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Serbia International Moving Services

Has the time come for you to move to Serbia? International moving is exciting but also very challenging. Indeed, there are various processes involved which include clearing with customs and immigration departments which is not easy. In this article, we will give you important tips to make your move easy; especially, if you are looking for Serbia International Moving Services.

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Moving to Serbia Cost & Time Examples

To/From    2BR    4BREstimated Time
New York to Niš$3,700- $6,300$6,900- $11,4003-6 weeks
Miami to Belgrade$3,700- $6,300$7,100- $11,5003-6 weeks
Philadelphia to Niš$3,800- $6,300$7,100- $11,5003-6 weeks
Detroit to Belgrade$4,200- $6,900$7,700- $12,7003-6 weeks
Dallas to Belgrade$4,200- $7,100$7,800- $12,9003-6 weeks
San Jose to Belgrade$4,500- $7,400$8,300- $13,7005-8 weeks
Chicago to Belgrade$4,700- $7,900$8,700- $14,4003-6 weeks
Las Vegas to Niš$4,900- $8,200$9,100- $15,0005-8 weeks
Phoenix to Belgrade$5,100- $8,600$9,600- $15,8005-8 weeks
Denver to Belgrade$6,500- $10,800$11,900- $19,5005-8 weeks

*Please note that these estimates do not include taxes, customs fees & duties, insurance & quarantine inspections. They assume easy access to both pick up and drop-off addresses and do not allow for special items such as pianos.

Estimated Weight (based on home size):
1BR=2600 lbs – 3900 lbs
2BR=3900 lbs – 5200 lbs
3BR=6500 lbs – 9100 lbs
4BR=9100 lbs – 14300 lbs
5BR=11700 lbs – 19500 lbs

We would however, recommend you enlist the services of an international moving company and preferably one that also handles shipping of cars. This is will give you peace of mind and see to it that your relocation is as seamless as possible.

Duties when importing your household belongings

At least according to one competent source, household items can be imported without paying duty or tax. To be eligible, you must have purchased them at least six months ago (and been personally using them during this time). Customs also requires that you’ve been residing outside of Serbia for the last 12 months.

If you are fortunate enough to receive duty exemption, then you can’t sell, lend out to others or get rid of these goods within the country. If you have a temporary Residence Permit, then you will only be allowed to temporarily import your belongings. In this case, upon moving away – all items must be taken with you (or be subject to duty) (1).

The International Association of Movers (another well-informed source), isn’t as clear about duty exemption (2). For this reason, it would be an excellent idea to confirm with customs that exemption is possible for your shipments.

Documents when importing your household belongings

A somewhat sizable list of paperwork is required, when bringing household goods into Serbia. This includes a packing list written in Serbian or English and a Letter of Employment. A full record of all the books included in your shipment (which should list both the title and author) is also mandated by customs.

A Certificate of Import also must be shown, and this can be acquired at the police station in your local municipality. A complete list of all electrical goods is necessary as well, including the serial number, company that makes the item and the model number. A temporary Resident Visa good for over 3 months is needed too, along with your passport and Original Bill of Lading or Air Waybill (3).

A detailed inventory that includes monetary values should be presented, as well as a Power of Attorney (if a third party will be interacting with customs in your stead). Paperwork showing the amount paid to transport your shipment is also compulsory documentation (4).

Duties when importing your vehicle

There are some stipulations imposed by customs, if you wish to receive import duty exemption. First, you must have purchased the vehicle over six months ago. Second, your Residence Permit or Visa must be good for over three months. Finally, customs requires that the vehicle be manufactured less than six years ago. If you meet all of these conditions, it appears that you will be granted exemption.

If you don’t have a Residence Permit for the required timeframe and you didn’t purchase the vehicle over six months ago – then you can still perform a temporary import without paying duty (5). You should also be aware that the International Association of Movers doesn’t concur with this assessment, nowhere mentioning either duties or exemption (6).
Again, when there is doubt about duty-free importation policies, you should check with customs directly. Finally, keep in mind that a fee of 3% of the import duties that would have been charged, will apply to duty-free vehicle shipments (7).

Documents when importing your vehicle

Be ready to show your Work Permit, visa and documents confirming residence within the country (presumably a lease agreement or utility bill will suffice). The purchase receipt for the vehicle and certification of the engine displacement are also necessary (8). You’ll need all of the export paperwork issued in your origin country, and inspection documentation verifying that the vehicle meets EURO III technical standards (9).

The vehicle’s title and registration should be provided as well, along with a valid Import Permit. This will be issued by the Institute of Standardization, and you’re instructed to submit an application a minimum of two weeks before the vehicle leaves your origin country. Finally, when bringing a vehicle into Serbia, customs must be given the chassis and engine numbers (10).

This overview is an excellent starting point, when planning your move to Serbia. That said, not every regulation or filing requirement has been covered here. In order to avoid missteps when clearing your belongings through customs, it’s recommended that you speak with them beforehand. Partnering with a reputable international moving company like A1 Auto Transport is also wise – as you certainly don’t want to navigate customs clearance on your own.

Tips on how to make your international move easier

Packing

Start packing early to avoid unnecessary delays. In fact, you can begin preparations about 90 days to the day of moving. Start by sorting out your items and arrange them according to size. As you do so, get rid of those things that you do not need. Indeed, you can donate such to charity.

Also, ensure that you pack heavy items such as books in smaller boxes. As for the lighter items such as clothes, use large boxes. By doing so, no box will be too light thus, none will be crushed. Also, label your boxes to enable ease of identification during loading. While at it, encourage your whole family to engage in the activity to make it faster.


A-1 Auto Transport can help you move your household goods internationally. Call 888-509-3213 to get a free, no obligation to buy price quote on interstate moving services.


Documents

As an American citizen, you do not need a visa to travel to Serbia for the first 90 days. However, you will need a valid US passport. If you wish to stay longer, contact the Embassy of Serbia for further directions. Find out if you need other documents such as your birth and school certificates.

Banking and insurance

Before you leave, find out if your bank will give you access to your savings while abroad. Also, ensure that your debit and credit cards are valid. Make certain that your bank will handle any regular payments such as an outstanding mortgage.

Also contact your insurance company and ask if your policies are transferable. You can also find out if your health insurance plan is valid abroad. Be sure to ask if you need additional policies such as travel or risk insurance while overseas.


Why you need a professional moving company

As already established, international moving involves a lot of factors coming into play. Obviously, the various tasks involved might be very daunting if handled by an individual. In fact, you face the risk of losing or damaging your valuables.

However, if you hire a professional, you will experience stress-free services. They have the required equipment and trained personnel for the job. They will handle your belongings with care and will ensure that they get to your destination undamaged.


How to find the best international moving company

To get the best mover when looking for Serbia International Moving Services, kindly consider the following:

  • Choose a professional mover that is licensed and has insurance that covers damages on valuables during transit.
  • Compare different rates and choose a company that has a good package at an affordable rate.
  • Read customer reviews online. The more the positive reviews than negative ones, the better the company.
  • Choose a company that offers packing services. This helps to save time.


Our international moving services

Included in our Serbia International Moving Services are the following:

  • Packing/unpacking: We will pack and unpack your valuables to and from our transport facilities.
  • Apartment moves: We will help you to move between rental apartments.
  • Corporate moves: We can help you to move your office or business.
  • Planning and preparation: We will be part of your planning and preparation.
  • Visa and immigration: We can help you in applying for the necessary Serbia travel documents.
  • Housing services: We will help you to find a good house.
  • Family services: We will also assist you in locating family-friendly service providers such as schools and hospitals.
  • Auto transport: We also handle the international shipping of cars.


Why A-1 Auto Transport?

We have helped relocate thousands of clients overseas. We have more than 30 years’ experience and have built a solid client base during this time. We have the resources and knowledge to ensure you have all the information you need. If you are looking for a reputable international moving partner, you are in the right place.


Make the switch!

Are you ready to move to Serbia? Kindly contact our experts on our toll-free number 888-509-3213. Remember to take time and fill-out the form at the top of this page to get free estimates of our services.

SOURCES:

  1. Found on Atlas Int’l “Importing Personal Property Into Serbia” page.
  2. http://www.iamovers.org/ResourcesPublications/CountryGuides.aspx?ItemNumber=3535
  3. Found on Atlas Int’l “Importing Personal Property Into Serbia” page.
  4. http://www.iamovers.org/ResourcesPublications/CountryGuides.aspx?ItemNumber=3535
  5. Found on Atlas Int’l “Importing Personal Property Into Serbia” page.
  6. https://www.a1autotransport.com/ship-car-to-Serbia/
  7. http://www.iamovers.org/ResourcesPublications/CountryGuides.aspx?ItemNumber=3535
  8. Found on Atlas Int’l “Importing Personal Property Into Serbia” page.
Joe Webster

Written by Joe Webster

Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.

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