Moving From Canada To France



Drugs, narcotics, ivory and hides of protected species. Arms and ammunition require a special permit.



An attestation of transfer from the company stating that the shipper has been living more than one year abroad (an original will be needed if the container is routed to the port of Fos-Marseille) or a certificate of change of residence that could be obtained from the French Consulate of the origin country.

Household goods may be imported duty free provided that:

  • They have been in the owners use and possession for more than 6 months abroad and are for continued use by the owner. For an EC country there is no time limitation.
  • Any subsequent consignment has to be reported and listed at the time of the first import.
  • Importation has to take place within one year after residence transfer.
  • Duty free importation for person taking up a secondary residence is subject to a special authorization granted by the French Customs.


  • Change of residence certificate delivered by French Consulate in origin country
  • Original registration card
  • Purchasing invoice of the vehicle

Vehicles may be imported duty free provided that:

  • Owner has been living abroad for more than one year.
  • The vehicle has been owned for more than 6 months.
  • It is normally registered.
  • It is not a commercial vehicle.

NOTE: If a vehicle is imported, it must be mentioned on the inventory, even if it is not accompanying the household goods.


  • Authorization certificate from Regional Customs Directorate of the secondary residence Area, upon request in triplicate with detailed and valued inventory
  • Document in evidence of ownership or renting evidence of the normal residence abroad
  • In all special cases please call if unsure



Declaration from Notary with inventory of goods, date of death, degree of kinship and French residence permit. The goods must be shipped within one year from date of death.


Official attestation of attendance at school or university. The scholar’s goods must be shipped within one month from date of registration at school or university.


Marriage certificate and French residence permit. The goods must be shipped within one month from date of marriage.


Preliminary official authorisation from French Regional Head customs Office.


Dogs and cats must be vaccinated against rabies at least one month and no more than one year prior to importation and a valid rabies vaccination certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian of the country of departure should accompany the animal.

A health certificate (in French), executed not more than five days prior to departure by the national licensed veterinarian of the country of export, must also accompany the pet together with a current medical and inoculation history.

Important: This information is intended for general guidance. Orbit International Logistics LTD. cannot however take responsibility for any errors or omissions or for any loss or damage that may occur from its use. As such it is advisable to contact the nearest French customs office for full and current information prior to importation.

Moving to France

When moving to France it is very important to choose the best overseas moving company. Orbit International Moving Logistics is the best international moving company in Canada. With our extensive experience with international relocations to France, Orbit International Moving Logistics can offer you and your family, valuable insights about your move to France. When Moving to France, it is vital to choose the right international relocation companies and choosing the best overseas moving companies. We have listed below helpful ideas and tips that can help you plan your moving to France. Shall you prefer to talk with an International moving consultant, please call (416) 661-4228.

The Best Overseas Moving Companies:

There are many overseas moving companies who claim to be the best mover and best relocation company in the country. Of course this cannot be true because then, all the international shipping companies would be the best.

To help determine which overseas moving company is right for you, Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd has gathered some vital points for you to consider.

  1. The best tip – a recommendation from a friend.
  2. Research the overseas moving companies you are considering. Check if they are licensed to export and import.
  3. Make sure that you are performing an equal comparison between the quotes of the various companies. You compare international relocation rates from the overseas moving companies based on shipping an equal volume of goods and contracting the same exact shipping service on the same dates. Pay special attention to the “EXCLUDES” of each quote to insure that you are not overlooking any hidden fees.
  4. Check the overseas moving company’s referrals and reputation. Ask each company for testimonials from past clients. A reputable overseas moving company should have some for you to review.
  5. Visit the physical office of the overseas moving company you are considering. Never trust an international moving company without a physical address!. In this day and age anyone can have an office in their basement.
  6. Make sure that the overseas shipping company you choose has reputable overseas forwarding agents who can assist you in the same manner that you are getting from the company moving you from Canada.

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd was established by 2 long time family friends who had experienced moves with mixes results. However, none have satisfied the quality of service needed during such an emotional and straining event. We have extensive experience relocating customers worldwide by Ocean Freight and Air Cargo. Our rates are always All-inclusive. What sets us apart is the level of service we offer our customers.  We provide free, no-obligation estimates, listen to your concerns, and find the solutions best suited to meeting your relocation needs – whether you’re moving your family.(i.e. door-to-door, door to port, full containers, RO-RO, custom crates, etc.) We offer free consultations with one of our relocation specialist and assist you in planning moving to France and choosing the right overseas moving services.

When moving to France, What should I Expect?

France, one of the fashion-hubs of the world known for their cinematography, selection of gourmet delights and fine wines, is certainly a desirable location to move overseas to. When moving to France, Orbit International Moving Logistics suggests you to stay mindful of the fact that although many metropolitan areas of France use both French and English, it is probably best to begin learning French to really be able to acclimate to the culture. Perhaps one of the more major differences to note between American and French culture is that minimalism is a regularly practiced behavior. Everything from the volume of food eaten in one sitting to the total square footage that many French natives live in is smaller than what many of us are accustomed to in Canada. For this reason, Orbit International Moving Logistics suggests that you consider downsizing prior to moving to France. Though you may wish to keep family keepsakes and valuable pieces of art, it is probably best if you consider purchasing new furniture once you are done moving to France as your old furniture may not fit in your new home and this will decrease the total volume of your shipment! The currency in France is the Euro, so you will need to convert your money to their currency during immigration. Also important to keep in mind is that you will need to apply for a visa when moving to France. There are several different types of visa. Contact the French Consulate in your area to determine which visa you should apply for, how to apply and how long prior to move to France you should begin.

Moving to France should be a very exciting experience for your family. Make sure you choose an experienced overseas moving company like Orbit International Moving Logistics that will stand by you through every step of the process, allowing your family to focus on your needs and settling into your new home. Contact Orbit International Moving Logistics to go over your overseas moving options or to schedule moving to France by calling us directly at (416) 661-4228.

List of France Consulates in Canada

French Embassy in Canada
42 Promenade Sussex
Ontario, K1M 2C9
City: Ottawa
Phone: [1] (613) 789 17 95
Fax: [1] (613) 562 37 35
Web Site:
Office Hours: Monday to Friday, from 9:00AM to 12:30PM.

Honorary Consulate of France in Moncton, Canada
777 rue Main
Suite 800 – Moncton
Nouveau Brunswick – (NB) E1C 1E9
City: Moncton
Phone: [1] (506) 857 41 91
Fax: [1] (506) 858 81 69
Web Site:

Consulate General of France in Montreal, Canada
1501 Mc Gill College – 10eme etage
Bureau 1000
Montreal (QC) H3A 3M8
Province du Quebec
City: Montreal
Phone: [1] (514) 878 43 85
Fax: [1] (514) 878 39 81
Web Site:

Consulate General of France in Quebec, Canada
25 rue Saint-Louis
Quebec – (QC) G1R 3Y8
City: Quebec
Phone: [1] (418) 266 25 00
Fax: [1] (418) 266 25 24
Web Site: