If you are moving to a new home in Portugal then selecting an international removals firm to help you move your items safely to Portugal can seem like quite a daunting task.

You may be undecided about what furniture and possessions to take to Portugal, unsure of the costs involved or what to ask an international removals firm when making enquiries. Here at Total Buying Abroad we can help you choose a reliable and trustworthy international removal firm that can help guide you through your move overseas smoothly.

We’ve put together some of our most frequently asked questions about selecting an international removals company for your move to Portugal.

What can I take with me to Portugal?

Pretty much anything! A good removal firm will be able to assist you to move your belongings to Portugal, whether you choose to take everything, a few choice things or your car or motorbike. Most household items can be taken to Portugal. Don’t forget that electrical items will probably require new plugs or will need adaptors before they can be used there!

How much will it cost for a removals company to move my possessions to Portugal?

You might think that shipping over your items to Portugal will be costly but it may not actually be as costly as you think. After all, you will need furniture and household goods for your new property in Portugal and furnishing a house can be expensive!

It is a good idea to have a good clear out though and sell or give away anything that will not be needed, as most companies charge per cubic metre. Therefore the costs will usually depend on the amount of space required.

The average cost of moving the contents of a three bedroom semi to Portugal is in the region of £3,500. A removals firm will be able to give you a free no- obligation quote and will usually visit your home in order to review your contents to ensure that the quote is accurate and that the container used is the right size. They will be able to adjust your quote to include or exclude anything that you are still unsure about taking; this may help you make the decision whether it should be taken or not.

Some international removals firms also offer a packing service. This involves their team packing your boxes ready for the move. Whilst this may seem like an added unnecessary expense, it can save you a lot of time, energy and stress. It could also reduce the cost of insurance that will cover the goods in transit. The removals firm will also make an inventory of everything that has been packed which will be required for customs clearance.

I only have a few items that I wish to take, do I have to pay for a full shipping container?

Most international removal companies offer part-load spaces or tea-chest size loads so that you can still take your favourite items with you to Portugal without having to pay for a whole container.

Can I take my plants with me to Portugal?

There are no restrictions on taking your plants to Portugal but it can be expensive to move them from the UK to Portugal as they take up a lot of room as of course, nothing can be stacked on top of them. It is also worth doing some research to see if they will survive the warmer climates of Portugal.

What documents do I need, to be able to move my possessions to Portugal?

You will need a valid passport, a full inventory of all items packed in English and Portuguese and a customs declaration form.  Your international removals firm will be able to assist you with this.

How long will it take for my goods to arrive in Portugal?

The transit time between removal of goods in the UK to arrival at your new home in Portugal is approximately 3-7 days for full loads and 1-3 weeks for part loads. Door-to-door services are available in the majority of instances but a removal firm can confirm this when providing a quote.

What should I look for when selecting an international removals company?

You should check if the international removal company has any accreditation with a governing body, such as The International Association of Movers (IAM) or the FIDI Global Alliance.

If a company is a member of the British Association of Removers Overseas (BAR) it ensures that any payment you make to the company is protected for extra peace of mind.

You should also check that the international removal company has insurance that will cover all of your possessions throughout the move, in both the UK and Portugal and whilst at sea and that they cover any loss or damage in transit.

Total Buying Abroad can provide you with details of recommended international removal firms.

When should I contact a removal firm for a quote?

As soon as possible! Ideally you should contact a removals company at least 3 months before your intended date of moving, although most international removal companies can work to tighter timescales if necessary. Even if you don’t have an exact date or confirmed moving address, the firm can provide you with a free no-obligation quote. From there you can be provided with an accurate quote and the removals team can calculate exactly how big the container will need to be to carry your possessions (although many companies provide some flexibility to allow you to change your mind). The details, such a removal date and moving address, can be confirmed nearer the time.

Whether you are planning on sending your full household contents or just part, excess baggage or a vehicle to Portugal, it is important to know that your belongings are in safe hands. Here at Total Buying Abroad we can help you to find a professional removals company that specialise in overseas removals.  Contact us on +44(0)1244 478911  or at for further information.