Moving To Malta

Customs Regulations for Malta

If you are planning a move to Malta, there are some important documents you’ll want to bring with you. When you arrive at customs, you need the following items to complete the import of your shipment:

  • Original passport
  • Inventory with valuations for each item
  • Packing list
  • Original Bill of Lading or Air Waybill (or Express Release)
  • Letter of Employment from origin country

When importing goods into Malta for your move, there are specific regulations you’ll need to abide by for your shipment to clear customs.

  • Letter of Employment must state:
    • Owner of goods has been employed outside the European Union (EU) for at least one year
    • Beginning and end dates of employment in Malta
    • Why owner of goods has been transferred to Malta
  • All items imported must be used
    • New items will be assessed duties and value-added taxes (VAT), which must be paid prior to release of goods
  • Customer must be present at time of shipment’s arrival
  • Deposit must be made prior to arrival of shipment (for shipments originating outside the EU)

Like most countries, Malta places certain restrictions on specific types of items. Also, be sure to check below for items that are subject to duties.

  • Food items
  • Alcoholic beverages and tobacco limited to:
    • 2 litres of liquor, fortified wines, etc. (may not exceed 22 percent ABV)
    • 16 litres of beer
    • 200 cigarettes
    • 100 cigarillos
    • 50 cigars
    • 250g of smoking tobacco

Malta strictly prohibits the import of certain items, so be sure not to bring any of the following types of items along with you during your move.

Pornographic materials

If you are planning on importing your automobile into Malta, there are some regulations you should know prior to your move. Here are the documents you’ll need to successfully import your vehicle:

  • Original Bill of Lading or Express Release
  • Original car log book
  • Purchase invoice stating value of automobile at time of purchase

Here are a few other points you should remember when importing your motor vehicle into Malta:

  • The log book must be presented to customs at the time of arrival.
  • Customs may choose to declare valuation of motor vehicle, in which case tax and duties will be applied based on that value.
  • Imported motor vehicles are subject to customs duties according to the tariff and import registration fee established by the Malta Transport Authority.

If you have a pet, chances are that you’ll want to bring your furry friend along to Malta. There are some important things to remember when importing your pets into the country, though. Here are the required documents:

  • Pet passport
  • Vaccination certificate from licensed veterinarian in origin country
  • Veterinary health record
  • Import license – issued by Director of Veterinary Services in Malta

In addition to the documents, Malta has several other regulations regarding the import of pets.

  • Pets may not enter the country until after at least six months from date of clean blood test.
  • Dogs and cats are subject to quarantine at Luqa Airport.
  • According to the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS), some breeds of animals from qualifying countries may be allowed to enter Malta without quarantine if specific criteria are met.
    • Pet must be fitted with microchip
    • Pet must be vaccinated for rabies
    • Pet must have veterinary certificate for successful rabies blood test

Customs will assess duties on any goods produced outside of the EU, which range from 0 percent to 25 percent. This rate is based on the customs tariff and is subject to the judgment of customs officials. In Malta, there may be an 18 percent value-added tax (VAT) applied to your goods, unless otherwise noted. For example, there are various items that will be assessed much lower rates between 5-7 percent. These goods include but are not limited to artwork, antiques, printed matter and medical accessories.

NOTE – Customs regulations are subject to change at any time. The proceeding information is a brief summary of customs regulations applicable to household goods shipments to this destination and is being provided for general guidance to assist our Agents and Customers.Since such regulations are subject to change without notice, International sea & air shipping cannot be held liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other detrimental events resulting from non-compliance. Always double check with your local embassy or consulate.

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How International Sea & Air can help for moving to Malta

First, one of our trained moving specialists will provide a personal consultation, thoroughly outlining your moving options based on specific criteria, such as:

  • Your moving timeline. When do you need to be in Malta?
  • Your real estate plans. Will you be renting or buying?
  • Your family/household size. Will you be moving alone or with your family? For business or personal reasons?
  • Cubic feet estimate. How large is your shipment?

Moving to Malta from the U.S.

If you are moving to Malta from the United States, there is plenty to consider before you head to the Mediterranean.With so much to prepare for, the last thing you want to worry about is the logistics of your complicated move.

International Sea & Air Shipping will make your transition to Malta as seamless as possible by providing top-notch shipping services for all of your household goods and much more!

Moving to Malta from USA

Contact us now to get started on your international move. We’ll be able to help plan every aspect of your relocation to Malta- including packing, shipping, and clearing customs.

What Will Moving to Malta Cost?

For an accurate estimate of your shipment size, you should schedule a home survey as early as possible for your move to Malta. Our moving specialists will assess your belongings to give you the best potential estimate to expedite your relocation. The cost of moving to Malta will vary considerably based on the cubic footage of your belongings and your proposed destination arrival time.


Don’t forget to ask about our overseas packing and custom crating services, too!

About Malta

Located in Southern Europe, Malta is a country that makes up a group of islands in the Mediterranean Sea. Some nearby landmasses include Tunisia, Libya and Italy. Malta is one of the smallest countries in the world, but it is also one of the most densely populated. Though native Maltese people comprise a majority of the island’s population, it has two official languages: Maltese and English.

Malta’s largest urban area is Birkirkara, but its capital city is Valletta, which is the smallest national capital in the entire European Union. The country’s climate consists of Subtropical-Mediterranean weather, featuring mild winters and hot summers-ideal for vacations and getaways. In fact, Malta’s tourism numbers exceed its population by triple each year.


Motto : Republic of Malta

Capital : Valletta

National Anthem : “L-Innu Malti” (“The Maltese Hymn”)


Location : Southern Europe, islands in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Sicily (Italy)

Area : Total : 316 sq km

Land : 316 sq km

Water : N/A

Climate : Mediterranean; mild, rainy winters; hot, dry summers


Nationality : Maltese (singular and plural)

Population : 408,333 (July 2011 est.)

Major Cities : Birkirkara(25,858) (est. Nov 2010), Mosta(19,018), Qormi(18,550), Zabbar(17,030)

Languages : Maltese (official) 90.2%, English (official) 6%, Multilingual 3%, Other 0.8% (2005 census)


GDP : $10.21 billion (2010 est.)

Exchange Rates : Euros (EUR) per US dollar – 0.7732 (2010), 0.7179 (2009), 0.6827 (2008), Maltese liri per US dollar – 0.3106 (2007), 0.37 (2006)


Airports : 1 (2010)

Roadways : Total : 2,227 km

Waterways : N/A

Ports & Terminals : Marsaxlokk (Malta Freeport), Valletta

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“We had to ship our household effects from Denver CO to Malta. It was quite a daunting prospect as I also had a couple of old motorcycles I wanted to take with me. ISAS were very helpful and I got a very good quote. The communication was very well done both with ISAS and their subcontractors. The shipping arrived around the date expected and nothing was broken. The Key to a successful shipping move is to understand from the start that there are a multitude of variables involved. Things do get delayed and things change. If you can be flexible and you have planned well then things will go smoothly. ISAS are a good company to use. I would use them again.” – Paul A