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Moving To Poland From The UK

Whether you are moving to Krakow, Warsaw, or  Gdansk, Britannia Movers International has the experience and the local knowledge to suit your move abroad to your specific needs.


Importing Personal Effects to Poland

The UK has now left the EU and therefore new rules apply to movement of goods between the UK and EU Countries. Please bear in mind that all shipments to the EU from the UK will now have to clear customs on arrival and you must ensure you can provide all relevant customs documents required at destination. Your contact at your local Britannia office will assist you with which forms are necessary along with what supporting documentation you will need to provide. However, the responsibility for completion and submission of these forms now falls with the customer and it is advisable that all these formalities are prepared for prior to the move to avoid potential delays in transportation and additional charges.

If you are moving to Poland from outside the EU then you will need a completed Polish customs form and a certificate obtained from the Polish Consulate in the origin country. Britannia will advise you of the requirements prior to your move.


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

Poland Transit Times

Transit times can vary subject to the method of transport chosen, size of your consignment and the final destination. Britannia will advise you once this information is established.

Bar Coding

Bar Coding

All shared load consignments will be bar coded before they are loaded into the vehicle. This will ensure that no items are left at origin.


Taking Domestic Pets to Poland

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 Poland

Importation of motor vehicles to Poland will be subject to compliance. Duty and tax may apply, but not always, and you will also be able to import either a new or used car.

Currencies Direct

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 Poland with Britannia

Your Move to Poland with Britannia – For many years Britannia has been providing an excellent door to door shipping and removal service to Poland, and can either transport your effects by shared load or by sole use container load. Household and personal effects can be transported to Poland in various ways; overland by road van, by sea containers or by air.

Additional Removal Services – Britannia can provide a variety of additional removal services when moving to Poland. We can provide fully comprehensive international insurance, arrange international storage, and can also take care of your money transfer.

If you are interested in moving to Poland, find out more about the removal costs, and read more about our European removals.

Living in Poland

Poland has never been a truly popular expat destination, and right after joining the EU in 2004, the country experienced waves of emigration, as hundreds of thousands left the economically struggling country searching for better employment opportunities. Poland is nowadays doing relatively well in terms of economic development and is starting to overcome its communist past. It also offers an exciting expat life, with its unique Central European culture, beautiful historic towns and landscapes, and low living costs. Warsaw, Poland’s capital and the country’s business centre is a truly cosmopolitan city, with a diverse culture, cafes, many tourist attractions and a mixture of architectural styles from gothic cathedrals to modern skyscapers.

Located in Central Europe, bordered by Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Ukraine, Poland is nowadays a parliamentary democracy. Although under communist rule until 1989, Poland’s economy is constantly improving and the country also ranks high on the Human Development Index and can boast a relatively high standard of living. Poland is a member of the European Union, NATO, United Nations, and the OECD, and has a high-income economy.

Although Poland has more conservative social policies than some other neighbouring countries, and liberal values haven’t gained as much ground in recent decades as in some other European countries, you will find a truly diverse and unique country with a cultural traditions going back hundreds of years. So whether you want to visit stunning historic towns, like Gdansk, Krakow or Wroclaw, live a modern cosmopolitan life on a smaller budget, or experience beautiful sceneries that range from mountains to deserts, Poland is an appealing expat destination.

Interesting Facts About Poland

  • Forests cover almost one third of Poland and over 50% of the land area is dedicated to farming.
  • About one third of modern Poland used to be ethically, culturally and linguistically German.
  • Poland can boast 17 Nobel Prize winners, including prizes in literature and Peace Prizes.
  • Poland ranks very high for child well-being on a list compiled by the UNICEF in 2007.
  • Poland has the eighth-largest population in Europe and the sixth-largest population in the European Union.

Moving to and Living in Poland

  • If you are moving to Poland with your children, you’ll also have to consider education opportunities. There are a number of international schools offering the International Baccalaureate for example. If you are planning to stay in Poland permanently, you should also consider learning the language and enrolling your children in a Polish state school.
  • Poland had high unemployment rates just a few years ago, but the employment situation is nowadays getting much better. There are also a number of international corporations and businesses based in Poland, and you could always teach English. It shouldn’t be too hard to find employment, but you will need to learn at least a few words in Polish.
  • Living and housing costs are substantially lower in Poland than in the UK, though a lot will also depend on your lifestyle and where you are moving to in Poland.

Key Information

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Time Zone:

CET (UTC+1) - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Currency: Zloty (PLN)
Calling Code: 48


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