If you’re planning to come and live in Barcelona, you’ll probably have plenty of stuff to package and send to your new home. So to take the stress out of moving, try to prepare your documentation and pack your goods beforehand but be aware of some of the restrictions that can be applied. And, understand the difference between shipping your personal effects and moving.
1) To ditch it or not?
Having a clean-out can be cathartic and makes practical sense, but it’s not always easy to let go of your beloved items. Consider these pros and cons before you say farewell to your bits and bobs…
- How much space is there in your new place?
- Get rid of any clothes you haven’t worn for the past couple of years.
- Is your move temporary or permanent? If you’re thinking of moving flats or even cities after a short stay in Barcelona, it’ll be easier to move with fewer belongings.¡
- Do you have friends that you can donate furniture to or will look after it for you?
- Putting things into storage is more expensive than you think… if you really want it, take it with you.
- While living in a new city is exciting, living in an unfamiliar environment can result in feelings of homesickness. Having some of your personal belongings such as photos, books, mementos etc.) can be a comfort.
- Moving treasured items of furniture may cost, but it will save you paying out for new furniture once in Barcelona (avoiding the inevitable and dreaded IKEA dash).
2) Prepare your paperwork
When shipping to or from Spain, you always have to take into account if this will be to or from the EU or not. Every shipment between the EU and the USA or other non-EU regions will go through customs clearance, no exceptions. It doesn’t matter which shipping and transportation company you use. It is mandatory that the shipments have the necessary documentation. This document must include information about the sender and the receiver (national ID, full name), and details about the goods and their values before taxes. Without this data, customs will hold back your shipment and will apply taxes according to their standard values. Also be aware that some items are forbidden when shipping inside the EU. So we advise you to know the restrictions.
3) Pack it all safely
Wrap, protect and pack. If you always do these three steps your items will ship safer. You must wrap every item separately, using bubble wrap, paper wrap or similar. Then you have to protect the inside of the package by using some filler (not clothes). Finally, wrap your high quality packaging with duct tape. And please find a good insurance that can cover all of your items