By using one of our trusted partners for your move to Spain, you could save up to 70% on your international removal costs. Spain is one of the most popular relocation destinations, especially for Brits, who flock to areas such as Madrid, Barcelona, and Alicante.
There are several airports and shipping ports across the region, as well as a huge road and rail network, making the move to Spain straightforward for your chosen international removal company.
There is plenty that goes into choosing the right company for your removals to Spain but luckily for you, you’re in the right place.
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Before you start packing your belongings, you need to decide what kind of shipping option you wish to take. There are several options to choose from when you’re relocating to Spain, depending on your preference and budget.
Due to COVID-19 regulations and Brexit, there may be delays as well as additional checks, regulations, and protocols.
Spain is accessible by land, sea, and sky thanks to its location, meaning that you have multiple shipping options to choose from. Here are the modes of transportation you can pick:
You can choose one option or a combination of options to suit your needs and requirements.
Shipping freight tends to be the most cost-effective way to get your goods abroad. Your chosen removals team will collect your goods for you and deliver them to your new location. If the removals company does not operate in Spain, they will entrust the job to a sister company that does.
There are 15 ports spread throughout Spain. This means that you can organise your shipment to arrive at a location that is convenient for you.
What is great about shipping freight is that there is plenty of room on the vessel, making it ideal for transporting heavier goods. This is an ideal choice for those who have lots of large and heavy goods such as furniture and motor vehicles. Using shipping freight is a more eco-friendly option compared to other options such as air freight as it has a reduced carbon footprint.
Choosing to ship your belongings can take a bit longer than other options like air freight, which are much faster in delivery.
Road freight companies make use of the various roads and rail networks across Europe. This means that your belongings can safely travel to Spain by land.
This option can take approximately 5 to 7 days for a groupage service, 3 to 4 days for a full load, or 2 to 3 days for those who have paid for express delivery. This is all dependent on various factors such as compliance and customs clearance.
Spain is known for its narrow roads that can make it difficult to access certain areas. Road freight companies that specialise in Spanish removals will own vehicles that can access these areas.
Like shipping freight, road freight can take longer to arrive. This is because the vehicle has to travel all the way down France to get to Spain. If you are moving to the south of Spain, you may be waiting an extra day or two before your belongings arrive.
Part-loading is when you are assigned a proportion of a large container that you can fill. The rest of the container is then filled with other people’s belongings. This is a cost-effective method that is best for those who don't own a lot of belongings.
Since Spain is so accessible by land, sea, and sky, part-loading is an easy option to choose regardless of what mode of transport you choose. It can take up to 2 weeks for your goods to arrive depending on what mode of transport you picked.
The disadvantage to using part-load is that you do have a limited amount of space. Always make sure that your belongings will fit in the allocated space beforehand. The removals company will send you specific measurements that you must adhere to.
Air freight is another popular option due to the speed of delivery. It is the most convenient choice for those who need their belongings as soon as possible. There are 59 airports in Spain meaning that you can book a flight that will carry your belongings to a convenient location.
Air freight is another great choice for those who don't have many belongings. Depending on the number of goods you wish to transport, air freight to Spain can take as little as a day.
It is a highly secure option as your belongings will be safe during transit.
The main disadvantage with air freight is the cost. It is the most expensive shipping option and may not be a suitable choice for those on a strict budget.
The average cost to ship furniture in a 20ft container is £1,468 and £3,015 to ship a 40ft container. The price can fluctuate depending on whether you opt for additional services as well as what kind of shipping method you decide to go with.
Here are the average shipping rates from the UK to Spain, according to PSS:
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For more information on the costs involved when moving to Spain, take a look at our guide to the cost of living in Spain.
When moving to Spain, you need to make sure that you have prepared the proper documentation to ensure that your move is as seamless as possible.
Here is the documentation required for your removals to Spain:
According to the UK government, all travellers entering Spain must provide proof of one of the following criteria:
UK citizens no longer hold the automatic right to residency in Spain due to Brexit. Those planning to spend up to 3 months in the country will need a Spanish Schengen visa.
Those looking to spend longer than 3 months after 6th July 2020 will have to apply for a Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero (TIE) card.
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