Import Custom Regulations in France


  • Import Customs: Customers will be required to pay 10% and Trucks will account for 10-20%
  • VAT : (CIF + Import Custom) x 19.6%
  • Registration Fee : EUR 46 per horsepower (half price for vehicles more than 10yrs old)
  • Personal identification, such as your passport or carte de sejour
  • Proof of residence, such as a recent utility bill
  • Your car’s registration documents
  • A copy of the bill of sale for the car, with specification of VAT paid if the car was bought new.


If the car is being imported from a country thats a member of the EU/EEA, there is no import duty and no VAT to be paid, and the customs centre will issue a certificate of fiscal conformity [certificat de regularite fiscale]. If the car is being imported from a country outside the EU/EEA, duty and VAT, together usually about 30% of the car’s assessed value upon import, will be charged. Once payment has been made, the customs centre will issue a customs clearance certificate [certificat de dedouanement] no. 846A.

Your next step will involve the administrative procedure and caters for technical part of things. Two agencies involved:

-the Prefecture for the administrative details

-the Directions Regionales de I’Industrie, de la Recherche et de I’Environnement (DRIRE), for the technical details. Locate the nearest DRIRE facility in the Yellow pages or by using the interactive map on the website at

In addition to the certificate issued by the customs centre and the four documents listed above, you may need:

-approval certificate [attestation de conformite] for the make and model of car that ensures its compliance with safety regulations. These requirements have been made similar across the EU/EEA for passenger cars, but national differences remain. For makes and models of cars that are or recently have been sold in France, the certificate may not be required. But it’s best to have one should it be needed. As a rule, type approval certificates are kept on file in the head offices of automakers or their principal distributors in most countries.

Disclaimer:Customs regulations are subject to changes. The information above is a concise summary of customs Import Regulations which is effected on personal items & vehicle shipment to this destination and is being provided as guidance to assist our clients.Because these regulations are subject to change without notice, Fastlane Shipping cannot be held liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other outcomes resulting from non-conformity. Always double check with your local embassy or custom authorities.

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