All shipments going from one country to another must go through customs. As European countries are now all part of the European Union (EU), there is only one customs point wherever the shipment is going to and that is at the entry point into the EU.
Every week we send European bound baggage, shared containers, U Crates, U Boxes in 40 foot shipping containers from various points in the USA to England first, so we have to customs clear on an English customs form, even if the final destination is France, Italy or Spain.
This sometimes causes confusion with people moving to, for example, France where they think they need all the French customs paperwork. Once we have customs cleared the shipment into England there are no further customs formalities for shipments delivering to anywhere in the European Union.
The C3 form is simple to complete and it makes the whole customs issue a lot easier than dealing with other European Customs officials.
However, if we are shipping a 20 foot or 40 foot shipping container for you, to remain cost effective we do send these into the nearest port to your destination. So for example if your moving to Rome we would ship into Naples and would need to clear Italian Customs.
For more information on how to complete the customs form C3 look at our you tube video on how to complete a C3 form. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4TDGQ6BSXA