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Moving to France from Australia
Moving to France from Australia

If you’ve grown tired of the endless expanse of the outbacks of Australia, the relative quaintness of France may be very appealing to you. At a mere 7% of the size of Australia, France offers a unique experience. France shares a border with eight different European countries, and Australia is an island that shares no borders. 

Australian citizens looking to move to France should consider learning French. While some French citizens do speak English as a second language (mostly in urban centers), understanding French will make it easier for you to acclimate to life in Europe. 

This guide is intended to answer your most basic questions about moving your vehicle or personal items from Australia to France. As always, you should contact your local customs officials for the most current guidance, or remove all the guesswork by working with professionals like A1 Auto Transport. 

How do I Import Personal Items to France?

If you have been a resident of Australia 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. 

For paperwork, you will need: 

  • A detailed inventory or manifest of your imported goods (bring 2 copies).
  • Cerfa 10070 form (your declaration form)
  • Documentation to prove your previous residence in Australia for at least the past 12 months, and proof of your new residence in France.

Here is some of the fine print: 

  • France will allow you to import your goods in multiple shipments, as long as your personal goods are imported to France within a year of you becoming a resident.
  • These imported items are for personal use only, unless otherwise indicated. Anything you import into the country duty-free cannot be sold, loaned, assigned, or leased for at least a year after you imported the goods into France. The idea here is that you brought these items for your personal use, which is why you did not have to pay taxes on them. Items that you import for sale or for commercial purposes are taxable, and must be declared as such.

How Do I Import a Vehicle to France?

French Customs officials, called Douanes, maintain stringent guidelines for imports, making the process rather complicated. All imported vehicles must meet all French safety regulations and all paperwork must be complete. 

Here is what you need to know: 

  • You will be required to show a bill of sale for your vehicle, as well as valid vehicle registration.
  • You must ensure that your vehicle is clean of foreign soil
  • You will need to pay freight and insurance fees
  • Commercial goods or vehicles will be subject to duties, taxes, and other fees (import processing, logistical services, customs brokers)
    • Car over 50 years old – no import tax/5% VAT
    • Car over 30 years old – no import tax/5.5% VAT
    • Motorcycles – 9% import tax/20% VAT
    • All others – 10% import tax/20% VAT
  • Registration and insurance requirements (These are specific to the individual French State or Territory you are moving to.)

Want a Convenient Way to Import Your Belongings? 

At A1 Auto Transport, we have a team of international shipping experts ready to help you. For a free-no-obligation quote, contact us using our website or call us at 1-(800) 452-2880. We will work with you to determine the best strategy for shipping your goods, help you with your customs paperwork and declarations, and provide a dedicated support team to make your move simple and error-free. 

Don’t wait until you’ve made a costly mistake. Contact A1 Auto Transport to get the expert help you need for your move. 

Joe Webster
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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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