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Customs: how does the traveler check go?

Verified 07 March 2019 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

Travelers coming from countries of the European Union or a third country must comply with certain rules, in particular for the transport of goods. They may be subject to customs control.

From Europe

Goods and persons may move freely within the European Union (EU). There are, however, rules to be observed, particularly for the transport of certain goods (money, tobacco, alcohol, protected species...). In addition, customs officers can control goods, people and means of transportation throughout the country. They can also verify the identity of the persons being checked.

Identity checks by customs officers can be carried out in an area close to the border between France and a neighboring country.

It can operate in a wider area, such as on a highway or on a train.

It can also be carried out in a port, airport or station and its surroundings.

The control may concern:

Customs officers are entitled to ask all questions relevant to the conduct of the check (place of origin of the person, goods carried....)

If you travel with 10000€ or more, report to customs the sums, securities or values. Drugs, counterfeits and endangered wildlife, whether animal or plant, are prohibited. Certain goods are subject to restrictions (medicines, foodstuffs, pets, weapons or works of art).
Crédits : customs.gov.fr

You must comply with the regulations, including:

From another country

Customs officers can control goods, persons and conveyances throughout the country. Customs officers may verify the identity of the persons they control and the values or quantities of the products carried. In addition, the entry of certain products into France is strictly regulated or prohibited.

Identity checks by customs officers can be carried out in an area close to the border between France and a neighboring country.

It can operate in a wider area, such as on a highway or on a train.

It can also be carried out in a port, airport or station and its surroundings.

The control may concern:

Customs officers are entitled to ask all questions relevant to the conduct of the check (place of origin of the person, goods carried....)

Traveler from a country outside EU: titleContent must complete a customs declaration and, if necessary, pay duties and taxes:

In case of absence or false declaration, the traveler must pay duties and taxes and any penalties. In addition, goods or money may be seized.

Some goods:

Travelers who transport products prohibited in France commit a customs offense, which is liable to legal proceedings.