Originally Posted by rynd2it
Ray, when we moved here into temporary accomodation we used a company called Luggage Forward - brilliant but not cheap. Two 60lb suitcases cost $495 door to door California to Vannes but they only took 48 hours. We did it because we needed household stuff like sheets, blankets, cutlery etc for a "furnished apartment", we still carried two more cases etc.
Taxes and customs duties are not due on any personal items owned more than 6 months provided you are making a long-term move and do not sell anything within one year of arrival.
Thanks for clarifying. We'll continue schlepping a bit of our things to the house till we can move permanently.
I knew that when you make a permanent move to France with a long stay visa, you do not have to pay VAT or Import Tax.
When we do move, besides whatever household goods are left, we plan to move one of our cars (a MINI) to France. If we had to pay the taxes (10% for the Import Tax and over 19% for VAT), it would be cheaper to buy a car in France. But shipping alone from the East Coast to Le Havre is only $900 - $1,000. A bargain given the cost of buying even a used car in France.
Thanks again for knowing the details!