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Moving to Spain

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A favourable climate, well-maintained seashores, clean Mediterranean air, access to sunshine and healthy, tasty food almost all year round. Life in Spain is a dream for millions of people from all over the world.

We recommend learning Spanish prior to arriving in Spain, otherwise, you will be deprived of the most interesting conversations with sultry Spaniards. Great public healthcare, proximity to European countries, affordable cost of living and many more benefits await you in Spain.

Ready to move to Spain? Familiarise yourself with ways to move household goods to Spain and customs regulations before you start packing.

Moving to Spain by Sea Freight

The most affordable way to move to Spain is via Sea freight. Sea freight household goods shipping is the most common way to move overseas. When moving to Spain with HMC, depending on the volume of your cargo, you will be provided with the following shipping options:

Moving to Spain by Air Freight

Supposing that you are moving to Spain with only necessary items, or simply something that you need immediately upon arrival, the fastest way to move household goods to Spain is via Air freight. In a matter of days, your goods will be relocated from your home country to Spain.

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Sole Use Container
Shared Container

In case you plan to move to Spain with all of your valuables, a Full Container Load is what you need. FCL refers to a personalised container filled solely with your items. Sole Use Containers are perfect for those, who are transporting luxury, costly and fragile items. Your valuables will remain undisturbed until the cargo reaches its destination.

HMC offers 3 container sizes when moving to Spain:

20 ft Container
40 ft Container
40 ft High-Cube

If you do not have enough items to fill up one full container, you can ship your items by sea freight when moving to Spain using the shared container method. The Shared Containers method refers to multiple cargoes from different senders combined to fill up one shipping container.

There are 2 options to choose from when moving to Spain using the shared containers method:

Groupage Shipping

If shipping using groupage, the international moving company will keep your items in storage until enough shipments are collected to be sent together. Groupage shipping is the cheapest way to relocate your household goods as all the shipping costs and charges will be divided between the customers/senders.

LCL shipping

Less than Container Load is used by International moving companies to ship cargo in custom wooden crates. Once packed, movers will pass your possessions to the freight forwarder to be transported to Spain.

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

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

Moving to Spain, there are 2 services provided by international moving companies:

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Door to Port

Customers/shippers choose door-to-port service to have more control over cargo transportation once in Spain. Choose Door-to-Port service If you are transporting restricted items and must be present for customs clearance.

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Door to Door

If you are relocating to Spain with no restricted items and your shipping does not require any permits personally presented during the customs clearance, consider Door-to-Door service. The international moving company will deliver your goods to your new home in Spain so you would not have to make any additional transportation arrangements.

Moving household goods to Spain

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

Customs Regulations

When moving to Spain, imported items will qualify for duty-free entry if the shipper/owner has lived abroad for at least 12 months, owned goods for no less than 6 months and if items will be imported to Spain within 3 months after the owner’s arrival. Items can not be sold, disposed of or lent for a year after importation.

  • Returning Spanish citizens with “Cancellation of Residence” can import free of duty if they have lived abroad for more than 12 months. The “Cancellation of Residence” document must be presented during the customs clearance
  • If the shipper/owner does not hold a valid Residence permit, 40% - 60% of the declared cargo value will be required as a Bank guarantee (will be returned within 6 months after permit presentation). You will be required to present a valid Spanish work permit at the customs clearance
  • The shipper/owner must be registered at the National Tax Office / Revenue Service. If the shipper does not hold the Residence Permit (therefore is not registered with National Tax Office), the sponsor/employer/company must represent him/her at custom clearance.

Restricted and Dutiable Items

  • Guns, ammunition and weapons (permit is required)
  • Antiques and works of arts ( permit is required)
  • New furniture ( import license required if valued over €3,000)
  • Inheritance (death certificate, the will/testament and payment/exemption confirmation must be provided in Spanish)
  • Plants ( Phytosanitary certificate required)
  • Tobacco products ( limited amount)
  • Alcohol ( limited amount)
  • Wedding Trousseaux ( marriage certificate or Spanish family book must be provided)

Prohibited Items

  1. Drugs and narcotics
  2. Medication (must be imported with a prescription from the owner)
  3. Disturbing and pornographic materials
  4. Species under the CITES category
  5. Explosives
  6. Toxic materials and chemicals

Shipping a Car to Spain

Any vehicle imported to Spain from a non-EU country is subject to custom duty and VAT unless proved to be solely for personal use. The vehicle must comply with an EU vehicle standard and pass Vehicle Inspection Test (Inspección Técnica de Vehículos – ITV). To qualify for a duty-free entry, the owner must have lived abroad for 12 months and have the vehicle in use for no less than 6 months.When moving a car to Spain, you must present the following documents:

  1. Vehicle registration document
  2. Original Title
  3. Owner’s passport
  4. Copy of the purchase invoice
  5. Ficha Tecnica or CoC (if required)
  6. Proof of address

Moving Pets to Spain

To move pets to Spain you must follow the next regulations:

  1. Pet must be older than 3 months
  2. Pet imported to Spain must be microchipped/tattooed
  3. Pet must be rabies vaccinated at least 21 days before the move, no older than 1 year ago
  4. One can import up to 5 pets ( if more, commercial requirements apply)
  5. Can import more than 5 pets for competitions, exhibitions or other events (evidence required)

Electronics in Spain

Before packing any electronic appliances identify whether they will be working in Spain. Spain has a C and F plug type with 230v voltage power. If you move to Spain from Canada or the US, your electronics will not be working and you will be required to purchase an adapter.

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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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

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!

Good job. Guys were very pleasant and fast. Everything was clear, no hidden fees. They met all my request.

The guys over at Hercules Moving came highly recommended and they did not disappoint! Their meticulous attention to detail in wrapping every piece of furniture did not come at the cost of time, they were still highly efficient and very hard working. Vidas and his partner were very friendly and made the move stress free! Their full service is very impressive.The next time I move I will be choosing Hercules Moving Company and so should you!!

Professional and hardworking. I’ve used them many times and would highly recommend for storage Toronto services and moving services! They’re the best in Toronto.

I called Hercules movers because I needed to transfer furniture from the office in Ottawa to the warehouse in a short time. In response, the moving specialist offered me several payment options, packing materials to purchase and available time slots to choose. Four movers and a truck were required for the relocation, which successfully appeared on the day of the move. Office movers transported everything quickly, nevertheless without the rush. I didn’t assume that all furniture pieces will be received so fast.

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.

A++++++++. Hercules Moving is the only company I would ever hire for small moves if I had to move again. The crew was amazingly fast, professional, and very careful with our stuff. They wrapped all the furniture with pads and plastic wrap making it very difficult to scratch. Not only to mention the excellent customer service they provided all along. Hercules is simply the best!

Donald Quan

Used Hercules for the first time for the move of my very expensive and rare C.Bechstein grand - I was so pleased with their service an demeanour at the baby coddling care they used in handling my pride and joy that I will be using them for all of my piano moves from here on. I highly recommend these Guelph movers. Donald Quan - award winning film composer.

A++++++++. Hercules Moving is the only company I would ever hire if I had to move again. The crew was amazingly fast, professional, and very careful with our stuff. They wrapped all the fueniture with pads and plastic wrap making it very difficult to scratch. Not only to mention the excellent customer service they provided all along. Hercules is simply the best!

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.

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