- Moving And Shipping Household Goods
- Customs Regulations In Denmark
- Danish Customs Allowances
- What About My Pets?
- Stress Less, Enjoy Life
Canadians, accustomed to long, frigid winters that drive the population indoors for much of the year, may find Denmark’s approach refreshing. In Denmark, cycling is a huge part of the culture, with over 12,000km of bike paths and tracks throughout the country.
The Danes don’t even let winter slow them down. Among the Danish daily bikers, 75% of them ride year around. Denmark is also very oriented towards the sea. In fact, no matter where you go in the country, you will never be much more than 50 kilometers from the Atlantic Ocean.
The purpose of this guide is to give you an overview of what you need to know to move to Denmark.
Moving and Shipping Household Goods
You will have options for how you transport your goods to Denmark, including air, sea, rail, or road. Air freight is always the quickest and most expensive. Sea freight by container or half-container is the cheapest but will likely take longer.
Pay close attention to customs regulations and allowances in the country and contact your local Danish embassy for up to date guidance. Make sure to establish legal residence in Denmark before importing your items if you hope to avoid paying duty and taxes on your belongings.
Customs Regulations in Denmark
Before you ship your belongings, you need to review the fine print. Here are some of the things you must know before you move.
- In order to pass through customs, you must already be in the country when your items arrive.
- You will need to be officially registered as a resident of Denmark in order to import your goods duty and tax-free.
- You must complete all of your imports within one year of your move to Denmark. The items that you import must be at least six months old.
You will need to have the following documents ready:
- Valid ID and Passport
- A complete, itemized inventory of all your imported goods, either in Dutch or English
- Proof of residence in Denmark if you are hoping to import your goods without tax or duty
- Permits for restricted items, if necessary
Danish Customs Allowances
Danish customs charges taxes and fees based on the reported value of your goods. You can travel into the country with up to You can travel with up to $14,250 Canadian dollars (subject to exchange rate) tax-free. Cash above this limit will be subject to taxation, and possibly, additional scrutiny.
Since you are importing your goods from Canada, your items will be subject to excise taxes if they exceed the following declared values:
- $620 if shipped by air or sea
- $420 if shipped by other methods
In other words, you will likely have to pay taxes on the majority of your household goods.
What About my Pets?
Pets brought into Denmark from outside of the EU will need to be checked at an official Traveler’s Point of Entry. Here, you will present documentation regarding your pet, to include proof of ownership. Denmark has a list of 13 breeds of dogs that are excluded from importation, including some dogs that are perfectly legal in Canada. Make sure you check the rules before attempting to bring your pet with you into Denmark.
Stress Less, Enjoy Life
Managing the logistics of an international move can be a headache, especially if you are a private citizen not accustomed to navigating complex regulations. You never have to go it alone. At A-1 Auto Transport we have a team standing by to help you make your big move. Their expertise in international shipping will ensure a safe, easy transfer, leaving you time to focus on what’s important.
Contact us today for your free, no-obligation shipping quote.