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- For further assistance please contact the French Customs authorities directly. …
- French Customs contact information.
- Address: …
- Telephone: +33172407850.
- Website: http://www.douane.gouv.fr/
Likewise, people ask, do I have to pay duty on items shipped to France?
Goods purchased by mail that are sent directly from a third country (not a member of the European Union) to a consignee in France or in the European Union, with a ex-VAT value of less than €150, are exempt from customs duties. Mail order products are taxable from the first Euro (€1).
Hereof, how do I avoid customs charges from USA to France?
To avoid paying hefty customs fees, we suggest buying products locally in France. If you need a new phone or a new laptop, have the money wired or transferred to your account. For food, there are numerous shops with “international” sections and even entire stores dedicated to American food!
How do I declare customs in France?
How to make your declaration: If you are unable to make your declaration online, you can download a declaration form (Cerfa form no. 13426*04) from the French Customs web- site and fill it out. Hand your declaration to a customs officer at the border when you are ente- ring or leaving France.
You’ll be contacted by Royal Mail, Parcelforce or the courier company if you need to pay any VAT , duty or delivery charges (‘handling fees’) to receive your goods. They’ll send you a bill stating exactly which fees you need to pay. They’ll normally hold your parcel for about 3 weeks.
France is party to the European Union’s Common Customs Tariff, therefore preferential rates apply to imports from countries which the EU has signed agreements with. Duties range from 0-17%, with the general tariff averaging 4.2%.
Items bought in the UK and imported to the EU/France are free from customs duties and TVA (VAT) as long as they fall within your personal allowance. For adults, this allowance is €430 if arriving by plane or ship, or €300 by car or train, per person. For children under 15, this allowance is €150.
When you come back to France from the UK, value- and volume-based customs and tax allowances will apply according to the categories of goods you are carrying.
For deliveries to France, customs duties are applied to goods coming from outside the EU that cost €150 and over. However, under the terms of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement only goods produced outside of the UK or EU are liable to customs duty.
You must declare all items you purchased and are carrying with you upon return to the United States, including gifts for other people as well as items you bought for yourself. This includes duty-free items purchased in foreign countries, as well as any merchandise you intend to sell or use in your business.