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Our door-to-door international removals service will get you to Spain in no time.

Get a quote for household removals to Spain from the UK and discover our essential tips to make your move to Madrid, Barcelona, Alicante, Murcia or Costa Del Sol as smooth and stress-free as possible.

Are you dreaming of immersing yourself in the vibrant culture, sunshine and stunning landscapes of Spain? Do you need a removals van to Spain? With United International Removals, your move from the UK to this enchanting country is in safe hands.

International removals to Spain brings a unique set of challenges, from differences in geography and customs, to logistical considerations and visas. At United Removals, we use our wealth of experience to ensure that you have a seamless transition from beginning to end. For us, the focus is on making sure that your full household removals are as smooth as possible.

Whether you’re captivated by the vibrant energy of Madrid, the sun kissed shores of Barcelona, the historic charm of Seville, the majestic mountains of the Sierra Nevada, the cultural richness of Valencia, the culinary delights of San Sebastian, or the picturesque landscapes of Galicia, we have got you covered. Our expertise spans across every region of Spain, ensuring your belongings arrive safely at your new home with a door-to-door service

With a vast global network at our disposal, we will ensure consistency and quality as you move from the UK to Spain. Our team is made up of professionals with knowledge of Spain’s unique relocation logistics, ensuring that your move is handled with precision and care. We go beyond “man and van removals” and provide a bespoke service, including road freight, part load removals, and packing service.

 At United, international, removals are our specialty. Each move, including your move to Spain, receives our full attention and expertise at all times. We understand the intricacies of moving overseas and we prioritise the safety of your personal belongings, even for small removals. We take care of the removal logistics, which allows you to focus on your new life amidst Spain’s vibrant culture, breath-taking scenery, gorgeous beaches, and sunshine.

If you are ready to start your exciting adventure, contact us via our online form for a personalised quote, or give us a call at 01942 559960. Our dedicated removals team is always on hand to provide help, advice, and answers to your burning questions.

We’ll Handle It! – No matter Where In Spain You Are Moving To!

Our comprehensive service and expert teams will take care of everything for you, no matter how big or small your move.

Our removals to Spain service includes:

  • Complete door-to-door service
  • Free video or home survey
  • Your own personal Move Coordinator
  • Highly experienced packing crews
  • Quality packing materials as standard
  • Full or shared load container shipping
  • Customs clearance dealt with on your behalf
  • Help with the required paperwork and documentation
  • Shipment Protection Cover available
  • Local teams to handle your delivery
  • Storage facilities available in the UK or overseas
International removals to Spain

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Frequently Asked Questions About Removals To Spain

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How long do removals and shipping to Spain take?

Usually, we estimate around 1-4 weeks for a sole use or full container (FCL) to arrive at most imports, including Madrid, Barcelona, Murcia, Alicante, Valencia, Malaga, and Marbella. Shared containers (LCL) could take slightly longer. 

On arrival, your shipping container will need to be cleared by customs and how long this takes can vary depending on how busy the port is. For this reason, all shipping times are only estimates. It is important to mention that there is a good chance that a part load container, sometimes referred to as a shared or LCL, will take longer to arrive than a full container load, FCL.

How much do removals to Spain from the UK cost?

The cost of removals to Spain will depend on several factors, such as the volume of goods you are sending, what packing is required, and the distance you are from the port.

There will also be additional costs to consider, such as optional insurance/shipment protection and Spanish customs inspection fees that need to be paid on arrival.

The best way to get a more accurate price or estimate is to call our team or request a removals quote online. They can also advise on the best way to reduce your removal costs.

What is included in the cost for removals to Spain?

We offer a fully comprehensive removals service to Spain, which will take care of everything for you. The removals service includes door-to-door pick-up and delivery (not door-to-port), export packing by professional international removal packers, specialist cartons, crates and antique packing as required, help with customs paperwork and inventory listing, shipping via accredited shipping lines, transport to and from the port, customs clearance service,

Additional fees that are not included in your removal costs quote include customs inspection fees, duties and port fees payable on arrival in Spain, storage services and maritime insurance or shipment protection cover, which is recommended but not required.

What is the shipping or removal process to Spain?

Your household belongings and furniture will be shipped to Spain via a lorry, as part of a part load / shared service. You can use a dedicated lorry, but it will be more expensive. 

Our Spain removal service includes the following steps:

1) A home or video survey to provide you with an accurate quote or removal estimate.

2) A personal Move Coordinator to plan and manage all aspects of your home removal.

3) They will guide you through completing all the necessary paperwork for sea freight shipping, customs clearance, and shipment protection.

4) On move day, our movers and packers will take care of all the packing and export wrapping of furniture and other belongings.

5) For shared or part-load, your household goods and personal belongings will be taken in our removal vans.

6) On arrival at port (we ship to all major ports in Spain), our local partner agents will handle the customs process for you. Once your shipment has been cleared and all customs fees and duties paid, it will be released for final delivery.

7) Your belongings will then be delivered to their final destination to your new home address or storage if required. Our partner will then unload your goods and unpack furniture to ensure all your belongings arrive safely.

What about small moves to Spain?

If you are only sending a few personal belongings such as luggage and boxes, we recommend our baggage or box shipping service.

We can deliver boxes and other packing materials for you to self-pack. Once you are ready, we can collect them and deliver them to your address in Spain.

Our baggage shipping service for small moves includes up to about 20 boxes or suitcases and can include items such as TVs, bicycles, surfboards and toolboxes.

It does not, however include large items of furniture.

Are there any prohibited and restricted items for Spain I need to be aware of when packing?

All areas of mainland Spain adhere to Spanish regulations concerning the importation of goods into the country. Whether you’re visiting or planning a permanent move to Spain, it’s important to understand the items that are restricted or prohibited, and avoid bringing them with you. This will help you to ensure a smooth transition and avoid any problems at customs.

There are some items that require pre-approval for import into mainland, including:

  • Products that come from endangered animals and plants protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), some of which require a protected species permit.
  • Living plants, flowers, fruits and vegetables are subject to restrictions and may require declaration.
  • Pets such as cats, dogs and ferrets require a mandatory health inspection upon entry into any EU territory, including Spain. A Common Veterinary Entry Document Pets is required to certify this health check. Pets also require proof of rabies vaccination and identification via a microchip or tattoo to enter.
  • Other animals – such as birds and tortoises – require a health certificate from their country of origin.
  • Meat, milk, and dairy products for personal consumption are generally allowed from EU countries and some others, but those from non-EU countries may face restrictions.
  • Sport and hunting guns require a licence.
  • Ozone-depleting substances are regulated.
  • Goods that could be used for torture or other degrading treatment are strictly prohibited.

For comprehensive guidance on import regulations, consult the official Spanish customs website or contact local customs offices in Spain, which details items that can and cannot be imported.

Do you provide an air freight service to Spain?

If you only have a small number of personal effects to send to Spain, then our air freight removal service is for you. We can provide you with boxes and cartons, or you can use your own bags and suitcases. This is the quickest removals service but also the most expensive. 

What if I have other questions about removals to Spain?

You can check out our more detailed Spain Removals Guide below, or why not give one of our advisers a call on 01942 559960?

They will be happy to answer all of your questions, give you some guideline prices, and arrange a home survey consultation to give you a more accurate price.

The United Removals complete guide to household removals to Spain from the UK

We move hundreds of people and families to SPAIN every year…

No matter where in the UK you are moving from and where in Spain you are moving to, we are to help and provide a friendly, personal removals service.


Popular Spain Destinations Include:

  • Madrid
  • Barcelona
  • Murcia
  • Alicante
  • Valencia
  • Malaga
  • Marbella














Essential tips to make removals to Spain easier and stress free

It can be daunting if you have not undertaken an international removal before. There are a lot of things to consider. Our guide below gives you a quick overview of what you need to know about overseas removals from the UK to Spain.

However, remember, your United Removals Coordinator will guide you step by step through the process and take care of the details for you.

Planning your move – Start early!

When it comes to any type of house move, planning, and preparation are the most important things you should consider, and this is particularly important when you are moving overseas.

The best advice we can give you regarding removals to Spain is to start planning everything early. Do not leave everything until the last minute; otherwise, you might have forgotten something important.

We recommend that you begin by booking your initial free home survey with us at least 3-6 months before you plan to move. Whilst we do our best to accommodate last-minute and urgent moves, your relocation will be a lot smoother and stress-free if you have time to prepare in advance.

Get quotes from about 3 specialist international removal companies

We recommend getting a few quotes for your move so you can compare the different styles of companies and ensure you are happy with their service. Make sure, however, that you are comparing like with like. For example, are the volumes the same? Is everything included?

Also, overseas removals are very different to domestic moves. It is therefore essential to ensure that your removalist is experienced, if not specialising in international moves.

We are confident that you’ll find your quote from United Removals to be very competitive and can be assured that standards of service are second to none.

Find the right balance of what to take and what to leave behind

In recent years, shipping costs have increased, so you may want to keep this in mind when you consider what you want to take with you to Spain and what you can leave behind. However, it isn’t all bad news; remember, it becomes relatively cheaper as you ship more.

You need to think about the cost involved in replacing some of your items in Spain if you are not sure about shipping them. Even when they are only small items, this cost can soon add up, particularly if there are many things.

Research the cost of replacement items as some things are more expensive, and some may not even be available – it may turn out that shipping them may be more economical in the long run.

Storage services for your household goods in UK or Spain

Will you need storage in the UK or Spain?

Moving from one location in the UK to another is rarely the smooth process that people hope for, so it goes without saying that when you move to another country, the entire process can become a little trickier.

Often people find that they have a period once they have sold their property and before they move when they need to place their belongings in storage, and this is something we can help you with.

We have several storage solutions depending on your needs. We can arrange storage for your personal effects in the UK before they are shipped or in Spain after they arrive – whichever suits your situation.

Suppose the issue is that you do not have a fixed address in Spain to ship your belongings to. In that case, we can arrange for your household goods and personal effects to be placed in storage in Spain whilst you sort out accommodation.

Once you have a property ready, our local movers can arrange delivery of your belongings from storage.

Packing for your move to Spain

Your belongings must be appropriately packed for shipping to Spain. The journey is a lengthy one, and they will be moved around from one form of transport to another more than once.

This means that there is chance items could move within your shipping container, and if they are not adequately protected, then they could become damaged.

A high standard of export packing is, therefore, essential so it is recommended that you use a professional packing service. This will also save you a lot of time and stress.

Our team of professional packers are expertly trained to deal with all the issues that can be encountered with export wrapping. The boxes that we use to transport all of your smaller items are double-walled, and we also ensure that all of your furniture is export wrapped to ensure that it arrives in good condition at your destination.

For those delicate and fragile items, such as artwork and antiques, we can arrange specialist packing to offer better protection to your personal effects. This includes custom built crates.

Our expert packing team is here to help you with as little or as much of your packing process as you want. We offer all of our customers the following packing services:

  • Full international export standard packing & wrap service
  • Fully trained export packers
  • Provision of export quality boxes, cartons, packing paper & packing materials
  • Custom wood casing/crates, if required
  • Professional antique wrapping for delicate items
  • Advice on preparing your items for transport to Spain
  • Premium grade disinfectant available for outdoor items
  • Full inventory list for customs

You may wish to start packing some boxes before your move day. Speak to our team about using export quality cartons, and remember you’ll need to keep an inventory of items for customs.

Preparing your items for removal and shipping

The Spanish government is quite stringent when it comes to biosecurity issues in order to protect their unique environment, and as such, all of your items will need to be cleaned thoroughly in preparation for shipping. This is especially the case when it comes to any outdoor items.

If you are planning to ship tools, bikes, garden equipment and BBQ then these will need to be cleaned and disinfected thoroughly. Our team can offer a professional disinfecting service that should clean all of your belongings thoroughly enough to keep the Customs inspectors happy.

Shipping Furniture to Spain

Our international removals service is perfect for shipping your furniture to Spain from the UK.

For furniture removals, every item is carefully packed or ‘export wrapped’ using packing materials such as blanket wrap. All furniture pieces including sofas, armchairs, beds, tables and cupboards can be packed and shipped in a container.

As large items are bulky you consider which are cost effective to send. For example, most houses and apartments in Spain have built-in wardrobes so it might not be worthwhile shipping these.

Arranging collection and shipping from Self-storage in the UK

You may wish to put your belongings in self-storage units whilst you are selling your property or waiting for your visa to come through.

Shipping your belongings to Spain from storage is a simple process. If your household belongings and furniture are in self-storage units in the UK, our team can arrange to collect them and professionally pack them for shipping either at the self-storage unit or back at our depot.

If you wish to pre-pack yourself, please ensure you have appropriate international shipping cartons/boxes and that everything is carefully wrapped and packed for its journey.

Customs clearance and inspection

Many of our customers worry about customs clearance for all of their belongings when they arrive in Spain especially since Brexit. This is something that we can help you with. You may find the following information useful when planning your move.

If you are an EU citizen you should have no problem with customs. For non-EU citizens moving to Spain you are able to import used personal effects and household goods duty free but you should check that you meet the requirements and have all the correct documentation.

Customs regulations and duties are subject to change, so it can be a good idea to check for the most up-to-date guidelines and information.

If you do not meet the criteria for household effects, or it is deemed that your goods are commercial imports, then Customs duty and GST may be applied.

On arrival in Spain, your household goods and personal effects will require inspection and clearance from Spanish Customs before they are allowed into the country.

In order for your shipping container to be released, you will need to pay any Spain Customs inspections and customs fees, and also any quarantine fees. These will be payable locally. Our agents in Spain will be able to assist you with the customs clearance process.

The personal Move Coordinator who is assigned to you when you choose us to assist with your removal will be able to advise you with information regarding what you can and can’t take to Spain and how you can prepare and clean your items for shipping. If you prefer, our expert packers can help you with this.

Insurance and shipping protection

United International Removals take great care to ensure your belongings are well-packed and taken care of during their journey. We only use accredited shipping lines and partners to ensure the highest service levels.

However, due to the nature of international shipping and removals, it is recommended that you take out your own maritime insurance policy or shipment protection cover for complete peace of mind. Just like when you mail a parcel overseas, the shipping company cannot cover the full value of your goods in the unlikely event of something going missing or being broken.

We can offer and recommend a highly flexible Shipment Protection Cover that will provide you with many advantages.

This cover is simple and easy to put in place. All that is required is completing a shipment protection valuation form detailing the items that need to be covered and their value.

The shipment protection costs are calculated on the value of the belongings you want to cover and whether you have packed them yourself or if they have been packed professionally.

A Practical Guide To Moving To Spain

Essential advice to help make your move to Spain a breeze!

Relocating is always a challenge, and when it involves moving to a beautiful island nation like Spain, there are unique aspects to consider. From finding the perfect home, securing a job, to understanding the best regions to settle in, the journey can be overwhelming.

While we can’t make decisions for you, we’ve crafted this guide to offer you some valuable insights.

Buying property in Spain

Property prices in Spain can vary significantly depending on the region. Coastal areas and popular tourist destinations – such as the Costa del Sol and major cities – tend to have higher property prices, while inland areas and smaller towns usually have more affordable options. For example, cities like Barcelona and Madrid often have higher property prices compared to rural areas in regions like Murcia or Alicante.

 The process of buying property in Spain involves several steps, including finding a property, making an offer, signing a purchase agreement, and completing the transaction at a notary’s office. It’s important to work with a reputable estate agent in Spain, someone who can guide you through the process and ensure that all legal requirements are met. Hiring a solicitor who specialises in Spanish property law can also provide you with valuable assistance and peace of mind throughout the purchase process.

 Taking the time to research different regions and property options is important before you make a decision. Consider factors such as climate, amenities, healthcare and proximity to airports and transportation networks. By thoroughly researching the market and seeking expert advice, you can make an informed decision and be in with a good shot at finding your dream home in Spain.

Where to move to in Spain?

Spain’s allure is undeniable, with its sunny climate, culture, and gorgeous landscapes. For those seeking a new adventure abroad, Spain offers a plethora of enticing options including removals to the Canary Islands. From vibrant cities to charming coastal towns there’s something for everyone and, with our expert relocation services, getting there is a breeze. 

1. Madrid

As the capital and largest city of Spain, Madrid offers a unique blend of history, culture, and modernity. From its grand boulevards to its world-class museums, Madrid exudes a sense of elegance and sophistication. It boasts a thriving arts scene, bustling nightlife, excellent public transportation, and a laid-back lifestyle.

2. Barcelona

Barcelona is a bustling metropolis renowned for its stunning architecture, lively street life, and rich cultural scene. From the iconic Sagrada Familia to the bustling streets of Las Ramblas, there’s no shortage of attractions to explore in this dynamic city.

3. Murcia

Murcia is a hidden gem of a city, boasting an impressive array of historic landmarks, including the iconic Cathedral of Murcia and the Almudí Palace. With its warm climate and fertile landscapes, Murcia is also renowned for its delicious cuisine, particularly its fresh fruits and vegetables.

4. Alicante

Perched on the picturesque Costa Blanca, Alicante is a charming coastal city renowned for its stunning beaches and vibrant nightlife. The city’s biggest attraction is the Santa Bárbara Castle, which offers panoramic views of the Mediterranean sea and the surrounding area. With its warm climate and lively atmosphere, Alicante is a popular destination for tourists and expats alike.

5. Valencia

Valencia is a vibrant city known for its beautiful beaches, parks and futuristic architecture. With a warm climate and a rich culinary tradition, Valencia offers a high quality of life. It’s a city with a relaxed pace of life, friendly locals and sunshine.

6. Malaga

Malaga’s historic centre is a labyrinth of narrow cobblestone streets, lined with charming cafes, tapas bars and boutique shops. Visitors can explore the imposing Alcazaba fortress, wander through the enchanting gardens or relax on the picturesque beaches along the Mediterranean coastline.

7. Marbella

Located on the glamorous Costa del Sol, Marbella is a luxurious resort town known for its upscale amenities, stunning beaches and nightlife. The city is famous for its glitzy marinas, exclusive golf courses and high end shopping districts. With its year round sunshine, cosmopolitan atmosphere and luxurious lifestyle, it’s easy to see why Marbella is popular.

 From the exciting streets of Barcelona to the tranquil beaches of the Costa del Sol, Spain offers a wealth of opportunities for those seeking a new life abroad. Whether you’re drawn to the excitement of city living or the laidback charm of coastal towns, there’s a perfect destination waiting for you in Spain, and our international removal experts will get you there.

Read our previous post on where to live in Spain for more information.


Relocating your pets

Moving to Spain with pets requires careful planning and adherence to specific regulations. It’s important to ensure that your pet has an up-to-date microchip and rabies vaccination, as these are mandatory for entry into Spain. Additionally, certain breeds may be subject to breed-specific regulations, so it’s important to research these requirements in advance.

When traveling to Spain, pets must be accompanied by a valid pet passport issued by an authorised veterinarian. It’s also advisable to arrange for a health certificate from your veterinarian shortly before travel to confirm that your pet is in good health.

Upon arrival in Spain, pets may be subject to inspection by customs officials, so it’s essential to have all necessary documentation readily available. It’s a good idea to use a pet relocation service to ensure a smooth transition for your furry friends.

Make sure to read our previous post on How To Move to Spain with Your Pet for more information.


Looking for a job in Spain?

For those relocating from the UK to Spain, it’s important to familiarise yourself with the local job market. Though tourism remains a prominent industry, there are also opportunities in sectors 

Various recruitment agencies in Spain specialise in assisting expats in securing employment opportunities, and these can make the job search journey a lot simpler.

To broaden your job search horizon and potentially uncover hidden job opportunities, network as much as possible with those in similar industries to you.

Visas for moving to Spain

EU citizens are entitled to stay in Spain for up to 90 days without requiring a visa. However, for extended stays or if you plan to work, you must register with the local authorities and obtain a residence certificate. Non-EU citizens, such as British expats moving post-Brexit, face a more intricate visa application process. Seeking guidance from an immigration specialist is recommended to navigate the requirements and ensure all documentation is prepared accurately.

Transferring money to Spain

When relocating to Spain, it’s common to transfer funds from the UK. Various international banks and currency exchange services provide competitive rates for transferring substantial amounts from the UK to Spain. It’s important to compare these rates and associated fees to secure the most favourable deal. It’s also a good idea to get a local bank account, as this can streamline financial transactions, making transferring money a lot more convenient.

We hope this information helps you with your move to Spain. If you need further assistance, or more information on the removals process, our knowledgeable team is here to help.

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