This information is brought to you by FEDEMAC in conjunction with the member National Associations and moving companies in the European Union and European Economic Area.  Care has been taken to present a complete and accurate guide to the requirements, but FEDEMAC, the National Associations and moving companies that have contributed to this guide are not liable for any omissions, costs or delays arising from the use of this guide.

In order to move a shipment to Europe you will need to have the following Permits in addition to local licensing requirements:

  • UK & EU EORI Number
  • EMCT Permit for Relocation
  • Vehicle insurance and Green Card
  • Register on GVMS (Goods Vehicle Movement System) for generation of GMR (Goods Movement Record)
  • Kent Access Permit (if using Kent ports/tunnel)

Important Note: Effective February 1, 2021, a new law in Hungary requires all foreign companies carrying out moves to/from or traveling through Hungary, that are not operating under a European Union Community License, to register their company on the following official website.

From January 1, 2021 you will be required to complete a customs document for each shipment to Europe.  Your will also need to register the trip on the Goods Vehicle Movement System. In Hungary you cannot complete the custom clearance by yourself it is mandatory to use a custom broker.

In order to export a household goods shipment and import to Europe you will need to complete the following customs document(s):

Export Documents:

  • Export declaration EAD (Export Accompanying Document)
  • T1 transit form
  • ENS (Entry Summary Declaration) in the ICS (Import Control System) to the EU port of entry 1 hour prior to arrival

Import Documents

  • Complete Import Declaration 

The following documents are required to get the import declaration issued in case of Hungarian citizens:

  • Copy of Hungarian passport (page with the photo)
  • Copy of Hungarian ID, Hungarian address card and tax card (both sides)
  • Copy of the utility bills at origin for the last 12 months
  • Copy of visa (at the origin country)
  • Original hard copy of Power of Attorney for export custom clearance
  • Original hard copy of statement showing the personal effects are in the shipper’s possession for more than 6 months
  • Original hard copy of Value Statement
  • Original hard copy of duly signed work statement from the employer

The following documents are required to get the import declaration issued in case of foreign citizens:

  • Copy of Passport (page with the photo)
  • Copy of Work Permit in Hungary (non-EU citizens)
  • Copy of Residence Permit in Hungary (non-EU citizens)
  • Copy of Accommodation Reporting Form in Hungary (non-EU citizens)
  • Copy of Registration Document (EU citizens)
  • Copy of address card (both sides) (EU citizens)
  • Copy of lease contract in Hungary
  • Shipper’s mother’s full maiden name
  • Copy of the utility bills at origin for the last 12 months
  • Copy of driving license at origin (if available)
  • Copy of visa (at the origin country)
  • Original hard copy of Power of Attorney for export custom clearance
  • Original hard copy of statement showing the personal effects are in the shipper’s possession for more than 6 months
  • Original hard copy of Value Statement
  • Original hard copy of duly signed work statement from the employer

The following documents are required to get the import declaration issued in case of diplomatic person:

  • Copy of Diplomatic Passport (page with the photo)
  • Shipper’s mother’s full maiden name
  • Copy of visa (at the origin country)
  • Original hard copy of Power of Attorney for export custom clearance
  • Original hard copy of Value Statement
  • Original Protocol from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in Hungarian ’Vammentesitesi Kerelem’)

It is anticipated that the import of used household goods and personal effects will not attract any duties or taxes.  To avoid duties and taxes, you should use the following Classification on the customs declaration:

Classification Code: 9403600000

The following items are restricted or prohibited from being included in a household goods shipment:

  • Alcohol and Tobacco Products
  • Unlicensed Drugs
  • Weapons, firearms, fireworks, explosives or ammunition
  • Pornographic material or indecent materials involving children
  • Counterfeit goods
  • Radio transmitters
  • Milk products or foodstuffs
  • Animals, birds or fish (whether alive or dead)
  • Parts taken from protected animal species, including furs, ivory etc.

The driver must carry the following documents on the journey:

  • Valid driver license
  • Passport with at least 6 months travel
  • International Driving Permit 1968
  • Valid DCPC card
  • EMCT Permit (original)
  • Vehicle documents
    • Vehicle V5 Registration plates and paperwork (truck and trailer)
    • Certificate of Conformity (truck and trailer)
    • Current MOT (truck and trailer)
    • Current Certificate of Roadworthiness (truck and trailer)
  • 28 days of tachographs or Digital Card
  • Motor Insurance certificate and Green Card
  • GB stickers on truck and trailer
  • Customs declarations
  • T1 transit form with MRN reference number
  • Packing list
  • CMR road consignment note
  • Commercial invoice
  • Evidence of stowaway procedure and checklist
  • Proof of income (France only)

Delays may be experienced by the driver and vehicle at areas around the ports in the United Kingdom and Europe.  Drivers may be required to wait in a designated holding area and follow signs, diversions as well as speed restrictions. In order to prepare for these challenges, drivers should:

  • Plan their journey to take breaks and rest periods before nearing regions close to the port to reduce the risk of exceeding hours limits if they are delayed.
  • Have food and water.