Moving to France guide

Moving to France

Francia / França / Frankreich / Frankrike

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A Guide to Relocating to France

Want to move to Paris? Considering moving to Marseille? Or thinking about an international removal to Lyon. Here’s the moving advice you’ll need for any international removal to France…

Moving Household Goods And Personal Effects To France

Please note. That many of these things will not apply to you if you are moving from another EU (European Union) State and/or you are a citizen of the EU (European Union) due to the free movement of goods throughout the EU.

Below is a list of the documents you will need when planning an international removal to France:

  • Copy of Passport (Of the individual moving/importing the goods)
  • Visa, if applicable
  • Removal packing list – We will complete this if you want us to undertake a full packing service for your removal
  • Detailed Moving inventory valued in Euro and signed by the owner of the goods
  • Certificate of Transfer
  • Non-resale attestation
  • Proof of residence in France
  • Bill of lading (express release) / air waybill (AWB) – We will take care of this if completing the entire international removal to France for you.
  • Sales invoices for items purchased within 6 months prior to import
  • Certificate of change of residence by the French Consulate

We recommend providing these as soon as possible to reduce delays with your removal to France. Late receipt of documentation can lead to missed shipments, additional charges and penalties at French Customs. For your own protection, we will almost never ship your goods without the above in place.

Additional Removal Advice

  • Owner of the goods’ presence for Customs clearance is not required.
  • A visa is only necessary if other documentation cannot be provided.
  • Removal packing list is not required for Customs clearance, but is required at time of delivery.
  • Certificate of change of residence by the French Consulate must show that the owner of the goods has established primary residence in origin country for at least 12 months.
  • If less than 12 months abroad, the shipment is subject to more duties and taxes.
  • Certificate of transfer must be on employer letterhead with date of employment in the origin country and date of transfer.
  • Certificate of transfer must also show proof of at least 12 months abroad and primary residence in origin country.
  • This document may not be accepted by all Customs office for free entry.
  • Non-resale attestation must be completed, dated, and signed by the owner of the goods and must mention a vehicle when applicable.
  • Proof of residence in France, such as last phone or electricity bill, rental contract (less than 3 months old).
  • Sales invoices must clearly identify items, date, year and place of purchase.
  • Used household goods in the owner of the goods’ possession or use for at least 6 months are duty free if the owner of the goods’ primary residence will be in France.
  • If the payment of duties is required, authorization must be obtained from French Customs prior to arrival.
  • For countries outside Europe items are subject to VAT of 20% plus duties (about 10%).
  • Customs clearance takes approximately 3 to 4 days to clear the effects.
  • For free entry, transfer of primary residence and the owner of the goods must have spent at least 12 months abroad.

Popular Destinations in France

Global Moving Services is vastly experience in international removals to cities all over the globe. Their long history and detailed knowledge of different countries makes them the perfect choice for your move. Here are some of the most popular destinations we are asked to move people to in France:

Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Toulouse, Nice, Nantes, Strasbourg, Montpellier, Bordeaux, Lille, Rennes, Reims, Le Havre, Saint-Étienne, Toulon, Grenoble, Dijon, Nîmes, Angers, Villeurbanne, Le Mans, Saint-Denis, Aix-en-Provence, Clermont-Ferrand, Brest, Limoges, Tours, Amiens, Perpignan, Metz. Get a quote to one of these places

Need Help?

If you are unsure about what you need, one of our international move managers is always willing to help. Just call us on +44 121 392 1720, or fill out an international removal enquiry, and we’ll ease you through the process.

Moving Your Money

If you’re moving to France, it’s very likely you’ll have to exchange a large amount of currency. Many people waste thousands doing this through their bank as they think there is no alternative; but we partner with Global Reach who specialise in doing just this. Global Reach will offer all Global Moving Services customers preferential rates when exchanging currency and guarantee to beat other rates you’re receiving. Ask one of our move managers about this, to find out more click here or give us a call: +44 121 392 1720

Get Insurance

We always advise taking out an insurance policy with us on every move. Although we like to think we’re the best in the industry, the odd accident can occasionally happen. For added peace of mind, make sure to speak to one of our move managers about this.

If you have already contracted us for your international removal to France, then you can download the insurance form and email the completed form back to your international relocation manager.

Moving Your Car Or Motorcycle

Below is a list of the documents you will need when planning to move your vehicle to France:

  • Original certificate of title
  • Current vehicle registration
  • Copy of vehicle purchase invoice showing taxes paid
  • Import declaration

Additional Import Advice

  • Customs duties are dependent on the vehicle’s country of origin; however, all imported vehicles are subject to value added tax (VAT).
  • Duties and taxes are paid when the vehicle is cleared through Customs.
  • The owner of the goods qualifies for duty and tax free entry if the following conditions are met:
  • They have spent more than 12 months abroad
  • They are transferring primary residence to France
  • They have owned / used the car for at least 6 months prior to shipment

Relocating Your Pets to France

These documents will be required when planning to relocate your pet to France:

  • Veterinary Health Certificate
  • Vaccination Record

Additional Import Advice

  • Pets must be identifiable through tattoo or electronic identification, such as microchip.
Restricted & Dutiable/Taxable Items

Think very carefully before moving these items to France. Items on this list will be taxed and/or require specific permission to import. In all cases they must be declared prior to you relocating to France:

  • Alcoholic beverages must be registered and are permitted within the limits indicated by persons 17 years and older as accompanied baggage (include a separate and detailed moving inventory of each item and an import license / state liquor license may be required):
  • Wine (4 L)
  • Beer (16 L)
  • Alcohol not exceeding 22% alcohol by volume (2 L)
  • Alcohol exceeding 22% alcohol by volume (1 L)
  • Only “Fond de Cave” (15 bottles)
  • Tobacco products are subject to duty or taxpayments and can be imported by persons 17 years and older as accompanied baggage.
  • Firearms and weapons (proof of ownership, registration / certificates / licenses are required and must be obtained prior to import); contact agent for specific information as some weapons are prohibited.
  • Medications for personal use only are permitted.
  • Customs clearance takes approximately 3 to 4 days once required documentation is obtained.
Prohibited/Banned Items
Do not move any of these items to France:
  • Weapons, ammunitions and explosives
  • Products made from animals (ivory, turtle shell, etc.)
  • Items protected by the 1973 Washington Convention (CITES)
  • Narcotics and drugs
  • Endangered flora and fauna species and products made from them
  • The following additional items are prohibited in GMS Baggage/Courier Consignments:
    • Aerosols (all kinds, Hairspray, Deodorant etc)
    • Aftershaves / Perfumes / Fragrances
    • Airbags
    • Alcoholic Drinks or Bottles
    • Ammunition of any kind
    • Animals of any kind (Dead or Alive)
    • Any items containing Petrol (Liquid, Gas or Fumes)
    • Biological Samples
    • Car Batteries
    • Cash & Cards (Credit / Debit)
    • Chainsaws
    • Cheques (Bank)
    • Christmas Crackers
    • Counterfeit Currency
    • Dangerous Goods
    • Driving Licence
    • Drugs (Including Prescription)
    • Engines
    • Excrement / Filth
    • Fire Extinguishers
    • Fish (Dead or Live)
    • Foodstuffs (all kinds)
    • Hazardous Goods
    • Human Remains (including ashes)
    • Infectious Substances
    • Knives
    • Laptop Computers, Mobile/Smart Phones or Tablets
    • Lighters
    • Lottery Tickets
    • Nail Varnish / Nail Varnish Remover
    • Oils
    • Paints
    • Passports
    • Perishable Goods (All)
    • Plants / Seeds etc
    • Printer Toner
    • Seatbelt Tensioners and Steering Wheels
    • Stamps
    • Tobacco
    • Water
    • Weapons (all kinds, including replicas)
    • Windscreens

Disclaimer: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This information is provided as a guide only. While Global Moving Services has exercised reasonable care in publishing this information, Global Moving Services makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.