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    Moving to another country, let alone half around the globe always seems a daunting task at first. Let us help you make this transition a smooth one and most importantly let our certified expertise in International Moving, Relocation and Shipping services assist and move you through the entire process. Our clientele benefit from our comprehensive know-how, fair and honest pricing, our in-depth and versatile service solutions in regards to your specific and individual moving & relocation needs!

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    TRANSIT TIMES

    When moving, one should keep in mind the anticipated door-to-door transit time of their shipment as the length of transit might have numerous implications for you. For example, do I need to rent or purchase my new home in advance, shall I opt for a pre-longed hotel stay or have corporate housing? When moving for an employer or being a foreign civil servant on posting, your existing relocation policy will clearly identify your allowances and provide options in terms of residency while your belongings are in transit. Our team of Certified Moving Consultants® will discuss with you our various service and transit time options in regards to your particular moving needs.

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    FCL – SEA Freight

    U.S. East Coast

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    • 4 -to- 6 weeks
    • Regular Transit
    • 5 -to- 7 weeks

    U.S. Midwest

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    • 5 -to- 7 weeks
    • Regular Transit
    • 6 -to- 8 weeks

    U.S. Gulf Coast

    • Expedited Service
    • 6 -to- 8 weeks
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    • 7 -to- 9 weeks

    U.S. West Coast

    • Expedited Service
    • 6 -to- 8 weeks
    • Regular Transit
    • 9 -to- 11 weeks

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    AIRFREIGHT

    U.S. East Coast

    • Expedited Service
    • 8 -to- 12 days
    • Regular Transit
    • 10 -to- 16 days

    U.S. Midwest

    • Expedited Service
    • 8 -to- 12 days
    • Regular Transit
    • 10 -to- 16 days

    U.S. Gulf Coast

    • Expedited Service
    • 12 -to- 16 days
    • Regular Transit
    • 14 -to- 20 days

    U.S. West Coast

    • Expedited Service
    • 10 -to- 14 days
    • Regular Transit
    • 12 -to- 18 days

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    Consolidation – SEA

    U.S. East Coast

    • Expedited Service
    • 8 -to- 10 weeks
    • Regular Transit
    • 10 -to- 12 weeks

    U.S. Midwest

    • Expedited Service
    • 9 -to- 11 weeks
    • Regular Transit
    • 9 -to- 12 weeks

    U.S. Gulf Coast

    • Expedited Service
    • 9 -to- 11 weeks
    • Regular Transit
    • 9 -to- 12 weeks

    U.S. West Coast

    • Expedited Service
    • 10 -to- 12 weeks
    • Regular Transit
    • 10 -to- 14 weeks

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    FRENCH CUSTOMS INFORMATION

    IMPORTANT FACT:

    Most of the required paperwork for importing used household & personal effects duty & tax free into France does not differ much from other nations.
    However, one particular requirement for duty & tax free import clearance of your belongings by French Customs is that returning French or other foreign nationals obtain at origin the so-called ‘Certificate of change of residence’ from their nearest French Consulate. This certificate will enable you to import your shipment duty & tax free. The Certificate of change of residence by the French consulate must show that the owner of the goods has established primary residence in origin country for at least 12 months. If you resided less than 12 months abroad, the shipment is subject to duties and taxes. This requirement does not apply to nationals who are being relocated by their employer from one office to another. Those transferees must obtain a certificate of transfer from their employer on letterhead stating employment length and date of transfer. The certificate must also show proof of at least 12 months abroad and primary residence in origin country.

    On another note, French Customs does allow small amounts/quantities (“Fond de Cave” – 15 bottles) of wine & spirits to be imported duty & tax free along with your used household & personal effects shipment.
    A detailed wine & liquor listing though needs to be prepared at the time of packing at origin (your Certified Moving Consultant® will provide such form to you).
    Spirits and liquor are limited as follows: Alcohol not exceeding 22% alcohol by volume (2 L)
    Alcohol exceeding 22% alcohol by volume (1 L).

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    PRACTICAL INFORMATION – ELECTRONICS/HOME APPLIANCES/LAMPS

    We are often ask by our clientele for advice in regards to whether or not to ship their electronics or home appliances as part of their move to France? The answer is somewhat complicated and a grey area.
    Some appliances or electronics might work with a transformer, others will definitely not work such as air conditioners, microwave ovens, vacuum cleaners, and/or electric clocks, because the appliance does not successfully adapt and a transformer will not be able to change the wattage.

    So, which or what electrical appliances should I bring with me?
    A general rule: Nothing that is big or consumes a lot of power. Laptops, computers, and small radios are fine to include in your shipment. Kitchen or laundry appliances, microwave ovens, power tools, and TV sets are not. Also keep in mind, if not sure or certain, please do not try! Plugging in a non-conforming appliance or electronic can result in an electrical fire or a severe, potentially lethal shock. Don’t assume a fuse or circuit breaker will protect you if you do something wrong.

    If you move often, or know that you will be returning back to the USA within a certain time period, it might be wise to purchase so-called ‘Multi-system appliances and electronics’. These devices are manufactured to operate on either 110-120 volts or 220-240 volts and are referred to as “multi-system”. They are usually constructed with a switch that enables them to be operated on either current. In addition, multi-system television sets are adaptable to the different video systems (USA = NTSC vs. France = SECAM) and scanning standards and can be used in either country. This way you won’t have to worry about frequent new purchases or trying to sell off under market price your used appliance or electronic item when relocating back home or to another country.

    Certain table lamps with normal outside wiring can be used with a plug adapter, but most importantly you’ll have to change the light bulb/s as they are designed for one voltage system generally and do not work well in another plus a wrong light bulb/s can become dangerous. Risks include electrocution and fire (immediate or delayed).
    For expensive ceiling lamp fixtures, chandeliers or sconces one might consider taking them along and having them rewired, adapted and made compatible with the local line voltage and frequency by a local specialty shop or retailer in your destination country.

    CULTURAL INFORMATION

    • France is one of the most visited countries in the world.
    • Christmas tree decorations originated in France.
    • France is closed on Sundays.
    • French women live longer.
    • They don’t give tips in France.

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