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Moving to France

Moving to France, whether you're returning home or relocating for work is a big event filled with lots of planning, but it doesn't mean that your move should be something you can't look forward to.

As a fully licensed and bonded international moving company that's been moving household goods to France for over 38 years, our goal is to take care of the difficult tasks like packing, shipping and customs clearance so you can focus on what's important to you.

We've created this quick guide to help you understand how it works.

How to Move Household Goods to France

As with any international, those moving to France from the USA with furniture and their personal effects will be dealing with export in the US and import on the receiving side.

We handle everything in terms of customs in the US and our partners in France will help import your household goods and clear customs, so our services are door to door.

In most cases, individuals moving household goods to France won't have to worry about paying customs duty and taxes on their belongings if they meet certain requirements.

As long as the goods are not new and are for personal use, then you will be able to import them duty free by declaring them as personal effects.

View the customs regulations for France for general guidelines. Rules do change however, so make sure to check with the French embassy if you are unsure about particular household contents or effects.

Different Shipping Options

Depending on what and how much you want to move, there will be different options using our international moving services.

Different Shipping Options

Depending on what and how much you want to move with, there will be different options using our international moving services.

  1. With our shared container service, you only pay for the actual volume of household goods or furniture shipping to France
  2. For individual shipments, you pay one flat rate and you can fill either a 20 foot or 40 foot container to the brim
  3. We also offer vehicle transport for those moving to France and shipping a car

Schumacher Cargo's household goods moving service to France uses either one of two base ports: Le Havre or Marseille.

France is one of our main European destinations and both ports have regular departures from our office locations in the US.

However, we ship full containers and shared to all the major European base ports, so clients always have the option to use such.

Major Destinations in France

If your city is not one of the ones listed below, don't worry. Just call us for a quote and tell us which French city or small town you are moving to.

  • Bordeaux
  • Lyon
  • Nice

How Long Does the Move to France Take?

The amount of time it will take to ship household goods to France from the USA to your new home will depend on which service you select, departure location and final destination.

It's also important to note that customs is sometimes unpredictable along with many other things but we have contracts with all the major shipping lines and the vessels themselves can also influence sail times. Generally it's between 2 and 3 weeks on the water from the west coast and 12 days from the east coast.

However, our team of international movers will work with you through the entire process; beginning with packing, loading and all the way to delivery to ensure that your goods arrive safely and within our quoted time frame.

Ratings for France

Still have additional questions about shipping household goods to France? Call us today or request a free online moving quote to find your estimated costs.

Written by Martyn Cohen

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