain: Documentation, personal identification and proper packaging

It is extremely important to have all the correct documentation present when going to Spain. You must have your passport, employment identification number, and work visa. For your shipment, you are required to have a list with all the items and goods that your are shipping. It is mandatory to have this document in case anything happens to your belongings during the course of the voyage. Being organized and thorough will help you with any inspections or insurance claims.You will be provided with a Bill of Landing, which includes:

  • Your name
  • Shipment details
  • Shipping company
  • Points of origin and destination
  • Address of your final destination
It is key not to lose your Bill of Landing, because you will need it to claim your shipment. In order to avoid such thing, make sure to make copies of it, and make it accessible when you arrive to your destination.