Hello, I am moving to France to marry my french partner and I am shipping over a lot of my furniture to set up our apartment -- my quote for this is over $9000 (I'm australian so it's about 4500 euros i think) -- does that seem high? But my real question is about the paperwork; the shipping company lists documents that i may need such as a certificate of residence -- has anyone else encountered this? or does anyone have any advice on international shipping? I'd love to hear it. Thank you so much
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thank you so much -- that's been very helpful and i have sent it on to my shipping agent who is making enquiries for me. I think, if worst comes to the worst, i will have to wait until i'm married and then get the paperwork to the agent...oh, the joy! i appreciate you sharing your experience -- good luck with the second move!
Linda E Laddin
Dear Melanie, Yes, there is some paperwork required to ship household goods to France. I did it last year and am sending a second shipment this year. In my case, I bought a house in France and needed to send along an attestation from the notaire who closed the deal, stating the address of the property and that I was the owner. I also had to go to the nearest French consulate and sign a document stating that France would be my residence. [I've also applied for a carte de sejour, which is no longer required for EU citizens but is for the rest of us.]
As a non-EU citizen (I have US citizenship), I was not entitled to bring in even my used household goods duty-free unless I declared France as my country of residence. Once I had the attestation and declaration, I was able to import my household goods duty free. I can import the second shipment duty free if it's within one year of the first shipment.
For those marrying French citizens, the rules may be different - I'm not sure. As you are also a non-EU citizen, be careful to get the paperwork right or you could be charged VAT on your household goods.