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France

Outside the EU

Updated 07/2009

Legal requirements

In France, the import and export of goods and services outside the European Union (EU) are governed by the following legislation:

Exporting goods

During the export process, the customs authorities are responsible for checking that goods declared at customs are shipped as required.

Exports of certain goods, due to their sensitive nature, are subject to movement restrictions or are totally banned.

Importing goods

Importing goods from a country outside the EU is also regulated by French customs.

Exporting and importing services

Generally speaking, sales and services provided in France are subject to VAT.

State support for exports

             SIDEX   assistance is provided to French SMEs to support their export projects, whether finalising a contract under negotiation or prospecting new markets.

The government's foreign trade website offers a database listing government support you can benefit from.

 

Administrative procedures

Exporting goods

Any business owner intending to export goods outside the EU must declare this to the customs office, which will process the declaration, check the goods and issue an export licence.

Depending on each case, goods must be shipped with one or more of the following documents:

  • copy 3 of the export declaration (single administrative document - DAU);     
  • proof of online transit declaration;     
  • copies 4, 5 and 7 of intra-Community transit declarations;     
  • two copies of support documentation;     
  • TIR licence;     
  • administrative support document (DAA);     
  • trade support document (DAC) for products subject to excise duties.  

In France, businesses must comply with six            customs clearance procedures:

  • customs clearance at domicile (PDD);     
  • express customs clearance (PDE);     
  • simplified customs clearance for exports (PDS);     
  • pre-finance storage (exports);     
  • export refunds (products subject to CAP);     
  • temporary exports of goods.  

Importing goods

All the formalities you need to carry out when importing goods are described on the customs website.

           Taxes   due for goods declared at customs must be paid to the collecting agent at the customs clearance location. You cannot uplift the goods until you have paid these duties and taxes.

Exporting and importing services

Generally speaking, sales and services provided in France are subject to VAT.

Resources

The French government's foreign trade portal also helps business owners with:

  • identifying support tools for international expansion;    
  • 'marketing insurance' for SMEs attempting to develop markets abroad;    
  • 'authorised collective promotion', aimed at promoting international expansion by meeting quality and economic interest criteria;    
  • a list of export partners.

The union of French chambers of commerce and industry (CCI) abroad has an online directory of French CCIs outside France.

Help & advice

Help & advice

Ubifrance and economic missions provide support networks to help French businesses develop outside France. At the same time, COFACE facilitates international business exchanges.

The regional directorate for international trade (DRCE) offers guidance, information and support to business owners with international expansion plans.

The general directorate for customs and excise duties (DGDDI) advises businesses on customs issues and ensures that trade is conducted in accordance with regulations

French foreign trade advisers (CCEF) provide assessments and offer coaching to business owners for international expansion.

E-mail a business organisation near you

The EU runs a network (Enterprise Europe Network) of local business organisations in most European countries that may be able to help you.

Choose your country and town and enter your enquiry below.

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