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Moving To Peru From The UK

Moving to Peru

Whether you are moving to Lima, Cusco or Trujillo, Britannia Movers International has the expertise and the local knowledge to tailor the move to your individual needs.


Importing Personal Effects to Peru

Shipments of used household and personal effects are dutiable, usually at a rate of 20%, while household goods previously exported from Peru can be imported duty free. Documents required for the importation of goods will be your passport, a detailed inventory, and a legalized copy of your work permit stamped by the Ministry of Labour, if you are not a Peruvian citizen. Your local Britannia member will provide you with detailed customs regulations, and any further information you need.


Prohibitions and Restrictions

In general it is in your interest not to import the following items:

  • Firearms & ammunition
  • Inflammable goods & substances
  • Plants & plant material
  • Foodstuffs, perishables or otherwise
  • Narcotics and dangerous goods
  • Offensive materials
  • Alcohol & Tobacco

Transit Times

Sole use containers take on average 6-7 weeks, while crated consignments may take longer, on average 7-9 weeks, but this will also depend on your final destination in Peru.

Bar Coding

Bar Coding

All Groupage consignments will be bar coded before they are loaded into the shipping container. This will ensure that no items are left at origin.


Domestic Pets

Britannia can recommend a specialised shipper of animals to assist you in sending your family pet(s) from home to home. They will coordinate all documentation and necessary veterinary procedures.

Find out more about pet transport.


Moving Motor Vehicles to Peru

Cars may be imported to Peru provided they are less than 5 years old. Duty on used vehicles is currently 72% and on new cars 45%. A certificate of inspection at origin is mandatory.

International currency exchange

International FX

When you are making international payments for individuals you can benefit from IFX expertise in seeking the best possible rate, whether you are sending or receiving foreign currency.

IFX can help to protect you from exchange rate fluctuations and save you time and money on international payments.

IFX offers :

  • International payments
  • Regular Overseas Transfers
  • Prepaid Currency Card
  • Forward Contracts

More info on the IFX website.

Moving to Peru with Britannia

Britannia can offer you a door to door shipping service to Peru, and can either ship your effects by sole use container, or for smaller shipments in a wooden crate (LCL). In addition we can offer a door to door airfreight service to some destinations in Peru. Our agents in Lima will arrange customs clearance, and deliver and unpack the effects, including removal of debris on day of delivery.

Additional removal services – If you require additional removal services when moving to Peru, Britannia is authorised to provide comprehensive insurance, and arrange international storage or pet transport.

If you are interested in moving to Peru, find out more about your moving costs, read about our international removals, and contact us for more information.

Living in Peru

Deeply rooted in Spanish and indigenous cultures, and further influenced by various American, European, and African customs, Peru offers a wide range of experiences. Whether you want to be captivated by the treasures of Inca culture, such as the Machu Picchu, admire Catholic churches or indigenous textiles, Peru is a perfect destination, and a country that manages to fuse all these cultural influences with modern trends.

Peru is located in western South America, bordered by Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile and the Pacific Ocean. Peru was home to the Inca Empire in Pre-Colombian America until the Spanish Empire conquered the region in the 16th century. Peru nowadays is a democratic republic, with a high human development index, and a developing market economy focusing mainly on agriculture, fishing, mining, and manufacturing.

Although Peru is an equatorial country, the influence of the Andes mountains results in climatic and geographic diversity, and Peru is not only home to tropical forests, and coastal deserts, but you will also find snow-capped mountains and volcanoes. Whether you are drawn to Peru for its stunning and diverse landscapes, to explore what remains of  its indigenous culture, to enjoy a different lifestyle or for professional reasons, it is a country that will definitely offer exciting and fun experiences.

Interesting Facts About Peru

  • The famous lake, Titicaca is located in Peru.
  • Machu Picchu is the most famous Inca site, and was only brought the international attention in 1911.
  • Voting is compulsory in Peru for all citizens aged 18 to 70, but members of the national police and the military may not vote in elections.
  • Peru was the last Spanish colony in South America to gain independence.
  • Peru is one of the top producers of lead, cooper, silver and zinc in the world.

Tips About Moving to & Living in Peru

  • Nationals of some countries, including the United Kingdom can visit Peru for up to 90 days without a visa. If you wish to take up paid employment or stay permanently, you will need to apply for a visa and a work permit.
  • If you are planning to stay in Peru for a longer period you might also have to look for paid employment. While finding a job is not as easy as in Western Europe, and salaries are lower, if you read job listings regularly, and get to know more locals, finding a job should be possible, and teaching English is always an option.
  • Living and housing costs in Peru are substantially lower than in the UK and other Western European countries, so if you manage to find a relatively well-paid job, you should be able to live comfortably.

Key Information

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Time Zone:

PET (UTC-5) - Summer (DST) not observed (UTC)

Currency: Nuevo Sol (PEN)
Calling Code: +51


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