Removals to France

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Why Choose White & Company?

Planning to move to France in the near future? Here’s just a few of the reasons why you should consider choosing White & Company as your designated removals specialist:

  • offices & storage depots in France & UK
  • door-to-door packing & removals
  • founder member of BAR, FIDI
  • Members of OMNI
  • award winning service
  • established in the UK since 1871
  • fully insured
  • dedicated team of trained professionals
  • tailored removals package

We’re founder members of the British Association of Removers, FIDI & OMNI and have been providing removal and shipping services to destinations all over the world for over 135 years.

Whether you’re moving from Portsmouth to Paris, or the Essex countryside to the French Riviera, our highly trained removals team are equipped to deliver to any city, town or island.

Our removals service

Our extensive fleet of vehicles, specialist local knowledge and experienced staff make us the standout choice for all removals to France.

We can arrange a free no obligation home survey and quotation, carried out by one of our qualified surveyors. They will answer any questions you have and offer advice where necessary.

The survey will determine the volume of effects you will be shipping. The total cost of shipment is based on the space your effects will take up in our vehicles.

Regular removals to France

We offer weekly removals services to and from France.

This includes either full load consignments that take your belongings direct from point A to B, or part loads that are delivered shortly after your arrival.

With full load services our team will arrange the unloading and unpacking of your household items exclusively onto our own fleet of trucks.

If you are moving with fewer items or are staggering your move to France you may want to opt for a part load service.

The service is completely the same but we will combine several customers’ loads onto one high-capacity truck to save time and reduce transport costs.

Our dedicated team in France will ensure all the relevant paperwork and customs clearance is processed correctly. They will arrange the unloading and unpacking of your household goods.

Depot Locations

White & Company offers secure containerised storage facilities via its own depots. We have 19 secure units dotted throughout the UK and our partners in France can also offer storage facilities.

All our warehouses are clean, dry, secure and accredited to European Standard BS EN 14873.

Recognition

White & Company are members of the British Association of Removers, FIDI & OMNI, the voices of the removals industry both in the UK and internationally.

As such we are responsible not only for meeting the highest sets of standards but listening to our customers on how we can continue to improve our performance.

In addition to this we are also affiliate members of the FIDI & OMNI international relocation network and have industry partners all over the world.

All our warehouses are clean, dry, secure and accredited to European Standard BS EN 14873.

Insurance For Removals to France

Despite our best efforts sometimes items get damaged or things go amiss. White & Company always try to minimise problems during the moving process, that’s why we offer limited liability insurance.

Marine insurance is a key consideration when shipping overseas. We recommend that you consider protecting your valuable personal possessions while in transit and/or storage with our ‘All Risk’ Marine Standard Liability cover.

Marine Insurance Cover is offered to you on receipt of a completed Overseas Valuation Form. Such Marine Insurance Cover is ‘Comprehensive’ and ‘All Risk’ and is based on the values as declared by you on the Overseas Valuation Form.

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Preparing for Your Move

Choosing a removal company who have a proven track record with European moves will give you peace of mind that your personal belongings are in safe hands.

Each European country has its own rules and regulations and France is no different.

There can be some unusual parking rules and in many French towns, parking is permitted on one side of the street for the first half of the month and on the other for the second.

More troublesome is that not all towns have large open streets. Some have very narrow roads (especially in the older parts of the city) which need to be carefully navigated.

Thankfully our experienced moving team can help put you at ease and answer any questions you might have about the process of moving to France.

Our drivers are equipped with local knowledge of the roads having carried out many successful delivers before.

Below are some further things to consider before you move to France:

  • Register – Citizens of the EU do not need a visa to enter or live in France. However, this may change for UK residents when the UK leaves the EU. It is expected that an implementation period will come into effect and you will have until at least July 2021 to apply for new residency status in France.
  • Research – Before you buy a property and consult independent legal advice – most properties in city centres will be expensive apartments but the further outside of the centre you venture you’ll find larger plots of lands and even some estates.
  • Rent before you buy – This will give you time to decide which part of the city would suit your requirements: close to the busy centre or in the suburbs which cater more for families.
  • Location, location, location – Carefully plan where in France you are going to relocate to. Choosing the right location can either make or break your experience
  • Healthcare – Your company may be covering the cost of private health insurance. If not, research what public healthcare you are entitled to or consider private options.
  • Secure school places early – Expats tent to send their children to an international school, where English is the main language and they can study for international qualifications accepted in their home country like the IB.
  • Language – Start taking French lessons before you go, to help integrate quicker and gain higher paid work.

FAQs

Several factors will be included when calculating the cost of your move:

The volume of your effects (space they take up in the vehicle).
Distance our vehicles have to travel to get to you.
Customs documents
Certain sundry fees such as ferry crossing costs and special parking permits

Pieces of furniture or delicate/specialist items may require certain care and attention that may incur additional expense.

Items such as pianos may require a hoist if stairwells or lifts are not large enough. Note these extra requirements can be costly as they must be arranged independently on the French side.

Currently the answer to the question, is yes.

It is perfectly possible (and legal) to have your UK pension paid to you in France if you have an entitlement from the UK and have since become a full-time resident in France.

While the UK remains a member of the EU this continues to be the case. But you will need to continually check this as the Brexit process develops.

If you want to bring your own car to France from the UK and you are staying long-term, (longer than six months) you have 30 days after officially registering your stay to register your car and pay French vehicle registration tax.

You do not have to pay any duty as long as the car is at least six months old, has at least 6,000km on the clock and you’ve already paid VAT on the car in your home country.

We can arrange to transport your car direct to your new home in one of our large trucks. (This service excludes larger vehicles or very low sports cars).

Speak to our surveyor when he carries out your home survey regarding costs and logistics. See the following Expatica guide for more details about driving and parking in France.

Most domestic pets can enter France. However, there are certain things that you need to do.

Firstly, you need to prove that your pet is in good condition regardless of what type of animal they are. Below are some useful tips to follow:

Arrange an appointment with your veterinary surgeon well in advance of travel.

Ensure you have plenty of time to get your pet vaccinated against diseases such as rabies parvo, lepto, distemper and feline enteritis.

Arrange for blood tests to be done in good time before you travel
Dogs, cats and horses are required to have an EU Pet Passport.

Rabbits and guinea pigs do not need vaccinations but may need to be de-flead.

For further information on taking your pet abroad with you consult the government’s advice here.

We endeavour to use environmentally friendly packing materials which are specifically sourced to ensure they are eco-friendly. All our used cardboard is compacted and sent to a recycling facility.

For extra protection, double-thickness cartons are used to wrap china and glassware.

Quilted blankets are used to wrap items such as sofas and arm chairs and bubble wrap is also used as added protection.

We can arrange for wooden made-to-measure crates to be made to safeguard expensive items such as antiques.

If you plan to spend any considerable time in France it makes sense to open a French bank account.

You can continue to use your UK account, however, this can be problematic in the long term, especially if you intend to make large purchases such as homes and cars. Moreover, English cards are not always widely acceptable. Some French automated systems in petrol stations and payment tills on autoroutes are not compatible with UK cards.

To open an account you should make an appointment with your local bank. Remember to bring with you the following:

your passport
a utility bill showing you have a French residence (or letter from your notaire)

Popular French banks include Crédit Lyonnaise, Banque Nationale de Paris (BNP Paribas) and Société Générale. The co-operatives include Crédit Agricole, Crédit Mutuel and Banque Populaire.

UK Citizens can drive in France on their Great Britain or Northern Ireland driver’s license. You must be over the age of 18 years.

You can choose to exchange your licence and receive a French one it you wish. However, if you commit a driving offence whilst in France and get points on your UK licence you will be forced to exchange it for a French license.

Note also that If the UK leaves the EU without a deal in the near future you may also be required to carry a:

International Driving Permit – obtainable from your local post office.
Motor insurance green card – obtainable from your insurer, a green card is a document produced by car insurers to prove that a driver has adequate insurance cover/

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