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Moving to France from the USA

There are plenty of reasons to move to France. Whether it be Paris, the healthcare benefits, career opportunities, seeking a change, or simply a return to one’s native country, moving to France from the United States is popular among American expats.

Whatever the reason, we’ve been moving household goods to France for 40 years and our goal is to make every single step of the relocation process simple and straightforward. That starts with providing you with some useful information regarding any potential shipment and explaining the process. You’ll also find resources for packing your goods, measuring volume and more.

Read our guide for moving to France below and begin your international move today!

How to Move to France with Schumacher

There are a few important steps someone who is looking for an international moving company to France can take to get started.

First determine how much you want to bring and whether you whether you want to ship furniture to France with your household goods.

You can use our volume calculator to create a more accurate measurement. The size of your move will not only influence the planning and preparation like packing and creating an inventory list, but it is what determines the cost of your move, be it to Paris, or the French Riviera.

The next step is to select your service. Most clients select a door to door service. That means we pick up right from your home in the US and deliver to your new address in France.

Reasons to Move to France With Us:

  • Over 40 years of moving experience
  • Door to door international moving rates
  • Partial container and full container flexibility
  • AMSA, IAM, FIDI & FAIM accredited
  • Options to suit your budget
  • Secure indoor storage in our company owned warehouses

How Much Does it Cost to Move to France?

The cost for moving to France from the USA has a range depending on multiple factors. Some details that change the price are volume of goods, origin/destination, and service selected. For example, a move to France from LA has a different price than a move to France from NY with all other factors the same. With this in mind, our international move representatives create custom quotes for all inquiries.

Fill out our Online Quote Form to begin moving to France from the USA today!

Our Container Services to France

We know that not every person that is moving to France will have the same circumstances. A single person will not need to ship as much as a family of four with an entire household. Depending on what and how much you want to move with, our shipping services include both a sole use and shared container moving service to Paris and Marseille:

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

Our shared container 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.

How to Ship Household Goods to France

Most international movers to France from the USA, will explain the process in two separate part. Export and Import.

Luckily, with door to door household goods shipping, you won’t need to lift a finger outside of signing initial documentation such as customs paperwork and an itemized list of goods. We handle everything in terms of customs in the US and our partners will help import your household goods and clear customs upon arrival.

Importing Effects to France

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.

Their are some exceptions for importing goods to France. 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 can change however, so make sure to check with the French embassy if you are unsure about particular household contents or effects. Your SCL representative will also be able to advise you further on your particular goods while shipping to France. 

Major Destinations in France

If your city is not one of the ones listed below, don’t worry. Just tell us which French city or small town you are moving to. Our international moving services to France includes door to door shipping from anywhere in the US right to your new home.

  • Bordeaux
  • Lyon
  • Nice
  • Le Havre
  • Paris
  • Toulouse

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How Long Does Moving to France from the USA Take?

The amount of time it takes to ship household goods to France from the USA to your new home depends various factors. Some of these are which service you select, departure location, and final destination.

It’s also important to note that customs has variable times to clear along with many other things. We have contracts with all the major shipping lines and the vessels themselves can also influence sail times.

Generally the time on the water is between 3 and 4 weeks  from the west coast and 15 days from the east coast. This does not represent the total duration of the move, and the ETA is given at sailing.

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.

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Schumacher Cargo Logistics utilizes insured, secured and bonded facilities. We provide warehousing, packing, crating, trucking and loading services out of our own warehouses here in the USA - Los Angeles, Houston, Savannah, Miami, New York, and New Jersey. All other worldwide destinations are covered by our affiliated organization member companies.