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Preparing your international removal to Spain

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.


DOCUMENTATION for you moving to Spain


PACKAGING of your belongings


TRACKING your shipment online


RECEPTION of all your goods


Cost of moving to Spain from USA


We have a provisional list of all the articles that can be shipped to Spain, with its standard volume and weight. In order to facilitate you determine the volume and weight of your cargo, our website provides you with a couple of easy steps you should follow: obtain an estimated price for your move.

When you select a Full Container Load (FCL) to ship to Spain, the customer is the responsible for all the entire load. Int his scenario, the container is not shared with other cargo, so your belongings will be safe from any unknown goods that could be mixed when sharing the container 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.


Quote your moving to Spain for free

In order to better understand international moving prices, you need to understand the logistics over the process and depending on how you want to move to Spain and the belongings you choose to carry with you. There would be mainly three categories:


If you’re moving with just a few goods, packed in a couple boxes or a pallet, you’ll need a LCL solution, a relative cheaper option.


Apartments (< 70m²)

When you are to Spain, if you are planing to live in a small apartment and carrying certain appliances, you will be needing a 20ft container.

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House (> 70m²)

If this is your situation, and you are moving into a bigger apartment or a house, you will need more space for your belongings. For those who want to ship their furniture, car, appliances and other heavy-duty items, you’ll be needing a 40ft container.


Tips to reduce the cost of moving to Spain


It is really important to have all the right documentation before moving to Spain. You must have your passport, employment identification number, and also your work visa. About your shipment, you are required to have a list with all the items and goods that your are shipping, a document called the packing list. Being organized and thorough will help you with any inspections or insurance claims once your goods arrive to Spain.

Packing your furniture for an international moving

One of the most important things in your international moving is the correct way to pack your belongings and household goods items. Some goods like furniture or fragile items, are quite easy to be damaged in sea shipping and that’s where the packing takes an important role. If your can dismantle your furniture, that should be done so and then packed for shipping to Spain. For fragile items, double or even doing a triple packaging is considered to be a safe bet.

What items can not be sent in a moving container?

The Spanish Inspection Services (or Spanish Customs) is responsible for monitoring and inspecting all foreign goods that arrive at the country. This officers along with sophisticated machines inspect over 100 million goods or items each year. The prohibited items for Spain include:

  • fresh fruit, vegetables, live plants, seeds

  • live animals (including pets)

  • biological products

  • unprocessed goods of plant or animal origin

  • soiled goods, or goods containing organic residues

  • goods knowingly infested with pests or a disease.


Tax rules and regulations differ from one country to another. US and Spain have a tax treaty. The treaty has provisions with regards to double taxation on pensions, social security, and other income. In order to be fully aware of your tax situation, the best is to consult a moving advisor.

Where to ship when moving to Spain

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

Port of Barcelona: 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.

Port of Valencia: 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.

Need more help on your moving to Spain ?

Also, if you need further information about how to manage your international removal, you can also check our help center. You will find resources about the processes. We really hope you enjoy your future home.

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