Grenoble is a city located in the southeastern parts of France, close to the French Alps at the River Drac. It is the capital of the Isere region and is advertised as the capital of the Alps. From enjoying panoramic holidays to working here, having a car can keep you independent.
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However, you are going to need to rely on the services of a professional shipping company if you are to import your vehicle here and you want to do so in a timely manner. There is plenty of documentation that you are going to submit and this includes:
- Driver’s License.
- Social Security card.
- Power of Attorney ( Signed )
- Title and registration.
Additionally, your shipping agent is going to provide you with all the necessary requirements for the paperwork as per the French Customs Authority requirements.
Shipping Requirements of French Customs.
You would have to be very well aware of the regulations set forth by the government before you have your car shipped. It’s important to follow them precisely if you want to ensure a smooth transition. Some of the rules are as follows.
You would first need to make sure that the necessary modifications on your vehicles are dully carried out. You need to meet all of the requirements in order to get clearance. You need to have the registration documents pertaining to the vehicle which shows your name and you’d have to provide a bill of sale or commercial invoice for the car. There is an applicable VAT at 19.6% of the total value of the car and you have to pay it to gain clearance. There are other import duties which are going to be collected by the French Customs at the entry port. If you have a commercial invoice the duties and taxes would be based on it. If you don’t have it, your car has to be assessed by an agent based on the Blue Book as listed in the USA. You would also have to file a T1 Declaration in order to use the car on the roadways of the country. Once it’s cleared, you have to apply for registration and get domestic license plate in order to operate it. This has to be done within 4 months after you enter the country. If you intend importing a vehicle that is over 4 years old, you will need to submit the French Control Certificate.
Before the shipping.
Prior to the shipment you are going to have to work with a shipping agent to ensure that the necessary documents are in order for the procedure to go any further. You would also have to consider the total cost of the shipping which is going to be based on a variety of different factors such as the weight and size of your car and your choice of shipping method. However, you should get the total amount prior to the shipping in order to plan for it. There is one major port which accepts import vehicles in France and that’s the La Havre Cruise Port. You can ship by air as well.
The two major water-bound shipping methods to France are the RORO and the container shipping. The first would allow you to export your vehicle cheap and fast as it’s without a doubt the fastest water-bound transportation method. However, it’s pretty inconvenient if you want to import other personal belongings as they are not allowed. Basically, you can leave only your car jack, floor mats and the spare time within your car and nothing left. If you want to ship other personal belongings along with your vehicle, you’d have to use container shipping and choose between 20ft and 40ft container as per your demands. This would provide the best protection for your vehicles and it’s also going to be a bit more expensive and slow as more check-ups will take place.
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