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If you are thinking about moving to Belgium, you need to plan ahead. Professional movers can help you in your move.

Moving to Belgium with all your belongings can be hard. You need to think and organise. You can ask professional movers. They take care of formalities for you, load and unload your belongings. You can find professionals online and get a quote, in the Yellow Pages or in the Useful Link section of this article. You can search for reviews to help decide which one to hire.

In your request for a quote, you might need to give the postal address when moving out, the postal address where you move to, the volume of belongings, means of transportation (container, truck, boat, etc.), and benefits included in the final price.

Procedure

It is possible to send most of your belongings to your new home. However, some conveyors drop your belongings at a storing place. This option has additional fees: you need to find a second conveyor to pick up your stuff and drop it at your home.

Inventory before moving out

Some conveyors make you sign an inventory, some don't. Whatever the choice, we highly recommend to list your personal belongings in order to produce a value statement. It will help set a price for any indemnity you can receive if it is broken or stolen. Don't forget to read each clause of the contract.

Insurance for damages

Once you get a statement value for your belongings, conveyors will offer you an insurance for any damage. It covers unpredictable damages. The amount depends on the value of your belongings. The amount of this insurance varies: the more your belongings are valuable, the more you have to pay for the insurance. Conveyors have to give you an insurance certificate. If it's not in the initial file, ask for it.

The car letter, the ultimate step before moving to Belgium

The last step consists in signing a car letter. This letter is comparable to the green light that lets the conveyor take your belongings to Belgium. It has to indicate the terms on which you agreed to sign the contract (terms and conditions, transportation mean, volume, contacts for you and the conveyor'¦)

Some companies offer their customers to pay in two instalments. When loading the belongings and when delivering it. You can choose to pay once or even negotiate to stagger the amount.

Choose removers

There is an International Federation for International Movers, you can choose one there. There is also the Belgian Chamber for Movers. Both these institutions have their own websites. You can find them in the Useful Link section of this article.

Formalities at the customs

No formalities apply when importing belongings from the EU or the EEA. No costs either. However, some merchandise is subject to VAT (alcohol and tobacco.) If you import belongings from a third-country, formalities and taxes apply at the customs. These products have to be for your own consumption.

Useful links:

FEDEMAC - Federation of European Movers
FIDI - International Federation of International Removers

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