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Get a quote for household removals to the Canary Islands from the UK and discover our essential tips to make your move to Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote or La Palma as smooth and stress free as possible

Thinking of embracing the vibrant life and picturesque landscapes of the Canary Islands? With United Removals, your move from the UK to this Spanish archipelago is in safe, experienced hands.

Shifting your base from the UK to destinations like the Canary Islands is a unique endeavour. The geography, customs, and logistics differ, making it pivotal to engage a seasoned international removal service. United Removals has a long history of facilitating smooth transitions, and we’re here to make your Canary Islands move an absolute breeze.

Be it the lively rhythms of Tenerife, the golden beaches of Gran Canaria, the volcanic landscapes of Lanzarote, the windswept dunes of Fuerteventura, the lush green forests of La Palma, the serene valleys of La Gomera, or the untouched beauty of El Hierro – we’ve got you covered. Our expertise spans across every island, ensuring your belongings reach exactly where you plan to call home.

Benefitting from a vast global network, our services guarantee consistency and quality from the UK to the Canary Islands. Our team consists of professionals with deep knowledge of the logistics and intricacies of international relocations.

Our sole focus is on international removals, which means that each move, especially yours to the Canary Islands, receives our undivided attention and expertise. We’re seasoned in managing overseas household transitions and ensure that your personal belongings are handled with the utmost care.
Let us manage the logistics, leaving you free to dream about your new life amidst the Canary Islands’ vibrant culture, breathtaking vistas, and sun-soaked beaches.

Ready to embark on this exciting journey? Reach out via our online form for a tailored quote, or simply give us a call at 01942 55710. Our dedicated team is always on standby to help and provide clarity on any queries you might have.

We’ll Handle It! – No matter Where In The Canary Islands 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 the Canary Islands 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
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Frequently Asked Questions About Removals To The Canary Islands

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How long do removals and shipping to the Canary Islands take?

Usually, we estimate around 2-3 weeks for a sole use or full container (FCL) to arrive at most imports, including Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote or La Palma. Shared containers (LCL) and moves to smaller islands can take about 4-6 weeks.

Unfortunately, the timescales for shipping to Malta are not precise. We would love to be able to give our customers exact timings for international removals to the Canaries, but several factors come into play when shipping internationally, and some of them are beyond our control.

On arrival, your shipping container will need to be cleared by Spanish 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 the Canary Islands from the UK cost?

The cost of removals to the Canaries 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 on 01942 557102 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 the Canaries?

We offer a fully comprehensive removals service to the Canary islands, 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 the Canary Islands, storage services and maritime insurance or shipment protection cover, which is recommended but not required.

What is the container shipping or removals process to the Canary Islands?

Your household belongings and furniture will be shipped to the Canary Islands via a sea freight service. The overseas removals service can be quite complicated, but with United Removals’, our expert teams will make the process as easy and stress free as possible. You can sit back and let us do all the heavy lifting!

Our Canary Islands removals 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) If you require a full-load container (either 20 ft or 40 ft), the shipping container will be delivered to your property and loaded by the packing crew.

6) For shared or part-load containers, your household goods and personal belongings will be taken in our removals van to one of our depots for loading onto the shipping container as groupage.

7) The container will then be sent by sea freight to the Canary Islands.

8) On arrival at port (we ship to all major ports in the Canaries), 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.

9) Your belongings will then be delivered to their final destination to your new home address or to storage if required. Our local partner, Canary Islands removals company, will then unload your goods and unpack furniture to ensure all your belongings arrive safely.

What about small moves to the Canary Islands?

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 the Canary Islands.

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. For small furniture removals to the Canary Islands, you can use our shared or part load service.

Are there any prohibited and restricted items for the Spanish Canary Islands I need to be aware of when packing?

 Items you should avoid importing into Spain and the Canary Islands

As the Canary Islands are part of Spain, they adhere largely to Spanish regulations when it comes to importing items. If you’re considering travelling or relocating to the Canary Islands, it’s essential to be aware of the restricted or prohibited items to ensure a smooth transition.

Here are some examples of items that are restricted for import into the Canary Islands and where pre-approval must be sought:

  • Endangered animals, plants, and their derivative products protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) may require protected species permits.
  • Cats, dogs, and ferrets are subject to a mandatory health inspection at the first point of entry on EU territory. They must also have a microchip or tattoo and be vaccinated against rabies. A Common Veterinary Entry Document certifying the health inspection must accompany the customs declaration.
  • Other animals, such as birds and tortoises, are allowed if accompanied by a health certificate issued by the authorities of the country from which the animals arrive.
  • Living plants, flowers, fruits, and vegetables are subject to restrictions, and some must be declared.
  • Meat, milk, and other dairy products for personal consumption are allowed from EU countries and specific other countries. However, products from countries outside the EU are subject to certain restrictions.
  • Sport and hunting guns require a license.
  • Ozone-depleting substances.

The following are examples of prohibited items for import into the Canary Islands:

  • Certain plants are not allowed.
  • Meat and dairy products from Algeria, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia.
  • Goods that could inflict torture and other degrading treatment or punishment.

The Spanish government provides comprehensive guidance on items that can and cannot be imported into Spain, including the Canary Islands. For more detailed information, it’s recommended to visit the official Spanish customs website or consult with each of the local Canary Islands customs offices.

Do you provide an air freight service to the Canary Islands?

If you only have a small number of personal effects to send to the Spanish Canaries, 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. Many people, therefore, use a combination of both air freight and sea freight shipping services.

What if I have other questions about removals to Spain and the Canary Islands?

You can check out our more detailed Canary Islands Removals Guide below, or why not give one of our advisers a call on 01942 557102?

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.

We move hundreds of people and families to the CANARY ISLANDS every year…

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


Popular Malta Destinations Include:

  • Tenerife
  • Fuerteventura
  • Gran Canaria
  • Lanzarote
  • La Palma
  • La Gomera
  • El Hierro

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The United Removals complete guide to household removals to the Canary Islands from the UK

Essential tips to make removals to the Canary Islands easy and stress free

IIt 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 the Canary Islands.

However, remember, your United Removals Move 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 the Canary Islands 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 the Canary Islands 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 the Canary Islands 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 in the Canaries

Will you need storage in the UK or the canary Islands?

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 the Canary Islands after they arrive – whichever suits your situation.

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

Your belongings must be appropriately packed for shipping to the Canary Islands. 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 Cyprus
  • 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 the Canary Islands

Our international removals service is perfect for shipping your furniture to the Canary Islands 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 the Canaries 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 the Canary Islands 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 the Spanish Canary Islands 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 or the Canary Islands you are able to import used personal effects and household goods duty free but you should check that you meet the reuirements 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 the Canary Islands, 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 Spanish Customs inspections and customs fees, and also any quarantine fees. These will be payable locally. Our agents in Spain or the Canaries 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 the Canary islands 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.

Shipping cars and other motor vehicles with your removal

As cars are expensive, it is certainly worth considering shipping your vehicle, if it is left-hand drive, in a 40 ft container alongside your house contents.

Malta does have strict import criteria for cars so speak to our team to ensure that importing your vehicle is feasible and cost effective.

Some paperwork will be required but we can help you ensure it is all completed correctly, and our agents will take care of customs clearance for you.

A Practical Guide To Moving To The Canary Islands

Essential advice to help make your international removal to the Canary Islands smooth and enjoyable!

Relocating is always a challenge, and when it involves moving to an archipelago as diverse and beautiful as the Canary Islands, there are unique considerations to keep in mind. From finding the perfect home to understanding the local culture, the journey can be both exciting and daunting.

But fear not! We’ve crafted this guide to provide you with insights and tips to make your move a delightful experience no matter whether you’re moving to Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma or elsewhere in Spain or the Canaries.

Where to move to in the Canary Islands?

The Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa, are known for their black and white sand beaches, year-round warm climate, and vibrant local culture. Whether you’re looking for a bustling city vibe or a tranquil coastal retreat, there’s an island that’s just right for you. And with our comprehensive relocation services, we’ve got you covered every step of the way!

1. Tenerife

The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife boasts the bustling city of Santa Cruz, which offers a mix of urban life and beach relaxation. The island is renowned for its Carnival of Santa Cruz, a massive pre-Lent festival with parades, music, dancing, and colourful costumes. For those who love nature, the Teide National Park offers hiking trails around the volcanic landscapes. Expats often appreciate the blend of local and international communities here, making it easy to integrate and find new friends.

2. Gran Canaria

Often referred to as a “miniature continent,” Gran Canaria offers a bit of everything. From the lively streets of Las Palmas, known for its rich history and culture, to the serene dunes of Maspalomas, there’s a place for every lifestyle. The island is also a hub for digital nomads, thanks to its excellent internet connectivity and coworking spaces.

3. Lanzarote

A UNESCO biosphere reserve, Lanzarote is a haven for those who appreciate unique landscapes. The Timanfaya National Park, with its moon-like terrain, is a must-visit. The island’s commitment to sustainable tourism and its vibrant art scene, heavily influenced by the artist César Manrique, make it a top choice for creative expats.

4. Fuerteventura

Known for its impressive beaches and water sports, Fuerteventura is a paradise for surfers, windsurfers, and kitesurfers. The island’s laid-back vibe and close-knit expat communities make it easy for newcomers to feel at home.

5. La Palma

La Palma is a gem for nature lovers. Its lush forests, volcanic landscapes, and starry nights (thanks to its status as a Starlight Reserve) make it a tranquil retreat for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle.

6. La Gomera

A UNESCO World Heritage site, La Gomera is known for its ancient laurel forests and the unique whistling language, Silbo Gomero. It’s the perfect island for those seeking a deeper connection with nature and local traditions.

7. El Hierro

The smallest of the Canary Islands, El Hierro is a UNESCO biosphere reserve known for its commitment to renewable energy and sustainable living. Its rugged coastline, serene villages, and warm local community make it an ideal spot for those looking to live a simpler, more connected life.

Moving to the Canary Islands offers a unique blend of European and African influences, a rich history, and a diverse natural landscape. Each island has its own charm and character, ensuring that every expat can find their perfect home. Whether you’re drawn to the lively festivals of Tenerife, the artistic spirit of Lanzarote, or the tranquillity of El Hierro, the Canary Islands await with open arms. Welcome to your new paradise!

Buying property in the Canary Islands

The Canary Islands, with their year-round sunshine and stunning landscapes, have become a popular destination for UK expats looking to invest in property. While the islands are known for their beachfront properties, prices can vary significantly depending on the location.

For instance, in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the property prices are relatively higher due to its status as a bustling city and its proximity to the coast. On the other hand, properties in Santa Cruz de Tenerife offer a mix of urban and coastal living, making it a sought-after location for many. Marbella, known for its luxury villas and apartments, tends to have higher property prices, while places like Valencia offer more affordable options.

It’s essential to research and perhaps visit the islands to get a feel for the different areas. Engaging with a local estate agent can provide insights into the property market, helping you make an informed decision. Whether you’re looking for a coastal villa, a city apartment, or a quiet house inland, the Canary Islands offer a diverse range of options to suit every preference.

Relocating your pets

Moving to the Canary Islands with your beloved pets requires some preparation. While the islands are part of Spain, they have specific regulations for importing animals. Ensure your pets, such as cats or dogs, have an up-to-date microchip and vaccination records. A health certificate from a vet is also essential, confirming that your pet is fit to travel.

While the Canary Islands don’t have strict quarantine rules like some countries, it’s crucial to ensure all paperwork is in order to avoid any complications upon arrival. It’s advisable to use a pet relocation service to ensure a smooth transition for your furry friends.

Looking for a job in Malta

If you’re moving from the UK to the Canary Islands, it’s essential to understand the local job market. While tourism is a significant sector, there are opportunities in other areas like healthcare, education, and services. Brushing up on your Spanish can be a valuable asset, as it opens up more job opportunities and helps in daily interactions.

Several recruitment agencies specialize in helping expats find jobs in the Canary Islands. Online job portals can also provide insights into the types of roles available and the skills in demand. Networking with locals and other expats can also open doors to job opportunities.

Visas for moving to the Canary Islands

As the Canary Islands are part of Spain, the visa requirements are the same as moving to mainland Spain. If you’re an EU citizen, you can stay in the Canary Islands for up to 3 months without a visa. For longer stays or if you intend to work, you’ll need to register with the local authorities and obtain a residence certificate.

For non-EU citizens, the visa process can be more complex. It’s advisable to consult with an immigration expert to understand the requirements and ensure all paperwork is in order.

Transferring money to the Canary Islands

When moving to the Canary Islands, you’ll likely need to transfer money from the UK. Several international banks and currency exchange services offer competitive rates for transferring large sums. It’s essential to compare rates and fees to ensure you get the best deal. Setting up a local bank account can also make financial transactions smoother and more convenient.

We hope this information helps you in your journey to the Canary Islands. If you need further assistance, our expert team is here to help and guide you every step of the way.

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