Shipping and Removals in Edinburgh

Expats concerned about shipping items to or removing items from Edinburgh can relax and leave the dirty work to the experts.
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On the shoulder of this Scottish capital sits the notorious district of Leith; once a hotbed for roughness and prostitution, the docks of Leith have been gentrified and now the port has reclaimed its role as Edinburgh's major access point.

Redevelopments in the early 1990s left Leith with one of the largest water-front developments in all of Europe. It follows that plenty of shipping and relocation companies operate in and out of the area, and expats should take care to use this presence of competition to cut costs.

Before selecting a company and commandeering a quote, you'll need to decide which method of shipping suits your needs best. Sea freight is based on volume and tends to take more time than air freight - which is based on size or weight.

In some cases, a combination of the two may even be the most cost-effective and efficient solution.

Before your bubble wrap the boxes; however, take some time to consider which items in particular must absolutely be shipped to Edinburgh. There are plenty of furnished accommodation options in the city, and an IKEA is a mere bus ride away from the town centre. In many cases it may be cheaper to leave your former furnishings at home and invest some energy in starting your expat life with some daring new décor.

Though, if you can't stand to part with your sentimental wares, do note that expats importing goods to the UK are responsible for import duties, excise duties, agent fees involved with customs clearance and then VAT (though this can be claimed back eventually). This applies to both new items and used items.

Thanks to the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS), moving your pets to the UK should present no problems, provided they have a veterinary certificate and all inoculations are up-to-date. Best of all, no quarantine is required provided the pets meet certain rules.

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