The year 2020 was a big year for people moving back to France from the UK. This is due in large part to the pending finalization of Brexit. Once Brexit is complete, on January 1, 2021, all of the import and migration rules between the two countries are likely to change and become more onerous.
That is because the United Kingdom is leaving the European Union. The EU was a continental free-trade and migration agreement between countries throughout Europe. These rules made movement between the countries simple, creating a more geographically unified Europe by way of open borders and a robust rail transportation network that crisscrosses the continent.
This guide will give you the basics of shipping your vehicle and personal goods back to France from the UK. You will learn what is necessary to import personal items and vehicles, from paperwork to the fine print. As always, before you attempt to import goods to any country, you should check with local customs officials for the most cu rrent guidance.
Here’s what you need to know:
How do I Import Personal Items to France?
If you have been a resident of the UK for at least the past year and intend to move your primary personal residence to France, you can import your personal goods tax and duty free.
As mentioned previously, these rules are subject to change as of January 1, 2021, so be sure to check with your local customs officials for the most current guidance. Here are some general guidelines to remember:
- Taxes will be calculated based on the declared value of your inventoried goods.
- Unlike some countries, you can import your goods in multiple shipments. However, you must transfer your personal goods to France within a year of becoming a resident.
- Anything you import into the country cannot be sold, loaned, assigned, or leased for at least a year after you imported the goods into France.
You will be asked to provide:
- Two copies of a detailed inventory or manifest of your imported goods.
- Cerfa 10070 form (declaration)
- Documentation to prove your previous residence in another country, and your new residence in France.
How Do I Import a Vehicle to France?
Importing a vehicle to France from UK is hassle-free for now. French Customs officials, called Douanes, maintain stringent guidelines for imports. All imported vehicles must meet French regulations and all paperwork must be complete.
You will be responsible for:
- Providing a bill of sale for your vehicle, as well as valid vehicle registration.
- Ensuring that your vehicle is clean of foreign soil
- Freight and insurance fees
- Registration and insurance requirements (These are specific to the individual French State or Territory you are moving to.)
- Even more fees for transport, storage, and delivery charges to get your car from wharf to wharf.
- After January 1, 2021, you may be responsible for duties, taxes, and other fees (import processing, logistical services, customs brokers)
The Best Advice
If you are planning a move back to France from the UK, it would be wise to do so prior to January 1, 2021. As of that date, all of the current guidance for imports goes out the window, and you may be playing with a new set of rules.
It’s a lot to keep track of, but you don’t have to do it alone. At A1 Auto Transport we have a dedicated team of people who are experts in international shipping. We can help you with every step from doorstep to doorstep, from paperwork to declarations. Give us a call today for your free, no-obligation shipping quote.