Portugal is a fantastic country to relocate to. Whether you’ve chosen the Algarve or Madeira, it’s a country rich in history and culture.
It’s home to over 661,000 British ex-pats. Given its beauty and warm climate, it’s easy to see why so many Brits have decided move to Portugal from the UK. Here at Compare My Move, we can help you save up to 70% of the cost of removals to Portugal by placing you in contact with up to 6 of our international removals partners.
If you’re considering moving to Portugal, it’s useful to hire an international removals company. They help to ensure your goods are safe during transit, and they take the stress out of moving. Our partners are all trusted, verified, and fully insured, providing you with peace of mind that your move will be successful. Our short form below will help you receive competitive quotes from our partners.
When it comes to shipping goods to Portugal, there are four different shipping options to consider. The option you choose will differ depending on your specific needs and requirements.
The options available are:
You can choose to use one or more of these options when shipping furniture overseas.
Sea freight is one of the best shipping options for those looking to ship the contents of larger homes and motor vehicles. It’s better for the environment, and it’s a cost-effective option.
There are five main ports in Portugal - Lisbon, Leixoes, Sines, Douro, and Aveiro. The Port of Funchal can be used in Madeira and Ponta Delgada is the key port in the Azores.
Shipping to Portugal doesn’t take too long. On average it can take around 10-14 days, but this will vary depending on the chosen company.
Sea freight costs are calculated based on the size of the shipping container chosen rather than the weight. The majority of international removal companies will offer 20ft or 40ft containers.
If you’re looking to ship to mainland Portugal, rather than Madeira and the Azores islands, road freight is one of the best options to consider.
While Portugal has good road conditions the roads are narrow and smaller towns are difficult for larger vehicles to navigate through. Keep this in mind if you’re relocating to a remote destination. It may cause delays.
International removal companies use a mixture of road and railway networks depending on the quickest option. The price of road freight is reasonable. It’s great for shipping on a budget.
Shipping typically takes 1-3 days depending on the location, the type of shipping chosen and the delivery company.
For those looking for a quick and simple shipping method, air freight is useful. It will take around 1-2 days for goods to arrive from the UK to Portugal, on average.
The biggest downside to air freight is that it costs up to 16 times more than sea freight, making it the least cost-effective.
The cost is calculated on the weight of the goods, rather than the number, which can quickly add up.
There are many airport options to choose from depending on your location. The 3 international airports in Portugal are Lisbon, Porto and Faro.
Madeira’s airport is Funchal and the Azores islands have five separate airports.
Part-load shipping is the perfect option for those looking to ship the contents of their flat or a smaller number of goods. You only pay for the space you use.
Your household goods are placed alongside other goods and shipped when the container or van is full.
While part-load takes slightly longer to arrive, it helps to lower your carbon footprint, and it helps to save you money.
It’s a great option for those looking to ship goods on a budget. Delivery times will vary depending on the individual company and the location in Portugal you’re shipping to.
On average, part-load goods will arrive in around 3-7 days. Sometimes shipping can take up to 2 weeks.
The cost of furniture removals to Portugal can vary depending on a number of factors, these include:
Here are the average costs of shipping goods to Portugal using a shipping container:
To air freight goods to Portugal, the cost will depend on the total weight of the goods. DFS worldwide states that 500 kilos will cost around £843.
Road freight is reasonably priced, and according to Pallet2Ship, a full pallet will cost £235.54. This is based on each pallet, rather than an entire removal van.
Part-load shipping will cost less than the full load.
When you arrive in Portugal, you will need to provide the following documentation:
Pets have to be at least 12 weeks old and have received a rabies vaccination. microchips are mandatory.
You can bring motor vehicles into Portugal by providing a Vehicle Customs Declaration. For more information, please see the GOV.UK website.
There are currently no restrictions in regard to Covid-19. Check the Department of Foreign Affairs website for any changes to this.
You can stay in Portugal for up to 90 days without a visa or permit. To live in Portugal you will need a residence permit.
The Embassy of Portugal website explains this in more detail.
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