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Moving to Qatar

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Qatar has become a famous migration destination and no wonder why as it is a small land with enormous potential. Similar to its neighbours, Qatari discovered petroleum and natural gas deposits in 1939, which allowed the state to evolve and develop into a powerful and rich nation. Moving to Qatar would allow you to experience the best delights of the middle east and Arab culture.

Moving to Qatar is not an easy thing to do unless you have a job lined up, sponsorship and immigration go hand in hand here. Frequently, employers in Qatar provide an allowance or an accommodation, sometimes, transportation for foreign workers. In Qatar, there is no personal income tax which allows foreigners to save up and start a business back home.

Moving to Qatar by Sea Freight

When moving to Qatar via Sea Freight, shipments import standard clearance takes 7 to 10 working days. All the ocean freight shipments are subject to physical inspection and 5% duties charges unless, in theory, are proven to be for personal use and that the customer/shipper is intending to reside in Qatar for more than a certain period of time (differ for diplomats and foreign citizens). All the items must be unlocked for easy access.

Depending on your shipment volume, you can choose one of the following shipments methods when moving to Qatar:

Moving to Qatar by Air Freight

When moving to Qatar via Air Freight, shipments import standard clearance takes 3 to 5 working days with the first 3 days free of charge. After that, the customer/shipper will be charged 1 Qatari riyal per day 4 and 5, and 2 Qatari riyals per day onwards. All the shipments are subject to x-ray examination, which determines the shipment status as “red” or “green”. Only the “red” shipments undergo physical inspection.

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Air Freight
Sole Use Container
Shared Container

In case you have decided to relocate your whole house when moving to Qatar, the sole use containers are the best option to go with. All of your household goods will be packed and shipped to Qatar together and accessed only by the moving company and customs representatives.

Three container options are available when shipping with Hercules Moving Company:

20 ft Container
40 ft Container
40 ft High-Cube

If you are moving to Qatar with only essential items, you might not require a full container load. In this case, it is more practical to relocate using shared containers. Two methods of shipment are available when moving to Qatar:

Groupage Shipping

Groupage shipping method refers to multiple cargoes of different customers/shippers going to the same location or area, gathered into one freight and packed inside one container. Your moving company will collect your cargo and keep it in storage until there are enough goods to be shipped. Groupage shipments are most useful when shipping to a popular destination.

LCL shipping

When moving to Qatar using a Less than Container shipping method, your moving company will craft a custom wooden crate for your household goods and pass it on to a freight forwarder. The waiting time is less in comparison with groupage, however additional cost of the lift van and freight forwarder services will apply.

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 Qatar if you need your items quickly and with minimum wait time. Your cargo will arrive in Qatar in a matter of days. Choose one of the following shipment sizes when moving to Qatar:

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

Hercules Moving Company offers two services when moving to Qatar:

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Door to Port

Door-to-port service is most beneficial for those, shipping to Qatar some unique and extraordinary items that require permits provided upon clearance. Customers/shippers choose the door-to-port method when in need of more control over the shipment.

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Door to Door

Door-to-door service refers to a full packing-shipping-unpacking experience provided by the international moving company. When moving to Qatar you want to make sure everything will go smoothly with no unnecessary parties involved, communicating everything through one moving company that will deliver your household goods straight to your new home’s door.

Moving household goods to Qatar

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

Customs Regulations

The customer/shipper must be present in Qatar when the shipment arrives with a valid Qatar residence ID. Mostly, household goods are free from import duties and taxes if proven to be solely for personal use and will not be sold ( other terms apply).

  • Valid passport/visa/residence permit visa
  • Packed items list (in English)
  • Bill of Lading ( OBL) / express or telex release/airwaybill (AWB)
  • Letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ( diplomats)
  • Authorization letter (in Arabic)
  • Employment letter (NOC)
  • The Customs Audit Department has the right to check any duty/tax discrepancies within 5 years from the date of importation. If they believe that the duties were initially undercharged, an additional invoice will be issued for the customs duties. If the client fails to submit the bills/invoices for the goods, QAR 500 per shipment penalty will be applied.

Restricted and Dutiable Items

  • New furniture ( Invoices and certificate of origin are required)
  • Cigarettes (up to 400 are free from charges)
  • Computer equipment might become subject to the individual clearance procedure
  • Gifts and personal items (up to QAR 3,000 are free from charges)
  • Food products (must be in original packaging, should not contain any ingredients that are not allowed by Shaira law, maximum of 1 medium box)

Prohibited Items

The following items are prohibited from import to Qatar:

  1. Radioactive products
  2. Pork and pork products
  3. Alcohol
  4. Military items, firearms, weapons and ammunition (unless licensed by local authorities)
  5. Narcotics and drugs
  6. Flammables, explosives and fireworks
  7. Figurines, statues, idols from any material
  8. Nude/pornographic materials; political and religious materials are prohibited by the Qatari government and Sharia laws. Any entertainment objects (books, films, records, pictures) that do not comply with government standards and the Islamic faith are subject to severe penalties/ jail terms.
  9. Bones and skin from animals
  10. Endangered animal articles
  11. Counterfeit and false money/products
  12. Binoculars and drones
  13. Extraordinary value items ( precious stones, stamps, coin collections, jewelry, bonds etc.)
  14. Toys and gambling items
  15. Items manufactured by/from Israel

Shipping a Car to Qatar

Any vehicle imported into Qatar becomes subject to a 5% customs duty, but, possibly, if proven to be in personal use for the past 3 years and the owner has no intention to sell or dispose of it within the next year, could be waived. The following criteria must be met when moving a car to Qatar:

  1. A vehicle must not be older than 5 years (does not apply for motorbikes)
  2. The vehicle can be registered only if the owner holds a Qatari residentship
  3. Gulf standards must be met
  4. The car must be left-hand driven
  5. Any vehicle must be deep cleaned and emptied from any personal effects
  6. Two separate bills of lading are required for vehicles imported from GCC under MAQASA if placed in one container together with household goods ( one for a car and one for personal items). Both will be cleared and invoices will be sent separately.

Moving Pets to Qatar

As of today, there is one animal per person/family member policy in Qatar that helps to regulate pets coming into the country. Cats and dogs must be a minimum of seven months old when entering Qatar. If all the criteria are met, no quarantine is required.

In order to move pets to Qatar, you must obtain the following required documents:

  1. Valid pet passport with owner’s name, phone number and address
  2. Owner’s passport
  3. An identifiable microchip
  4. Vaccination record
  5. Rabies vaccination made more than a month prior, but less than a year to the importation date + valid rabies test
  6. Import permit from one of the Department of Animal Resources’ veterinary clinic’s

Electronics in Qatar

Qatar use a G plug type, similar to the one that is used in Britain, something to be mindful of when packing to move to Qatar. The standard voltage in Qatar is 240v.

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
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Insurance / RVP

Besides the standard coverage we do provide the Replacement Value Protection plan for our clients. The charge is dependent on the value of the items to be moved. Hercules Moving Company is 100% Bonded & Insured.
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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. At the same time we 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 happen in certain situations. If you have a question, just give us a call at (844) 462-6683.
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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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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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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!

Candice Singlair

These Guelph movers were the nicest movers and so efficient. I highly recommend them to anyone. Even my interior designer complimented them. Thanks Hercules.

Thank you very much, Hercules moving company for your hard work, great service and fast delivery. We greatly appreciate it and would recommend your services to anyone looking to move!

Discipleof Christ

The Hercules moving crew did an amazing, fantastic job in moving my mother's upright piano. The two brothers crew are incredibly strong, expedient, courteous, and professional. The company gave the best quote, the fastest appointment booking, and was the most polite when compared to all the other piano moving companies I called in Toronto and the GTA. I absolutely recommend this company for anyone who needs to have their piano and/or heavy objects moved.

Donald Quan

I used Hercules for a non-piano move for the first time from their Storage Toronto. I expected only the best service from them as I’ve experienced how they treat Concert pianos and they delivered 100%. The time and cost they quoted was exactly what it took. They really know how to quote their services. No surprises....so rare in a moving company. They came over-prepared with blankets, stair coverings, wrappings, mega tape. They were not about to let anything happen to my valuable stuff. Best movers I’ve ever used.....they almost take moving to an art form.

Excellent service! All individuals I dealt with went above and beyond, including rearranging their schedule to accommodate the move. The team moving were so quick, clean and extremely careful to ensure no damage occurred to anything. Would recommend Hercules Moving in a heartbeat.

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!

These guys did a great job. They are the best Barrie movers in Ontario. Very professional, quick and also careful. They clearly knew what they were doing as I imagine moving a grand piano isn't the same as moving a couch.

Gita Banks

I hired Hercules Moving to move our family from Toronto out to the Halton Hills area. Our move was complicated involving multiple phases, and I hired Hercules to do all our packing, storage, moving (including our family piano), and partial set-up. I cannot say enough about the various teams from Hercules that did all this work. Every single team member was highly professional, unbelievably hard-working, trustworthy, and most of all very concerned that we as the client were satisfied with everything. These Toronto movers was the single greatest contributor to making our move as smooth and painless as possible. Thank you to the Hercules team for your diligence, hard work and professionalism. I plan to recommend them to anyone I know who needs a mover in the future!

The crew that came to move us were amazing! From their first step in the door they had to I mats down. =M Every thing was wrapped with care for all the corners and the feet. Their care of my baby grand was excellent. Both my husband and I would highly recommend them!

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