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Customs Procedures | Industrial and Manufacturing Profile | Identifying a Supplier | Controlling the Quality of the Products | Organizing Goods Transport To and From France

Customs Procedures

Export Clearance
There is free movement of goods within the EU.
To go out of the EU, customs clearance is necessary. The customs clearance office checks the export declaration (which need only be brief), may control the goods and authorizes the collection of the goods. The goods are placed for a period of 20 days maximum (45 days in ports) in warehouses or customs clearance areas (temporary bond).
Necessary Declaration
The Customs declaration must contain information on the origin of the goods, the Customs tariff and Customs valuation of the goods.
Restrictions
It is only prohibited to export cultural artifacts, specimens of flora and fauna which are threatened with extinction and war material, arms, munitions and such.
Export Taxes
None

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Industrial and Manufacturing Profile

Type of Production
In France, industry represents 20% of the GDP and 17% of employment.
The pharmaceutical, aeronautical, and new information and communication technology (NICT) industries have an important place on the French industrial scene.
Manufacturers Associations of the Main Industries
122 professional associations listed for France.

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Type of Manufacturers

Original Equipment Manufacturers
OEMs in France are generally manufacturers of spare parts for the automobile, aeronautical, IT and electronic industries. Among the French OEMs , there are large groups such as, for example, Valeo (automobile) or Bull (IT).
Original Design Manufacturers
A large number of subcontractors have had to adapt to the requirements of their industrial clients and take a bigger part in the industrial production process. They have gone from the simple task of making parts to that of helping with decision making or marketing. In France, it is often subcontractors of IT or electronic components who have become designer subcontractors.
Subcontractors
Subcontracting in France is extensive and dynamic. It is particularly well-developed in the fields of the iron and steel industry, the plastics industry, foundry work, spinning and weaving for the automobile, aeronautical, rail, electronic and textile industries.
French subcontractors provide high-quality services or products as their workforce is highly qualified. Some subcontractors are also chosen for their renown. They are appreciated for their ability to innovate which, nevertheless, would deserve investment in Research and Development which they cannot always carry out because of the need to reduce production costs.
Useful Resources
Portal for information on subcontracting in France
Directory of subcontracting (in French)
Industrial subcontracting trade fair

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Identifying a Supplier

Business Directories

Multi-sector Directories
Agrocontact - Food industry companies
FEL PARTENARIAT - List of affiliated importers, wholesalers, exporters of fruits and vegetables.
Franchise Direct France - Browse franchises listed by industry. Choose the best franchise opportunity from these industry categories.
Hotels de France - Hotel booking in France.
Importers Members of French Union for Fruit and Vegetables Importers - French importers of fruits and vegetables.
Members of the UNCGFL - The UNCGFL is the Federation of Fruits and Vegetables Wholesalers.
Meuble Deco Directory - French importers of furniture.
Spanish Professionals for Olive Oil - "Website ""Huile d'olive d'Espagne"", provided by Asoliva and the Economic and Trade Office of the Spanish Embassy in France."
ABC France - B2B information in France.
All.biz - France - Directory of companies in France.
Firma France - Official French exporters B2B directory.
FirmaFrance - Firmafrance.com is the official French exporters B2B directory, powered by Ubifrance and officially endorsed by the Ministry of the Economy, Finance and Industry of France. Dedicated to foreign companies seeking reliable suppliers and partners in France.
France-Entreprises.fr - Directory of French companies.
French Advisor for Foreign Trade - Members of the French Council of Foreign Trade Counselors.
Indexa - Online directory of professionals and companies.
MacRAE'S Blue Book - Business directory with detailed information of companies in Europe.
Sireh.com - Directory of companies in France.
Société.com - Find a company in France.
The professional pages - B2B directory.
The Yellow Pages - Find a business in France.
 

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Marketplaces

Domestic Marketplaces
Hello Pro
AD42, e-advertising market place
Bobex
Prospea
Regional Marketplaces
Euro-innovation
European market place
 

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Other Useful Resources

Trade Agencies and Their Representations Abroad
The French confederation of trade between companies
Portal for Chambers of Commerce and Industry
The Assembly of French Chambers of Commerce and Industry
Bureaux of the AFII abroad
French economic missions abroad
The Union of French Chambers of Commerce and Industry abroad
Fairs and Trade Shows
International aeronautical and space show
The Paris world car show
Vinexpo, the wine and spirits show
The international food industry show (SIAL)
Portal for shows and professional events
Parisexpo, the Paris meeting points
Eurexpo, international exhibition park in Lyon
Chanot park in Marseille
 

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Learn more about Service Providers in France on Globaltrade.net, the Directory for International Trade Service Providers.
 

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Controlling the Quality of the Products

Quality Control Organizations
Bureau Veritas
Ecocert

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Organizing Goods Transport To and From France

Main Useful Means of Transport
Goods transport (national and international) in France is dominated by road transport, with more than 2 billion goods transported every year. Road transport of goods is above all practical. Plans for putting trucks on trains and reviving the use of waterways could advance the development of a form of transport other than road, but their potential remains limited.

International goods transport for its part is dominated by sea transport. This means of transport is economical and France is easy to access because of its extensive sea coast. Five of the fifteen biggest European ports are located in France; they are linked with each other and serve the other large European centers of consumption in the North and in the South thanks to an extensive networking of shipping lines. The ports represent 85% in volume and 66% in value of French foreign trade.

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