Moving to Monaco

Considering a Move to Monaco

Relocating and Moving to Monaco can come about for many and varied reasons. What often attracts people to Monaco is the absence of a personal income tax. This has caused a number of wealthy “tax refugee” residents from European countries to move to Monaco, where they have the majority of their income made from activities outside Monaco.

Although Monaco is not a member of the European Union, it does however still use the Euro as its currency.

Sporting events held in Monaco include the Monaco Formulae 1 Grand Prix and the Monte Carlo Rally. The Monaco F1 GP has been held annually in the streets of Monaco since 1955, and the Rally has been held since 1911.

Monaco has a population of around 36,000. The Citizens of Monaco are known as Monacans, and someone who was born in Monaco is called a Monegasqu. Monaco’s population is unusual in that the native Monegasques are a minority in their own country and are about 21.6% of the population. The largest group of other nationals in Monaco are French nationals at 28.4%, then Monegasque (21.6%), Italian (18.7%), British (7.5%), Belgian (2.8%), German (2.5%), Swiss (2.5%) and US (1.2%).

Abels Moving Services have been providing discrete packing and European road removal services for discerning families and professionals relocating to Monaco for over 50 years.

Planning Your Move

When considering moving overseas it is important to speak with a specialist international removal company (not your local domestic mover!) as there are pitfalls throughout the process that you will be glad of their assistance.

Before calling, consider whether you want to send all your possessions or just a select few personal effects. To speak to an advisor call our head office on +44 1842 816600 or email shipping@abels.co.uk and you will be contacted shortly to discuss your move.

For full house moves / large volumes it is recommended that a home survey appointment is made so that an International Customer Service Manager can personally visit your home and discuss your moving requirements, allay any concerns you may have and advise upon the process, assess the items to be packed and how best to be protected these during there transit and make judgement on the access to your property to ensure that positioning a larger removal vehicle is possible. A full list of all items to be taken will be made by our colleague at this time. A detailed door to door removal proposal will be sent to you shortly following the visit after all costs are collated (including origin, road transportation, delivery services)

Smaller volumes can be discussed over the telephone, email or provided via our online service . Your volume, access, packing requirements and shipping method, will be assessed from the information you provide. A detailed door to door removal proposal will then be produced and either posted or emailed to you for consideration.

After you book with Abels you will be introduced to a Customer Liaison Move Coordinator (who will work on behalf of your Customer Service Manager) booking, organising and managing your move to Monaco.

Packing Your Possessions

Abels Moving Services advises that Packing is a recommendation for all your items and possessions when you move to Monaco. Items will be moved from the UK in a large removal vehicle and often when the vehicle arrives in Monaco your possessions may need to be shuttled within a smaller delivery vehicle due to vehicle size restrictions in Monaco.

Furniture will be wrapped and protected by woollen blankets when items are moved to Monaco. There may be occasions when items can require more extensive packing service for more valuable and delicate items. These items will be identified when discussing with your Customer Service Manager. Export wrapping with robust 8 ply paper blankets, potentially adding foam edging, card covering and crating services are available depending on the item to be transported and it will be best protected.

With Abels Moving Services the highest quality packing materials are utilised. ( if you are wishing to pack items yourself for your move we would recommend that you do not use cheap materials, the contents of cartons when moved using a Removal Vehicle could be stacked up to 2 metres high and of course you want the cartons at the bottom to stay in the same shape throughout its journey and offer full protection to its contents.)

Owner packing is accepted, however please consider some pitfalls that you may / may not have considered. Our removal teams are always happy to make up some cartons for you on the day of the move so that you can pack personal clothing or papers should your prefer. However please be assured that our packing teams are trained and employed for their professionalism.

Fine Art & Specialist Packing Services

Moving Fine Art needs great care and will involve Enhanced Packing when it is being moved to Monaco. Items such as Fine Art Paintings and valuable pieces of furniture along with delicate items such as moving a Grand Father Clock packing and shipping Barometers, transporting Chandeliers, moving Grand Piano’s all need careful handling while being packed in a specific way. The use of wooden cases built especially for these items often needs to be utilised to give the highest level of protection.

Not only is the Packing of these items important, but also how they are dismantled prior to being moved to Monaco. Grand Father Clocks need their main components taken apart ensuring clearly that the weights have been removed prior to casing the clock. Moving a barometer also need specialist packing services and careful handling to avoid any problem with the filled mercury, ensuring the tube is bunged to avoid spillage.

Training, training, training is the key to ensure all members of Abels packing teams are fully versed in the correct handling and packing techniques. Each year every team member comes back to our training school to practice their skills on our own specialist items of furniture (so they don’t practice on our customers!)

Road Removal Services

Abels has a modern fleet of removal vehicles which are designed to be safe to transport items such as furniture, personal possessions and motor vehicles. Each vehicle is fully alarmed, with flat cleanable internal sides double skinned to avoid furniture damage and restrict temperature changes. The vehicles have Air-Ride soft suspension to ensure items are not jostled in transit, while being sympathetic to the environment. Each is fitted with mobile communications and facilities for our drivers and porters comfort.

Abels maintains a variety of sized vehicles within our removal fleet to suit the purposes of the moves we undertake depending on access challenges, volumes to be moved and distance to travel. Vehicles range from our road trains (which have a rigid truck at the front pulling a similar sized trailer) and can carry up to a maximum volume capacity of 103 cubic metres / 3600 cubic feet, articulated truck and trailers, a variety of sized rigid pantechnicons, right through to small packing vehicles designed mainly for transporting or removal team and their materials.

Therefore Abels are ideally suited and can provide efficient moving services into all parts of Europe.

Destination Services

With items moved by Abels Moving Services to Monaco Abels will take care of all aspects of the destination services with our own removal teams on our vehicles.

For parts of Monaco it is necessary to deliver items by using a smaller delivery vehicle. When this is the case Abels make arrangements to transport the items by road in a normal removal delivery vehicle and then tranship to a smaller appropriate vehicle locally to Monaco.

Moving to Monaco

Monaco – Grand Hotel Hairpin

Another consideration for delivery is the number of properties located on higher floors needing careful planning for delivery of your items. This can often be in conjunction with the concierge who will confirm the access possibility to the elevator and times approved for access. Some properties may only permit delivery utilising external elevator.

Abels are a FIDI-faim quality organisation that highlights the standards that are provided by customers using services from Abels Moving Services. The destination services into Monaco continue with Abels performing arrangements for the Customs Clearance and Delivery Service.

An Advance Payment Guarantee Scheme operated by the British Association of Removers provides protection for prepayments made by our private customers (consumers) in the unlikely circumstance of Abels ceasing to trade and fulfilling a contract which has been paid for. This used to be provided by IMMI.

Normal service for delivery into Monaco includes delivery into rooms of your choosing, unpacking of carton items to a flat surface, set up of normal furniture removal and placement into positions as instructed, disposal of waste packaging materials. Should you prefer, arrangements can be made for a put away service of carton items / maid cleaning / relocation or settling in services – should you have specific requirements, please discuss with your Abels Customs Service Manager or Abels Customs Liaison.

Abels professional experience and local knowledge helps you by handling all the details of import documents, customs clearance and delivery of your possessions for you into Monaco. Abels Moving Services endeavours to ensure your arrival at your new home overseas is smooth and trouble-free, to allow you to settle in as swiftly as possible.

Above all, we want you to think of Abels for your next move and the one after that, we don’t simply wish to buy your current move at the risk of losing your future business, goodwill and recommendations!

Abels Moving Services:

Telephone:  01842 816600

Email:   shipping@abels.co.uk