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Moving to France from New Zealand
Moving to France from New Zealand

New Zealand and France are quite far apart, geographically, and arguably, culturally. New Zealand, famous for its extraordinary natural beauty, and France, famous for its historical importance and architectural wonders, offer different lifestyles. Kiwis who move to France love the culture and food and find that the cost of living is much more affordable than it is in New Zealand.

Learning to speak French will make your life much easier. There may be many English-speaking citizens in the urban areas of France, but in the country, not knowing the language will make you very lonely. It will also, in the immediate term, make your move more difficult, particularly if you decide to do it yourself rather than hire a professional to help you. 

How do I Import Personal Items to France?

If you have been a resident of New Zealand 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. 

If you are not moving your primary personal residence to France but are establishing a second home in the country, you will potentially need to pay customs duty, VAT, and other taxes on your imported personal goods. 

The taxes you pay at customs will be calculated based on the declared value of your inventoried goods. 

The Paperwork

  • Detailed inventory or manifest of your imported goods (2 copies)
  • Cerfa 10070 form (declaration)
  • Documentation to prove your previous residence in New Zealand, and your new residence in France

The Fine Print

  • Unlike some countries, you can import your goods to France in multiple shipments, as long as you complete your move within 12 months
  • Anything you import into France, (per the requirements of your declared import for personal use) cannot be sold, loaned, assigned, or leased for at least a year after you imported the goods into France

How Do I Import a Vehicle to France?

Even if you do understand the language, importing a vehicle to France from New Zealand can be rather complicated. French Customs officials, called Douanes, maintain stringent guidelines for imports. All imported vehicles must meet all customs regulations and all paperwork must be complete in order for your vehicle to clear customs. 

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 fees and proof of insurance
  • 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.)
  • Even more fees for transport, storage, and delivery charges.

Want a Convenient Way to Import Your Belongings? 

With over 10,000 miles between them, moving from France to New Zealand is a big move. If you want to have an easy, seamless move, contact us at A1 Auto Transport. By completing the form at the top of this page to receive a free, no-obligation, overseas shipping quote. Our team of professional shipping experts have the knowledge and expertise to make your move simple and hassle free. 

All you have to do is reach out and put your move in the hands of our expert team, freeing up your time and energy to focus on the details that matter most to you – getting there, with all your belongings, without wasting additional time and money. 


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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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