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Recent experience of moving home from UK to Spain

Posted: Mon Apr 5, 2021 11:21am
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Marmitepickles

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I was wondering if anyone has any recent experience of moving home from UK to Spain. Specifically any IVA that has to be paid on furniture and personal belongings. How much stuff did people move and how much IVA did people end up paying and was the process easy? TIA

RichT

Posted: Mon Apr 5, 2021 12:46pm

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Posted: Mon Apr 5, 2021 12:46pm

We're just starting to go through this process.

If you are moving your main home, then you can move all your personal belongings, furniture, household goods, etc. without being liable for any IVA or Import Duty; provided you have lived in your originating country for more than 12 months and also owned those items for more than 12 months (this was 6 months when UK was in the EU). There are different rules for importing a car, for example and restrictions on things like firearms (obviously!)

If you are using a removal company then they will complete the required forms for you (which will include an inventory of everything you're shipping).

However, we plan to move ourselves in a hire van and while various websites refer to a declaration form for Spanish customs, I currently haven't been able to find it - so if anyone knows what this form is and can tell me where to find it, I'd be grateful.

Hope this helps!

Marmitepickles

Posted: Mon Apr 5, 2021 12:53pm

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Posted: Mon Apr 5, 2021 12:53pm

RichT wrote on Mon Apr 5, 2021 12:46pm:

We're just starting to go through this process.

If you are moving your main home, then you can move all your personal belongings, furniture, household goods, etc. without being liable for any IVA or Import Duty; provided you have lived in your originating country for more than 12 months and also owned those items for more than 12 months (this ...

...was 6 months when UK was in the EU). There are different rules for importing a car, for example and restrictions on things like firearms (obviously!)

If you are using a removal company then they will complete the required forms for you (which will include an inventory of everything you're shipping).

However, we plan to move ourselves in a hire van and while various websites refer to a declaration form for Spanish customs, I currently haven't been able to find it - so if anyone knows what this form is and can tell me where to find it, I'd be grateful.

Hope this helps!

I spoke to a removals company who specialise in UK to Spain house moved and they said I have to list every single item and give a value to each item and then pay 21% IVA. The value of all my belongings in my house in UK will be thousands

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Posted: Mon Apr 5, 2021 1:13pm

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Posted: Mon Apr 5, 2021 1:13pm

Marmitepickles wrote on Mon Apr 5, 2021 12:53pm:

I spoke to a removals company who specialise in UK to Spain house moved and they said I have to list every single item and give a value to each item and then pay 21% IVA. The value of all my belongings in my house in UK will be thousands

As Rich has already said, if you are moving permanently then no charges are applicable and this has to be declared by a copy of residencia and padron plus a TOR no from Uk customs, which is a transfer of residence procedure. Your haulier gave you incorrect info and I am surprised they didn't know it. Only non residents or commercial companies have to pay the iva and customs duty. Suggest you ask another haulier. 

Regards 

Pauline 

RichT

Posted: Mon Apr 5, 2021 1:17pm

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Posted: Mon Apr 5, 2021 1:17pm

Marmitepickles wrote on Mon Apr 5, 2021 12:53pm:

I spoke to a removals company who specialise in UK to Spain house moved and they said I have to list every single item and give a value to each item and then pay 21% IVA. The value of all my belongings in my house in UK will be thousands

This is a link to the CAB Spain and this is also mentioned in numerous removal company, lawyers and expats websites.

https://www.citizensadvice.org.es/faq/importation-of-your-belongings-for-change-of-residency/

Having re-read this, the phrase "Interested parties must submit a request, in writing not subject to an official model, to Customs..." implies that there isn't an offical form / template to use.

RichT

Posted: Mon Apr 5, 2021 1:22pm

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Posted: Mon Apr 5, 2021 1:22pm

paulsav wrote on Mon Apr 5, 2021 1:13pm:

As Rich has already said, if you are moving permanently then no charges are applicable and this has to be declared by a copy of residencia and padron plus a TOR no from Uk customs, which is a transfer of residence procedure. Your haulier gave you incorrect info and I am surprised they didn't know...

... it. Only non residents or commercial companies have to pay the iva and customs duty. Suggest you ask another haulier. 

Regards 

Pauline 

Hi Pauline

I can find the ToR info for moving to the UK, but nothing on moving from the UK to Spain, can you help with this..?

TIA

Rich

Marmitepickles

Posted: Mon Apr 5, 2021 1:28pm

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Posted: Mon Apr 5, 2021 1:28pm

paulsav wrote on Mon Apr 5, 2021 1:13pm:

As Rich has already said, if you are moving permanently then no charges are applicable and this has to be declared by a copy of residencia and padron plus a TOR no from Uk customs, which is a transfer of residence procedure. Your haulier gave you incorrect info and I am surprised they didn't know...

... it. Only non residents or commercial companies have to pay the iva and customs duty. Suggest you ask another haulier. 

Regards 

Pauline 

What about if I am already a resident and have been sine July last year. Unfortunately, due to covid restrictions it has meant leaving moving my household items until now as I have to travel back to pack etc

paulsav

Posted: Mon Apr 5, 2021 1:36pm

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Posted: Mon Apr 5, 2021 1:36pm

Marmitepickles wrote on Mon Apr 5, 2021 1:28pm:

What about if I am already a resident and have been sine July last year. Unfortunately, due to covid restrictions it has meant leaving moving my household items until now as I have to travel back to pack etc

You have 12months to move your belongings so you,re OK till this July. Maybe get the ball rolling ASAP. Whether you could ask for extension because of covid, don't know. Make sure the courier you use is familiar with customs rocedure for a transfer of residence. 

Regards 

Pauline 

paulsav

Posted: Mon Apr 5, 2021 1:45pm

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Posted: Mon Apr 5, 2021 1:45pm

RichT wrote on Mon Apr 5, 2021 1:22pm:

Hi Pauline

I can find the ToR info for moving to the UK, but nothing on moving from the UK to Spain, can you help with this..?

TIA

Rich

Sorry I don't know, I, m in similar boat, want to transport own belongings but not changing residence so will get charged all the extras but you would still need as I do a customs agent so they will be able to tell you what declarations or forms you would need. Gov. UK have a list of over 1000 customs agents, God knows how you can choose. I, ll be interested if you get it sorted as I, ve been looking for past 2months and shortly (after our 2nd jabs) we will be wanting to do it ourselves too. 

Regards 

Pauline 

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Posted: Mon Apr 12, 2021 10:12am

paulsav wrote on Mon Apr 5, 2021 1:45pm:

Sorry I don't know, I, m in similar boat, want to transport own belongings but not changing residence so will get charged all the extras but you would still need as I do a customs agent so they will be able to tell you what declarations or forms you would need. Gov. UK have a list of over 1000 cu...

...stoms agents, God knows how you can choose. I, ll be interested if you get it sorted as I, ve been looking for past 2months and shortly (after our 2nd jabs) we will be wanting to do it ourselves too. 

Regards 

Pauline 

It seems like there is a lot of mixed information and a right problem. We used a company called Ambrose Logistics based in the UK. You can find them on the net. They are pretty good in terms of looking after you and very knowledgeable. They will deal with customs and have success post Brexit. My advice is that you all contact several moving companies to get a better understanding. Try to ask for Jackie Ambrose. You’ll also find them on Facebook. Best of luck. 

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