Removals to Greece
Find the perfect service for your removals to Greece.
Find the perfect service for your removals to Greece.
When moving to Greece you have to use a accreditted company such as Removals.co.uk for removals to Greece.
Moving to Greece
Are you planning to relocate to Greece as an expat? Greece enjoys over 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, a great social life, and fantastic hospitality. One of the first things you will want to organise is the logistics of your move and the best international removals company to get you and your belongings there.
You will also need to organise your accommodation, and the economic situation in Greece means that the Greek government is encouraging expats to purchase property there. By doing so, you automatically qualify for a five-year residence permit which includes your family. Moving to a new house in Greece has many other benefits too.
Transportation and logistics of shipping to Greece
With a little planning, you can ensure that moving to Greece will be a smooth and stress-free experience. Your priority is to identify a reliable international removals company with experience in relocating individuals and families to Greece and who are happy to discuss all your various options with you. Every relocation to Greece is special, so it is crucial to tailor yours around your needs and priorities.
Greece via sea freight
The most cost-efficient way of moving your furniture and other household items to Greece is via sea freight using a shipping container. Standard shipping containers to Greece are either 40-foot or 20-foot and carried by road, rail and ship. Containers would typically be loaded directly at your home, transported by road to the departure port, then by sea to the destination port, from where it would be collected and transported by road to your new home. If you have less than a full container load, your items would be collected by truck and stored at a warehouse before combining with another shipment and loading onto a shared container.
Typical sea transit times to Greece from the UK are 6 to 7 days; then you need to add on the road transit times and allow for some delays at the departure and destination ports. For less than full loads, you will also need to extend the time to allow for storage until another shipment is ready for combining with yours.
Greece via air freight
While the fastest way of moving your items to Greece, air freight is also the most expensive and can be over five times more costly than the cheapest option. However, if you are in a hurry, then it may be worth the extra cost. Many people ship their essential items to Greece via airfreight but use sea freight for the things for which they can wait a little while.
Greece via road haulage
Often faster than sea freight and much cheaper than air freight, moving home to Greece by road haulage is for some an ideal solution. Your household items would be loaded onto a truck at your home, and the vehicle would carry them by ferry to Greece and then onward by road to your destination. This avoids the port delays of sea freight shipping and can reduce the amount of necessary paperwork. Typically, a door to door home move by road to Greece would be around seven days.
Entry requirements and customs and excise in Greece
If you are an EU citizen, you do not require an entry visa, though this might change after Brexit. Currently, non-EU immigrants need to apply for a three-month entry visa before moving to Greece to take up employment. You will need to apply in person to a Greek embassy or consulate. EU citizens also need to apply for a residence permit within a month of moving to Greece.
If you are moving from the UK or other EU country, you would not need to pay any import duties on your household items or personal possessions if you have paid VAT on them and they are at least six months old.
What items can I ship to Greece?
As we have said above, Greece is a full member of the EU, so until the UK finally leaves the EU, you can ship all your household items and personal possessions to Greece without having to pay any customs fees. You will need to provide a complete inventory of your imports and a valid UK passport. You can also take your pets with you as long as cats and dogs are chipped and they each have a pet passport along with vaccination certificates including vaccination for rabies.
If you are shipping a car or other motor vehicle to Greece, you have six months grace before you need to register it with the Greek authorities. You will need to complete a declaration of arrivals certificate, and you must pay vehicle tax and, if the car is less than six months old, any outstanding VAT.
Naturally, there are many items that you can’t ship to Greece. These include firearms, ammunition, plants, foodstuffs, narcotics, alcohol and tobacco. For a complete list check out the government website.
Where in Greece Can I Send my Items?
As you might expect there are many ports in Greece where you can send you items by sea freight, but the most important ports are Lavrion, Patras, Piraeus, Volos and Thessaloniki. If you are shipping items to Greece via air freight, the main airports are Athens, Heraklion, Thessaloniki, Rhodes, Corfu, Chania, Kos and Santorini. Usually, your international removals company will arrange for your shipment to be collected from the seaport or airport and transported by road to your destination in Greece.
Removals from Greece back to the UK
Unless you are moving permanently to Greece, the chances are that eventually, you will need to hire an international removals company to ship your containers back to the UK. If you were happy with the international removals company that helped you relocate to Greece, then they are likely to be a good choice for moving you back to the UK. The same kind of logistics apply as we have already mentioned for your move to Greece and moving back to the UK should not be affected by Brexit.
All of our removals to Greece customers are assigned their own dedicated coordinator who will manage the move from day one.
We believe that our prices for shipping and removals are very competitive, which is why if you receive a cheaper like for like quotation from any other professional removals company, in most cases we can beat it.
For total peace of mind, Removals.co.uk is part of the BAR, the Guild of Removers & Storers, Eurovan, and many more well-known industry organisations.