Removals to Paris

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    Why Choose White & Company?

    Planning to move to Paris 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 Paris & UK
    • door-to-door packing & removals
    • founder member of BAR, FIDI & 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 to the trendy lower ebbs of the rive gauche (‘left bank’) of the Seine or the family-led neighbourhoods on the rive droite (‘right bank’) our specialist local knowledge will help ensure your belongings arrive safely, without disruption.

    Our removals service

    We offer weekly removals services to and from Paris.

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

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

    We can arrange a free no obligation home survey and quotation to 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 vehicle.

    Regular removals to Paris

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

    Upon arrival at your local depot all effects are transferred to the export warehouse to await loading into a 20ft or 40ft container.

    Depot Locations

    White & Company offers secure containerised storage facilities via its depots, with 19 strategically placed storage facilities throughout the UK and France to choose from.


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

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

    Insurance For Removals to Paris

    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

    Moving to Paris from the UK is a different prospect than moving locally. Navigating Paris’ 20 arrondissements can be a daunting prospect for those with little to no experience of them.

    White & Company have been transporting household items and goods to Paris for many years and can make the process run smoothly on the day.

    We know how parking rules and suspensions work and are equipped to carry out moves to packed backstreet city apartments as well as larger chateau style properties in the countryside.

    Our experienced moving team can help put you at ease and answer any questions you might have about the process of moving abroad.

    Below are some useful tips to consider before you move to Paris:

    • Register – After UK leaves the EU on 29 March you will need to register with the French authorities through a new registration system. If the implementation period agreed between the EU and the UK in the Withdrawal Agreement comes into effect, you would have until at least July 2021 to apply for the new residency status in France.
    • Research – before you buy a property and consult independent legal advice – most properties In the centre of Paris 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 – With 20 arrondissements to choose from do your research first and rent before you buy. This allows you t take greater stock of what matters most to you and your family, from commuting times to work and school to access to local leisure facilities.
    • Secure school places – before you leave – there are a mix of public and international schools but as a result of the sizeable expat population they are in high demand.
    • Consider if public healthcare will suffice for your family or whether you’ll need private cover instead.
    • Research customs restrictions on certain items that cannot be brought into Paris.
    • Vaccinate and microchip your pets and obtain the necessary paperwork they need to move with you.
    • Start taking language lessons – Paris is an international city and so many people speak some level of English. But if you want to integrate into life and access higher paid employment you will need to get a firm grasp of the French language.

    Popular Destinations We Cover in Paris

    • La Cité
    • Louvre / Champs Elysées
    • Les Grands Boulevards
    • Le Quartier Latin
    • Le Marais
    • Le Septième – Quartier des Invalides.
    • Pigalle / Montmartre
    • 18th to 20th arrondissements:
    • Le Seizième
    • Chinatown, le Treizième
    • Quartier de la Bastille.
    • La Défense


    When it comes to picking a place to live there are 20 arrondissements (districts) to choose from, each with their own distinct feel and culture.

    Where you choose to live will largely depend on a combination of factors, including your budget and personal circumstances.

    One of most popular areas of Paris for expats is the 12th arrondissement. Known as Reuilly it is very popular with families due to its sheer mass of green space, including the Bois de Vincennes, the biggest park in the whole of Paris.

    For somewhere with more of a village-feel than city centre, head to the 18th arrondissement. Areas like Sacré-Coeur and Pigalle are awash with quality restaurants and nice townhouses in the quieter more refined suburbs of Paris.

    European citizens can attend and receive medical services from any French doctor using their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if they are visiting France temporarily.

    For those moving permanently or longer than three months you must register with a primary doctor (médecins traitant).

    To register with a doctor in France you will need to complete a form and return it to your doctor who will register with the local Caisse Primaire d’Assurance Maladie (CPAM).

    The Paris Metro is renowned for being of the best underground subways in the world. It’s quick and easy to use and surprisingly very affordable at just €73 (£62) for a month’s worth of five-zone travel.

    It is fairly comprehensive with 300 stations serviced by 16 lines. If you’re looking to beat the rush hour crowds or are looking for alternative transport, Paris’ bus and tram systems are just as efficient and operate throughout most arrondissements.

    Connections in Paris are excellent, with integrated train, bus, river and road systems. The Paris Métro is an extensive transportation network that runs throughout Paris and a short distance into the nearby suburbs.

    Each station is clearly marked with prominent signs and is easy and safe to use. There are eight tramway lines: T1, T2, T3, T4, etc. These run around the edges of Paris and are a cheap and easy way to travel.

    Batobus is the ferry service on the Seine, making nine stops on a circular route in the centre of the city, taking in stops at the Eiffel Tower, the Musée d’Orsay, Saint Germain des Prés, Notre Dame, the Jardin des Plantes, the Hôtel de Ville, the Louvre, the Champs Elysées (the Pont Alexandre III near the Grand Palais), and Beaugrenelle.

    For shorter journeys Parisian taxis are safe, reliable and reasonably priced. The closest airport is Charles de Gaulle Airport providing European and international flights.

    Laws vary depending on the type of property purchased, but there are no restrictions on foreigners buying property in Paris.

    There are various steps to owning property in France but the major ones are:

    Decide which area you’d like to live in.
    Find a property that matches your needs and budget.
    Engage a French estate agent to draw up the agreement between buyer and seller (Note the buyer covers all of the legal fees and taxes, which usually amount to 7.5 % of the purchase price).
    Sign a compromis de vente – a preliminary agreement between both parties.
    Engage a notaire (lawyer) to carry out the relevant checks including land registry, ownership rights, boundaries, and rights of way.
    Sign an acte de vente (a sale contract).

    It is compulsory for all children resident in France to attend school between the ages of six and 16.

    French education is divided into primary level (école), elementary or middle school (collège) and high school (lycée).

    There is an array of schools in France for your child to attend from state and primary schools, to international and bilingual schools. It is also legal to home school in France under the guidance of the school’s inspectorate.

    The younger your children are the easier they will find it is to settle in a French state school and they will learn the language quickly.

    For older children International schools are advisable. They will be taught French, but will be allow fellow expat children and can follow a curriculum from their home country or an international programme like the IB. Fees can be high, although some expat relocation packages cover this.

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