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Moving to FRANCE

France is a country that offers a rich cultural heritage, a high quality of life, and a thriving economy, making it a desirable destination for many people. France is famous for its stunning architecture, world-renowned art collections, and exquisite cuisine. The country is also home to beautiful landscapes, from the snow-capped Alps to the sunny beaches of the French Riviera. France is known for its excellent healthcare system, education, and public transportation, making it easy to live and work there. The country also offers many opportunities for entrepreneurs, with a dynamic business environment and a well-educated workforce. Additionally, France has a reputation for being a welcoming and inclusive country, with a strong commitment to human rights and social justice. All these factors make France a great place to live, work, and explore, and it is no wonder that many people choose to move there each year.

Contact us now and let us know what you want to start shipping to France. We have the means and help you need in order to complete the process properly. Universal Relocations can easily help you relocate fast and in a meaningful way without any effort. We understand all the potential challenges and problems that can appear from relocating, and we are always here to ensure that you can get all the support you need. Get in touch with us and let us help you move from the UK to France today!


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France is party to the European Union’s Common Customs Tariff, therefore preferential rates apply to imports from countries which the EU has signed agreements with. Duties range from 0-17%, with the general tariff averaging 4.2%.


Transfer of Residency – Customs duty

NRI/PIO who are returning to France for an extended period should consider using the transfer of residency so that they can take advantage of relaxed customs duties. Transfer of Residence is a facility provided to persons who intend to transfer their residence to France after a stay abroad of at least two years. This facility allows the imported personal and household articles, free of duty and certain other listed items, on payment of a concessional rate of duty. Those taking transfer of residence is no longer subjected to any minimum stay requirements in France.


Transfer of Residence Rules

The requirements to qualify for transfer of residency concessions: A minimum stay of two years abroad, immediately preceding the date of arrival on transfer of residency is required. Total stay in France on short visits during the 2 preceding years, should not exceed 6 months, and such persons have not availed concessions under transfer of residency in the preceding three years.


Exemptions Allowed

hortfall of up to two months in stay abroad can be condoned by Deputy Commissioner of Customs or Assistant Commissioner of Customs if the early return is on account of terminal leave or vacation being availed of by the passenger or any other special circumstances for reasons which will be required in writing by the customs authorities. The Principal Commissioner of Customs or Commissioner of Customs may condone short visits in excess of six months in special circumstances for reasons to be recorded in writing.


Duty free items allowed under transfer of residence

The total combined value of such goods should not exceed rupees five lakh. NRIs should also be aware that, not more than one unit, of each item of such goods is allowed, per family. Items allowed duty free under transfer of residence are:Used personal and household articles up to an aggregate value of Rupees 5 Lakh. Jewelry up to Rs. 50,000 by a gentleman passenger or Rs. 100,000 for a lady passenger. Jewelry taken out earlier by the passenger or by a member of his family from France. (Proof may be required)Video Cassette Recorder or Video Cassette Player or Video Television Receiver or Video Cassette Disk Player. Washing Machine. Electrical or Liquefied Petroleum Gas Cooking Range Personal Computer( Desktop Computer)Laptop Computer( Notebook Computer)Domestic Refrigerators of capacity up to 300 liters or its equivalent.


List of items with reduced customs duty

For the following items, a reduced customs duty of 36% is charged. It does not matter whether these items are new or old. Color Television or Monochrome Television. Digital Video Disc Player. Video Home Theater System. Dish Washer. Music System. Air Conditioner. Domestic refrigerators of capacity above 300 liters or its equivalent. Deep Freezer. Microwave Oven. Video camera or the combination of any such video camera with one or more of the following goods, namely:- television Receiver; Sound recording or reproducing apparatus; Video reproducing apparatus. Word Processing Machine. Fax Machine. Portable Photocopying Machine.Vessel.Aircraft.Cinematographic films of 35 mm and above. Gold or silver, in any form, other than ornaments.


Drones NOT allowed to be brought in to France by passengers

Due to security concerns, France no longer allows passengers to carry Drones to France. Effective April 1, 2016. France Customs Declaration Forms have been revised and Drones are on the prohibited list and not duty free.


There are many reasons why someone might choose to move to France, including:

France is a popular destination for expats for many reasons, including:

Culture and history: France is renowned for its art, architecture, fashion, and cuisine. It is home to many world-famous museums, landmarks, and attractions.

Lifestyle: France has a relaxed and enjoyable lifestyle, with a focus on family, food, and leisure time.

Education: France has an excellent education system, with many prestigious universities and institutions.

Natural beauty: France is home to stunning natural landscapes, including mountains, beaches, and forests.

Location: France is located in the heart of Europe, making it easy to travel to other countries and experience different cultures and languages.



France has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. The winters can be cold and rainy in the north and east, while the south enjoys mild temperatures. Summers are generally warm to hot throughout the country.


The cost of living in France can be high, particularly in major cities such as Paris. However, the cost of living can vary depending on location and lifestyle choices.

Population of FRANCE

As of 2021, the population of France is approximately 67 million people.



France is a welcoming destination for expats, offering a high standard of living, excellent healthcare, and a strong social welfare system. Expats in France can also benefit from the country’s strong economy, diverse job market, and opportunities for education and cultural enrichment. Additionally, France is known for its high quality of life, with access to excellent food, wine, and entertainment.

How to calculate customs duty in France on used items

In case a person knows the rate of duty for a particular item, it’s easy to calculate the duty that will be charged. However, for used items, the value is determined by allowing depreciation on a yearly basis.


First year depreciation

@ 16%2

Second year depreciation

@ 12%3

Third-year depreciation

@ 10%

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