Removals to France

Bournes are a leading European Removal Company. Our experience, resources and dedicated team make removals from the UK to France simple. 

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House Removals to France Made Easy

Bournes is one of South East England's leading Removal Companies to France with over 145 years of experience in providing a range of services to take the headache out of moving to France.


France is one of our most popular and frequent destinations so we have regular services and lots of experience to help you with home removals from the UK to France.

Removals to France from the UK

When you move to France your furniture and household items are typically moved in a lorry by road.

Bournes provide 3 different services to suit your individual priorities.

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Economy (Part Load)

If you can be completely flexible

  • We choose collection date in the UK and delivery date in France
  • We may use the empty space on your vehicle for other securely separated consignments that fit in with your schedule
  • Great for small removals
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Dedicated Dates

Our most popular service

  • You select your collection date in the UK and delivery date in France
  • We may use the empty space on your vehicle for other securely separated consignments that fit in with your schedule
  • Great if you need to keep control of your schedule
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Dedicated Vehicle

Perfect for larger moves

  • You select your collection date in the UK and delivery date in France
  • We provide your own truck for your exclusive use
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Services for Removals to France

Choose the services that suit your individual move or ask us to recommend the ones we think will help you. If you need help with something you don't see below, just ask, we'll be happy to add in any extras you need if we can. 

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Door to door furniture removals

We collect your items at your home in the UK, wrap and load them and transport all your furniture and household goods to France, with delivery and unloading at destination.

+ Includes assistance with French import  documentation and customs clearance.

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European Packing Services

Professional European Standard packing with full pack and fragile pack options available. 

Our packing services ensure your belongings are well protected for the journey via sea/rail and road to France and the additional risks longer journeys can bring.

Packing Services


As well as our core moving and packing services we can also provide a range of other services to help make your move to France easy.

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Custom crates built to protect your most fragile or valuable items during transit.

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Moving Vehicles

Cost-effective and convenient transport with your household goods plus support with documentation and French customs clearance/import procedures.

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Secure, short or long term storage in the UK or in France.

Storage Services
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Destination Services

A little extra help with your move, from finding a home and school in France to setting up bank accounts and finding a doctor.

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Comprehensive insurance gives you peace of mind that you’re financially protected if the unexpected happens.

European Insurance
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Pet Relocation

Working with IPATA approved pet transportation experts to help your pets safely join your family in France.

Pet Relocation
airfreight services


Airfreight is ideal for small shipments that you need urgently, or for an advance shipment of just a few items to help you settle in quickly.

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From dismantling swing sets and taking down light fittings on the move out to hanging pictures and curtains or putting together your new furniture our handymen make moving out and settling in quick and easy.

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Currency Exchange

We've partnered with Moneycorp to help you to achieve the best rates of exchange and make the most of your money, from one-off sums to monthly transfers.

For information from the Moneycorp team click here to request a contact.

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Car rentals

Free of charge assistance with car rentals in France including preferred rates, Comprehensive insurance included for you and your spouse if needed, and flexible billing.

Why choose Bournes for your move to France?


Award winning customer service

A reputation built on award-winning personal service, quality and outstanding customer feedback.


Dedicated move manager

To guide you through your move, assist with French customs processes and documentation and to keep you up to date with progress.

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Fixed quote with no hidden surprises

With a choice of in home, phone or video survey to ensure we have all the information we need to give you an accurate quote up front.

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A range of moving services

Flexible European moving services to provide what’s most important to you, whether that’s low cost, extra help with packing or a schedule that works best for your family.

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Independently certified

Pre-vetted and approved by the British Association of Removers and FIDI FAIM.

Insurance certificates

Fully insured

Offering comprehensive protection for your belongings whilst they are in our care.


Security vetted staff

Uniformed, DBS checked, experienced and professionally trained removals crews.

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Financial Protection

An advanced payment guarantee provided by the British Association of Removers.

Areas we cover in France

We move many families between the South East of England and France every year, from the big cities to stunning rural towns and villages.

From our UK service centres based across the South East we are ideally placed to help with moves to or from London, Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Oxfordshire.

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  • Bordeaux
  • Brittany
  • Cannes
  • Chamonix
  • Dordogne
  • Lille
  • Limoges
  • Lyon
  • Marseille
  • Monaco
  • Montpellier
  • Nantes
  • Nice
  • Paris
  • Rennes
  • Strasbourg
  • Toulouse
  • and surrounding areas


How much does it cost to move from UK to France?

Every move cost is different so you'll need to arrange a pre-move survey to get an idea of pricing for your individual move. These are a few things that make up your moving costs:  

  • Quantity of items you’d like to move (Volume)
  • Method of transport to France - economy, dedicated dates or dedicated vehicle service. 
  • Speed of delivery required 
  • The flexibility of your move dates
  • Types of items being moved and special requirements
  • Packing services
  • Where you are moving from and to
  • Access to your property in the UK and in France
  • Your move dates
  • Insurance

To get an accurate quote for Moving to France from South East UK you can book a Move Consultation.

What changes did Brexit make to moving household goods to France?

Since the UK left the EU after Brexit there have been changes to the Customs Clearance process for moves into France. Your move manager will guide you through the process to help you prepare. 

It is more important than ever to use a qualified and professional European Removals Company when moving from the UK to France.

The documentation, processes and customs requirements are no longer straightforward, so your removal company needs to have implemented the correct procedures to ensure everything runs smoothly and you are not faced with additional charges if these have not been followed. 

Read our guide on Removals to France after Brexit.

How long do removals from the UK to France take?

This depends on the method of transport. Dedicated vehicle services will pack up at your origin property and then travel directly to your destination home as soon as they receive the green light from customs to travel. Depending on where you are headed this can be as little as a couple of days.

For shared services this can take a little longer as we need to collect and load all the shipments at our warehouse before starting the trip to France, but we will let you know what to expect up front.

What qualifications do Bournes have for moving me to France?

Anyone can make a fancy website and pay to get it ranking highly in your search engine, but how do you know you’ve found a reputable company? Quality accreditations and membership of professional associations are a great way to assess the standard of service you can expect from professional moving companies. Typically an expert external assessor will pre-vet the company for you with strict, regular external audits.

Bournes are proud to be members of the top professional industry bodies to demonstrate our commitment to quality.

  • BAR Overseas
  • Which? Trusted Trader

Check out our other quality accreditations and memberships

Customs Process for International Removals to France

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 Bournes Move Consultant and Move Manager will guide you through this process, but here's a little of what to expect to help you start planning.  

Your belongings will need to clear customs to exit the UK and again in France to enter and be approved for duty-free import. For this to happen you will need to provide some customs documents, which will depend on your status. 

We will advise you on this during your move consultation or you can check out the FIDI Customs Guide for France. 


Restricted and Prohibited items

There are some items you cannot move with you to France, and others that require additional paperwork or processes. These include:

  •  Alcohol - must be within personal allowance limits and registered
  • Tobacco - subject to duty/tax
  • Firearms and weapons - some are prohibited and others require documentation
  • Medications - for personal use only 
  • Animal products such as ivory/tortoise shell - prohibited
  • Endangered flora and fauna species/products - prohibited

Check out the FIDI customs guide for further details. 



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Customs Documents

Prior to your move you will need to complete some documentation to enable us to make arrangements. This will depend on your status i.e. if you are a UK or French National, but your move manager will guide you through and provide copies of the forms you need, these include (but aren't limited to):

  • Passport copy
  • Visa (if needed)
  • Inventory List
  • Receipts for any new items 
  • Proof of residence
  • Confirmation items will remain in your ownership for qualifying period
  • Employers attestation (where relevant)



Our European Removals Accreditations

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