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Moving to Turkey from the U.S.

turkey1Are you planning an international move to Turkey?
Shipping your household goods overseas requires proper planning and preparation in advance. You'll also need professional and reliable international shippers to transport your goods safely and without damage.
If you are moving to Turkey, International Sea & Air Shipping is here to help you with every step of your international relocation.

Call us today to schedule an in-home survey, and we can discuss everything you need to make your move simple and stress-free!

How International Sea & Air Shipping can help for moving to Turkey

At International Sea & Air Shipping, our professional moving specialists are trained to advise you and oversee your entire overseas move to Turkey. We offer a variety of shipping services to meet your needs:

  • Your moving timeline. When do you need to be in Turkey? Should you ship your goods via air or sea freight?
  • Your real estate plans. Will you be renting or buying a home?
  • Your fragile items. Do you require packing or custom crating services?
  • Your family/household size. Are you moving alone or with family? For business or personal reasons?
  • Your cubic feet estimate. How large is your shipment?

How Much Does a Move to Turkey Cost?

turkey2 Every moving customer considers price an important factor when planning an international move. When moving to Turkey, the cost will depend on a variety of factors.
Schedule a free in-home estimate today with International Sea & Air Shipping and one of our trained moving specialists will visit your home to assess your goods, determine the cubic footage of your shipment, and answer all of your questions. We will then provide a free quote for international goods shipping and the overseas moving services you require.
We calculate your costs based on your shipment's cubic footage, your shipment method (air vs. sea freight) your required services (such as packing and custom crating), and several other factors.

About Turkey

turkey3 One of the six independent Turkic states, Turkey is a democratic, secular, unitary and constitutional republic. Located at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, the country has significant geostrategic importance. Turks started occupying the present area of Turkey in the 11th century.
The eight countries bordering Turkey are Bulgaria, Greece, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, and Syria. Turkey is divided into seven census regions, and is the world's 37th largest country. Known as a transcontinental Eurasian country, Asian Turkey makes up 97 percent of the republic, while European Turkey comprises just three percent. The two regions are separated by the Bosphorus, the Sea of Marmara, and the Dardanelles. Mount Ararat is the Turkey's highest point and Lake Van is the largest lake in the country.

Turkey's culture is diverse, blending elements of the Oguz Turkic, Anatolian, Ottoman and Western traditions. Turkish culture blends elements of a modern western state with traditional religious and historical values, which is also evident in various iconic landmarks, such as the Hagia Sophia cathedral in Istanbul.

As an independent Turkic state, Turkey is a member of Council of Europe, NATO, OECD, OSCE, and the G-20 major economies and has the world's 15th largest GDP and 17th largest nominal GDP. The tourism sector is one of the main contributors to Turkey's economy. The country's trade partners are Germany, France, UK, Italy, Iraq, Russia, China, and US.

Custom Regulations for Turkey:


  • Passport for customer and dependents (with valid entry stamp)
  • Residence Visa
  • Residence Permit
  • Work Permit
  • Application Letter
  • Inventory (showing brand name and serial numbers of electrical appliances)
  • Letter of Guarantee issued by customer's Turkish employer
  • Letter authorizing destination agent to clear shipment


  • Used household goods and personal effects permitted for import if for customer's own use
  • Household goods must arrive within two months before or six months after the customer's passport is stamped for entry into Turkey
  • Customers that hold a Turkish Passport must have lived abroad for a continuous period of at least two years to import items free of duty that were acquired outside of Turkey


  • Weapons and ammunition
  • Narcotics and drugs
  • Explosives


  • Food
  • Alcoholic beverages and tobacco products
  • Perfume
  • Used appliances, electronics, etc. should not be packed in original cartons, or they will be considered new
  • Electrical goods should be compatible with the number of family members in the household
    • Duplicate electrical items are dutiable
    • Fax machines and telecommunication equipment are restricted


  • Vehicle must arrive three months before or three months after customer's passport is stamped for entry into Turkey
  • Turkish citizens must obtain a labor permit for importation of a motor vehicle
  • Vehicles over three years old must meet specific restrictions before import
  • A non-Turkish national may avoid taxes and import duty when if a Letter of Guarantee is provided
  • If vehicle is included in container with household goods, household goods will not be released until vehicle is cleared
  • No minibuses allowed
  • Documents required:
    • "Carnet de Passage"
    • Owner's Passport
    • Residence Permit
    • Purchase Invoice
    • Black Book (motor and chassis number)
    • Letter of Guarantee from Customer


  • Health Certificate required

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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Motto : Sovereignty rests unconditionally with the nation, Turkish, Peace in the homeland, peace in the world, Turkish, What a happiness to say & I am Turk!
Capital : Ankara
National Anthem : "İstiklâl Marşı" ("The March of Independence")


Location : Southeastern Europe and Southwestern Asia (that portion of Turkey west of the Bosporus is geographically part of Europe), bordering the Black Sea, between Bulgaria and Georgia, and bordering the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, between Greece and Syria
Area : Total : 783,562 sq km
Land : 769,632 sq km
Water : 13,930 sq km
Climate : Temperate; hot, dry summers with mild, wet winters; harsher in interior


Nationality : Turk(s)
Population : 78,785,548 (July 2011 est.)
Major Cities : Istanbul 10.378 million; ANKARA (capital) 3.846 million; Izmir 2.679 million; Bursa 1.559 million; Adana 1.339 million (2009)
Languages : Turkish (official), Kurdish, Other minority languages


GDP : $958.3 billion (2010 est.)
Exchange Rates : Turkish liras (TRY) per US dollar - 1.5181 (2010), 1.55 (2009), 1.3179 (2008), 1.319 (2007), 1.4286 (2006)


Airports : 99 (2010)
Roadways : Total : 352,046 km
Waterways : 1,200 km
Ports & Terminals : Aliaga, Diliskelesi, Eregli, Izmir, Izmit (Kocaeli), Mercin (Icel), Limani, Yarimca


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