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Moving to France from Nigeria
Moving to France from Nigeria

In 2017, nearly 400,000 Nigerians moved to the EU. In fact, France is the second most popular EU destination for Nigerian expats, behind the UK. France has a vibrant, active Nigerian expat community, particularly in Paris, where these new French citizens come together to support each other and learn more about their new home. 

If you are preparing to make such a move, you may have some questions. What can you bring to France with you? What are the rules? What paperwork do you need to bring? 

You will likely also need to contend with a language barrier. Nigeria is home to over 525 distinct languages, with English (official language) and Yoruba the most widely used. French is the official language of France, although many in the country also speak English. Taking the time to learn the fundamentals of French will save you time, stress, and frustration as you adjust to your new home. 

The climate will be different too. Located in sub-Saharan Africa, Nigeria has a tropical climate with dry and rainy seasons. France has a more moderate climate – winters get down into the 40s. Nigeria, by way of contrast, sees its lowest average daily temperatures in July, and even those temps are still in the 80s. 

How do I Import Personal Items to France?

If you have been a resident of Nigeria 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. 

The Fine Print

  • Unlike some countries, you can import your goods to France in multiple shipments. However, you must complete the transfer your personal goods to France within a year of becoming a resident.
  • Anything you import into France cannot be sold, loaned, assigned, or leased for at least a year after you imported the goods. The idea here is that you are importing personal goods that you plan to use yourself. Goods intended for sale are handled differently.

The Paperwork

  • Two copies of a detailed inventory or manifest of your imported goods.
  • Cerfa 10070 form (declaration)
  • Documentation to prove your previous residence in Nigeria, and your new residence in France.

How Do I Import a Vehicle to France?

Importing a vehicle to France from Nigeria can 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. 

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
  • 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 to get your car from wharf to wharf.

A1 Auto Transport is Here to Help

Importing goods from Africa to France can be complicated. There is a lot to know, and if you’ve never imported goods before, it can be overwhelming. At A1 Auto Transport, we have a team of international shipping experts who have the expertise to get you where you need to go without hassle or stress. 

If you’d like to receive a free overseas shipping quote, complete the form at the top of this page. Our team of professional shipping specialists will get in touch with you to help you get started.  

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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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