Moving to Ireland from the US
In moving to Ireland it is necessary to hire a reputable and experienced moving company as unlike city-to-city or state-to-state relocation, international moving is much more complex, requiring you to undergo lengthy procedures to get everything done. You need to prepare pertinent documents required by the customs and determine the best method to ship your household goods and personal effects. If you do not know much regarding these matters, moving companies can guide you on what to do, as they do not only provide moving services but also strive to make relocating hassle-free for their clients. The real challenge, however, is finding an excellent company that would be able to provide all your overseas moving needs.
A first-rate international mover does not only offer global moving services but should be specialized in this field. Also, you need to ensure that an international moving company you are interested in has a good track record. You can ask for referrals from their past customers or perhaps do an online search for feedback and reviews. In doing so, you would be guaranteed that the company you are considering provides high-quality services. It is also advantageous to make sure that a company is licensed as an NVOCC (Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier) by the FMC (Federal Maritime Commission) and also possesses a license from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Before you choose a moving company, make sure to do head-on comparisons of moving quotes from various companies to end up with the most reasonably-priced services.
After securing an agreement with a moving company of your choice, it is now time to prepare documents required by the customs of Ireland and know about the regulations imposed on shipping of household goods. Shipping documents required are your passport, work permit, Irish Customs Form-Notice 1076, inventory of household goods in English, Transfer of Residence Form, additional Irish Customs Form CU56, proof of transfer of residence, and proof of employment in Ireland. All shipped household goods and personal effects are duty-free if they are under your ownership for at least six months and you should not resale these items for the next twelve months following their importation. All goods are subject to inspection by the Irish Customs.
Some goods are restricted and dutiable if imported to Ireland. These goods include new household and personal items, perfumes, alcohol and tobacco products, and gold and silver. There are also goods that you cannot import to Ireland such as weapons, agricultural goods, narcotics and drugs, pornographic items, as well as meat and poultry products.
Car, trailers, and other vehicles are duty-free if you owned them for more than six months before you imported them to Ireland. All imported vehicles must not be sold, disposed, or lent within one year after their importation. If you want to bring your pets, you need to secure an Import License and an inoculation proof. They also need to undergo a six month-long quarantine.