Moving to Monaco from the U.S.
If you are moving to Monaco from the United States, there is plenty to consider before you head to Europe. With so much to prepare for, the last thing you want to worry about is the logistics of your complicated move.
International Sea & Air Shipping will make your transition to Monaco as seamless as possible by providing top-notch shipping services for all of your household goods and much more!
How International Sea & Air can help for moving to Monaco
First, one of our trained moving specialists will provide a personal consultation, thoroughly outlining your moving options based on specific criteria, such as:
- Your moving timeline. When do you need to be in Monaco?
- Your real estate plans. Will you be renting or buying?
- Your family/household size. Will you be moving alone or with your family? For business or personal reasons?
- Cubic feet estimate. How large is your shipment?
What Will Moving to Monaco Cost?
For an accurate estimate of your shipment size, you should schedule a home survey as early as possible for your move to Monaco. Our moving specialists will assess your belongings to give you the best potential estimate to expedite your relocation. The cost of moving to Monaco will vary considerably based on the cubic footage of your belongings and your proposed destination arrival time.
Don't forget to ask about our overseas packing and custom crating services, too!
Sometimes known for being a "tax haven” because of its lack of income tax, Monaco is a sovereign city-state and microstate. Situated on the French Riviera in Western Europe, the Principality of Monaco borders France and the Mediterranean Sea. Monaco is the most densely populated country in the world because of its minimal land area-in fact, it's also the second smallest country in the world!
Even though Monaco is independent when it comes to foreign policy, France is responsible for its military defense. Monaco uses the euro as currency and, as you may have guessed, has the official language of French. However, various other languages are spoken by its residents, including Italian, English and Monegasque. The country does not technically have a capital, but its largest quartier is Monte Carlo.
Customs Regulations for Monaco:
If you are moving to Monaco, you'll need certain documentation to clear customs with your shipment. For customers seeking permanent residence, the following documents are required:
For customers seeking secondary residence in Monaco, the following documents are required:
- Valid passport
- Detailed inventory - including value of items, signature and date (duplicate necessary as well)
- Certificate of Change of Residence (Attestation de non-Cession) - states customer has lived abroad for more than 12 months and has owned goods in shipment for more than 3 months (items may not be sold for a period of one year after customs clearance)
- Valid passport
- Detailed inventory - including value of items, signature and date (duplicate necessary)
- Proof of normal residence in origin country
- Proof of ownership or renter's lease on residence in origin country
- Authorization Certificate from Regional Customs Directorate
When you import goods into Monaco, your personal effects and household items may be duty-free if they are at least 3 months old and if you've lived outside of Monaco for at least 12 months. The same is true for customers seeking secondary residence in the country, as long as they are moving from a nation within the European Union. For non-EU countries, this used goods period is 6 months and the abroad residency period is 24 months. In addition, if you are planning to import a second shipment, you must declare this at the time of your first shipment's arrival in Monaco.
As with most countries, Monaco restricts specific items and assesses duties on certain types of goods. Here is a short list of some types of items that are either limited in quantity or dutiable at the time of import:
- Medicine - requires authorization from the Ministry of Health
- Firearms and ammunition - requires import permit from Directorate General of Customs
- Raw materials
- Antiques may require special license
In addition to restricting certain items, Monaco completely prohibits import of the following:
MOTOR VEHICLE REGULATIONS
- Live plants
- Drugs and narcotics
- Pornographic materials
If you are moving to Monaco for your job, chances are that you'll want to bring your car with you for transportation.
PETS AND ANIMAL REGULATIONS
- Motor vehicles may be imported duty-free if:
- You are making Monaco your primary residence.
- You have lived outside of Monaco for at least one year.
- You have owned the automobile for at least 6 months.
- Motor vehicles MUST be included in inventory, stating year, make, model, engine and registration numbers.
- Cars may be imported in same container as household goods if possible, but it must be closest to doors.
- The following documents are required to import an automobile into Monaco:
- Original purchase invoice
- Attestation from French Consulate at origin
Monaco allows you to import your pet, as long as you have an official Health Certificate and a Certificate of Vaccination from a licensed veterinarian in your origin country. The following types of pets are permitted with proper documentation:
DUTY AND TAX RATE PERCENTAGE
Though Monaco is a sovereign microstate, its duties and taxes are administered by the French government. This includes a value-added tax (VAT) of anywhere from 5% to 20%, as well as duties that range from 5% to 17%. Of course, these duties and taxes are not assessed to used household goods and personal effects that have been abroad for at least three months. Lastly, Monaco may not be part of the European Union, but it is part of the EU customs territory.
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 : With God's help|
Capital : Monaco
National Anthem : "Hymne Cherifien" ("Anthem of Morocco")
Location : Western Europe, bordering the Mediterranean Sea on the southern coast of France, near the border with Italy
Area : Total : 2 sq km
Land : 2 sq km
Climate : Mediterranean with mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers
Water : N/A
Nationality : Monegasque(s) or Monacan(s)
Population : 30,539 (July 2011 est.)
Major Cities : Monte Carlo; La Condamine; Fontvieille
Languages : French (official), English, Italian, Monegasque
GDP : $976.3 million (2006 est.)
Exchange Rates : Euros (EUR) per US dollar - 0.7715 (2010), 0.7179 (2009), 0.6827 (2008), 0.7345 (2007), 0.7964 (2006)
Airports : N/A
Roadways : Total : 50 km
Waterways : N/A
Ports & Terminals : Monaco