Perhaps one of the things Australians will appreciate most about France is how easy it is to travel and explore. The nation of Australia is a vast island with no land borders with any other country. France shares a border with Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Andorra, Luxembourg, and Belgium. By way of Europe’s famed rail transportation system, you can be in a different country within a couple of hours. Each of these countries have their own unique culture and history, offering endless opportunities to explore.
Before you can unlock this treasure, you will have some work to do. The purpose of this brief guide is to give you the fundamentals of shipping your household and vehicle to France. You will learn what is necessary to import these items and your options to make the process easier.
As always, before you attempt to import goods to any country, you should check with local French embassy officials for the most current guidance.
Here’s what you need to know.
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.
However, a couple of caveats. Unlike some countries, you can import your goods to France as long as you complete your shipments within a year of establishing residence in the country.
Also, 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. The purpose of this is to distinguish between personal and commercial assets. If you violate this requirement, you may be forced to pay taxes and duty in arrears.
- Two copies of a detailed inventory or manifest of your imported goods.
- Cerfa 10070 form (declaration)
- Documentation to prove your previous residence in Australia for at least the past 12 months, and your new residence in France.
How Do I Import a Vehicle to France?
Importing a vehicle to France from Australia be complicated. French Customs officials, called Douanes, maintain stringent guidelines for imports. All imported vehicles must meet French regulations and all paperwork must be complete at the time of declaration.
It will be your responsibility to:
- Provide a bill of sale for your vehicle, as well as valid vehicle registration.
- Ensure that your vehicle is clean of foreign soil
- Pay Freight and insurance fees
- Pay 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
- Meet registration and insurance requirements (These are specific to the individual French State or Territory where you will be residing)
Import with Confidence
What if we told you that there is a team of international shipping experts ready to help? At A-1 Auto Transport, we make it our business to keep track of all the rules and regulations involved in international shipping. That means you don’t have to. You can focus on getting your life moved, while we get your stuff moved.
To get started, contact us today for your free shipping quote. We will reach out to learn more about your shipping needs, providing you with a quote with no strings attached. You may be surprised to find out how inexpensive peace of mind can be.