Moving to Portugal

International moving companies to Portugal


  • Shipment must arrive within 90 days of customers arrival and normally within 120 days of issue of the "Certificado de Bagagem"
  • All shipments must be cleared through same Customs office
  • Household goods must correspond in quantity to the social standing of the customer
  • Only one shipment allowed without special permit
  • If more than one shipment, detailed inventory must be submitted for each with the first shipment
  • If shipment originates from more than one place, separate inventory must be submitted for each


  • Passport (original)
  • "Certificado de Bagagem" issued by Portuguese Consulate
  • Inventory (in Portuguese, consularized and in duplicate and signed and dated by the customer)
  • Either Deed to property owned by customer, Work Permit or a Permanent Residence Permit
  • Declaration of ownership of goods, signed by the customer and witnessed by a Notary Public stating goods are the customers own possessions
  • If motor vehicles are included in shipment, they should also be listed on the inventory
  • Valued inventory (for Customs purposes)
    • Serial number of major electrical appliances
  • "Atestado do Residennia" (proof of entitlement to reside in Portugal)


  • Firearms, weapons and ammunition (up to a caliber of 7.62mm requires a special permit, anything over is prohibited)
  • Drugs and narcotics
  • Perishable foodstuff
  • Alcohol
  • Games of chance
  • Pornographic material
  • Gold in bars


  • New items (less than six months old) or items not showing obvious signs of use (do not pack in manufacturer's cartons)
  • Above items should be loaded near container doors for easy access by Customs
  • A reasonable quantity of wine and spirits in a household goods import equivalent to the contents of a normal domestic wine rack and cocktail cabinet
  • Electrical appliances and electronic items must be shown on the inventory with make, serial number, etc.
  • Tobacco products
  • Antiques


  • Certificate of Health issued by a veterinarian no more than four weeks prior to the date of entry of the pet in Portugal


  • Vehicles that have been in possession of the shipper for at least six (6) months can be imported. Duty and tax will be applied on all cars. The duty and tax rates vary based on year, make, model, and engine size. The duty and tax rates are very high.
    Documentation needed
    • Original registration
    • Title
    • International driver's license
    • Insurance document

NOTE: Customs regulations are subject to change at any time. The proceeding information is a brief summary of customs regulations applicable to household goods shipments to this destination and is being provided for general guidance to assist our Agents and Customers.
Since such regulations are subject to change without notice, we cannot be held liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other detrimental events resulting from non-compliance.
Always double check with your local embassy or consulate.

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