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Scotland is home to the Loch Ness monster and one of the world’s most distinctive accents. made up of nearly 800 islands, Scotland is itself a part of the island of Great Britain and makes up a third of the United Kingdom.

Rich in culture, there are three official languages in the nation of Scotland – Scottish English, Scots, and Scottish Gaelic – though most of the country speaks Scottish English. When you move overseas from Scotland, you bring with you one of the world’s most distinctive accents, as well as the fascinating culture of the Scots.

First things first: how much does it cost to hire international movers and packers to import your goods overseas from Scotland? Coming up with a firm estimate can be hard as there are a lot of hidden costs with an international move. That’s why the most you can get without working with a dedicated shipper is a price range. The cost to ship a full shipping container from Glasgow to New York City is between £5,000 – £6,700. From Glasgow to Cape Town, South Africa would cost between £4,800 – £7,900. It can be hard to budget with such a big range of costs.

Importing household goods

If you are moving your primary residence to another country, most of the time your items can be imported duty free, but you will need to provide some paperwork.

Among the items you will need are:

  • Current passport with at least six months left before expiration
  • Visa
  • Work and residence permits
  • Customs forms
  • Import declaration form
  • Comprehensive inventory of your household goods, with a box-by-box listing of all items

Scotland does prohibit some expected items, such as firearms and other weapons, hazardous materials, and non-native plant material. Some unexpected items, like horror comics, for example, are expressly forbidden and cannot be imported for any reason.

Importing a vehicle

You may import your vehicle duty-free if you a) are moving your primary residence b) promise to not sell, rent, lend, or trade the vehicle for a year after it is imported.

Customs officials will require the following documents to clear your vehicle:

  • Proof of ownership
  • Clear title
  • Vehicle registration from Scotland
  • Vehicle insurance policy
  • Community Transit document (get this from the customs office in Scotland)

Three Men and a Truck can Help with your International Move

Stressed about your international move from Scotland? There is no need to get your kilts in a bunch when there is help available. Not to toot our own bagpipes, but Three Men and a Truck is a top rated international moving company with deep experience and a commitment to providing an excellent customer experience. We know how to navigate international rules, deal with shippers, transporters, and agents, and give you a stress-free move. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help with your overseas relocation.

Written by Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving.

If you have any questions about moving, our services, or anything else you think he may be able to help with, you can contact Chris by emailing him at

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