Overseas Moving Companies United States to Ireland

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Almost 10% of the U.S. population identifies as Irish-American, which adds up to roughly 32 million Americans. This number is almost eight times the number of Irish people living in Ireland in total.

Ireland itself is divided, in a way. The island of Ireland is an independent nation, whereas Northern Ireland is a “partition” of the United Kingdom, in which citizens can choose to become Irish citizens, but are not considered Irish citizens by fact of birth. Culturally, you can see strong representations of both Irish and English culture in Northern Ireland.

The cost of moving from the U.S. to Ireland will vary depending on the location of your departure and arrival ports. The cost of shipping container movers from New York to Ireland is between $6,800-$9,300. A similar move from Los Angeles will cost between $8,300 – $11,200.

Moving your household goods to Ireland

If you have owned your household goods for at least six months, you can import them to Ireland tax and duty-free. You will be required to provide a lot of paperwork when you arrive, including the documents listed below.

  • S. Passport with at least six months left before expiration
  • Irish work permit
  • Proof or residence in Ireland
  • Proof that you have quit your residence in the U.S.
  • Bill of Lading
  • Detailed, box-by-box inventory of your imported goods

Importing a vehicle to Ireland

Moving a vehicle to Ireland from the U.S. can be complex. Not only do you have to manage the paperwork and the customs declaration, but you must also figure out how to get your vehicle altered so that it can be safely driven in Ireland. Modifications are needed to qualify your vehicle for homologation, which is a term used to describe the process of getting your vehicle approved for entry. For North American vehicles, you will need extensive modifications to convert your car so it may be driven on the left side of the road. A qualified mechanic will make changes to your acceleration, braking, and even steering.

When your vehicle arrives in Ireland, you are required to be physically present for the customs declaration process. Your vehicle’s book value will be used to calculate your VRT (vehicle registration tax) and VAT (value added tax). VAT is calculated at a rate of 21% of your car’s value, so be prepared for this expense.

The best way to anticipate expenses for your overseas move is to work with an international shipping company. They have the knowledge and expertise to forecast what your move will cost, enabling you to make more informed choices.

Don’t leave your overseas move to luck

Wish you had the luck of the Irish? Working with an overseas moving company like Three Men and a Truck is the next best thing. Working with us, you don’t even have to be lucky. We have extensive international shipping experience and a broad network of shipping partners to help you get moved without a scratch. Get the best and cheapest movers here.

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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 Chris@threemenandatruck.net

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