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Moving to France

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Moving to France

What you need to know when moving to France

Moving to FranceIs your household relocating to France? The team at Transworld can help make your move simple and stress-free. We take care of all your shipping needs, from door to door, so you can focus on starting your new chapter living in France.

It’s safe to say we’ve had our fair share of experience when it comes to moving overseas. We’ve put together useful tips and advice around relocating to France:

  1. Shipping options
  2. French customs
  3. What you can and can’t take


Shipping your personal belongings: your options

As you plan your move to France, there are some options to consider when it comes to shipping. Ask yourself these questions to find out which option is best for you and your family:

  1. How much do you want to ship?
  2. What’s your budget?
  3. How fast do you want your goods to arrive?


FCL: for when you’re moving with a lot

Relocating to FranceFor those moving to France with their entire household, this option is the way to go. You get a full container load (FCL) for all of your belongings.

The FCL option is a fast and efficient way of shipping your possessions. Because you have the whole container to yourself, you don’t have to wait around for other people’s freight. Once it has been loaded and checked, it will get on its way to France.

Transworld delivers to everywhere in France, so you’ll get door to door service, wherever you’ll be living in France.

Key benefits:

  1. Bigger capacity: you can fit your whole household into one of our containers.
  2. Speedy shipping: with only your items to get loaded and checked, FCL is the fastest way to transport goods. Once they’re loaded, they can get on their way to France.
  3. Shipping to any location: we ship to anywhere to France.


Groupage: for when you’re happy to share

Our Groupage option allows you to share a container load with other people also relocating to France, making it our most affordable option. It’s the perfect fit for those with fewer belongings to ship.

This service takes longer than our other options because shipping is delayed until the container is full.

Key benefits:

  1. Cost effective: Our Groupage option is the most economical choice when moving to France, as you’re sharing the load with others.
  2. Space efficiency: Only pay for the amount of space you use.
  3. We ship to everywhere in France: Door-to-door service, wherever you’re going to live in France.


Air Freight: for when time is of the essence

Air Freight to FranceAs our fastest and most expensive shipping method when relocating to France, this option is perfect for those who need a smaller number of items shipped urgently.

Because this service costs considerably more than our other options, be sure of its necessity.

Key benefits:

  1. Speed: This is the fasted way to get your belongings to France.
  2. Good for emergency items: the best way to get those last few things you can’t do without.
  3. We ship everywhere in France: We’ll get your things delivered to your door, wherever you are moving to.


How long will shipping take?

  1. FCL: Approximately 8-9 weeks.
  2. Groupage: Approximately 12 weeks.
  3. Air Freight: Approximately 2-3 weeks.

Want to find out how much shipping to France costs? Get a free quote today!


Customs and quarantine

French Customs and QuarantineWe’re experts when it comes to French customs. Our Transworld team will take care of all your customs needs for your move to France, as part of our door-to-door service.

France has no quarantine requirements, which makes your moving experience much easier.

Our Transworld team understand what’s involved in shipping your household to France and can prepare you accordingly.

We take care of:

  1. Giving you the necessary French customs forms.
  2. Compiling an inventory of all packed items for use in customs.

What you need to do:

  1. Make sure your Passport, Residency Document and Visa are all up to date.
  2. Provide a signed ‘Attestation de non-cession’ i.e statement that you have lived abroad for over a year, that you have owned your items for more than 6 months and that you don’t plan to sell them for 12 months.
  3. Let us know the details (brand name and serial number) of any electricals you are shipping.


What you can and can’t ship to France

What you can’t: prohibited and restricted items

Prohibited & Restricted Items in FranceWhen shipping your belongings into France, there are rules and regulations around some items.

Alcohol must be inventoried separately with brand name, type, amount, number of bottles, and value (Import license or liquor license may be required).

The following items are prohibited altogether:

  1. Paints, polishes and cleaning solutions
  2. Live plants
  3. Drugs and narcotics
  4. Pornographic material
  5. Ivory and animal skins
  6. Explosives and matches


Firearms and weapons

The importing of guns, weapons and ammunition into France is highly regulated. You may require registration and certificates and have the authorization from the French Defense Ministry (for which you’ll need to provide make, caliber, serial number and purpose).

Some weapons are strictly prohibited. We recommend contacting the French Defense Ministry to find out if you can bring your firearm into France.


What you can: vehicles

Importing Firearms & Weapons into FrancePeople moving to and intending to live in France for some time may bring in one vehicle duty free, if it has been owned and used 6 months prior to shipping.

The car must pass the inspection for compliance with French standards and must be roadworthy. As the owner, you will need to supply the following documents:

  1. Purchase Invoice
  2. Original title showing owner's name and vehicle serial number
  3. Insurance Certificate from French insurer
  4. Registration Card
  5. Plate numbers


What you can: bringing pets to France

The good news is, you can bring your pet with you when you move to France!

They must be accompanied by their owner, an import permit, vaccination certificates and have a microchip. Your pet may be subject to quarantine.


At Transworld, we’re with you every step of the way

We take care of all the details involved in relocating to France, making your move easier with our door-to-door service. We’re here through the whole process, from packing your items here in New Zealand, to managing shipping and customs, to safely delivering them to your door in France.

You’ll also have a dedicated team member on-hand throughout the process to answer your queries, keeping you informed and making sure your items arrive safe and secure at their destination.

The Transworld team are here to make your move to France as simple and straightforward as possible. Give us a call today for a free quote!


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