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Moving to France from the U.S.


If you are moving to France from the United States, there will be plenty to consider and prepare for before you head across the globe. This transition is exciting, and the last thing you want to worry about is the logistics of a complicated move.

International Sea & Air Shipping will make your transition to France as seamless as possible by providing top-notch shipping services for all of your household goods, and much more. This way, you'll be free to focus on other important areas of your international move.

How International Sea & Air can help for moving to France



To start, one of our trained moving specialists will provide a one-on-one consultation with you, thoroughly outlining your moving options based on certain criteria, such as:
  • Your moving timeline. When do you need to be in France?
  • 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?

What Will Moving to France Cost?


For an accurate estimate of your shipment size, you should schedule a home survey as early as possible for your move to France. Our moving specialists will assess your belongings to give you the best estimate possible to expedite your relocation. The cost of moving to France 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 France


You don't have to live in Paris to get the highly romanticized lifestyle that makes France the epicenter of arts and culture. This Western European country has many destinations filled with art, literature, fashion, fine cuisine and picturesque scenery. Being the second largest country in Western Europe and the second largest economy in the EU, residents of France can enjoy a high standard of living - complete with internationally ranked schools, health care and human development.

The country is bordered by Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco and Spain.




For those interested in art architecture, France is home to some of the most iconic structures in history, including the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dam and the notable Louvre Museum, which make the location one of the world's premier tourist destinations.

France ranks fourth in the Fortune Global 500, just behind the U.S., Japan and China, but ahead of Germany and the United Kingdom. The country is also the world's third largest exporter of agricultural products.



Customs Regulations for France:
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR ENTRY
  • Valid passport
  • Valid visa (original)
  • Residence and Work Permit (requirement may vary depending on nationality)
  • Certificate of Employment
  • Certificate of Change of Residence obtained from the French Consulate with Customer's signature indicating dates of stay abroad
  • Attestation de non-cession (signed original stating Customer has lived abroad for at least one year, has owned all items for more than six months, and that goods will not be sold for 12 months)
  • Proof of residence in France (Certificate of Residence, lease contract or utility bills)
  • Letter of professional transfer from employer indicating date of employment abroad
  • Valued inventory in French (valued in French Francs) dated and signed by Customer - three copies
  • Inventory must indicate contents of each carton
  • List all electrical items separately (purchase invoices required) must show brand name and serial number
  • Delivery address in France with access, floor, entry code if any
CUSTOMS REGULATIONS

If the customer is moving to France permanently and has lived outside the European Union for the previous 12 months, he or she may import both personal effects and household effects free of duty and tax if:
  • Customer has owned the goods for at least six months abroad before change in residence
  • Customer is moving principal residence to France
  • Customer's shipment arrives within one year from the arrival date reflected on the Change of Residence
  • Each of the imported articles is itemized in a comprehensive list, in duplicate, signed and dated, of the goods being imported into France (in one or more shipments), with the identification of their value
  • If SECOND shipment anticipated, it must be stated at the time of the first importation
  • Customer must prove to the Customs Department that he or she has been living outside the European Union for at least one year prior to moving to France, and establishing permanent residency in France (by producing a French Resident Card, or "carte de séjour" or a letter from French employer)
  • For inheritance:
    • Declaration from notary with inventory of goods, date of death, relationship of French resident
    • Goods must be shipped within one year of date of death
  • Wedding presents:
    • Marriage Certificate and French Resident Permit required
    • Goods must be shipped within one month of wedding
  • Students:
    • Official attestation of attendance at a school or university. The scholar's goods must be shipped within one month from date of registration at the school or university
PROHIBITED ITEMS

In France, the following articles are prohibited for importation under any circumstances:
  • Paints, polishes, and cleaning solvents
  • Drugs and narcotics
  • Live plants
  • Ivory, all animal skins
  • Pornographic material
  • Explosives & matches
  • Counterfeit goods
RESTRICTED/DUTIABLE ITEMS

Some articles require special authorization or the payments of duties and taxes to clear French customs. These items include, but are not limited to:
  • Alcohol (must be inventoried separately with brand name, type, amount, number of bottles, and value - Import License or Liquor License may be required)
  • Tobacco products (subject to duty or tax)
  • Medications (may be limited to "personal use amounts", may require proof of prescription)
  • New items less than six months old (subject to tax if arriving from EEC countries or tax and duties if coming from other countries, and must be documented with sales invoices)
  • Works of art, oil paintings, sculptures, antiques, etc. (should have Certificate of Authenticity)
  • Video tapes, fax machines, telex machines and books (will be held temporarily by customs until necessary authorization is obtained for each item)
  • Coats, fur and leather shoes made of protected animals (will need special authorization)
  • Meat and dairy products (France has complex requirements, restrictions and limits that apply to importing food as well as meat and dairy products)
  • Plant products (may require permits or inspection at port of entry by Plant Health Inspection Service)
  • Guns, weapons and ammunition: highly regulated, and require various registrations and certificates and have the authorization from the French Defense Ministry (provide make, caliber, serial number and purpose)
    • Some weapons are strictly prohibited (firearms which have no legitimate sporting or recreational use are not permitted entry into France)
    • Do not ship with household goods
MOTOR VEHICLE REGULATIONS

Customers moving to France may import vehicles into the country provided they meet the following criteria:
  • Expatriates who intend to remain in France for a period of time may import one auto duty-free as personal effects
  • Foreigners may import an automobile duty-free provided the owner has been living abroad for more than one year, the car has been owned for six months prior to import, and the car is correctly registered as a commercial car
  • Automobile must not be disposed of within two years of entry into France
  • The automobile must be listed on your inventory, including the year, make, model, chassis engine, horse power and registration numbers
  • Certain makes are not permitted
  • Vehicle must pass inspection for compliance with French standards and must be road-worthy
  • Documents required for auto shipping:
    • Purchase Invoice (original)
    • Original title showing owner's name and vehicle serial number
    • Insurance Certificate from French insurer
    • Registration Card (original)
    • Plate numbers
PETS AND ANIMAL REGULATIONS

To successfully cross French borders with a pet, the requirements are:
  • Every pet must be identified by a microchip or a tattoo. In case of identification with a tattoo, the tattoo must be clearly readable and applied before July 2011
  • The pet must be at least three months old
  • Customer should be present with pet at Customs clearance
  • The pet needs proof of his or her rabies vaccine and a certificate of good health
  • Endangered species and exotic animals are prohibited
  • All pets are subject to quarantine
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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France

FlagEmblem
Motto : Liberty, Equality, Fraternity
Capital : Paris
National Anthem : "La Marseillaise" ("The Song of Marseille")

Geography

Location : Reunion : Southern Africa, island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar
Area : Total : 643,427 sq km;

551,500 sq km (Metropolitan France)

Land : 640,053 sq km;

549,970 sq km (Metropolitan France)

Water : 3,374 sq km;

1,530 sq km (Metropolitan France)

Climate : Reunion : tropical, but temperature moderates with elevation; cool and dry (May to November), hot and rainy (November to April)

People

Nationality : Frenchman(men), Frenchwoman(women)
Population : 65,102,719 (July 2011 est.)
Major Cities : PARIS (capital) 10.41 million; Marseille-Aix-en-Provence 1.457 million; Lyon 1.456 million; Lille 1.028 million; Nice-Cannes 977,000 (2009)
Languages : French (official) 100%, rapidly declining regional dialects and languages (Provencal, Breton, Alsatian, Corsican, Catalan, Basque, Flemish) overseas departments: French, Creole patois

Economy

GDP : $2.16 trillion (2010 est.)
Exchange Rates : Euros (EUR) per US dollar - 0.7715 (2010), 0.7179 (2009), 0.6827 (2008), 0.7345 (2007), 0.7964 (2006)

Transportation

Airports : 474 (2010)
Roadways : Total : 1,027,183 km
Waterways : Metropolitan France : 8,501 km
Ports & Terminals : Calais, Dunkerque, Le Havre, Marseille, Nantes, Paris, Rouen


    

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