Are you moving to France from another country in the European Union? You are in luck. If you can find a way to get there, you can move your household goods or vehicles from any country in the European Union to France without a ton of red tape or having to pay taxes or duty.
All you need is a valid EU passport and documentation to show that you are employed, related to an EU family member, a student, or unemployed with means (by way of a retirement pension or other funds). You can apply for a residence permit free of charge, but it is not required. Just declare your goods with French customs, and with your valid EU passport, you’ll be on your way in no time.
French is the predominant language in 24 different countries, including Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and Monaco. Depending on the EU country you are coming from, you may want to brush up on your French. Even a fundamental understanding of the French language will greatly ease the process of moving to France.
This guide shares what you need to know about importing your personal household goods or vehicles to France from another member country.
How Can I Import Personal Items to France?
Surrounded by the Northern Sea, Mediterranean Sea, English Channel, and the Atlantic Ocean, and sharing borders with eight different countries, France has many options for transporting your goods. You can ship them overland – Europe has one of the best railway systems globally; over the sea – France has multiple ports on the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, or you can even bring your goods yourself. If you decide to ship your household goods, get in touch with A1 Auto Transport to get the service and support you need for a seamless move.
How Do I Import Personal Items to France?
French Customs officials, called Douanes, handle imports. If you have been a resident of another EU country 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 a member-EU country, France does not have special requirements for importing goods from other EU nations. You still can’t bring prohibited or restricted goods (firearms, drugs, etc.) with you, and you will need to provide a detailed declaration of your imported goods.
How Do I Import a Vehicle to France?
EU residents can import a vehicle for personal use without paying duty. However, new vehicles (purchased less than three months ago or with less than 3000 km on the odometer) are subject to Value Added Tax (VAT) unless you have a valid receipt showing that VAT has already been paid in your country of origin. You will need to provide proof of ownership for your vehicle, such as a clear title.
Want Help Importing Your Belongings?
No reason to stress it. There are professionals who can help you. At A-1 Auto Transport, our experienced team of shipping professionals knows how to get your household goods and vehicle safely to its destination.
Our international shipping experts are ready to handle all the details, making your move easy and stress-free. We will help you avoid surprises that could cost you time and money.
Written By:Joe Webster
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.