Why choose Seven Seas Worldwide?
Purpose-built shipping boxes and materials provided
Trusted with your shipments for over 25 years
Pick your own dates for shipment delivery and collection
Spread the cost by paying in several instalments
We handle the quarantine and customs clearance process
Trusted shipping to France for over 25 years
France is a sophisticated and fascinating country in Western Europe. Famous for its art, jaw-dropping scenery and iconic landmarks, there are endless things for tourists to enjoy. La Grande Nation has something for everyone, from young backpackers to family getaways.
Whether travelling, starting a new job or studying, you'll want to take as many home comforts as possible. That's where our overseas shipping company can help. Our boxes and bags shipping service covers all major cities and towns in France, including Paris, Nice, Lyon, Marseille, Rennes and Toulouse.
With over 25 years of experience shipping belongings worldwide, we simplify the entire process. Our knowledgeable team and 24/7 customer support help us stand out as a trusted choice among shipping companies.
Ship bags and boxes from South Africa to France stress-free
We've purposefully designed our shipping services to be as easy as possible. In other words, we handle the boring logistics, so you don't have to! All you need to do is book online, pack your possessions, and fill in your online documents. We'll come to your home, collect your shipment, pass it through customs, and take it to its destination.
Here are a few more reasons why our overseas shippers make your life easier:
- Free secure storage: our shipping services include two weeks of free storage at the origin and destination of most countries where we operate.
- No hidden fees: since we control a global network of depots, we offer our customers a transparent door-to-door service. Get a free quote in minutes for a total cost breakdown.
- Pay in stages: we won't ask for the entire balance upfront. Instead, you make several payments across your shipment's journey.
- We handle customs clearance: with over 25 years of in-depth local knowledge, we deal with the entire customs process. All you need to do is pack your belongings and complete your online documentation.
- Round-the-clock customer service: our multilingual customer support team can answer questions and offer advice 24/7.
Ship boxes and bags to France in 5 easy steps
Free online quick quote
Our instant quote tool provides a clear, itemised cost with no hidden fees or nasty surprises.
Pick your dates
When placing your order, choose the materials delivery and shipment collection dates that suit you.
Securely pack your items
We deliver your empty shipping boxes or MoveCube®, ready for you to fill.
We collect and ship
Complete the online documentation. Then we'll transport your shipment to its destination.
Delivered to your address
Our team will clear your goods through customs and deliver them safely to your new home.
What shipping boxes do we provide?
Our international shippers provide robust boxes to protect your possessions during long shipments. Made from double-walled, chemically-strengthened cardboard, our most popular containers are Large and Standard (see below for precise dimensions). Order more than you think you need. If you have any unused containers left over in brand-new condition, we'll collect them at no extra charge.
Specially-shaped containers made from the same materials are available for large items, such as guitars and bikes. Before collection, please wrap these goods securely. We'll then transport them to our nearest depot and box them.
You can use your own containers. But please avoid laundry bags, plastic crates, used food boxes and bin liners — they break easily and are likely to damage the rest of your possessions. Are you looking to ship large household items like sofas and microwaves? If so, our international removals service, the MoveCube®, offers the best price.
61 x 51 x 41cm / 24 x 20 x 16.14 inches
- Sports equipment
51 x 41 x 31cm / 20 x 16.14 x 12.2 inches
- Files and papers
- Children's toys
We simplify the customs clearance process in France
We make sending luggage from South Africa to France easy. Our experienced worldwide shippers take care of quarantine and customs inspections for you. But, there are some important regulations you should be aware of.
As with all countries worldwide, France has a list of banned items to protect its people and the environment. Please check our regularly-updated Prohibited Goods page before packing to avoid customs charges or delays.
Log in to your online account and complete the following documents:
- An Inventory listing all the items you're shipping. French customs officials will see this, so accuracy is crucial.
- Optional insurance forms to cover your goods in the rare case they become lost or suffer damage.
- Colour scans of the shipment owner's passport picture and signature pages.
European Union (EU) members can import used personal goods duty and tax-free. If you're arriving from a non-EU country, any items less than six months old will incur a charge of 20% VAT. Plus, you must import your goods within a year of arrival.
Please note that French customs officials may request that the shipment owner be present before their belongings arrive.
Our experienced worldwide shippers take care of quarantine and customs inspections for you.
FAQs about shipping to France from South Africa
As trusted worldwide shippers for over 25 years, we make sending luggage abroad easy. Here's how it works:
- Get an instant free quote on our website for an itemised cost breakdown of your shipment's journey. Then, place an order, pay the deposit and select a suitable date so we can deliver any requested packing materials.
- Securely pack your belongings and complete your online documents. Then, choose a date so we can collect your shipment.
- Once you've made your Shipping and Transportation payment, we'll send your possessions to France and clear them through customs channels.
Your shipment takes 133 days from South Africa to France via our boxes and bags shipping service. Transit times begin when you make your Shipping and Transportation payment and ends when your goods arrive at the destination port.
You can send most items found in your home via our boxes and bags shipping service. Plus, specially-shaped goods, like golf clubs and guitars. If you want to ship large household items, such as dishwashers and sofas, our MoveCube® service is your most affordable option.
Countries worldwide have restrictions on items to protect their citizens and the environment. Please reference our regularly-updated Prohibited Goods page, as shipping banned items could incur delays or fines.
EU citizens can import used personal items to France duty and tax-free. If you're arriving from a non-EU country, any items owned for under six months are subject to VAT rates of 20%. Also, you must import your goods within twelve months of your arrival in the country.
Please check our Prohibited Items page for additional information.
Since we control a worldwide network of depots, we offer cheap shipping to many countries. But shipping rates vary depending on how much you send and the location of your origin and destination addresses. Use our free instant quote tool for a cost breakdown specific to your needs.
To ensure your goods arrive via the most efficient method possible, all shipping and air routes are predefined and cannot be altered.
How long does shipping from South Africa to France take?*
*estimated transit times dependent on global shipping circumstances
Ship luggage worldwide with this easy packing guide
Secure your boxes:
Gather all your packing materials together, such as parcel tape and scissors. Seal your container's base by folding in the small flaps, then the large flaps, and wrapping them shut with three layers of overlapping parcel tape.
Cover exposed edges with more parcel tape, then tightly seal all around the bottom of your box. Once full, secure the lid using the same process.
Be careful with fragile goods:
Use bubble wrap to protect all items and several layers for delicate goods and items of value. Place heavy items at the bottom layer and lighter things above and away from the sides of your box.
Fill gaps with soft materials like packing paper or towels. Give your container a little shake. If it makes a sound, add more padding until it stops.
Complete your online Inventory:
Log in to your account and fill out your inventory as you pack, listing every item you're shipping. French customs officials will ask to see it, so accuracy is necessary.
With a marker pen, write the job number, box number, and shipment owner's destination country and city on two sides of each container. Reference your inventory to ensure accuracy.
Prepare for collection day:
Each container must weigh no more than 30kg/66lbs for your and our driver's safety. Weigh all boxes or bags on bathroom scales. If a container is too heavy, move items to a lighter container.
Finally, move all your boxes, bags and suitcases as close to your building's entrance as possible. Doing so ensures a smooth collection day experience.
I am so happy I chose Seven Seas Worldwide. Shipping three boxes to France was super quick and safe. I was really scared of sending stuff overseas, but it went really well. They kept me up to date at every step of the process, and calling customer service was quick and effective. They even provide you with packing materials. Much better than a traditional shipping company.Lauren
Best tourist attractions and things to do in France
France is a famous Western European country known for its historical past, artisanal food and iconic landmarks. Discover stylish, passionate people, plentiful green spaces, mediaeval architecture, and more.
The following are a handful of must-see destinations in France's most-visited cities:
Paris is the capital of France and one of the most visited cities in the world. Famous for its rich history, art, and culture, you'll always have things to do in this remarkable city.
Witness an icon: the Eiffel Tower is Paris's enduring, much-photographed symbol. Climb the tower to enjoy breathtaking city views from its various observation decks or relax in the nearby Champ de Mars park.
Meet the Mona Lisa: as one of the world's biggest and most famous art galleries, the Louvre houses a collection that spans thousands of years. From the Raft of the Medusa to the Venus de Milo, admire endless masterpieces and archaeological treasures.
Stroll the Champs-Élysées: the world-famous avenue stretches from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde. Lined with shops and cafes, it's perfect for relaxing walks, shopping, and people-watching. The Arc de Triomphe at the western end offers eye-popping city views.
Take a walk on the wild side: Montmartre is a colourful neighbourhood known for its bohemian and artistic atmosphere. Stroll through the narrow streets, visit art studios, and soak up the vibrant ambience of this enchanting Parisian district on a hill.
Nice, located on the French Riviera, delivers natural beauty, endless cultural highlights, and a fascinating old town. It's also a great base to explore nearby towns and cities like Cannes, Antibes, and Saint-Tropez.
Take a scenic stroll: the Promenade des Anglais is a picturesque boardwalk that stretches along the coastline. Enjoy stunning sea views, soak up some sun on the beach, or rent a bike for fun exploration.
Step back in time: wander along the narrow, winding streets of Vieux Nice (Old Town). Explore colourful buildings and local markets, such as the Cours Saleya Flower Market. Plus, indulge in delicious Niçoise cuisine at one of the many charming restaurants.
See genius up close: the Musée Matisse is a tribute to the works of the renowned visual artist Henri Matisse. Explore a vast array of paintings and sculptures which offer an intriguing insight into his artistic process.
Explore a seaside commune: visit the nearby village of Èze, perched on a hilltop overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Wander along the medieval streets, visit the Jardin Exotique, and immerse yourself in the joy of this picturesque village.
Lyon, located in the Rhône-Alpes region of France, is famous for its historic sites, culinary scene, and architectural beauty. The meeting of the Rhône and Saône rivers creates a picturesque setting for locals and tourists alike.
Witness history: the captivating district of Vieux Lyon is a well-preserved medieval neighbourhood. The UNESCO World Heritage site is famous for its hidden passageways and Renaissance architecture. Stroll through narrow cobblestone streets and visit the Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste.
Visit an icon of Lyon: the Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière is a ceremonial church atop Fourvière Hill. Enjoy the dazzling architecture, stunning artwork, and serene atmosphere.
Savour the local cuisine: Lyon is the food capital of France. Sample traditional dishes like coq au vin, quenelles and andouillette sausage. Don't forget to sample local cheeses in Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, a renowned indoor food market.
Walk along the Presqu'île: located between the Rhône and Saône rivers, The Presqu'île is a gorgeous peninsula that forms the heart of Lyon. Enjoy a leisurely walk along wide boulevards lined with shops, boutiques, and cafes.
Marseille lies on the southeastern coast of France. This bustling port city is famous for its historic landmarks, delicious cuisine and stunning Mediterranean coastline. You'll never want to leave!
Explore the Old Port (Vieux Port): this busy harbour has been the centre of Marseille for over two thousand years. Stroll along the waterfront, sample some seafood, take in the vibrant atmosphere, and watch the boats come and go.
See the city from atop a landmark: perched at the highest point in Marseille, the Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde offers dramatic city views. The building's interior features beautiful mosaics and mesmerising religious paintings.
Learn about Med culture: the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations (MuCEM) is a modern cultural centre. Explore engaging exhibitions on the Mediterranean region's history, art, and culture.
Discover a natural paradise: the Calanques National Park is a series of stunning limestone cliffs, hidden coves, and clear turquoise waters. Take a boat tour or hike along the well-marked trails to explore this breathtaking land.