Moving internationally - how?

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Moving internationally - how?

Moving abroad might seem much harder to prepare and execute, but for a well-organised shipper it's not very problematic. The key to success, as with domestic moves, is professional approach and experience.


We advise what to do - step by step.


  • Prepare a binder, in which all the important documents will be kept

  • Find a moving company (obviously we recommend ourselves). Take into account what and in what quantity you want to move; whether you're transporting unusual items, large size objects, or pets, or if you'll need to warehouse some or all of your belongings and for how long.

  • Inform the institutions whose services you use (the gas, water, electrical companies, telecommunications, banks, administration, the postal service, publishers with whom you subscribe, etc.) about the address change and pay all your bills. Sign new contracts at your future home.

  • In Poland it's necessary to inform of a trip longer than 3 months. Inform the proper institution of your departure.

  • Verify whether you need to register at any institution in your chosen country.

  • Check the expiry date of your documents (passport, identity card, driver's licence), make copies, as well as a copy of your insurance policy or medical documentation. Make sure you have all the necessary visas, permits, vaccinations etc.

  • A Polish driver's licence is valid in the EU.

  • If you plan to take a car from Poland, make sure whether you'll have to register it in your chosen country.

  • Have such documents as your birth certificate, marriage certificate, school diplomas or professional certifications, prepare their translations into the language of the chosen country. Some employees require a criminal record statement - which you can get from the National Criminal Register (KRK).

  • Prepare the necessary insurance, such as tourist insurance or the EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card), which you can get at a National Health Fund (NFZ) branch. People insured by NFZ and their family members can take advantage of health care in case of emergencies within the EEA (European Economic Area) and Switzerland.

  • If possible, prepare your new home for your arrival.

  • Arrange transport and possibly accomodation for your loved ones

  • Arrange care for your kids for the most hectic period of preparing the move or the move itself.

  • Backup your computer data

  • Prepare packaging materials (you can read about the most useful ones in our FAQ). Remember that your belongings will take a long trip in said packaging. Get the best and most durable materials. Collecting old newspapers is worth it, as they can be useful while packaging or while unpackaging at your new home.

  • Gradually get rid of useless things, think over what might be cheaper to buy at your new location than to bring with you. Transporting large sized objects can be financially unsound.

  • Group belongings thematically (separate the kitchen, living room, etc.) so they could be packaged together and after transport carried into the proper rooms at your new home

  • Clearly label the packaging of your belongings, with a waterproof marker in the most visible spot. Often the shippers themselves also mark the items.

  • Prepare the necessities (bedding, towels, clothes, cosmetics, medicine, etc.) for the time during which you won't manage to put everything in its place at your new home

  • Make sure you have some cash in the currency of the chosen country.

  • Have at hand the keys to your new home.

  • Leave at your old home your contact information for the possible new tenants, make sure you've shut off the gas, water, electricity, and shut the windows

  • At your new home, if possible, arrange for groceries for the first few days.

Documents you might come across while moving:


  • Trade Invoice
  • Reservation confirmation
  • Forwarders Certificate of Receipt (FCR)
  • Shipping Invoice
  • BOL - Bill of Lading or B/L
  • „Telex Release”
  • Insurance Certificate


Within the EU, bills of lading or consignment notes are not necessary and there are no duties to pay.


A comprehensive moving service by Euromove involves assistance at every stage, from planning, completing the documentation, assistance with dealing with officials, through the picking up of the goods at a specified location, taking care of export customs, loading the cargo, freight, taking care of import customs, transporting the goods to the destination, up to unloading and picking up the now unnecessary packaging.


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