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)

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 If you have experience in completing customs documentation you may choose to do this yourself.  If you do not have experience, you may choose to use a customs 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:

  • T1 Transit Form
  • IM Import Customs Declaration
  • Proforma invoice
  • Copy of Photo Page of Passport
  • Copy of Residence Permit valid for 1 year from import (if this has not been received an Residence Application Form is required with customers origin address and copies of an ID Card or Driving Licence)
  • Copy of Inventory/Packing List showing the name, type, and serial number of any electronics or appliances, translated into Slovak
  • Copy of Property Rental Contract issued direct to the customer’s name valid for 1 year from the date of import. (If the Rental Contract is between the property owner and the customers employer, an original letter is required from the employer confirming that the customer will live in the premises).
  • Original Letter of Employment (valid for 1 year from the date of import).
  • Original Statutory Declaration of the client that:
    • imported goods are in possession of the client for over 6 months 
    • rented property will not be let to a third person 
    • customer had continuous residence in abroad over 12 months
  • Original Power of Attorney for representation by the moving company to represent them at customs clearance
  • Original GDPR Agreement for the use of personal data by Customs (“Súhlas so spracovaním osobných údajov”)

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 validity
  • 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.