Moving overseas can be stressful and you are taking belongings with you, a seamless process and your goods arriving safely is essential. Moving within Europe may require just a man and a van but if your move is intercontinental, a specialist firm can collect, wrap and ship your items in a container which can take up to two months.
If you are moving pets, staying within Europe means less complications with the correct documentation in place. It's possible to take your pets along with your goods with shorter moving times, but longer distances, require increased paperwork and permissions.
If your pets cannot travel with you alternative plans are needed. The good news is that moving cats and dogs to Europe is now easier than ever and most requirements can be arranged through a vet.
The criteria for animals to travel vary from country to country, but arranging rabies vaccinations, pet passports, micro-chipping (or ID tattoo) and tapeworm treatment (dogs only) are good places to start. A vital factor is your pet's general health so they are capable of completing the journey ahead. Pets flying long distances may endure long periods experiencing new environments noises which can cause stress.
A logistics agent can provide a list of do's and don'ts and items that may cause problems at borders. Prohibited goods include those derived from protected species such as coral, ivory, reptiles skins and tortoise shell, so it is worth checking any old unassuming items as they may compromise shipment. Always avoid taking excess meat and dairy products as limits may be enforced.
To learn more about requirements of moving live animals or other items you may not be sure of, visit the DEFRA website (Department for Environmental Food and Rural Affairs), or contact us and we'll introduce relocation experts that come highly recommended.