Moving from the US to Greece
Moving overseas to Greece is exciting, but it is also stressful if you don't know where to begin.
International relocation requires plenty research and thorough planning before heading across the globe to start your new life-not to mention professional and skilled overseas shippers to ensure your goods arrive safely in your new country.
If you are planning a move to Greece, let International Sea & Air Shipping assist you with every aspect of your relocation to ensure it is seamless and hassle-free.
We provide all services you need: documentation assistance, customs assistance, packing, crating, and more!
How International Sea & Air Shipping can help for moving to Greece
At International Sea & Air Shipping, our moving specialists will be there to help you every step of the way during your move to Greece. Before you get started, learn more about all of our offered shipping services and options to determine what best meets your needs:
- Your moving timeline. When do you need to be in Greece? Should you ship your goods via air or sea freight?
- Your real estate plans. Will you be renting or buying a home?
- Your fragile items. Do you require packing or custom crating services?
- Your family/household size. Are you moving alone or with family? For business or personal reasons?
- Your cubic feet estimate. How large is your shipment?
How Much Does a Move to Greece Cost?
Cost is an important determining factor when planning an overseas move. Schedule a home survey with us to receive the most accurate estimate to ship your goods to Greece.
One of our trained moving specialists will visit your home to assess your belongings and determine the cubic footage of your shipment. You will then receive a free quote to ship your goods and be provided with the services you require.
The cost of your move to Greece will vary based on the cubic footage of your shipment, the method of shipping (air vs. sea freight) the services you require (packing and custom crating), and many other factors.
To get started, fill out our easy quote form and begin planning your move to Greece today!
A country rooted in ancient Aegean civilization tracing back to the Bronze Age, the Southern European country of Greece, officially the Hellenic Republic, is famous for being the cradle of Western civilization. Many disciplines and forms of entertainment originated in Greece, including Western philosophy, democracy, historiography, political science, mythology, Western drama (both tragedy and comedy) and the Olympic Games – all of which have influenced and shaped the modern world today.
Currently, Greece has a population of approximately 11 million, the 11th longest coastline in the world (the longest coastline on the Mediterranean Basin), and shares land borders with Albania, Bulgaria, Turkey and Macedonia. It features a mountainous mainland situated at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa, and is home to Mount Olympus (home of the Greek Gods according to Greek mythology).
Due largely in part to its enticing climate, and deep-rooted history in arts and sciences, Greece ranks 7th in the EU for tourism, and is classified as having an advanced and high-income economy. It is a founding member of the United Nations, and belongs to a number of other international institutions, including: EU, Council of Europe, NATO and WTO.
Can't wait to get started on your international relocation to Greece? Find out what you need to clear Customs first:
Custom Regulations for Greece
- Passport for customer and spouse (previous passport if current one is less than two years old)
- Bill of Lading
- Inventory, detailed and consularized by Greek Consulate in country of origin, (to be translated at destination and must include make, model and serial number of ALL APPLIANCES, and quality, quantity, square feet, and color of any woven floor covering in the shipment and auto, if any)
- Authorization Form - notarized by Greek embassy at origin or any police or KEP center in Greece
- Declaration Form - notarized by Greek embassy at origin or any police or KEP center in Greece
- Work / Residence Permit
- T2L Form - original, stamped by Customs at origin
- Letter from owner of goods authorizing Destination Agent to clear shipment
- Certificate of Repatriation (allows a Customer to bring goods into Greece duty-free)
- Certificate of Secondary Residence
- Proof of Residency abroad - utility bills, lease agreement, tax filings
- Housing contract
- Bank guarantee
- Customer must have lived outside of Greece for the previous two years
- Customer must be present at customs clearance with passport
- If relocating to Greece for work purposes, VAT (value added tax) is payable on all goods if shipments are from non EU countries
- ALL ITEMS brought in must be re-exported, or customs duty will be assessed when leaving
- An EORI (Economic Operators Registration and Identification) number is required for all imports and exports to clear Customs in the European Union
- If shipment belongs to GREEK REPATRIATE, OWNER MUST PERSONALLY ATTEND CLEARANCE
- Personal effects and household goods are generally duty-free
The following items are prohibited from being imported into Greece through Customs and may be seized by border authorities upon arrival. These items include, but may not be limited to:
- Firearms, weapons and ammunition
- Narcotics and illegal drugs
- Alcohol and tobacco products
- Playing cards
- Taxidermy items
- Live plants
- Medicines: personal use only
- Rugs: size, color, quality and quantity subject to duty of 30 percent
- Appliances: only one of each is allowed - make, model and serial number must be on the inventory
- Electronics: subject to duty of 35 percent
- Electrical items: subject to duty of 23 percent
- Computers, fax machines, and furniture: subject to duty of 18 percent
- Antiques: must be at least 100 years old, subject to duty of 8 percent
- Hunting Rifles: require a permit from the Ministry of the Interior
In order to import a motor vehicle into Greece, the following criteria must be met:
- The vehicle must be less than four years old
- The vehicle must have an odometer reading under 50,000 miles
- The vehicle must have been in owner's possession at least six months
- Some restrictions apply to vehicles with diesel engines
- Duties will vary based on make, model and how long the vehicle has been owned
- Driver's license & proof of insurance
- Certificate of Title and Registration
- Vehicle Road License showing that the appropriate road tax has been paid in the country of origin
- Consular Certificate from Origin
- Must be listed on Household Goods Inventory
- Certificate of Vaccination, including rabies within 30 days of departure
- Health Certificate issues within ten days of departure
- Proof of microchip including microchip number
- Birds are limited to two for entry
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, International Sea & Air Shipping 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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Motto : Freedom or Death|
Capital : Athens
National Anthem : "Ýmnos eis tīn Eleutherían" ("Hymn to Liberty")
Location : Southern Europe, bordering the Aegean Sea, Ionian Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea, between Albania and Turkey
Area : Total : 131,957 sq km
Land : 130,647 sq km
Climate : Temperate; mild, wet winters; hot, dry summers
Water : 1,310 sq km
Nationality : Greek(s)
Population : 10,760,136 (July 2011 est.)
Major Cities : ATHENS (capital) 3.252 million; Thessaloniki 834,000 (2009)
Languages : Greek 99% (official), Other 1% (includes English and French)
GDP : $321.7 billion (2010 est.)
Exchange Rates : Euros (EUR) per US dollar - 0.7715 (2010), 0.7179 (2009), 0.6827 (2008), 0.7345 (2007), 0.7964 (2006)
Airports : 81 (2010)
Roadways : Total : 117,533 km
Waterways : 6 km
Ports & Terminals : Agioi Theodoroi, Aspropyrgos, Pachi, Piraeus, Thessaloniki