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Cargo Shipping To Greece

With over a thousand islands, Greece has one of the longest coast lines in the world, making cargo shipping relatively easy with help from a reliable international cargo shipping company.  If you are planning on cargo shipping to Greece, contact Cargo Experts for a free freight quote.

Finding out about the custom and import rules for cargo shipping to Greece can help save time and money when you are moving overseas. The import regulations for shipping to Greece are simple to follow with a little planning. 

If you have a residence permit for Greece before you arrive in the country, you can ship household items duty free. In order to qualify for a residence permit, you must either be:
  1. Of Greek descent
  2. Married to a Greek citizen, or
  3. In possession of a work permit granted by the Greek government
If you qualify for a Certificate of Repatriation, you are allowed to bring certain items to Greece duty-free. For example, if you are Greek but you have worked out of the country for a few years, you can begin the repatriation process. This requires that you have a Greek Tax number by the time your items are entering the country through customs. You will need to contact the nearest Greek consulate in order to receive a duty-free certificate.

The duty-free tax relief does not count toward any items that have commercial value, determined by customs officials by the type of item and the quantity. Alcohol and tobacco products are not duty-free; you will have to declare them at customs. Greece also places restrictions on a few items which you cannot bring into the country including:
  • Weapons
  • Drugs
  • Meat or dairy products

Duty Free Cargo Shipping To Greece

It is important to note that you can only make one duty-free shipment to Greece, so make sure to pack everything you need in one trip. Only one of each type of electronic item is duty free. However, if you can provide a justification, such as family size, for having two or more of any one item, there is a chance that those items can also be duty-free.

When you are shipping cargo to Greece, it is important that you plan to be present at customs with your passport in order to receive clearance on your shipment. In order for all household items to remain duty-free, you cannot sell, give or lend any of the household items for at least one year after shipping household items to Greece.

If any of your imported items are sold or lent, you must pay the original custom taxes and you will have to make an overdue payment from the time it was first imported.

Ship A Car To Greece

If you are planning on moving to Greece or living there for an extended period of time, you might want to ship a car to Greece

Vehicles can be imported to Greece duty free as long as you have owned the vehicle for at least six months.  If you want to ship a new car to Greece, you will be expected to pay an added tax or VAT. You are also expected to pay for license plates for all vehicles that you ship to Greece.

Similar to personal items and household goods, you cannot sell, give or lend anyone your car for at a set number of years after shipping it to Greece or you will be subject to the original import taxes. In fact, no one other than a direct family member can drive a car shipped to Greece or you could be expected to pay the original import taxes.

Interested in Bringing a Pet to Greece?

You can bring a household pet with you when you are moving to Greece. All pets imported to Greece must be microchipped for identification purposes, and vaccinated against rabies. If you are moving overseas and bringing a pet to Greece, your pet will need to have a blood test at least thirty days after vaccinations to make sure the vaccine is working. Finally, all pets imported to Greece must travel in a cage with the owner’s name, postal address and telephone number listed on the outside.

Additionally, before you move to or even visit Greece, you will need to have a yellow fever vaccine which you can get from a medical clinic in your area. Moving to Greece is a great opportunity to live or work abroad. While moving a household to a new country can be stressful, knowing the rules pertaining to international cargo shipping can make it much easier. Making a detailed packing list and packing similar items close together will help ease the customs process. An international cargo shipping company like Cargo Experts can help you obtain all the correct paperwork to help make your move to Greece much easier.

Call Cargo Experts toll free call today at 866-994-7822 with any questions you might have about cargo shipping to the Greece or for a free freight quote for your cargo shipment to Greece.

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