Moving Overseas to or From Poland
The cost for moving internationally depends on where you are coming from, where you are going, and how you plan to get there. Most people ship to Poland via sea freight, but there are likely to be some overland parts of your trip as well. As you coordinate your travel, you will need to make sure you schedule these pieces so your items can transfer seamlessly from carrier to carrier.
With all these moving parts, it can be hard to figure out what it will cost. It’s easy to get an estimate for just the shipping container, but there are lots of hidden costs, too. From Sydney, Australia to Prague is $12,300 – $20,200, but what if there is a delay and your items sit in storage? Working with a shipper will give you a cost estimate you can count on.
Can I ship my household goods to Poland?
The customs process in Poland takes 20-27 days. Not the shipping, just the customs clearance. Keep this in mind as you prepare your items for shipping. You will not be able to use these items for more than a month after they leave your home. Fortunately, you are not required to be present as your items are cleared but will be called to collect these items once they have been approved by customs officials.
- Polish visa
- Polish work permit
- Proof of residence in Poland
- Detailed packing list and inventory with serial numbers and estimates of value
- Passport with at least six months until expiration
- Bill of lading for your shipment
- Power of Attorney written in Polish
In addition, you will need to obtain an EORI number (Economic Operators Registration and Identification) to meet EU customs requirement.
All shipments will be closely inspected for compliance and to ensure that no restricted items are packed among your personal goods. Any items that you have owned at least six months are able to be imported tax and duty-free.
Am I allowed to bring my personal vehicle to Poland?
Your personal vehicle can be imported tax and duty-free as long as you have owned it at least six months and it meets European Technical Standards for safety and emissions.
- Driver’s License, or in the case of U.S. citizens, an International Driver’s License as well
- International auto insurance policy
- Proof of purchase
- Clean title
European Technical Standards require that vehicles driven on EU roadways meet certain requirements. The most challenging requirements facing immigrants from North America are those related to steering, acceleration, and braking. All three of these major mechanical systems will need extensive modifications to meet these technical standards. Your vehicle will need to be altered by a mechanic who is qualified to make these extensive modifications, and then it will be subject to further inspection before it is allowed on the road.
Making light work of your international move
Many hands make light work, and Three Men and a Truck is here to help. From logistics to paperwork, we have the experience to help you achieve a seamless international move. Contact us today for a no-obligation moving quote.