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How to transport your belongings to Luxembourg

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.

IMPORTANT!

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.

Transporting by cargo flight

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.

IMPORTANT!

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:

  • The cargo must be accompanied by fully completed and correctly drawn-up documents.
  • Packaging must comply with the features of the cargo.

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.

Transporting by car

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.

IMPORTANT!

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:

  • Household items: clothes, furniture, etc.
  • Personal transport: from scooters and bicycles to light aircraft.
  • Food and other supplies in the amount normally consumed by the family.
  • Pets.
  • Mounted animals.

IMPORTANT!

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:

  1. Personal property that was acquired earlier than 6 months before moving.
  2. The property will be used in the same way as in the country of residence.

IMPORTANT!

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:

  • Alcohol.
  • Tobacco.
  • Mixed vehicles, mobile homes.
  • Trucks, unless there are exceptional political circumstances.
  • Professional equipment, with the exception of hand tools and in the absence of exceptional political circumstances.
  • Raw materials and semi-finished products.
  • Items that have not been used in the previous place of residence — the factory packaging has not been opened.
  • Personal property in the nature or amount of which is indicative of a commercial interest.
  • Property owned for less than 6 months.
  • Property transported from another country in case of second residence.

IMPORTANT!

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.

How to file a declaration

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:

  • Obligation of submission of the customs declaration
  • A detailed list of imported items with their value, dated and signed
  • Partial listings if things are imported in batches
  • Identity card of the person importing the property
  • Proof of citizenship and registration in a third country
  • Justification for entry into Luxembourg. It can be a lease agreement, a tenancy agreement, a telephone bill from a rented apartment, etc.

Special aspects of car imports

If you are transporting a car across the border, you need to provide a separate import declaration which should include:

  • All of the documents mentioned above
  • Vehicle registration certificate
  • Purchase invoice or lease agreement

Categories of property requiring a separate application

Several property categories are subject to specific regulations. In addition to the usual customs documents, you must submit a request to the appropriate authority.

These include:

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