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Turkey International Moving Services

We have all had to make a move at one point in our lives. From early moves in your childhood years when you didn’t have much responsibility to more demanding moves like moving to college or relocating to a new town. Most people will agree that moving is not the easiest thing to do. However, regardless of whether you are planning a short stay in Turkey or a more permanent move, hiring professional international movers will help give you peace during the transition period.

Import duty for shipments of household belongings 

You can bring household items into Turkey without incurring duty, as long as you meet the criteria set forth by customs. First, your shipment must arrive no later than six months after you relocate to Turkey. If it arrives two months or less prior to your entry into the country, this is also acceptable. Second, you must have purchased these belongings at least six months ago and been personally using them during that time. 

Third, residing outside of Turkey for a minimum of the last twelve months is mandatory. Fourth, if duty exemption is granted, you may not sell, lend out to others or get rid of these goods within Turkey. Finally, you must have a Residence Permit good for at least two years (or a lease of this length), to have duty waived on air shipments (1).   

Import paperwork for shipments of household belongings 

Before customs will allow your goods to enter the country, you must present the necessary paperwork. This includes your passport, a Letter to Customs and a valid Work Permit. A TIN (Tax Identification Number) is also required, plus either a lease contract or proof that you’ve purchased a residence within Turkey. The Original Bill of Lading or Air Waybill for the shipment is also obligatory. If you’re traveling to Turkey to marry, then a Marriage Certificate must be shown (2). 

Keep in mind that your lease should be good for a minimum of two years - though it’s possible that a Residence Permit is an acceptable substitute. You’ll also need a complete inventory, which includes monetary values and bears your signature and the date. 

A separate packing list is necessary too, plus a Power of Attorney if a third party will be interacting with customs on your behalf. You may need to provide a Financial Guarantee Letter as well. Finally, be prepared to give customs a letter from your employer, which states how long you’ll be working for them within Turkey (3).   

Import duty for vehicle shipments 

It seems that for foreigners wishing to bring a vehicle into Turkey - only temporary import is allowed. You’re permitted to keep the vehicle in the country, for as long as your Work Permit and/or Residence Permit is valid. All extensions of this period must be requested before your permit expires. 

Be aware that a number of additional regulations apply, including an arrival deadline (based upon your latest entry into Turkey). Currently, this timeframe is the same as for household goods, which is two months before or six months after your arrival (4). Purchasing a vehicle that was manufactured under three years ago is also mentioned - though this may only apply to diplomats or returning citizens (5). 

Bank Guarantee Requirements

A Bank Guarantee will be necessary, for the full amount of the taxes and duties that will be due, should you fail to remove the vehicle from the country upon the expiration of your Work Permit and/or Residence Permit. This Bank Guarantee will be refunded to you, once proof of re-exportation of the vehicle is provided to customs. The exact sum required for the guarantee varies, depending upon the vehicle’s weight, make and model (6). 

Licensing Requirements 

If you have a U.S. driver’s license in good standing, you can use this for the first 90 days. After this time, you’ll need a Turkish translation that’s been notarized (7). If your Work Permit runs for more than 12 months, then you must procure a driver’s license from the appropriate authorities within Turkey, no later than six months after your arrival. 

In order to obtain this document, you’ll need your current driver’s license with a notarized copy, your passport and Work Permit. In addition, you must visit a local hospital to acquire the necessary Health Report and blood type card (8).   

Import paperwork for vehicle shipments 

When shipping a vehicle to Turkey, you’ll need the vehicle’s registration, your passport and a valid Residence Permit. The Original Bill of Lading for the vehicle shipment is also required. Customs also mandates that you obtain insurance from an outfit within Turkey, and provide proof in the form of an Insurance Certificate or card (9). A Carnet de Passages en Douane (a customs transit book or pass book) may also be requested - though it seems this is only needed when traveling to nations in the Middle East. You must present a Work Permit and your driver’s license as well (10). 

The Bank Guarantee mentioned above is also required, along with the vehicle’s title. A Power of Attorney must be given to customs, if a third party will be working with customs in your place. The original purchase receipt for the vehicle is also mandatory documentation. Finally, the Original Bill of Lading must list the chassis and engine numbers, and you may need to provide the owner’s manual for the vehicle (11).

Tips on how to make your international move easier

Here are some tips that will give you an easy time as you prepare for your international move:

  • The earlier you de-clutter the better it will be for you. Identify any belongings that you will need to leave behind early so that you will know exactly what you will need to carry.
  • Talk to your chosen moving company to familiarize yourself with what their Turkey International Moving Services entails.
  • International moves will usually involve moving from one jurisdiction to the other. This will almost always require you to show some papers so make sure that you have all the necessary documents that will be required in the move.
  • Do your homework and research on any rules governing your move and the things that you may or may not take with you. A good place to start would be the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

How to find the best international moving company

Here are four steps that will help you choose the best Turkey International Moving Services provider:

  • Check their ratings and reviews: Every moving company should have some testimonials from past customers on their website. You can even read reviews from neutral websites like Yelp or Google to hear both sides of the story.
  • Find out if they are insured: A good company should be insured to protect you from loses. Also check if they are licensed to provide moving services.
  • Costing: Compare services offered to the prices given to make sure that you are getting the best value for your money.

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.

Our Turkey International Moving Services

Here are the moving services you can get from us:

  • Packing and unpacking: When you trust us with packing for your move, we will take care of all the labelling and packing of items to make sure that everything ends up in the right room in your new home.
  • Commercial Moving: We will make sure that all your important documents and expensive equipment is transported safely to their new destination.
  • Office moves: Want to move your office to Turkey? We will handle all aspects of the move to ensure that you are quickly settled in and ready to work.
  • Apartment moves: Don’t lose items in the move. Let us move you and everything will go back to its rightful place in your new apartment.
  • Planning and preparation: We have professional guides to take your hand and help you prepare for the move.
  • Visa and immigration services: Our experts in Turkish immigration requirements will guide you in the process of making sure that you are legally moving to Turkey.
  • Housing assistance: Need help finding a new house? We have your back. Let us handle it.
  • Family services: We will do all it takes to ensure that every member of the family has the smoothest transition.
  • Auto transport services: Want to travel with your car? No problem! Just say the word and we’ll have it taken care of.

Why A-1 Auto Transport

So why should you come to us when looking for moving services to or from Turkey? Here’s why:

  • We know our trade: Having been in the transport industry for more than 20 years, you can be sure that we have honed our skills to provide nothing but the best.
  • Transparency: From the ease of getting a quote for your move to the logistics involved in the move. We will keep you in the loop to ensure that you are informed about everything that’s happening.
  • You are in safe hands: Our cargo insurance policy ensures that your property is well protected during the entire time that it is in our hands.
  • Competitive rates: We offer some of the best rates for international moves without compromising on the reliability and the effectiveness of our services.

Talk to us!

Fill-out the form at the top of this page and we will get back to you with more details on our Turkey International Moving Services. You can also get in touch with one of our representatives by calling us on 888-509-3213.

SOURCES:

(1) 

Found on Atlas Int’l “Importing Personal Property Into Turkey” page. 

(2)

https://www.iamovers.org/ResourcesPublications/CountryGuides.aspx?ItemNumber=3519 

(3) 

Found on Atlas Int’l “Importing Personal Property Into Turkey” page.

(4)

https://www.iamovers.org/ResourcesPublications/CountryGuides.aspx?ItemNumber=3519 

(5)

-The three-year age requirement apparently applies to all imports, according to:

     https://www.iamovers.org/ResourcesPublications/CountryGuides.aspx?ItemNumber=3519   

-The three-year age requirement is only for those with diplomatic status or returning citizens, according to: 

     Atlas Int’l “Importing Personal Property Into Turkey” page

(6) 

Found on Atlas Int’l “Importing Personal Property Into Turkey” page.

(7)

https://www.iamovers.org/ResourcesPublications/CountryGuides.aspx?ItemNumber=3519 

(8) 

Found on Atlas Int’l “Importing Personal Property Into Turkey” page. 

(9) 

https://www.a1autotransport.com/ship-car-to-turkey/ 

(10)

https://www.iamovers.org/ResourcesPublications/CountryGuides.aspx?ItemNumber=3519 

(11)

Found on Atlas Int’l “Importing Personal Property Into Turkey” page.

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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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