Used Household Goods and Personal Effects
- Original passport (in color)
- Copy of visa
- Inventory list
- TAX card copy
- Baggage certificate
- Residence certificate
- Declaration as per European Union regulations
- Original bill of lading (OBL) / air waybill (AWB)
- Photocopy of air ticket or declaration
- Photocopy of work contract (if applicable)
- Proof of application for residence permit
- Copy of identity card (diplomats)
- The original passport must state the place of residence abroad.
- Photocopy of air ticket or declaration must include details (date of arrival, etc.).
- The baggage certificate, “Certificado de Bagagem,” must state that all the items are used and have
been in the owner of the goods’ possession for more than 6 months (do not show values).
- The baggage certificate must state that the owner of the goods has been living in the origin country
for more than 12 months.
- Residence certificate “Atestado de Residencia” can be obtained in the Parish Council by the owner of
the goods’ residence area in Portugal; it must state that the owner of the goods is living at the new
address for no longer than 4 months.
- Portuguese nationals are not required to provide proof of application for a residence permit.
- If the owner of the goods is not a citizen of the origin country, proof of residency for a period of
at least 12 months is required; this can be proven through a photocopy of identity card, certificate
issued by the Portuguese Consulate or employment contract from the origin country.
- Transferees must be present for Customs clearance and must provide an exact date of arrival in
- Although normal goods are duty free, Custom’s broker fees are generally required and are based ad
- Port handling charges and warehouse fees may be included in Custom’s broker fees but can be
expensive; estimates should be requested from agent prior to import.
- Used household goods are considered duty-free if they have been in the owner of the goods’
possession for a period of at least 6 months and are not for sale after the shipment has been
- Goods must arrive within 6 months of owner of the goods’ arrival in the destination country.
- Inheritance requires a certified copy of the death certificate as well as the will, to allow for
duty free import.
- Registration certificate
- Original title
- International driver’s license
- Insurance documents
- Import license
- Purchase invoice
- Inspection records
- Duty-free entry for temporary import period of 6 months, during which definitive importation of the
car must occur.
- Costs of duties and taxes depend on value of the motor vehicle in Portugal.
- If no definitive importation is performed, the motor vehicle must leave the country before a period
of 6 months.
- Boats are subject to the payment of duties.
- Only 1 car allowed.
- Other cars will incur duties.
- Vaccination certificate
- Veterinary health certificate
- Owner of the goods’ passport
- Pets must be identifiable with a tattoo or an electronic identification system and vaccinated
- The vaccination certificate must include rabies vaccination information.
- New items still in packaging
- Essences for regional wine counterfeit
- Systems for copying mail stamping systems
- Fish if it is disemboweled (cannot exceed 20 kg)
- Medicines and foodstuffs harmful to national health and drugs
- Powdered milk for babies, food for children and special medical food (including pet food) may be
allowed if not requiring refrigeration and with original, unbroken seal (unless in use at the time),
- Quantity must not exceed the weight of 10 kg originating from Croatia, Faroe Islands, Greenland
and Iceland, and of 2 kg if originating in other countries
- Coats, fur and leather shoes made of protected animals (special authorization required)
- Hunting and civilian guns only (guns needs a property title and also need to be mentioned on the
- Firearms, cut and thrust weapons, and any instrument without specific application
- Meat and milk, and any by-products thereof, from non-European Union countries, with the exception of
limited amounts from Andorra, Croatia, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland and small amounts of
specific products from other countries;
- Check with agent for details.
- Protected species and products thereof as listed by the Washington Convention (CITES).
- For example, ivory, tortoise shells, coral, reptile skins, and wood from Amazonian forests.
- Pornographic material / objects
- Alcohol / spirits
- Firearms / weapons
Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been
met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.
Movguru note: These policies can change as per customs regulations at
any time without notice. Treat this document as informative guide. Movguru has published this document
as guide only for information purpose on its sole discretion and holds no depiction of expressing or
inferred to the precision or applicability of its content.