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Relocating to Denmark

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Relocation is an important part of your move to Denmark. Here are some guidelines to help you get started.

Make a list

If you have decided to relocate to Denmark, you need to decide what you are taking with you. This information will be helpful when getting a quote from a moving company.

If you’re moving from a house to an apartment, you might need to scale back. If you have large items, you should consider door widths, stairwells, and street access at your new location. Read some of the accommodation guides for more about housing in Denmark.

Once you’ve made a list of what you’re taking with you, put a value next to each item. This amount should be what it would cost to replace the item, new, in Denmark. Make a note of any items that might require special handling or packaging (mirrors, pieces of art, etc.)

Prohibited and restricted items

All household goods that have been owned and used for at least six month may be imported to Denmark duty free.

Certain goods are allowed into Denmark but are subject to duties and/or taxes:

  • Alcohol and tobacco
  • Food items
  • Cars and vehicles of any kind
  • Firearms with an import license
  • Antiques

There are also goods that are prohibited:

  • Narcotics/illegal drugs
  • Explosives and ammunition, weapons without permits
  • Live plants
  • Live and dead animal parts without a license

These lists are not comprehensive, so be sure to check with your Danish Embassy or Consulate if you are unsure about certain items.

Get an estimate

Now that you know what you’re taking, you need a good moving company. Most companies will do a free in-home estimate, so arrange a few to get an idea of standard services and pricing. A physical survey of the packing location and goods being shipped is very important, so avoid online quotations.

The following information will help determine the estimate:

  • Origin address
  • Destination address in Denmark
  • Volume or weight of your shipment
  • Type of transportation (air, train, truck, ship)
  • Insurance coverage
  • Special packing/crating

Other things to consider:

  • Are packing materials included?
  • Are there additional fees not included in the quotation?
  • Is delivery to the door at the destination included?

After the visual survey, ask for the estimate in writing, and read the fine print to avoid costly surprises.

Damage insurance

Your moving company will give you an insurance quote based on the value of your belongings. This insurance will cover accidental damage to your items up to your declared value. This is where your list will come in handy. Make sure you give honest valuations, as undervaluing your things to save on insurance costs could mean extra costs in the event of damage.

In most cases, items that are packed by the owner are not covered by the insurance in the event of damage. If you’d like to pack some of your less breakable items like books or clothes yourself, make sure you mention it to the mover.

 Important:

In general, carriers handle customs paperwork for you. For more security, choose an FIDI approved mover (International Federation of International Movers).

 Useful links:

FEDEMAC: Federation of European Movers
FIDI: International Federation of International Removers
Settwell Relocation
Copenhagen Relocations
Gateway to Denmark
Aspire Mobility Group

We do our best to provide accurate and up to date information. However, if you have noticed any inaccuracies in this article, please let us know in the comments section below.
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