Long-term travel or relocation requires a responsible approach. You should calculate in advance what you’ll need in the near future, and what you’ll need later. It’s even more challenging if you don’t plan to come back for what will be left. Let’s take a look at all methods of transportation regarding various baggage sizes.
Transporting by plane
Airplane is the fastest and most convenient way to get to the Grand Duchy. Simply check in your luggage at your home airport and receive it on the spot upon arrival. In the airplane cabin, you can only take hand luggage and small pets.
If you choose to transport your items by plane, you won’t need to file declarations. This means that after an inspection at the airport, you will receive your things and be free to settle in the country.
It also has disadvantages. For example, airlines offer very limited baggage allowances. Specific figures depend on the company and many other factors, but typically baggage cannot exceed 25-30 kilograms. However, you can pay extra for more.
Cargo flights are a great alternative if you really have a lot of items. This option is advisable if you’re literally transporting a whole house with its houseplants and tools.
One of the largest transport companies, Lux Cargo, has compiled a detailed list of requirements for the preparation and clearance of cargo. Here are the main points:
This method is also convenient because you don’t need to worry about organizing logistics. Leave it to professionals. In addition, your belongings will be insured, and the carrier will take care of all customs issues.
We really don’t recommend choosing this method. We’ll explain why.
A car is one of the most common and, unfortunately, inconvenient options. The problem is that you will have to independently declare everything that you carry with you, down to nails, pins or paper handkerchiefs. You will also have to pay tax or duty for some items.
You’ll have to endure a lot of bureaucratic and financial red tape. You almost have to be a mastermind of international and Luxembourg law to deal with it.
Car transport is also difficult for CIS citizens because the benefits and privileges of the European Union do not apply to them.
Items that should be declared:
If you are transporting works of art — paintings, figurines, etc. — a certificate confirming that the work has no artistic, cultural or historical value is required for each item.
You can avoid paying duties if the following conditions are met:
You are not allowed to bring items into Luxembourg for the purpose of sale or economic activity unless you have the appropriate status.
There are categories of items to which tax and duty exemptions do not apply under any circumstances:
An exemption can be requested at the time of entry of the property. You can also make a request six months before entry, but no later than 12 months after crossing the border of the Grand Duchy.
The declaration is submitted by the owner of the property or their representative. If you plan to import things in batches, you still need to declare the entire list at once. Then you will provide partial listings according to direct shipments.
The following documents must be attached to the declaration:
If you are transporting a car across the border, you need to provide a separate import declaration which should include:
Several property categories are subject to specific regulations. In addition to the usual customs documents, you must submit a request to the appropriate authority.