Free movement of people within the EU, EEA and Switzerland may mean less red tape when you're relocating to Europe as an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, but there's more to moving within Europe than just packing your bags and arriving. We have been safely moving household and personal effects for thousands of customers to every destination in Europe including Switzerland, France and Germany since 1935.
Removals within Europe
We also perform removals within Europe, so moves between Germany and The Netherlands or Switzerland and France, for example, are not a problem. Even if you're just moving from one end of Zurich to the other, we can help. This allows you to deal directly with a professional, English-speaking crew who have the knowledge and experience to perform your European removal at a competitive price.
Removals to the UK
We don't like to bring empty trucks back to the UK, and return loads to the UK are not a problem. Our European removals team is always on the move between the UK and Europe, making it easy for you to use a trusted mover to bring your household goods to the UK.
When crossing certain borders within the EU, you currently do not need to show your ID card or passport if you are an EU or Swiss national. However, it is still recommended to carry these documents with you, so you can produce them if stopped at a border checkpoint - and in some countries it is a requirement that you carry your idenitity documents at all times, even if you're not travelling.
If you are staying in your new EU country for more than 6 months, then you will be required to register your car and pay any taxes that are required by your new country. You may also need to modify your car to fill the requirements of your new country. There are some exceptions to the six month rule:
Students – You are not required to register your car or pay any of the countries car taxes for as long as you are enrolled on your chosen course.
Cross border working and self employed cross border working – If you commute to another country and return to your new home country at least once a week, then you will not be required to pay any taxes or register the car in the country you work.
When you register your car, you will need to provide proof you have insurance cover for the car. Your existing cover may be valid in your new home country if the company is either based in your new home country, has an office in your new home country, or has been authorised to provide services there. However, it is always best to check before moving. If you require new insurance, then you will need to contact an information centre for your new country to locate a new insurance provider.
If you are a EU resident, you can have your dog, cat, or ferret travel with you as long as it has a European pet passport. The passport must also contain details of rabies vaccinations. Please remember a European pet passport is for dogs, cats, and ferrets only; if you have other animals you will need to check with the country's rules before moving.
When thinking about moving to a European country you need to find out what the country's definition of your relationship is, as rights and obligations may differ for each country. For example, some countries do not recognise registered partnerships but in other countries your spouse has the right to settle with you.
Your social security rights and entitlements to benefits will vary very differently across the EU. You will need to contact an information centre regarding your entitlements before relocating.
These vary in each country and you are subjected to the laws of that country when it comes to family benefits. If you are working in a different country from the country you will reside in, you might be entitled to benefits there as well, but this will depend on where your child/children are living and whether the other parent of the child/children is working.
Contact our European removal specialists
Ring us on 01785 251161 and our home moving experts will be glad to assist you.
Steve and Connor were so friendly and really helpful. They really put us at ease and were so quick and efficient
Date published: 14/12/2018
9.7 / 10 stars
Went above & beyond
Having used the company 4 years ago, we knew they would be good, and there is nothing they could have done better. The whole experience was excellent. The crew were friendly, quick, efficient and extremely helpful in many ways. The company and crew went above and beyond what some some companies do, they moved all the difficult gardening, potted plants and large items from the garage with good humour and patience. A really good crew. I would also like to compliment the office staff for their help and patience.
Date published: 30/11/2018
10 / 10 stars
Everyone we dealt with was courteous & knowledgable
Very courteous and efficient. Paul and Alan were absolutely superb and made moving day easy and fun. Tremendously hard working but fun to be with. Your company should be proud to have these guys as employees. Everyone we dealt with was courteous and knowledgable. You have a very professional company.
Date published: 30/10/2018
10 / 10 stars
Worked tirelessly and with good humour
The lady I spoke to managed to fit us in for an appointment at short notice and working around our limited availability. The team doing the removals did not seem to have full and correct information about the property we were moving to (i.e that it was over 4 floors and was on a fairly narrow lane), which appeared to cause some concerns about the size of the vehicle booked and the number of people required for the job. That said, and to their credit, the removals team didn’t make that our problem and resolved it themselves. They worked tirelessly and with good humour.
Date published: 8/10/2018
9.6 / 10 stars
Will use again if ever needed
We are very grateful for the people and their willingness to help or resolve issues. Doug was considerate and helpful with our needs and concerns. They offered all we needed and more. If a problem was there they were willing to work with it. Will use again if ever needed. Paul, Lee, Alan and Tony all were great, efficient and very helpful with our requirements and needs. They were the BEST!!!
Date published: 2/10/2018
9.9 / 10 stars
Couldn’t have been better
Couldn’t have been better; wonderful attitude to whole stressful process. Both the packing team (Clive and team) and delivery team (John and Allan) super
Nick & Rhona Hardwick
Date published: 1/10/2018
10 / 10 stars
They made a tough day easier by being fabulous!
Excellent customer service very professional from Catherine Tuft. Following on from our telephone conversation I just wanted to put in writing our appreciation and thanks to Britannia Godwin’s Removals. The true heroes of the day and our heart felt thanks has to go to Ian and John! What a pleasure it was to have two lovely, caring, hard working chaps in and around my home we moved out from (which was very emotional for me) they cared, they were kind and understood how I was feeling, and helped us get into the new house late on in the day they were just amazing! I have never seen such two hard working individuals they didn’t stop to take a breathe! They got on with the job brilliantly, worked around my family and were great on the day! I cannot thank them enough for being just brilliant! They made a tough day easier by being fabulous!
Date published: 5/9/2018
10 / 10 stars
I would definitely recommend Goodwins to other people
I can't praise John and Ian enough they were just fantastic. Our move went so smoothly and they were both so good at their job, excellent experience. I would definitely recommend Goodwins to other people. I really can't fault anything our removals just went so well and smooth. I can only say how great it all went and how experienced and friendly our removals men Ian and John were. Ian and John were excellent. Polite, professional,and very hard working. I would definitely recommend my friends and family to use the firm for removals from the experience I had moving.