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Moving to France

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Europe is a comfortable region to live and work in. France is a country with rich cultural traditions and unique architecture, with wide prospects in the educational and business spheres.

Whether you have already received your immigration documents or simply making your first research about moving to France, understanding how to move your household goods overseas is another major aspect of the relocation. Hercules Moving Company has gathered some insights into overseas relocation and useful customs requirements for you to consider before moving to France.

Moving to France by Sea Freight

One of the most convenient ways to move to France is by sea freight. It is also the most affordable way to move household goods overseas. Considering the size of your cargo, Hercules Moving Company offers the following shipping options when moving to France.

Moving to France by Air Freight

If you are shipping to France only necessary items or only what you will need immediately upon arrival, the fastest way to ship household goods to France is by air. In a matter of days, your goods will be delivered to France from your country.

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Sole Use Container
Shared Container

Moving to France with all of your valuables? The Full Container Load is what you need. The FCL is an individual container filled exclusively with your belongings. Single-use containers are ideal for those transporting luxurious, expensive, and fragile items. Your valuables will remain intact until your shipment reaches its destination.

HMC offers 3 container sizes when moving to France:

20 ft Container
40 ft Container
40 ft High-Cube

In case there are not enough valuables to fill one container, Hercules Moving Company can ship your possessions in a shared container. The shared container method involves shipping several shipments from different shippers combined to fill one container.

Groupage Shipping

In a groupage shipment, your international moving company will keep your belongings in storage until there are enough cargos to fill up one full container and ship them together. Collected shipments allow senders to ship at a lower price as all shipping costs and fees will be split between customers.

LCL shipping

The Less than Container Load shipping method is used by international mover companies for transporting shipments in custom-made wooden crates. After packing, the movers will hand over your possessions to the freight forwarder for transportation to France.

Sole Use Container

It is known that the fastest way to move from one place to another is by plane. Therefore, shipping your household goods by air freight is a convenient way to move to France if you need your items quickly and with minimum wait time. Your cargo will arrive in France in a matter of days. Choose one of the following shipment sizes when moving to France:

20 ft Container
40 ft Container
40 ft High-Cube
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Door to Port vs. Door to Door Moving

When moving to France, there are 2 methods provided by the HMC to choose from.

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Door to Port

Door-to-Port transportation methods allow the sender to have full control over the shipment after it is delivered to France. If some of the valuables that you are moving to France are under the dutiable or restricted category, they must be unpacked and inspected during your presence in the port.

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Door to Door

If you are moving to France without items that are subject to restrictions and your shipment does not require any permits shown in person at customs clearance, use the Door-to-Door service. The international moving company will transport your items to your new home in France, and you won't have to arrange any additional transportation services.

Moving household goods to France

Customs Regulations
Restricted and Dutiable Items
Prohibited Items
Shipping a Car to France
Moving Pets to France
Electronics in France

Customs Regulations

Various goods can be brought into France duty-free, but only if proven to be:

  1. Imported items have been in the owner’s possession for over 6 months abroad.
  2. Items are delivered within one year from the day of the owner’s arrival.
  3. Export of goods for primary residence from non-EU countries: the importer has had a permanent residence outside the EU for at least one year.
  4. If a SECOND delivery is contemplated, this must be indicated at the time of first importation.
  5. When importing inheritance, a declaration from a notary with an inventory of goods, date of death, kinship, and residence in France. Additionally, The goods must be shipped within one year of the date of death.
  6. When importing marriage items or presents, a marriage certificate must be presented.

Restricted and Dutiable Items

  1. Funds of 10,000 euros or more must be declared
  2. Guns, ammunition, and weapons
  3. Antiques and works of arts
  4. New furniture
  5. Tobacco products
  6. Alcohol
  7. Wedding Trousseaux
  8. Inheritance
  9. Plants (Phytosanitary certificate required)

Prohibited Items

  1. Disturbing and pornographic materials
  2. Toxic materials and chemicals
  3. Narcotics
  4. Drugs and medications
  5. Firearms and ammunition
  6. Poisonous and explosive materials of all kinds
  7. Plants with soil
  8. Species under the CITES category
  9. Wild animals and birds
  10. Meat and dairy products, except for baby and dietary foods

Shipping a Car to France

Any vehicle imported to France from a non-EU country is subject to custom duty and VAT unless proven to be solely for personal use. The vehicle must comply with an EU vehicle standard and undergo a series of tests by the UTAC. To qualify for a duty-free entry, the owner must have lived abroad for 12 months and have had the vehicle in use for no less than 6 months.

Moving Pets to France

To move pets to France you must follow the next regulations:

  1. Pet must be older than 3 months
  2. Endangered species and exotic animals prohibited
  3. Pets should be accompanied by their owner with a vaccination card and certificate of good health
  4. Pet imported to France must be microchipped/tattooed
  5. Pet must be rabies vaccinated at least 21 days before the move, no older than 1 year ago
  6. One can import up to 5 pets (if more, commercial requirements apply)
  7. Subject to quarantine

Electronics in France

Before packing any electronic devices determine whether they will work in France. In France, as in most European countries, type C and F plugs with 230V are used. If you are moving to France from Canada, do not bring your electronic devices, they will not work.

Customs Forms

Here we have collected all the necessary forms and documents you will need in order to import your personal effects into France. In addition please check if you need any additional documents/forms on the official Border France Website

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How We Work

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Crating & Taxidermy
Fragile Packing
Furniture Handling
Furniture Protection

Hercules goes the extra mile to ensure that all of your most valuable art is protected. Expert wrapping and packaging methods start the highest quality moving & packing materials. Our mover training program ensures that every team has an expert who can safely pack any item so it arrives in the same condition it left.

Hercules can build custom measured crates and containers to meet your specific long distance shipping needs. If you are moving, and have a taxidermy collection, the experts at HMC can help. Our crateless system is effective for securing any type or size of trophy.

To avoid damage to fragile items during a long-distance move to your new residence, office or storage unit Hercules will use all the right materials and implement the proper packing techniques for maximum protection.

With the right training and proper equipment, your furniture will be handled safely in any situation.

Not all furniture is the same size. Hercules uses various materials to prepare furniture for moving: moving blankets, cardboard, bubble wrap, or alligator wrap. HMC movers and packers will pack your furniture the right way.

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Packing Options

Based on our customers needs we have created 3 Packing Packages you can choose from, it is also fine if you pack yourself.
$14 - $300
Selected Items Packing
Great for people who want to pack themselves, however wish not to risk for valuables
  • Flat Screen TVs
  • Art / Statues
  • Antique Furniture
  • High Value Items
from $500
Full Packing
Get an all-inclusive service, you wouldn’t even dream about doing something
  • Kitchen Packing
  • Closets Packing
  • Knick-Knacks Packing
  • Packing of Everything Else
$300 - $900
Fragile-only Packing
Great for people with a lot of crockery, glass cabinets or just fragile items
  • Glass/Fragile Furniture Packing
  • Extra Fragile Items Crating
  • Pictures Packing
  • Kitchen Packing
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Why Choose

Hercules Moving Company?

Besides the standard coverage we do provide the Replacement Value Protection plan for our clients. The charge is dependant on the value of the items to be moved. Hercules Moving Company is 100% Bonded & Insured.
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Assembly Disassembly
We know how hefty and hard could be the moving day, and dismantling and assembling the furniture not the pleasant things to do when you are tired. We have you covered, and can put all furniture together quick & with no damage.
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Dedicated Coordinator
When you become our client, you become part of our family! Every client assigned a moving concierge, anything you need from charges explanation to organizing the supplies delivery or debris removal, just inquire your moving coordinator.
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Packing Materials
Every single move includes the protection via Heavy Duty Moving Blankets & Stretch Wrap. However, we also carry great variety of materials, virtually for any piece of furniture. We also offer custom crating/packaging solution.
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Free On-Site Estimate
We understand that you might not have time, or your property is too large for the phone conversation. We provide both Physical & Virtual on-site estimates, for your convenience.
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Upfront & Transparent
We tend to provide as much accurate estimates as possible. At the same time we will inform you on potential charges that might happened in certain situations. If you have a question, just give us a call at (844) 462-6683.
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What Clients say About Us

I am a small business owner and when there is a problem to carry heavy items and move large stuff, I think Hercules! Owners have outstanding organizational skills and manage time and resources very well. I am sharing this wonderful experience as a matter of gratitude and respect.Thank you!

Gita Banks

I hired Hercules Moving to move our family from Toronto out to the Halton Hills area. Our move was complicated involving multiple phases, and I hired Hercules to do all our packing, storage, moving (including our family piano), and partial set-up. I cannot say enough about the various teams from Hercules that did all this work. Every single team member was highly professional, unbelievably hard-working, trustworthy, and most of all very concerned that we as the client were satisfied with everything. These Toronto movers was the single greatest contributor to making our move as smooth and painless as possible. Thank you to the Hercules team for your diligence, hard work and professionalism. I plan to recommend them to anyone I know who needs a mover in the future!

Donald Quan

I used Hercules for a non-piano move for the first time from their Storage Toronto. I expected only the best service from them as I’ve experienced how they treat Concert pianos and they delivered 100%. The time and cost they quoted was exactly what it took. They really know how to quote their services. No surprises....so rare in a moving company. They came over-prepared with blankets, stair coverings, wrappings, mega tape. They were not about to let anything happen to my valuable stuff. Best movers I’ve ever used.....they almost take moving to an art form.

Homeowner Toronto

Outstanding small moves service. The company exceeded my high expectations! The moving crew members were friendly, efficient, proficient and caring, and worked as a cohesive team.

Anastasiya Mamayeva

These guys are amazing. They are fast and reliable. They are reasonably priced compared to other big companies. They moved 3br appt on a very short notice with no extra charge. All my furniture arrived in the same condition as before the move. I would definitely recommend them!

Great moving experience with the best Scarborough movers I have ever met in Toronto. Arrived with a team of 3 guys and moved a 4500sq2 house within 8 hours. Amazing service!

Thank you very much, Hercules moving company for your hard work, great service and fast delivery. We greatly appreciate it and would recommend your services to anyone looking to move!

This is a very heavy old piano. Came out of a house in Oakville and was delivered to my house in Toronto. These guys did a great job, went above and beyond to make sure there was no damage to the piano or either of the houses. I was not looking forward to this day, however hiring these professionals made this a great experience! I live in a townhouse with an awkward entrance and tight hallways and these guys ensured they didn't damage anything!From what I saw today, I will definitely recommend these experts to move anything and everything for anyone.A+++++

Good job. Guys were very pleasant and fast. Everything was clear, no hidden fees. They met all my request.

Donald Quan

Used Hercules for the first time for the move of my very expensive and rare C.Bechstein grand - I was so pleased with their service an demeanour at the baby coddling care they used in handling my pride and joy that I will be using them for all of my piano moves from here on. I highly recommend these Guelph movers. Donald Quan - award winning film composer.


I had to move my entire food operation in a day. With Edmonton movers quoted me quickly and showed up on site 2 days later ready to move. I was worried about all my expensive and sensitive machinery but they pulled it off safely and without issue. Very reasonably priced and highly recommended. Great company.

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