If you are relocating to the island it is more than likely that you will be importing household goods to Cyprus. The process of moving can be stressful enough, without the extra worry of how to ship your goods or what paper work you will need.
With this in mind we have gathered some of our most useful sources to share with you. This guide will cover both EU and none-EU imports as well as documents you will need for the process. It is also important that you take advise from your moving company and ask plenty of questions beforehand.
If you are importing goods to Cyprus from an EU member country then you must be aware of the following:
If you are importing a vehicle then the named owner will need to be present at customs. The named owner will also need to provide a valid driving license and either European or Cyprus insurance cover.
Importing non-EU goods is slightly different. Firstly, all shipments are inspected rather than randomly selected containers. Secondly you must supply documentation that proves you have ownership of a house or rental agreement in Cyprus. Bank statements to show you have funds in Cyprus is also a requirement.
Additional information includes:
Like most countries, Cyprus has a list of goods that are prohibited or have limitations when being imported. The items that are prohibited are illegal drugs and narcotic substances as well as any pornographic material or equipment.
The limitation of goods includes alcohol (maximum 20 opened bottles or 12 sealed bottles) and tobacco (subject to taxation). If you are planning to import any type of gun or ammunition you will need to acquire a permit and approval from the police along with a valid license.
The easiest way to a stress-free move and importation of goods is to be organized. Make sure you have all the correct documents and permits as well as an understanding of what to expect when you arrive at customs. Your moving company will also be able to assist you in regards to any worries you may have and will be able to put you at ease.
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