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If you are looking to ship property over to France to use in your new home there are also guidelines that must be followed to satisfy customs otherwise delays could be expected. You must have a complete inventory of all items being imported in the France. Electrical goods such as hairdryers, toasters, computers and MP3 players must all be listed separately. You must have purchase receipts for all electrical items that clearly show the brand and serial number. Each box, package and carton needs to be inventoried separately so that customs can easily see what is supposed to be in each box.

Obtaining a Certificate of Change of Residence from the French Consulate is also necessary. This certificate will need to have your signature on and it will show the dates that you have lived abroad. This will prove that you have lived abroad from France for the last 12 months prior to your relocation to France. This means that you should be able to import your goods without having to pay duty on them. However, this only applies to the first shipment. If your first shipment is more than one container worth of property you must inform customs that a second (or more) shipments are due to arrive. If you initially ship one container and then a while later ship a second container then the second container and any future goods being imported will be subject to both VAT and duty.

The VAT free and duty free importing is only relevant on goods that are to furnish homes that will be main residences. If the home you are furnishing is to be a secondary home, such a just for holidays then the goods will be subject to VAT and duty charges. The VAT stands at 19.6% of the declared value of the goods and the duty will be charged at an extra 10%.You can apply to the tax collector who covers the area where your residence is located for duty free entry of goods.
If you are shipping items that were not purchased by yourself there for having no purchase receipt, such as wedding gifts or inherited items then you must provide further documentation to support this. If the items are from an inheritance you need to provide paperwork from a notary stating the date of death, an inventory of the goods, relationship to the deceased and French residence address. The goods should be shipped within one year from the date of death. If the items being shipped are from wedding gifts then you must provide a copy of your marriage certificate and your French residence permit. Items should be shipped within one month of the wedding.


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Moving Tips

1. Don't pack away your keys
2. Don't pack away your plane tickets
3. Label any box you need immediately "Open First" 
4.  Notify the utility companies about when to connect and disconnect power, cable, telephone etc.
5.  Notify the post office to route your mail to your new location
6.  Send change of address cards to friends and family 
7. Keep out some pet food handy for your pets 
8. Don't forget about your garden furniture or items in the yard 
9. Take a last look around when the movers have completed loading the truck at the pickup site
10.  Familiariaze yourself with local hospitals, urgent care facilities and pizza delivery restaurants!

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