Moving to Spain
Posted by The Expatriator
Information about moving to Spain and annecdotal advice for those about to move. Moving/removal companies, different services, lists of boxes, shipping, customs, ports, valuating your goods, and getting your empadronamiento for expatriates in Spain.
We suggest you to be clear on our Moving to Spain “to do list” before reading this page.
We had a horrible experience in our move from New York. We unfortunately chose Official Moving System, who eventually gave door-to-port service when we paid for door-to-door service. On the bright side, they subcontracted Bax Global who were great, with a very helpful agent (Sonia) in Madrid. Be careful who you choose; it’s obviously very costly and difficult to complain to the movers from another country. For me, the Better Business Bureau and other government agencies did not help in reclamation.
Regardless of who you choose, talk to the relocation agent in Spain first (and DON’T choose a company that doesn’t have an agent in Spain). Doing the move by sea, you get charged by volume; by air, they charge by weight. (USA: A ship leaves from New York to Barcelona once a week and the journey takes a week.) If you pack yourself, MAKE A LIST OF THE CONTENTS OF ALL YOUR BOXES. When the stuff gets to Spanish customs, they’ll need this list.