Relocating to another country holds many challenges, especially in deciding if it's worth shipping goods over or not. Some items of furniture may have been passed down through generations and are treasured items. However, shipping to Russia can hold many challenges.

Expats are highly recommended to seek an international shipping and removals company that can grant them door-to-door service. Relocation companies offer a full spectrum of mobility needs to expats, individuals and companies. Rather than simply transporting goods, they help orientate new arrivals in all ways possible. See our list of relocation companies in Russia to smoothen the transition. 

Be sure about shipping to Russia

Expats should think carefully about what they want to bring with them and what they can afford to leave behind. Shipping to Russia can quickly become expensive and custom clearance procedures are known to change frequently and without notice. Keep in mind that accommodation often comes furnished in Russia and plenty of large home decor and household furnishing stores can be found in most of the major cities. So expats should be sure if shipping to Russia is the right option for them.

Shipping household goods to Russia

Whether choosing air shipping or surface shipping, expats will need to make a comprehensive packing inventory of all shipped items. Note and photograph items of value, this includes computers, TVs and appliances. Record the serial number, brand and model number of any electronics in this inventory.

Expats will need to supply their international moving company with the appropriate documents to allow them to assume customs clearance on their behalf. 

Expats should be well-informed and aware of the details in the contract with the moving company. The contract may specify certain details of insurance and the expected time of arrival of the goods to the destination. Customs charges may apply to some goods, which is where the advice of the moving company will be useful.

Shipping cars to Russia

Many expats are encouraged to buy a car in Russia rather than shipping one's car in. This is because shipping vehicles to Russia is expensive with a hefty import tax on top of value-added tax. Tax rates and specific documentation required are subject to change, and so expats should check the governmental custom's page. Relocations companies can provide advice and assist with shipping vehicles to Russia, making the process much easier.

Public transport in big Russian cities are well developed and there are many options for getting around in Russia. So expats should consider if bringing a car into the country is worth it or not depending on their needs.

Shipping pets to Russia

If importing a dog or cat to Russia, expats will need to make sure they have the proper documentation at the time of shipment. Pets are often required to be microchipped and have up-to-date vaccines, including a rabies vaccine, and health certificates and documents.

Expats interested in shipping their pets to Russia are often discouraged from doing so. Most Russian living is done in small apartments rather than houses with outdoor space, so it’s important expats evaluate whether their accommodation is indeed pet-friendly.

Expat Health Insurance

Cigna Health Insurance

Cigna Global

Cigna Global can tailor an international health insurance plan to perfectly fit the needs of you and your family. With 86 million customers in over 200 countries, Cigna Global has unrivalled experience in dealing with varied and unique medical situations and delivering high standards of service wherever you live in the world.

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William Russell Health Insurance

William Russell

William Russell is a boutique insurance company, that values itself on its great customer service and is underwritten by Allianz. They provide health, life, and income protection insurance for expats around the world. With a global network of 40,000 hospitals and doctors, their health insurance plans are designed so that they follow you to whatever country you move to next.

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Moving Companies

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Sirelo has a network of more than 500 international removal companies that can move your furniture and possessions to your new home. By filling in a form, you’ll get up to 5 quotes from recommended movers. This service is free of charge and will help you select an international moving company that suits your needs and budget.

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