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Moving to France

Whether you’re moving to France from the UK for business, starting a new life, or retiring, let Abels Moving Services provide you with a removal quotation. We have helped countless individuals and families with their moves from the UK to Paris, Nice, Bordeaux, Marseille, or beyond.

Abels Moving Services have been providing professional and discrete packing and European road removal services for discerning families and professionals undertaking removals to France for over 50 years.

We understand the importance of providing a stress free move abroad, find out more about our process and how Abels is the right moving company for you.

Living in France

France has the largest land area of any European country covering a mighty 210,026 square miles. It is located to the west of Europe with borders to Spain in the South, Italy to the south-east, Switzerland, Germany and Luxembourg in the east and Belgium to the north. One benefit of moving to France is that there is a wide range of property options to rent or purchase. With a population of around 63 million people, the average population per square mile in France is half that of the UK.

Paris is the capital city with a multi-national community and a population of 10.5 million people and a popular location for people who are moving to France. Other large cities to be found in France include Lyon, Marseille, Lille, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Nice, Nantes and Strasbourg where the majority of people moving to France normally relocate. The country is divided into 21 administrative regions, with the other 6 being overseas regions.

With the main exports from France being machinery and transport equipment along with agricultural products including wine there are many related industries that support these industries and allow job opportunities for those moving to France.

Tourism plays a big part within the French economy and is recognised as the largest tourist destination in the world with nearly 80 million foreign tourists in 2011. France has 37 sites listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and also cities of high cultural interest include Paris, Toulouse, Strasbourg, Bordeaux, and Lyon.

Can UK Citizens Move to France After Brexit?

Moving to France from the UK after Brexit will now require a Visa. Regardless of the reason for your move, you will still need to apply for a visa for residency in France.

Even if you are moving to live with family, you will need to apply for a family visa to live or work in France. There are many different types of Visa depending on the reason for your move so you should ensure you apply for the correct one and comply with all requirements.


Planning Your Move

When considering moving to France it is important to speak with a specialist international removal company that provides reassurance about the services you require for moving abroad to France. At Abels, we want you to feel confident about your overseas removal process, providing you with a selection of reputable resources to help your decision to move to France.

Planning your move involves considering the length of time you will spend overseas. This will impact the measures you will need to take, from your visa options to how many possessions to transport with you.

To speak to an advisor call our head office by call or email and you will be contacted shortly to discuss your move to France.

Talk to our experts

Let Abels plan and coordinate your move to France or anywhere else in the world.

For full house moves / large volumes it is recommended that a home survey appointment is made. One of our International Customer Service Managers can personally visit your home and discuss your moving requirements.

In the meantime, be sure to understand the importance of finding the best moving service for your move to France. We have a long-standing history and provide resources for reassurance about the moving process.

Smaller volumes can be discussed over the telephone, email or provided via our online service. Your volume, access, packing requirements and shipping method, will be assessed from the information you provide. A detailed door to door removal proposal will then be produced and either posted or emailed to you for consideration.

After you book with Abels you will be introduced to a Customer Liaison Move Coordinator (who will work on behalf of your Customer Service Manager) booking, organising and managing and assisting you when moving to France.

Packing Your Possessions

Abels Moving Services advises that Packing is a recommendation for all your items and possessions during removals to France. Furniture will be wrapped and protected by woollen blankets when items are moved to France.

During removals to France, your items will be moved from the UK in a large removal vehicle. In situations where access is not suitable for a large removal vehicle for delivering your possessions in France, your possessions may need to be shuttled onto a smaller local delivery vehicle due to vehicle size restrictions in some areas of France.
There may be occasions when items can require more extensive packing service for more valuable and delicate items. These items will be identified when discussing with your Customer Service Manager. Export wrapping with robust 8 ply paper blankets, potentially adding foam edging, card covering and crating services are available depending on the item to be transported to ensure it will be best protected.

There may be occasions when items can require more extensive packing service for more valuable and delicate items. These items will be identified when discussing with your Customer Service Manager. Export wrapping with robust 8 ply paper blankets, potentially adding foam edging, card covering and crating services are available depending on the item to be transported to ensure it will be best protected.

With Abels Moving Services the highest quality packing materials are utilised. If you are wishing to pack items yourself when moving to France we would recommend that you do not use cheap materials, the contents of cartons when moved using a Removal Vehicle could be stacked up to 2 metres high. You also want the cartons at the bottom to stay in the same shape throughout its journey and offer full protection to its contents.

Owner packing is accepted, however, please consider some pitfalls that you may / may not have considered. Our removal teams are always happy to make up some cartons for you on the day of the move so that you can pack personal clothing or papers should you prefer. However please be assured that our packing teams are trained and employed for their professionalism.

Planning Your Removal to France


Fine Art & Specialist Packing Services

Moving Fine Art needs great care and will involve Enhanced Export Packing when shipping to France. Items such as Fine Art Paintings and valuable pieces of furniture along with delicate items such as moving a Grand Father Clock, packing and shipping Barometers, transporting chandeliers all need careful handling while being packed in a specific way. The use of special cases built especially for these items needs to be utilised to give the highest level of protection. Find out more information about Moving Antiques, Fine Art, and Valuables.

The Abels team is specially trained in moving objects abroad, taking care and precision when handling specialist goods. With years of expertise, we have a plethora of Moving Advice to relieve stress and provide reassurance.

Abels Road Removal Services

Abels has a modern fleet of removal vehicles that are designed to be safe to transport items such as furniture, personal possessions and motor vehicles. Each vehicle is fully alarmed, with flat cleanable internal sides double skinned to avoid furniture damage and restrict temperature changes. The vehicles have Air-Ride soft suspension to ensure items are not jostled in transit while being sympathetic to the environment. Each is fitted with mobile communications and facilities for our driver’s and porters’ comfort.

Abels maintains a variety of sized vehicles within our removal fleet to suit the purposes of the moves we undertake depending on access challenges, volumes to be moved and distance to travel. Vehicles range from our road trains (which have a rigid truck at the front pulling a similar-sized trailer) and can carry up to a maximum volume capacity of 103 cubic metres / 3600 cubic feet, articulated truck and trailers, a variety of sized rigid pantechnicons, right through to small packing vehicles designed mainly for transporting our removal team and their materials.

Therefore Abels are ideally suited and can provide efficient moving services into all parts of Europe. You can rest assured that your removal to France is in the best hands with our experienced and professional team and modern fleet of vehicles.

Customs Information

Since the UK left the EU we no longer have ‘free movement of goods’ between the UK and France. This means the import of your household goods (furniture and personal effects) are subject to import and export rules and procedures. 

Your Abels Move Manager will provide you with tailored information to guide you through this part of the relocation process.

For now, here is a little breakdown of what to expect to help you start planning your move abroad.  

For your items to clear customs, you will need to provide some specific documentation. Our friendly team will discuss these requirements with you ahead of your move, the documents required at customs will depend on your status and personal situation. 

Explore the FIDI Customs Guide for France, for further guidance ahead of your move consultation with a trusted member of the Abels team.

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Enjoy a stress-free move abroad

Get in touch with our removal experts to see how we can help with your move today.

Destination Services

Abels professional experience and local knowledge helps you by handling and advising of all aspects associated with the delivery of your possessions for you when moving to France. Abels Moving Services endeavours to ensure your arrival at your new home overseas is smooth and trouble-free, to allow you to settle in as swiftly as possible. With items moved by Abels Moving Services to France, Abels will take care of all aspects of the destination services with our own removal teams on our vehicles.

For the majority of deliveries, we use one of our large removal vehicles. In situations where it is necessary to deliver items in France by using a smaller delivery vehicle, Abels will make arrangements to transport the items by road in a normal removal delivery vehicle and then tranship to a smaller appropriate vehicle locally in France.

Another consideration for delivery is the number of properties located on higher floors needing careful planning for delivery of your items. This can often be in conjunction with the concierge who will confirm the access possibility to the elevator and times approved for access. Some properties may only permit delivery utilising an external elevator.

Abels are a FIDI-faim quality organisation that highlights the standards that are provided by customers using services from Abels Moving Services. The destination services into France continue with Abels performing arrangements for the Customs Clearance (if applicable) and a full Delivery Service.

An Advance Payment Guarantee Scheme operated by the British Association of Removers provides protection for prepayments made by our private customers (consumers) in the unlikely circumstance of Abels ceasing to trade and fulfilling a contract that has been paid for. This used to be provided by IMMI.

Normal service for delivery into France includes delivery into rooms of your choosing, unpacking of carton items to a flat surface, set up of normal furniture removal and placement into positions as instructed, disposal of waste packaging materials. Should you prefer, arrangements can be made for a put-away service of carton items/maid cleaning/relocation or settling in services – should you have specific requirements, please discuss with your Abels Customer Service Manager or Abels Customer Liaison.


Moving to France with Abels

At Abels, we have a dedicated team that will ensure your move abroad is stress-free! Make An Enquiry today regarding your move to France.

In conclusion, if you are moving to France you are welcome to ask Abels Moving Services to provide you with a removal quotation. If you are moving to another destination other than France we would also be glad to assist you with your move.

Abels Moving Services:
Telephone: 01842 816600