Moving From Canada To France



Illegal drugs, narcotics, ivory and hides of protected species are prohibited. 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 owner’s 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 persons taking up a secondary residence is subject to a special authorization granted by the French Customs.


  • 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 the date of death.



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


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

An up to date 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 information purposes. 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 From Canada to France

When planning a move to France, picking the right overseas moving company is crucial. Orbit International Moving Logistics stands out as Canada’s top choice for moving internationally. Our vast experience in moving families to France means we can provide invaluable insights for a smooth transition. It’s essential to select a reliable international relocation company, and Orbit International Moving Logistics is a prime choice for your move to France.

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.

How to Find the Best Overseas Moving Company for Your Move to France From Canada

A lot of international movers out there claim to be the best international moving company. But obviously, they can’t all be at the top. To figure out which one’s right for you, Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd has put together some key things to think about.

  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 and shipping options 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 ensure 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.

About Orbit International Moving Logistics

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd was founded by two long-time friends who, after experiencing various moves themselves, realized the need for higher quality service in such a crucial and stressful life event. We specialize in relocating customers globally using both Ocean Freight and Air Cargo, always providing all-inclusive rates. Our distinctiveness lies in the exceptional service we deliver to our clients. We offer complimentary, no-obligation estimates, attentively listen to your concerns, and tailor solutions to meet your specific moving needs. This includes a range of options like door-to-door, door to port, full containers, RO-RO, and custom crates with packing materials. 

For your move to France, we provide free consultations with our relocation specialists to help you plan effectively and select the appropriate overseas moving services.


When Moving to France, What Should I Expect?

France, known globally as a fashion hub with its rich cinematography, gourmet cuisine, and fine wines, is an attractive destination for overseas relocation. 

Cultural Differences

Orbit International Moving Logistics advises those moving to France to be aware that while many French metropolitan areas are bilingual in French and English, learning French is beneficial for fully immersing in the culture. 

A notable difference between American and French culture is the practice of minimalism. In France, things like meal portions and living spaces tend to be smaller compared to what many Canadians are used to. Therefore, we recommend considering downsizing before your move. While it’s natural to want to keep family heirlooms and valuable art, think about buying new furniture once you’re in France. Your current furniture might not fit in your new home, and opting for local furnishings can also reduce the total volume of your shipment, making the move smoother and more efficient.


Currency & Visa

In France, the Euro is the official currency, so you’ll need to convert your funds accordingly during your move. It’s also crucial to remember that a visa is required for relocating to France. There are various types of visas available, and the process can differ based on your specific circumstances. To figure out the most suitable visa for your needs, how to apply, and the ideal time to begin this process, it’s a good idea to get in touch with the French Consulate in your area. They can provide the necessary guidance for a smooth transition to France.


Orbit International Moving Logistics: Your Partner for a Hassle-Free Move to France From Canada

Moving to France is an exciting adventure for your family, and choosing an experienced overseas moving company is crucial for a smooth transition. Orbit International Moving Logistics is here to support you every step of the way, ensuring your family can concentrate on settling into your new home without hassle. 


To explore your overseas moving options or to schedule your move to France, contact Orbit International Moving Logistics directly at (416) 661-4228. Let’s make your journey to France a memorable one!

French 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: