Consult with an International Moving Specialist
When making a move overseas, you'll need help. Knowing the right professionals you can trust will give you peace of mind and one less thing to worry about.
Moving your belongings to France is no simple, easy task, plus it can get expensive if you’re not working with the right service providers. You may decide to only ship the bare essentials, or you may want to ship the entire contents of your home. Either way, it’s most cost-efficient and practical to work with a professional who can advise you on the best, fastest and least expensive ways of transferring your goods.
Note: You may be exempt from paying French duties and taxes when you import your personal belongings. When you move to France from another EU country, there are no particular customs procedures that need to be observed. You may be exempt from paying duties and taxes when you import your personal belongings if you stay in a non-EU country for at least one year and then wish to transfer your primary residence to France. Your personal belongings are exempt from duties and taxes if you have used them privately for at least six months before the transfer of residence, regardless of how you acquired them, inclusive of tax or tax-free. The exemption does not apply to certain specific products, so be sure to check the official regulations.
To be exempt from the duties and taxes:
- You must transfer your property to France within 12 months from the date of transfer of your residence.
- You may import your property all at once or in several stages. In the latter case, the inventory provided to French Customs for the first import must include all belongings for which an exemption is being requested.
- You may not divest yourself (sale or rental, loan, pledge, etc.) of any exempt belongings within 12 months of the date of their entry into France.
For expert advice, contact MTM!
Mike Quinting, Moving Specialist
MTM Agency is a freight export consulting company for expatriates moving personal effects from the USA to France. Michael Quinting, owner of MTM Agency has over 20 years of experience in the freight forwarding industry specializing in air and ocean exporting worldwide.
As a consultant, Michael can assist clients with questions regarding specifics on what steps to take to move their cargo securely and safely to their destination. He can initiate contact with specific freight forwarders that handle personal effects and provide competitive quotes.
Communication is essential when working with freight forwarders and Michael can act as liaison during the entire process if needed.