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Last update on October 26, 2020

What’s the best way to move your belongings, furniture, and car to Luxembourg? This detailed guide explains the options for removals to Luxembourg.

There are plenty of ways to make sure your belongings arrive safely in Luxembourg. But there are many ways to ensure you keep costs down, avoid damage, and receive your belongings on time.

Which international moving option is best for the items you need to relocate to Luxembourg? If you’re moving from within Europe, road transport and air freight are the most common ways of moving your belongings. However, which is the best relocation option for you depends on your personal circumstances.

This guide explains the delivery timeframes and costs to help you decide which is the best international removal option for you.

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When moving abroad, many factors come into play, such as whether customs are payable or if there are restrictions or quarantine for items you import. There’s also the usual issues to consider, such as the safety of your items, how much work is involved in packing and picking up, time period for delivery and more. Cost is a big factor because certain relocation options offer substantial savings for large items, such as shipping your furniture or a car, compared to other relocation options that quickly add up for heavy items, such as air freight.

Another important question is whether you should you hire an international relocation company? This question largely depends on how much time you have and cost. International moving companies typically take care of any potential issue that may arise which is ideal for time-strapped expats. How, then, do you decide which is the best international moving company and relocation option for you?

This guide answers all these questions below. You can also find listings of moving companies and relocation companies on Expatica’s listings.

Relocation to Luxembourg with air freight

Luxembourg only has one commercial airport – Findel – which is located a few kilometers north of the capital city. The airport is one of the largest hubs for air freight in Europe, largely because it’s easy to access much of Europe by road from Luxembourg.

Air freight rates

Charges for air freight depend on both the weight and size of items. Sending large items of furniture or white goods can be a costly exercise; as a result, shipping by air isn’t the most cost-effective choice for international movers.

If you’re moving to a furnished home and have few belongings, however, sending them by air can be a viable option.

When obtaining quotes for air freight, factor in any minimum shipment charges, handling charges, and insurance. These can add a hefty amount onto your bill.

Air freight: transit times

While transport times by sea can sometimes run into several weeks and even months, air freight can see your belongings arrive in a little over a week.

Because of the speedy nature of air freight, some people choose to send their most urgent belongings by air. Then, they send other possessions by road or shipping.

How to find air freight for international removal

You can obtain basic quotes online, either directly through international moving companies or by using price comparison websites. Your online quote is usually only an estimate; it won’t include fees such as insurance. Get a full quote by contacting the removal company directly before you decide.

How air freight works

If you choose a door-to-door service, somebody visits your home to assess your shipment and may offer to pack your items. Whichever level of service you choose, you’ll usually first agree a date for your shipment to be picked up. You’ll then be informed of when your shipment will be sent. You should also be able to track its progress online.

Packing for air freight

When sending by air, it’s usually possible to pack your own belongings. Be careful not to overpack and always use high-quality packaging materials. If you’re unsure about this, you can pay the removal or air freight company to pack your items for you.

Who should use air freight?

For small, urgent shipments or professionals renting a furnished city pad, air freight can be an easy and quick option. For larger house items or a car, however, other options would likely be more cost-effective.

Relocation to Luxembourg: road freight transport

Freight rates

Luxembourg has excellent road connections with the rest of Europe’s freight routes. As a result, relocation by truck or van can be a smart move if you’re moving from nearby.

You can either drive yourself, hire a ‘man with a van’ or use a specialist international freight transport company; if you choose the latter, you can sometimes benefit from groupage, where several removal companies transport their goods together or you share the truck with somebody else’s belongings.

Freight transit times

Transit times for freight within Europe are speedy. If you’re looking to move from the UK, for example, it takes around 16 hours door-to-door to deliver your belongings to western Europe. If you choose to group your items with other customers, however, journey time could increase by a few days.

Packing for freight transport

As with air freight, you can pack your own belongings or pay a moving company to do this for you.

How to find road freight for international removals

If you’re thinking of using a man with a van, look in your local listings. For dedicated removal services, there are various comparison websites out there.

How freight works

Once you select a company/driver, you will agree on a date to have your items picked up. Your driver will pack the van and make sure your shipment is secure. Depending on who you use, you might not be able to use an online tracking system as with air freight. However, you should be able to contact the driver directly by telephone.

Who should use freight?

If you’re moving from another European country, shipping by road can be a sensible option, especially if you’re moving a large volume of items.

Relocation to Luxembourg with shipping companies

For those who live outside of Europe, shipping furniture can be an affordable relocation option.

If you’re moving to Luxembourg from outside of Europe and want to ship your furniture by sea, you can opt to send them to Germany, France or Belgium; all of these countries share a border with Luxembourg. Then, you can transport your goods by road freight for the remainder of the journey.

Shipping costs

This depends on where you’re shipping from and to. Freight shipping is generally cheaper than other international removal options, such as air.

Transit times for freight shipping

Freight shipping is considerably slower than by air, especially as you typically need to combine sea shipping with road freight. If you’re shipping items to Luxembourg from the US, for example, it might take up to a couple of months.

Using an international removal company can be an advantage where there are several freight options to consider.

Relocation companies that ship to Luxembourg

Container ships: how the process works

Shipping containers usually come in sizes of 20 feet (suitable for a three-bedroom house) and 40 feet (suitable for a four- to five-bedroom house).

If you have enough belongings for a full shipping container, this speeds up the process, as your items can be directly loaded into the container. As a result, you don’t need to wait till it is full as with groupage. In case you have a smaller load, it can sometimes be crated and delivered in a similar timeframe.

If you have a small load and you’re not in a hurry, consider groupage, where you share the container. This is the cheapest – but also the slowest – transport option.

Packing for shipping freight

Some freight shipping companies only insure your belongings if they packed them. Always check the terms and conditions before signing a contract or opting for DIY packing.

Who should use shipping companies?

Freight shipping to Luxembourg can be a convoluted process. It’s best reserved for long-distance movers who aren’t in a major rush to get their belongings. Organizing your freight shipping in advance can avoid the effects of the long delivery time of freight shipping. International moving companies can also take care of a significant part of the administration and hassle, which can be a necessity for busy expats.

Using a relocation company: international movers

While it typically costs more than arranging transport yourself, an international moving company can take out a considerable amount of hassle of ensuring your belongings arrive safely and on time. In addition to surveying, packing and collecting your items, many also offer a door-to-door service will also cover the technical side of moving abroad, such as putting the inventory together and dealing with customs regulations.

To give you an idea of what to expect in terms of costs and timeframe of choosing the full package or simply shipping, check out these international logistics platforms:

Finding the right international shipping provider can give you peace of mind while dealing with the other details of your move. Check ahead of time to avoid any last-minute surprises.

Timeframes for booking a moving company

The best relocation companies take bookings far in advance, so contact an international moving company at least three months before your move abroad.

Packing and international moving companies

Relocation companies offer professional packing services typically at an extra cost to their relocation services. Most also allow you to pack your own belongings should you wish.

DIY versus using a relocation company

Taking the DIY route allows you to be more flexible with your timings but arranging everything yourself can be both stressful and time-consuming.

You need to think about paperwork and keep track of the costs – and above all you’ll need to ensure you allow enough time for each part of the relocation process, such as such packing, dealing with customs, and arranging the arrival or pickup of your goods at the other end.

While it’s not for the fainthearted, in some cases it is possible to save some money by arranging everything yourself – but do your research and your sums before jumping in, making sure to calculate in the costs of your own time required to arrange the move.

How to choose a relocation company

There are plenty of respected relocation companies, and most will be registered with an official body such as the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations and the International Air Transport Association, or in the UK the British International Freight Association.

Having your belongings moved is quite a personal process, so after obtaining basic quotes, feel free to speak to prospective companies to ask any questions or see if you can find personal testimonials or recommendations from friends or family to help you make a decision.

A good relocation company should be transparent about fees, be willing to work to accommodate your wishes, and be open about what happens if there’s a problem, such as a delay in your items arriving or any breakages. See what insurances or guarantees a relocation company offers to protect your belongings.

Customs and importing goods into Luxembourg

Customs rules in Luxembourg aren’t as strict as some countries. You’ll need a passport, certificate of residence issued by your local council, and a cargo movement form itemizing your possessions. If you’re simply shipping household possessions, you typically won’t need to pay duty costs provided they’ve been in your possession for at least six months before you arrive in the country.

Unless an exemption exists, import duty and taxes are otherwise payable on goods imported into Luxembourg, typically from outside the European Union, whether by an individual or a company. The fees payable are calculated using the CIF value, or rather the sum of the value of goods and the cost of shipping and insurance.

The standard Value Added Tax (VAT) rate in Luxembourg is 17%, with some categories of products taxed at less. Details can be found on the Luxembourg Customs website (in French). When importing a car, you must also take it to the Luxembourg Customs office.

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