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Moving to Portugal

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The Republic of Portugal (Republica Portuguesa) is an economically developed European country. The country attracts tourists from all over the world with its warm climate, excellent service and a variety of opportunities for excellent recreation. Emigrants come here for a decent standard of living, high wages and professional medical care

If you have decided to move to Portugal do not rush to pack your bags just yet. Do your research and understand how to move to Portugal and what household goods you can bring along. In this article, we discuss the ways in which items can be shipped to Portugal and important customs information that will help you to avoid troubles at the borders.

Moving to Portugal with Hercules Moving Company

Are you planning to move to Portugal for a new adventure or a change of scenery? Hercules Moving Company is here to make your transition as smooth and stress-free as possible. With our cutting-edge AI-powered virtual home survey technology from yembo.ai, we can provide you with an accurate quote for your move in just minutes.

The Quote

We offer several options for shipping your belongings to Portugal, including door-to-door and door-to-port services. Our door-to-door service ensures that your items will be picked up at your current home and delivered directly to your new door in Portugal. If you prefer, we also offer door-to-port service, where your items will be shipped to a designated port in Portugal for you to collect.

For those looking to save on costs, our groupage LCL service allows you to share a container with other customers moving to the same destination. This option is ideal for those who have a smaller shipment or a tighter budget. Our full container load service is perfect for larger shipments and provides exclusive use of a 20- or 40-foot container for your belongings.

The Move Process

At Hercules Moving Company, we make the moving process as seamless as possible. Our experienced team will guide you through every step of the move, from packing to transportation to destination services in Portugal.

Origin Services

Before your move, we offer a range of origin services to ensure a smooth transition. Our team will assist with packing, disassembling furniture, and loading your items onto the shipping container. We will also provide you with a detailed inventory list of your belongings for reference during the move.

Origin Documents

In addition to origin services, we also handle all necessary origin documents, including customs clearance and export declarations. Our team will ensure that all documents are in order and submitted on time to avoid delays during the move.


Hercules Moving Company uses only the most reliable shipping lines to ensure that your belongings are transported safely and efficiently to Portugal. Our team will monitor the shipment every step of the way and keep you updated on its progress.

Destination Services in Portugal

Upon arrival in Portugal, our team will provide you with various destination services, including unloading, reassembling furniture, and unpacking. We will also handle customs clearance and import declarations for a hassle-free arrival in your new home.

In conclusion, Hercules Moving Company is your one-stop solution for a seamless and stress-free move to Portugal. Contact us today for a personalized quote and to start planning your next adventure.

Moving to Portugal by Sea Freight

If you wonder what is the most affordable way to move to Portugal, without s doubt, the answer is shipping your household goods via sea freight. Moving to Portugal by sea freight is a secure and the most cost-effective method to ship overseas.

Depending on the volume of your cargo, choose one of the following container shipments:

Moving to Portugal by Air Freight

The fastest way to move household goods to Portugal is via Air Freight. Whether you need to have items immediately or simply do not wish to wait weeks for the valuables to arrive, use air freight cargo shipment and items will arrive in a matter of days.

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Air Freight
Sole Use Container
Shared Container

Sole use container, also referred to as FCL (Full Container Load) is used for big volume cargo that is enough to fill up a full container. The sender/customer will be provided with an individual container exclusively accessible by him. There are three different container sizes available when moving to Portugal with HMC:

20 ft Container
40 ft Container
40 ft High-Cube

The shared container shipping method is used to combine multiple cargo from different senders to a similar location / area. Relocating to Portugal using shared container service if you do not require a full container load. There are two shipping options to choose from:

Groupage Shipping

In groupage shipping, an international moving company will gather your possessions and store them up to when another cargo is collected to fill up one whole shipping container. The shipping costs will be split between all senders. Groupage works best for popular relocation destinations.

LCL shipping

In Less than Container Load shipping, an international moving company will build a custom wooden crate for your household goods and pass it to a freight forwarder, who then will ship it to Portugal.

Sole Use Container

It is known that the fastest way to move from one place to another is by plane. Therefore, shipping your household goods by air freight is a convenient way to move to Portugal if you need your items quickly and with minimum wait time. Your cargo will arrive in Portugal in a matter of days. Choose one of the following shipment sizes when moving to Portugal:

20 ft Container
40 ft Container
40 ft High-Cube
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Door to Port vs. Door to Door Moving

When moving to Portugal there are 2 service options that international moving companies provide:

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Door to Port

Door-to-port refers to a moving service that allows the customer/shipper to have more control over the shipment when moving to Portugal. The international moving company will pack and deliver your items to be shipped to one of the ports/airports so you can personally collect them upon arrival.

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Door to Door

Door-to-door refers to a moving service when the international moving company provides full relocation service with disassembling, packing, shipping, delivering and assembling your household goods at your new home in Portugal. It is most convenient for those, who can not collect the shipment themselves or do not want to work with another local moving company.

Moving household goods to Portugal

Customs Regulations
Restricted and Dutiable Items
Prohibited Items
Shipping a Car to Portugal
Moving a Boat to Portugal
Moving Pets to Portugal
Electronics in Portugal

Customs Regulations

  • Shipment must arrive no later than 6 months from the day of the owner’s arrival
  • For duty-free import of interesting items, a certified copy of the death certificate and the will are required
  • Household items will be imported duty-free if have been in the owner’s use for more than 6 months and are not intended for sale
  • Transferees must be present for customs clearance
  • The non-residence must provide a valid for no less than 12 months proof of residency as an identity card, a certificate issued by the Portuguese Consulate or an employment contract from the country of origin.

Required documents:

  1. Original passport
  2. An Atestado De Residência ( for those who move to Portugal for no more than 4 months)
  3. Certificado de Bagagem
  4. A detailed list of imported items

Restricted and Dutiable Items

Items that are restricted or duties must be paid to import to Portugal:

  • 200 cigarettes / 100 cigarillos / 50 cigars / 250g of tobacco (can be combined but not exceed the total limit for non-EU countries)
  • 4 L of still wine / 16 L of beer / 1 L spirit drink / 20 L of intermediate products (can be combined but not exceed the total limit for non-EU countries)
  • Up to 10 L of vehicle fuel in a portable container
  • Antiques
  • Medicine ( needs a prescription)
  • Hunting and civilian guns ( permits and property title require)
  • Clothes made from animals that are under the CITES category

Prohibited Items

The following items are prohibited from import to Portugal:

  1. Firearms, ammunition and weapons
  2. Narcotics and drugs
  3. Pornographic content
  4. Food products
  5. Animal products
  6. Gold bars
  7. Explosives and radioactive
  8. Games of chance (used for gambling purposes)

Shipping a Car to Portugal

If you decide to move a car to Portugal consider that all the vehicles imported to Portugal must comply with EU standards. Do not forget to fill out the DAV and pay the DUC in the first 20 days after the car has been imported.

Documents required for the ISV (Vehicle Tax) exemption:

  1. Fill up the Modelo 1460.1 for ISV exemption (if qualify)
  2. The Declaração Aduaneira de Veículos (Customs declaration of vehicles) filled up online at Portal das Finanças.
  3. Vehicle registration certificate and title deed, if applicable, proving the vehicle's ownership
  4. Identity Card or personal identification document in the case of a foreign citizen who does not possess an ID
  5. Taxpayer card
  6. Official residence certificate issued by the competent authority
  7. Document of daily life attesting to a residence in the country of origin, such as receipts for rent, water and electricity consumption, pay slips or proof of discount for health and retirement purposes

Moving a Boat to Portugal

Any boat that is imported to Portugal from outside the EEC is subject to a 23% VAT and 2% import duty taxes ( if not proven to be for personal use for at least 6 months prior to importing and that the owner lived abroad for at least 12 months). The boat is required to comply with EU Recreational Craft Directive with the CE mark.

Moving Pets to Portugal

If you are planning to move pets to Portugal, here are the main criteria you need to follow:

  1. Pet must be microchipped/tattooed ISO-compliant ( must be implanted prior to Rabies vaccination)
  2. Pet must be older than 12 weeks
  3. Rabies vaccination must be performed 21 days prior to the move and no older than 1 year
  4. Valid anti-rabies vaccination
  5. Blood test ( for some countries)
  6. Must arrive through Lisbon, Oporto, Faro, Funchal, Ponta Delgada or Terceira Island
  7. The border inspectors must be noticed 48 hours prior to pets arriving by air

Electronics in Portugal

When moving to Portugal, keep in mind that Portugal has F and C plug types with 220-240 voltage power. When packing electrical appliances identify whether it makes sense for you to move them to Portugal or better sell them in your home country and buy a new one upon arrival.

How We Work

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Crating & Taxidermy
Fine Art Moving
Fragile Packing
Furniture Handling
Furniture Protection

Hercules can build custom measured crates and containers to meet your specific long distance shipping needs. If you are moving, and have a taxidermy collection, the experts at HMC can help. Our crateless system is effective for securing any type or size of trophy.

Hercules goes the extra mile to ensure that all of your most valuable art is protected. Expert wrapping and packaging methods start the highest quality moving & packing materials. Our mover training program ensures that every team has an expert who can safely pack any item so it arrives in the same condition it left.

To avoid damage to fragile items during a long-distance move to your new residence, office or storage unit Hercules will use all the right materials and implement the proper packing techniques for maximum protection.

With the right training and proper equipment, your furniture will be handled safely in any situation.

Not all furniture is the same size. Hercules uses various materials to prepare furniture for moving: moving blankets, cardboard, bubble wrap, or alligator wrap. HMC movers and packers will pack your furniture the right way.

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Packing Options

Based on our customers needs we have created 3 Packing Packages you can choose from, it is also fine if you pack yourself.
$14 - $300
Selected Items Packing
Great for people who want to pack themselves, however wish not to risk for valuables
  • Flat Screen TVs
  • Art / Statues
  • Antique Furniture
  • High Value Items
from $500
Full Packing
Get an all-inclusive service, you wouldn’t even dream about doing something
  • Kitchen Packing
  • Closets Packing
  • Knick-Knacks Packing
  • Packing of Everything Else
$300 - $900
Fragile-only Packing
Great for people with a lot of crockery, glass cabinets or just fragile items
  • Glass/Fragile Furniture Packing
  • Extra Fragile Items Crating
  • Pictures Packing
  • Kitchen Packing

Why Choose

Hercules Moving Company?

Besides the standard coverage we do provide the Replacement Value Protection plan for our clients. The charge is dependant on the value of the items to be moved. Hercules Moving Company is 100% Bonded & Insured.
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Assembly Disassembly
We know how hefty and hard could be the moving day, and dismantling and assembling the furniture not the pleasant things to do when you are tired. We have you covered, and can put all furniture together quick & with no damage.
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Dedicated Coordinator
When you become our client, you become part of our family! Every client assigned a moving concierge, anything you need from charges explanation to organizing the supplies delivery or debris removal, just inquire your moving coordinator.
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Packing Materials
Every single move includes the protection via Heavy Duty Moving Blankets & Stretch Wrap. However, we also carry great variety of materials, virtually for any piece of furniture. We also offer custom crating/packaging solution.
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Free On-Site Estimate
We understand that you might not have time, or your property is too large for the phone conversation. We provide both Physical & Virtual on-site estimates, for your convenience.
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Upfront & Transparent
We tend to provide as much accurate estimates as possible. At the same time we will inform you on potential charges that might happened in certain situations. If you have a question, just give us a call at (844) 462-6683.
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What Clients say About Us

Anastasiya Mamayeva

These guys are amazing. They are fast and reliable. They are reasonably priced compared to other big companies. They moved 3br appt on a very short notice with no extra charge. All my furniture arrived in the same condition as before the move. I would definitely recommend them!

Great moving experience with the best Scarborough movers I have ever met in Toronto. Arrived with a team of 3 guys and moved a 4500sq2 house within 8 hours. Amazing service!

The Hercules moving team conducted themselves in a very professional manner. Upon their arrival they were quick to introduce themselves. My piano was carefully wrapped before moving it. Once at its destination the moving team decided on the best way to move my piano into its new home. They laid mats along their route to protect my flooring. They had to move some furniture out of their way. Throughout the entire process of moving the piano they were very careful with the piano and my home. They recommended putting some coasters (which they had on hand) under the wheels of the piano to protect my flooring before taking it off of their mats. After unwrapping and disposing of all of the wrap they made sure I was happy with the placement of the piano before considering their job complete. Even took the time to move back all of the items they moved out of their way, no matter how small. Overall I was very happy with my experience with Hercules Moving Company. I highly recommend them.

Hercules is by far the most efficient, customer friendly and experienced movers I have dealt with. They took such good care of furniture and personal belongings and made a stressful move seem effortless. I would not hesitate to use these Ottawa movers again. For a five star, hassle free service, with great care and attention, I would recommend Hercules.

Esther Katz

The Barrie movers arrived on time and impressed me with their friendly and polite demeanour. They completed the move professionally, taking care to pack and protect each of the items to be moved. I was very pleased with the job that was done. I would heartily recommend them for everyone in Ontario.

All four movers were excellent, courteous and very professional. They took good care of our furniture, Piano and other things during the move. we were very pleased and will always use them & recommend them for any moving projects.

Karolis S.

I couldn't have been happier with my move. It went way better than I expected. Everything was perfect from time of "my guys" arrival till everything was totally finished and cleaned up - beds and dining room table put together. All I can add is, if you're moving, call Hercules - the best Victoria movers. Thank you to all of you for a wonderful move!

I was very worried when I knew I had to move my piano and I did some research online to see how can I get it done and I found Hercules Moving Company and I decided to give them a try. I was astonished how quickly and easy they did that without leaving a single mark on it. I was pleased and surely will call again!!!

Gentle Giant

We initially hire Hercules to move our piano, but after our bad experience with our previous mover we hire them for our 2nd move with our entire household content. They were efficient, helpful and most importantly stronger than over mover. They blanketed old furniture and disassembled and reassembled the furniture back in place. They were accommodating and had stair mats and cover on the floor so that we didn't have to do major clean up after the move. We really appreciated their patience in positioning our grand piano into the exact angle we needed in the room. I will recommend them. My elderly mother also hired them and they took care of her move as well. She really appreciated the hassle free experience.

Have used Hercules Moving for 2 work related circumstances. Extremely professional, cautious and timely. I would have no hesitation to recommend this company to others. They are my go to company from now on.

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