Every year thousands of Brits are moving to Europe following Brexit. Our interview provides valuable advice to assist those seeking a smooth relocation experience

Since the implementation of Brexit, there has been no decline in the desire to relocate from the UK to Europe. In fact, quite the opposite may be true, as people seek new beginnings and exciting prospects.

Many are drawn not only by a better climate but also by the possibility of starting afresh in a different cultural environment, immersing themselves in new languages, traditions, and a different way of life. Others see it as an opportunity to expand their horizons, broaden their professional prospects, or pursue personal passions.

In this interview by Liz Rowlinson, editor of A Place in the Sun, you will gain insights and recommendations from John Moynes, director of PSS International Removals. With a wealth of experience and expertise in the removals industry, John brings a unique perspective, offering invaluable guidance on the various considerations and services essential for a successful overseas move post-Brexit.

In this video, they delve into the practicalities and complexities associated with moving to Europe, from deciphering the nuances of customs clearance processes to harnessing the benefits of a robust network of trusted partners.

For those interested in moving to Europe or overseas destinations following Brexit, you can contact PSS International Removals to get started.

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Below is an outline of what was discussed in the interview with John Moynes and Liz Rowlinson:

Q: Has there been an increase in the number of individuals and families considering a move to southern Europe following Brexit?

A: Absolutely; the interest to move has skyrocketed since Brexit. Many people thought it was now or never if they ever planned to make a move. Central Europe, particularly countries in southern Europe, has emerged as one of our primary destinations for relocation.

Since the period immediately following Brexit, we have witnessed a significant shift in the ease of the process. Customs clearance has become considerably smoother, and we have established a robust network of removal services throughout Europe to facilitate seamless transitions.

At PSS, we have recognised the growing demand and have equipped our staff with the necessary training to assist people in moving to southern Europe following Brexit. We understand the unique challenges and considerations involved in these relocations, and our team is well-versed in navigating the post-Brexit landscape.

Q: What recommendations do you have for individuals and families considering a move to southern Europe, and how does your company assist them in the process?

A: I would always recommend starting the conversation with us at least four to five months before your departure to avoid unnecessary stress. We aim to ensure that movers are well-informed and adequately prepared for their move to southern Europe. We offer various services and support to facilitate a smooth transition.

One of the initial steps we take is to educate our clients about budgeting. Moving involves expenses, and it’s essential to understand the costs involved clearly. To assist with this, we provide home surveys and video surveys. Customers with a small volume of goods can use their mobile devices to show us the items they plan to send. Alternatively, we can schedule a home survey conducted by our experienced surveyor for larger moves. This survey allows us to provide personalised advice and tips based on the specific requirements of the move.

Following the survey, we compile a comprehensive inventory based on the items indicated during the assessment. Each item is meticulously listed, allowing us to understand what items will be transported clearly.

For instance, item 54 might be described as ‘Christmas decorations’ on the inventory list. This detailed inventory is crucial for customs purposes and helps us accurately determine the cost of the move. By having a transparent itemised list, customers can effectively work out their budget and make informed decisions about the items they want to take. If necessary, they can remove certain items to reduce costs. This is why early engagement with our team is crucial; it ensures that customers clearly understand what to expect and the associated costs.

In addition to inventory management, we provide various services catering to our customer’s needs. These services include packing assistance, European customs clearance, UK Export clearance, and delivery to the new address. We also offer storage options in the UK for temporary storage solutions.

To optimise cost efficiency, we offer a part load service, which allows customers to share container space with others, reducing the overall cost. However, opting for a dedicated load might be more worthwhile for customers with larger moves, such as those with a 3-4 bedroom household.

Our goal is to provide comprehensive support throughout the entire relocation process, ensuring a smooth and successful move to southern Europe. By offering services, personalised advice, and detailed cost estimates, we aim to alleviate the stress associated with moving and provide our customers with peace of mind.

Q: Many companies offer similar removal services; what accreditation do you have to reassure people?

A: When selecting a reputable removal company for your move to southern Europe, one of the most critical accreditations to look for is affiliation with the British Association of Removals. This association serves as a mark of credibility and professionalism in the industry.

Choosing an accredited company provides those moving with a level of safety. In the unfortunate event that a company goes into administration, accreditation ensures they are protected by a governing body. This protection offers peace of mind and reassurance, mitigating potential risks and uncertainties associated with the moving process.

Euromovers is another important accreditation to consider for European moves. This accreditation further solidifies a company’s commitment to excellence and expertise in international removals, specifically in the context of southern Europe. By choosing a company with this accreditation, movers can have confidence in the removal company’s capabilities, industry knowledge, and adherence to stringent quality standards.

It is worth noting that the cost of shipping has significantly increased in recent times, making it more crucial than ever to select an accredited removal company. By choosing an accredited company, customers can have confidence in the transparency and fairness of pricing, as well as the company’s ability to navigate the evolving shipping landscape effectively. An accredited company with expertise in southern European moves will possess the knowledge and resources to optimise costs and ensure a smooth and efficient move.

Q: Can you give us an idea of how much a move to Spain is from the UK?

A: For a 1-bedroom property, the estimated cost of the move to Spain would be around £2,500, for a 2-bedroom property around £4,500 and around £8,000 for a 3-bedroom property.

However, it’s important to note that these figures are subject to certain factors that can influence the final cost. These factors include the specific location in Spain, the volume of belongings being transported, and any additional services that may be required to accommodate particular needs or preferences.

Q: What is the estimated timeframe for shipping a container to Cyprus if you plan to move to the country?

 A: The estimated timeframe for shipping a container to Cyprus is typically around 3-4 weeks, from the pickup of your belongings to the arrival at the destination. Our company regularly consolidates shipments to Cyprus, utilising groupage services to maximise efficiency and minimise transit time. This means your container will be part of a larger shipment, optimising the logistics and streamlining the overall process.

When shipping to Cyprus, it is considered one of the easier countries to ship to. This is due to our extensive experience and established network in handling shipments to Cyprus. We have developed a smooth and well-coordinated operation to ensure the timely and reliable delivery of your belongings to your new destination.

The estimated timeframe allows for the necessary logistics, including customs procedures and international transportation, to be carried out efficiently. However, it’s important to note that the exact timeframe may vary slightly based on factors such as the specific location in Cyprus; however, we strive to provide a seamless and reliable shipping experience, allowing you to focus on other aspects of your move and embrace the excitement of starting a new chapter.

Q: Are there any important aspects or considerations you would like to highlight regarding the day of the removal?

A: Being prepared is crucial on the day of the removal. Designating and maintaining a specific room that is off-limits to the packers is advisable. This allows you to separate essential items and ensures they are not unintentionally included in the packing process.

Once the removal is completed, you can expect a call from your dedicated coordinator, who will be your point of contact throughout the entire process. This coordinator will address any concerns or queries, providing personalised support to ensure a smooth and stress-free experience.

You will receive important shipment advice about 2-3 weeks after removal. This will include a tracking link that allows you to monitor the progress of your shipment en route to the destination and estimated arrival date.

Q: Can you provide shipping services for cars and pets?

A: Regarding the transportation of pets, it is highly recommended to initiate discussions with us several months, or even up to a year, before your planned relocation. Our company understands the importance of ensuring the well-being and comfort of your furry companions during the journey.

To facilitate this process, we have established partnerships with reputable providers who specialise in pet transportation. It’s important to note that regulations regarding the import of pets can vary between countries. Therefore, we advise checking your destination country’s specific regulations and requirements to ensure compliance and a smooth transition for your pets.

We offer shipping services for cars. Many individuals who relocate to countries such as Greece, Australia, New Zealand, and other international destinations opt to ship their vehicles alongside their household belongings. Sending your car with your household goods can provide a convenient and cost-effective solution, allowing you to have your vehicle readily available upon arrival in your new country.

To ensure a seamless process, our team will guide you through the necessary steps and documentation required for shipping your vehicle.

Q: What is the purpose and functionality of your cost calculator?

A: Many customers seek a rough estimate of moving costs, and our online removal costs calculator serves precisely that purpose. It provides an estimated cost for mini and larger moves, offering customers a starting point for budgeting and planning.

However, it is essential to note that while the cost calculator offers a helpful initial estimate, it is advisable to book a home or video survey with our team to obtain a more accurate and personalised price for your specific move. This personalised survey allows our experts to assess the unique requirements and details of your relocation, enabling us to provide a comprehensive and tailored cost assessment.

By utilising the cost calculator as a guideline and subsequently scheduling a home or video survey, movers can obtain a precise understanding of the costs involved in their move. This comprehensive approach ensures transparency and accuracy, enabling them to make informed decisions and effectively budget for their international relocation.

Are you looking to move to Europe following Brexit? PSS International Removals can help!

If you’re considering a move overseas following Brexit, PSS International Removals is the trusted partner you need for a seamless and stress-free relocation.

By choosing PSS International Removals, you gain access to a range of comprehensive services designed to cater to your specific needs. From home surveys and video surveys to packing services, customs clearance, and delivery to your new address, their team ensures that every aspect of your relocation is expertly handled.

Accredited by the British Association of Removals and Euro Movers, PSS International Removals offers the assurance and financial protection you deserve during this significant transition. Their commitment to quality service, attention to detail, and established European network make them the ideal choice.

Don’t leave your international move to chance. Take the first step towards a successful relocation by contacting PSS International Removals today. A dedicated team will guide you through the process, provide accurate cost estimates, and offer personalised support at every stage.