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How to move our belongings from UK to Portugal?

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Hello all, 

We thought of reaching out as we are planing to move to Porto at the end of this year and we are a bit baffled with all the new regulations that apply to the UK after Brexit. After having decided to get rid of all our plants we are now trying to figure out how to move the rest of our belongings.

Recently I found the following…..

When moving from a non-EU country, once you move to Portugal, you have 365 days to move your belongings to Portugal tax free, and the Portuguese Consulate will provide you with a baggage certificate and other documents to send with your goods so it doesn’t get held up in customs. 

Unfortunately, you can’t ship (tax-free at least) until you have your Atestado do Residençia, a document issued by your local Câmara which states you are entitled to live in Portugal, and a Portuguese address. 

 

http://www.portugalemlondres.org/uploads/3/9/1/9/39196087/baggage_certificate.pdf

 

Baggage Certificate 

It is mandatory to send all requested documentation 

 

  • Completed request for the issue of a Baggage cerificate  
  • List of personal belongings to be transported and imported into Portugal 
  • Proof of residence in the UK for more than 1 year (e.g. payslips, GP registration, bills of water/electricity/gas) 
  • Proof of cancellation of residence in the UK (e.g. cancelling GP registration, closing accounts for water/electricity/gas) 
  • Declaration on the establishment and cancellation of residence in the UK and transfer of residence to Portugal 
  • Declaration that the personal belongings to be transported and imported to Portugal were acquired more than 6 months prior to the date of cancellation of the UK residence, were used at that residence and are intended to be used at the new habitual residence in Portugal 
  • Copy of ID Card/Passport
  • Copy of the residence permit in Portugal (in the case of foreign nationals) 
  • International Cheque in Pounds (if the certificate is to be sent to a Portuguese address) or Postal Order (if the certificate is to be sent to a UK address) 

 

Questions:

-Do we need to set everything up (address, NIF, above certificate) before we even transport anything to Portugal? 

-"Tax free for 365 days" - does it mean I can take my personal whisky collection with this certificate?

-What needs to go on the list of personal belongings? Do we need to make a list of literally everything we own or just the more valuable items?

-We also have a little collection of homemade liquors, medicinal tinctures, for personal use, would that be possible to be transported with this document?

-What would be efficient as proof of cancellation of residence in the UK, does a 

  closing account from Thames water and our electric/gas supplier is efficient? 

-We are European citizen (German, Polish/Greek) so I take it we do not need to  

  show a residence permit? 

 

We do not have much in terms of valuables, we didn’t buy anything in the last 6 months, our computers, tv, radio, bicycles, speakers are all more than 3 years old. No car, no plants, no pets. It’s basically just the alcohol which could make trouble. 

As Brexit is so recent it seems all the information we have found is vague and not very helpful.

We would much appreciate if anyone could give some advice, anyone who knows something about the above, whether from personal experience or simply suggest some links where we could read more about it. 

Thanks a lot!

Natali and Oliver   

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Hi - and welcome to the forum from me.

 

I can give you one pointer out of all of the above.

Portuguese decree law 31/89 (which I can't right now find in an English version) specifically excludes alcohol from personal possessions exemption from duty when transferring residence from a non EU country.

Decreto-Lei n.º 31/89 - (Article 5a being the specific text on that matter)

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Dear x-camone, thank you for the response! Every little helps! 😀

Does this mean that we cannot transfer alcohol at all or that we could do it if we pay the tax duty? If so, where can I find information about the charges?

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@dafnii I can't add anything more for definite, I'm afraid.

I imagine it must be possible to get it in since it's not a banned substance or anything but quite how you go about it as a private individual, what documentation you might need and what charges apply I can't help with.

Perhaps a customs agent in Portugal might be able to handle an enquiry?

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Hello All,

I thought I post a little update in case it is useful for someone in the future.

We successfully moved to Portugal in January this year!! 🙂

We used an amazing moving company called TP International Removals, they were very professional, they took care of all the paperwork for us and no Baggage certificate was necessary. Also we didn't pay any tax duty. We even managed to take some of our homemade tinctures with us 🙂 They have offices in the UK, France and Portugal so they process all the customs in France so then when entering Portugal from France it is as if there was a move from an EU country to another EU country so no hassle.

We were moving a 2 bedroom house but sold a lot of our things, had 84 boxes of various sizes, some smaller furniture (no beds, sofa, chest of drawers, wardrobes as we sold those), 1 double mattress, 3 bicycles and we paid £3670 with insurance.

Everything was delivered in perfect condition and the transport took 10 days.

So we are now happy new Portuguese residents 🙂

Muitas Felicidades!

Natali & Oliver 

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@dafnii 

Thank you for the update, it is always nice that people update the post after having whatever was their issue resolved, you never know how many people may benefit from your experience, unfortunately many times people just drop a question and don’t even acknowledge the replies that they had, so It is good to know that all went well for you.

Wishing you all the best in your new life in Portugal.

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