Moving To the EU from Canada

Moving To the EU from Canada

Relocating to the EU

   Canadians will find the EU public transportation a real surprise. Travel is less expensive, faster and more convenient than most expect. English is widely used. Fitting in also means using the local language complete with slang and accents.
    The EU is a set of neighbouring countries that stands out because they are different countries with different values. As a general rule "working to eat rather than eating fast to work". Discussing anything other than work will be likely.
   The cost of items and associated availability will be lacking for most Canadians. Local unique characteristics present frequent surprises in what each of their communities value.
   Bekins years of moves to the EU and its importations situations helps possessions arrive as expected.

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Corona Virus Alert

   Uncertainty has become a bigger factor with COVID's impact. Adapting to unexpected changes as shipments pass between carriers exposed to government attempts at managing COVID is the new reality. Needless extra charges can be ...

... avoided. Storage, handling, inspections and other demurrage charges come with delays. As they are beyond the control of the shipping company, frequently imposed by government action, they are passed back to the owner of the goods.

For example:
   • On Friday October 30 France effectively closed external international borders until at least December 1st. As the next wave of COVID moves through Europe many of Frances neighbours are following and are impacting road, rail and passenger transport disruptions.

    • November 10th, the NDTA indicated "The supply of empty containers is under enormous pressure and reflects a historic challenge our entire industry is facing. The unprecedented speed with which the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted economic developments... the demand in the second quarter was extremely low and we were searching for strategic and cheap storage places for containers, the demand for equipment has now increased tremendously. Hard to believe that in early July 600,000 TEU of 40’ containers were empty on ground And today? The 350,000 TEU sitting on ground are hardly covering 2 weeks of global export volumes..."

   While the shipment sits, beyond normal handling time allotments for that destination, storage facilities expect to be paid for the extra use, shipping companies charge for the extra use of their containers, special extra permits may be needed. Only planning and adaptive handling can minimize the impact of known potential risks like COVID.

Tips - Moving To the EU

 • Canadians with European heritage may be able to arrange resident visas and EU Blue Cards for work, more easily than those without. Regardless, starting the process of securing your place in the destination country as soon as possible is important.
 • There are regulation and tax complexities across the EU countries that speaking only English may not uncover. A local agent can help uncover these time and cost sink holes.
 • A significant focus on providing details for forms and requests helpd things to go your way. Typo's, missing information, and partial answers are seldom forgiven. Usually they extended delays and add costs for your request.
 • Smaller homes, not designed like Canadians ones, get in the way of it feeling like home. Pictures of friends and family or personal treasures will help it feel like a home.

Links For Moving To the EU

• Cost Of Living in the EU: The cost of living in the EU varies greatly between the major cities like London, Paris, Berlin, etc. and the more rural or remote areas such as one would find in Transylvania.

• Importing your Antique or Luxury Vehicle: Each country has local considerations for import duties, VAT, vehicle performance standards and licensing. Usually there is a limited time window on arrival of your belongings that this too must be addressed. Options exist to avoid or reduce taxes when; you have resided outside of the EU for at least the last 12 months, have owned the personal vehicle for the last 6 months there, are bringing the vehicle with your move and will keep the vehicle for at least the next 12 months. Let us know about your vehicle and destination. We'll get back to you with help.

Pre crating checklist for 2018 BMW, with only 21 kilometres on its odometer, going from Canada to Italy. © 2018 ion web works

• European Union Visa and Immigration:You need a visa to live and work in the EU and must leave within 6 months if you come as a visitor. The visa required depends on what you want to do when you’re in the EU – visiting, working , getting married or studying.

• Taxation: THE EU includes a wide variety of tax schemes. Arrange for your destination countries Tax ID Number as soon as possible and expect an extended amount of time until you receive it.

• Health Care: The EU has diverse implications to health care so arranging personal health acre insurance from an private provider will mitigate short term and immediate issues.

• Education:While equal access to quality education is one of the EU's primary goals it is very much a national issue dependant on national values.

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