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Why France

Centrally located in the European Union and a leading global economic player, France offers U.S. businesses a favorable environment for international expansion. France ranks as the world’s fifth-largest economy and second in international trade in Western Europe, and market share in all French industrial and service sectors is highly competitive. With substantial agricultural resources, a large industrial base, sound infrastructure and a highly skilled workforce, it attracts many U.S. and foreign investors. 

There are 65 million people in France — including nearly 10 million in Paris — as well as many suppliers, who represent an appealing market for exporting to one of the most modern countries in the world. France is the eighth-largest U.S. trading partner in total goods imported and exported, with more than $1 billion in commercial transactions taking place between the two countries every day. And local partners are available in most sectors.

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FedEx Service Availability

International Service Availability* Export U.S. to France Import U.S. from France
Document/Package/Mail Services    
FedEx® International Next Flight
FedEx International First®
FedEx International Priority®
FedEx International Economy®
FedEx International Ground®    
FedEx International MailService®
     
Freight Services    
FedEx International Priority® Freight
FedEx International Economy® Freight
FedEx Freight® Priority    
FedEx Freight® Economy    
FedEx International Premium®
     
Distribution Services    
FedEx International Priority DirectDistribution®
FedEx® International DirectDistribution  
FedEx International Ground® Distribution    
     
Value-Added/Industry-specific Solutions    
FedEx® Electronic Trade Documents    
Dangerous Goods
Dry Ice
FedEx Priority Alert™
SenseAware®    
FedEx International Broker Select®
FedEx® 10kg Box and FedEx® 25kg Box
FedEx® Third Party Consignee
     
France Domestic Services Yes

*Availability of particular services may vary by origin and destination. Availability of particular solutions may vary by service selected. All services subject to the applicable FedEx Service Guide.

France Shipping Options

FedEx offers you a choice: premium services when timing is urgent and economy services when reliability and savings are most important. Take advantage of our most popular FedEx® services for shipping to to France.1

International Service Transit Time Transit Time
  U.S. to France France to U.S.
FedEx International Priority® 2 business days 1 business day
FedEx International Priority® Freight 2 business days 1 business day
FedEx International Economy® 4 business days 3 business days
FedEx International Economy® Freight 4 business days 3 business days

1For additional service options, see the international shipping services chart.

We also offer two flat-rate packaging options for your FedEx International Priority® shipments: the FedEx® 10kg Box and the FedEx® 25kg Box. These flat-rate shipping boxes are free and available at FedEx Express locations, including FedEx World Service Center® locations and FedEx Office® Print and Ship Centers. Learn more about our flat-rate shipping options.

FedEx in France 
Our infrastructure gives your business access to customers and suppliers in France, along with connections to the rest of Europe, the Middle East and Asia. FedEx provides fast, time-definite service for your shipments to France with three Boeing 777 Freighters, the most advanced air freighter:

  • Direct flights between Memphis and Paris.
  • Direct flights between Paris and the FedEx Asia Pacific Hub in Guangzhou, China.
  • Flights connecting Paris to New Delhi and Mumbai, India; and to the United Arab Emirates.

Our European sorting center at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport is the largest FedEx hub outside the U.S., and we operate 14 distribution centers throughout France. Our dedicated express network, FedEx EuropeOne®, provides next-business-day delivery to 38 major European cities with later cut-off times and earlier delivery due to the additional late-night sort at our Paris hub. And FedEx AsiaOneTM, based in Guangzhou, China, provides next-business-day delivery to 22 key Asian cities.

France Document Assistance

Every country has its own customs requirements and shipping specifications. We’ve simplified international shipping with FedEx® Electronic Trade Documents. By automating the preparation and flow of international documents, this service saves you money while ensuring on-time delivery of shipments to France. The required documents are country-specific, with prompts to help you prepare everything needed for a shipment to France and other international destinations.

Common Documents Description
Air Waybill

A shipping label that must accompany all international shipments. Can be created with an electronic shipping solution, such as FedEx Ship Manager® — or completed manually.

Electronic Export Information (EEI)

Formerly known as the Shipper’s Export Declaration, the EEI must be filed with goods valued at US$2,000 or more from the U.S., Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands to foreign destinations. Connect with the federal Automated Export System and submit the required information using the FedEx Ship Manager solution. Using FedEx Export AgentFile®, you can authorize FedEx to file an EEI on your behalf. A filing fee and certain limitations apply.

Commercial Invoice

The main document used by customs officials for control, valuation and duty determination. Serves as the basis for all other documents covering the shipment. Necessary for all shipments with a value of at least US$1 and relating to commercial transactions, regardless of the value. Must be in English or accompanied by a translation. Required details include the buyer and seller, a detailed description of the goods, quantity, purchase price or fair market value, terms of the sale, and the date. Should show freight, insurance, commission and other charges as separate items. Should be signed and, if possible, attested to by a bank.

Pro Forma Invoice

Acts as a preliminary invoice, presenting the same information as the final invoice without claiming payment. Enables the end purchaser to apply for letters of credit, import licenses or foreign exchange allocation.

Packing List

Supplies shipment data, including the number and types of items being shipped. Also documents the weight and volume of your shipment — helpful information for reserving space with the shipping company. Should be signed.

Certificate of Origin

Verifies the country in which the product was manufactured. Required by certain foreign countries for tariff purposes. Must be validated and notarized by a local chamber of commerce.

Form A - Certificate of Origin

May be required under formal entry for goods claiming preferential duty or exemption under the various agreements of Generalized System of Preferences. Should be produced at the time of entry and must be in the importer’s possession at the time of entry. Origin of the goods must be detailed on the Commercial Invoice.

Price List

A detailed list of all commodities in the shipment with their unit and total prices.

Purchase Order

A commercial document issued by a buyer to a seller on the terms of a transaction, including types of products, quantities and prices.

Declaration of Antiquity

Required from Service des Titres du Commerce Extérieur (SETICE) for the following:

  • Cinematographic film
  • Firearms, ammunitions and explosives
  • Fish
  • Livestock, animals and their parts
  • Milk, cheese and other dairy products
  • Radioactive materials and nuclear reactors
  • Some vegetables
  • Steel
  • Textiles and clothing
  • Wheat, barley and other grains
Contact SETICE to learn about import permit requirements for these items.

To avoid delays, all documents must be correct and consistent. The air waybill and Commercial Invoice require some of the same information:

  • “Consignee” is the recipient, the person to whom a shipment is being sent.
  • “Shipper” is the sender, the person with whom the shipment originates.
  • The value to declare for customs purposes is the price paid or payable for the goods, including any selling commissions, assists, royalties, packing and proceeds. It does not include freight and insurance charges.
  • The Schedule B number, or Harmonized Tariff System (HTS) code, is the commodity classification number. For the correct number, go to FedEx® Global Trade Manager or the U.S. Census Bureau website — or call the U.S. Census Bureau at 1.800.549.0595, option 2.
  • Genuine samples up to the value of US$200 are not subject to duties. The Commercial Invoice and air waybill must state “Sample supplied free of cost,” and contents need to be marked as samples.
  • A description of the contents includes:
    • What the product is
    • What material it’s made of
    • Schedule B or HTS code
    • Intended use
    • Country of manufacture
    • Parts or serial numbers (if applicable)
    • Quantity and unit of measure
    • Value, per unit and in total

Additional Tips

  • Review the France country profile. Avoid surprises by checking the France country profile, which includes the latest information on import and export provisions.
  • Research your market thoroughly. The marketplace, economy, customs and laws in France are quite different from those you may be accustomed to in the U.S.
  • Ensure your project is economically feasible. U.S. companies should be especially thorough about revenue projections and business goals when entering a market outside the U.S. — other markets may be different than your own.
  • Know your associates. Get to know your business contact in France through your legal counsel, in addition to doing your own research.
  • Establish a very specific contract. With a business associate who resides in another country, it’s a good idea to employ more detailed terms than you might with a U.S. associate, just to make sure everyone’s in agreement.
  • Understand your payment terms. France’s payment customs differ from those in the U.S. in many ways, so include very specific payment terms to ensure you are paid in full and on time.
  • Protect your intellectual property rights. U.S. businesses should not rely on the same protection of their intellectual property that they enjoy in the U.S. Your best strategy is to protect yourself from infringement before you encounter a problem.
  • Make sure the goods are not prohibited. Check the list of import prohibitions for France.
  • Provide a door code. This is part of the address for residential deliveries in Paris.
  • Gifts valued up to 45 euros are allowed for duty/tax-free entry.

Support Services for Shipping to France

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Estimate duties and taxes

FedEx® Global Trade Manager

See restricted or prohibited items for France

France Import Prohibitions
France Import Restrictions

Get tips for describing shipment contents

International Document Overview on FedEx International Shipping site

Get regulatory assistance

FedEx International Regulatory Consulting 1.800.851.3336

Get international shipping assistance

FedEx International Customer Support 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339 (and say "international services")

Find general support

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Helpful Links

  • General Directorate of Customs and Excise: information from the customs administration for France.
  • U.S. Commercial Service: trade specialists providing counsel and a variety of products and services to assist U.S. businesses with exporting.
  • U.S. Commercial Service in France: market research, details on trade regulations, and contact info for trade specialists and experts in eight offices throughout France.
  • American Chamber of Commerce in France: assists U.S. companies wishing to trade with France. 

FedEx Tools

These tools can help simplify the management and processing of your international shipments to France. 

Tools Features

FedEx Ship Manager® at fedex.com

Complete forms, print labels, track the status of shipments, get rates and transit times, and manage billing and claims.

FedEx InSight®

Proactively monitor all of your inbound and outbound international shipments without a tracking number.

FedEx® Global Trade Manager

Find international documents, estimate duties, taxes and landed cost, and more. You can also manage the documentation process with Product Profiles, which lets you create, store and edit information on up to 500 commodities.

FedEx® Electronic Trade Documents

Automate the document submission process, save time and money, and enjoy greater peace of mind.

 

Country Information

Capital: Paris
Population: 65,350,000 (est.)
Language: French is the official language. Rapidly declining regional dialects and languages (Provencal, Breton, Alsatian, Corsican, Catalan, Basque, and Flemish). Many French business people speak English.
Weights and Measures: Metric
Currency: EURO (EUR) One hundred cents equal 1 Euro.
Time Zone Operates on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)Daylight Savings Time is observed April through October (plus 1 hour).

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Trade Group Member

France is a member of a number of international economic organizations including the:

European Union (EU). Since 1957, the European Union allows for the free movement of goods between France and the other member states: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Spain, United Kingdom and Croatia. The European Union has numerous bilateral and multilateral agreements, such as the Agreement on Textiles and Clothing (formerly the Multi-Fiber Agreement), PECO countries Agreement, Israel Agreement, Turkey Agreement, Baltic Sea countries Agreement, Mexico Agreement. All these agreements are grouped under the umbrella of the World Trade Organization (WTO). All agreements ratified by European Union Executive Commission automatically apply to all EU member states. Exemption or reduced tariff is applicable only to qualified members under the agreement as originating goods. For further information on bilateral agreements, contact the Center Francais du Commerce Exterieur at http://www.ubifrance.fr/default.html

World Trade Organization. Established in 1995, the WTO has a membership of 140 countries. It is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world's trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. The goal is to help producers of goods and services, exporters and importers conduct their business.

World Customs Organization. The WCO aids the national economic wealth and social protection of its members by promoting honest, transparent and predictable Customs. Established in 1952 as the Customs Co-operation Council, the WCO is an independent intergovernmental body whose mission is to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of Customs administrations. With 151 Member Governments, it is the only intergovernmental worldwide organization competent in Customs matters.

Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. The mission of OPCW is to implement the provisions of the Chemical Weapons Convention in order to achieve the OPCW's vision of a world free of chemical weapons, and a world in which co-operation in chemistry for peaceful purposes for all is fostered. In doing this, their ultimate aim is to contribute to international security and stability: general and complete disarmament; and global and economic development.

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna. CITES entered into force on 1975 and now has a membership of 152 countries. These countries act by banning commercial international trade in an agreed list of endangered species and by regulating and monitoring trade in others that might become endangered.

Montreal Protocol. The Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer is a landmark international agreement designed to protect the stratospheric ozone layer. The treaty was originally signed in 1987 and stipulates that the production and consumption of compounds that deplete ozone in the stratosphere are to be phased out.

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. The OECD groups 30 countries in an organization that, most importantly, provides governments a setting in which to discuss, develop and perfect economic and social policy. They compare experiences; seek answers to common problems; and work to co-ordinate domestic and international policies that increasingly, in today's global economy, must form a web of even practice across nations.

Wassenaar Arrangement. Established in order to contribute to regional and international security and stability by promoting transparency and greater responsibility in transfers of conventional arms and dual use goods and technologies, thus preventing destabilizing accumulations. Participating states, France included, will seek, through their national policies, to ensure that transfers of these items do not contribute to the development or enhancement of military capabilities which undermine these goals, and are not diverted to support such capabilities.

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General Import Clearance Information

Clearance Process

Working with Customs officials throughout the world, FedEx has developed innovative technology to eliminate many steps of the paperwork-handling process and expedite the movement of international shipments. Starting at the origin location, state-of-the-art technology allows the processing of shipment paperwork and electronic transmission of documents to the designated FedEx hub and destination clearance location. The Expressclear system also keeps a database of regulatory information, which includes; importers' numbers, broker designations,corporate contact names and telephone numbers. At a FedEx hub, international shipments are sorted, scanned and loaded onto an international flight. Vital shipment information is keyed into a worldwide manifest database, which are linked computer systems operated by brokers and Customs officials in many countries. Even before the plane has taken off, or while it is in the air, Customs agents and brokers at the destination airport of entry can begin examining shipping manifests,querying air waybill data if they need more details, assessing duties and taxes a selecting the shipments they wish to examine. By the time the plane arrives at its destination, many packages have already been cleared by Customs. As the plane is unloaded, the Expressclear system identifies packages to be examined and prints "cleared" Customs labels for all others. Cleared shipments are transferred to trucks for immediate delivery. International shipments are scanned at all key points throughout the process, and this allows for up-to-date status reports including when Customs clearance is obtained.

French Customs has 292 offices throughout the country. A company can choose either clearance upon entry or exit from French territory (port, airport or office at an inland frontier), or clearance at destination (at the nearest customs office from the company's site).Any company is free to complete its customs formalities itself or to assign them to a professional operator approved by French Customs Authorities (customs broker). French Customs uses computerized clearance methods, which have been adopted by many countries throughout the world. It offers freedom of choice for clearance methods.

Customs clearance in France can be made through several methods:

  • The customs computer network (SOFI),
  • The company's own computer system, networked with SOFI
  • Manual procedure (use of customs entries - S.A.D.).

Computerized clearance considerably speeds up clearance formalities and makes their administration remarkably simple. A wide range of customs methods designed to meet specific customer requirements are put in place such as Express delivery procedures for express parcels (a new high-speed procedure applicable to express delivery companies) or one of the customized procedures granted to all import or export companies for their current trade transactions.

There are three primary entry types for importing into France:

  1. Standard clearance procedure
  2. Simplified clearance procedure
  3. Simplified declaration procedure

The first two procedures apply to all shipments regardless of value; the third one applies to shipments of commercial samples below EUR 45 and/or to negligible value shipments below EUR 22 and provides Duty and Tax relief.

Tobacco, drugs, medicines, weapons and their parts, strategic materials and their parts, CITES commodities, alcohol and all other licensable commodities cannot be processed under the simplified declaration procedure.

Import transactions exceeding - 38,200 EURO in value must be conducted through an approved banking intermediary. When a shipment reaches France, FedEx will either advise the importer's broker or file entry release documents on behalf of the importer of record (owner, purchaser or consignee) with French Customs at the point of entry. Imported goods are not legally entered until after the shipment has been released by French Customs. French Customs may pull any shipment at any time for review or investigation, which could result in clearance/delivery delays. NOTE: In addition to the Customs Department, importers should contact other agencies when questions regarding particular commodities arise. For example, questions about textile products should be forwarded to the Service des Titres du Commerce Exterieur (SETICE) for import license requirements.

The Importer of Record or a licensed Customs Broker may account for goods. According to the Importer of Record's profile FedEx GTS FRANCE will either provide notification upon arrival of shipments to the Importer's designated Customs Broker or clear and advance payment of any duties and taxes levied for the shipments on behalf of the importer.

Note: A Customs (entry and payment processing) account can be established at any customs office and by the importer himself for his shipments or by FedEx for all its customers. Currently only FedEx's account is being used. An air waybill may be used for qualifying standard clearance procedure merchandise (samples and low value shipments) arriving by air, but all other merchandise must be presented with a commercial invoice that contains all the data requirements of French Customs Department.

Goods may be transported in-bond to another point of entry for clearance by re-manifesting (infrequent) to that location, by using house air waybills or by using T docs (EU transit system). A bonded carrier is required to transport the shipment from the point of arrival to point of clearance. Arrangements for transporting the merchandise to an interior point in-bond may be made by the consignee, by the customs broker or by any other person having sufficient interest in the goods for that purpose.

If it is desired to postpone the release of the goods, they may be placed in FedEx's cage in a bonded warehouse until the documentation has been obtained for appropriate release. If the goods are not released from Customs within 5 days, they are reported to the Customs Office warehouse and abandoned or sent back to the origin at shipper's expense.

FedEx Clearance Ports

FedEx operates a state of the art sorting facility located at the Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG). This is the main sorting and clearance facility for most of the European Community (EC).

 EU Feed & Food Products

The European Commission introduced increased controls on the import of feed and food products from Japan which might have been affected by the recent incident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Be aware that these items will certainly incur delays and possibly also additional costs due to examination and investigation of their source. Certification and advance warning is required in order to allow the processing to proceed correctly. The measure will be valid from March 27 2011 until March 31, 2014 and will be reviewed by the European Commission on a monthly basis until further notice. This applies to concerned items either originating in or consigned from Japan.

EORI Scheme


 The EU legislation requires all member states to adopt the Economic Operators Registration and Identification (EORI) Scheme.

All Economic Operators (who are defined as persons natural or legal whose businesses are regulated by Customs legislation) need to use a unique EORI reference number in all electronic communications with Customs and other government agencies involved in the international movement of goods be it export, transit or import operations. 

A unique EORI number will be allocated to each Economic Operator in the EU, to be used in all member states in which they operate. This EORI will be used for making import, export and transit declarations.

Failure to provide an EORI number at the FedEx clearance locations when exporting out of, or importing in the EU in your name will result in customs clearance delays.  For more information visit the EU Commission website on EORI.

Document Requirements

Bills of Lading - No special regulations Consular Invoices - None

Certificates of Origin - Certificates of Origin maybe required for the importation of textile products valued at or over 45 Euro. Exceptions from this includes: textiles products falling under section XI of the Nomenclature, marked and mutilated samples; luggage made up of textile materials, canvas bags, bona-fide gifts and personal effects. The country of origin is required to be stated on the Commercial Invoice. If preferential duty is being claimed, supporting documents such as a Form A is required. 

Certificate of Origin Form A - A Certificate of Origin Form A may be required for goods under formal entry claiming preferential duty or exemption under the various agreements of Generalized System of Preferences. It should be produced at the time of entry and must be in the possession of the Importer at the time of entry. Origin of the goods must be detailed on the commercial invoice.

EUR 1 form Import - An EUR 1 form may be required for goods under formal entry claiming preferential duty or exemption under various bilateral agreements by the European Union countries and some specific countries or groups of countries. It should be produced at the time of entry and must be in possession of the Importer at the time of entry. Origin of the goods must be detailed on the commercial invoice.

Quotas - Quotas have been assigned by the European Union to specific countries for specific products, which allow for the controlled importation of specific products.

Commercial Invoices - Invoices are required for all dutiable shipments relating to commercial transactions between companies and companies; companies and individuals, regardless of the value. Commercial invoices should show freight, insurance and similar charges as separate items when applicable, regardless of the INCOTERM used on the transaction. It must be in French for export shipments or accompanied by a translation. It can be in any official language for import shipments and, if required by customs, must be accompanied by a translation. A party who is knowledgeable of the transaction, must furnish translation, if requested.

Specific invoice details are required for a number of commodities including the following:

  • textiles - the fabric breakdown, whether knit or woven and, for clothing articles, the gender;
  • marked/mutilated samples - the words "mutilated samples" or " marked samples, not for resale" as applicable;
  • software on CD's and floppy disks - The value of software must be shown separately from software support.

Dangerous Goods Certification - Some goods will, in addition to the standard documentation noted above, require DG certification
i.e. Perfumes, Liquor, Chemicals, etc.

Air Waybill - An air waybill or carriers certificate (naming the consignee for customs purposes) is required as evidence of the consignee's right to make entry.

Declaration of Antiquity - A declaration must be shown on the invoice for goods over 100 years old. The statement must include the words " circa date" followed by the year of manufacture whether known or estimated.

Import permits - Permits are required from Service des Titres du Commerce Exterieur (SETICE) for the following:

  • Milk and dairy products
  • Cheese
  • Fish
  • Wheat, barley and other grains
  • Some vegetables
  • Steel
  • Textiles and clothing
  • Livestock, animals and their parts
  • Firearms, ammunitions and explosives
  • Radioactive materials and nuclear reactors
  • Cinematographic film

Customs Valuation

All goods categorized, as non-document commercial goods shipped to France must have a proper value declared and proper description provided which should convey the shipper's intent related to the goods as well as any special processing requirements that exist for the goods shipped. Everything has a value, whether or not a transaction took place. Failure to properly document value of any goods will result in delays and or additional fees as deemed necessary in addition to warehouse fees.

Import Duties

All merchandise coming into France must clear Customs and is subject to customs duty assessment unless the goods are duty or tax exempt by law. Customs duties are, generally, an ad valorem rate (a percentage), which is applied to the transaction value (EUR Euro) of the imported goods based on the cost of the goods, insurance, and freight charges. Some articles, however, are dutiable at a specific rate of duty (so much per piece, liter, kilo etc.) and others at a compound rate (combination of both ad valorem and specific rates). The dutiable value of merchandise is determined by the EU Customs code (TARIC). Several appraisal methods are used to arrive at this value. Generally, the transaction value of the merchandise serves as a basis of appraisal. Transaction value is the price the buyer actually pays the seller for the goods sold and being imported. The Harmonized Tariff Schedule of European Union (2002 Edition), issued by European Community, prescribes the rates of duty and classification of merchandise by the type of product; i.e. animal and vegetable products, textile fibers and textile products. The tariff schedule provides several rates of duty for each item. France, like most member states of the European Community, bases its Harmonized Tariff Schedule (Nomenclature Douaniere or SH) on the TARIC (Integrated Tariff of the European Community) which is issued by the Commission and the Member States for the purpose of applying Community measures relating to import and exports, and-when necessary- to trade between member states. The TARIC also serves as a basis for the working tariffs and tariff file of France and other Member States.

Shipments of value below 22 EURO (USD 22 circa) may be subject to duty-free import entry.

Import duty rates are divided into two classifications: Most Favored Nation (MFN) and General. Import duties are calculated on ad valorem basis, i.e. expressed as a percentage of the value of the imported goods.

Most imports enter under MFN Rates (Most Favored Nation) rates. Relative high tariffs apply to textile, automobile, consumer electronics, cereal, meat, dairy, sugar, alcohol, and tobacco.

Excise duty rates may also be applicable on certain items such as alcohol and tobacco. For further information, please contact the French Customs at http://www.douane.gouv.fr/

Below is a summary of the new rules for EU deminimis value that enter into effect December 1, 2008:

  • A commercial shipment below 22 Euros: no duty and no VAT collected.
  • A commercial shipment between 22 Euros and 150 Euros: no duty but VAT is collected.
  • A commercial shipment over 150 Euros: duty and VAT are collected.

It is recommended that before you send Delivered Duty Paid (DDP) shipments to France; verify the local customs/VAT requirements at the EU destination country.

Antidumping

Under strict enforcement of unfair trade laws, Customs will assess antidumping duties or countervailing duties. Antidumping duties are assessed on imported merchandise sold in France (EU) at less than the normal price of goods in the manufacturer's home market (also called fair market value).

Countervailing

Countervailing duties are assessed to counter the effects of subsidies provided by a foreign government for merchandise exported to France resulting in artificially low prices that are detrimental to French and other European Union member states industries.

Excise Duties

Excise duties are assessed against certain commodities, which are normally identified as "luxury" goods. The excise tax is normally assessed against tobacco products, perfumes and alcohol products but can also be assessed against other goods as deemed by French regulations.

Additional Duties

Watch Duty Rate

Watches imported into France are subject to classification and duty assessment based on a per item basis. The actual duty and the final rate of duty are determined based on the classification of the watch at the time of entry processing with customs.

Import Taxes

In addition to duties , goods imported into France are also subject to a value-added Tax (VAT) which is generally charged at one of two rates:

  • The standard rate of 20% applicable to most manufactured goods
  • The reduced rate of 5.5%, applicable mostly to agricultural products and foodstuffs, original artworks and certain medicines.

Customs Fees

Invoice Fee

Customs in some situations will assess additional fees based on the invoices provided for a shipment. The fee is usually levied if they deem them necessary as part of the terms of entry due to the size of the shipment and the related large number of invoices provided by the shipper for his goods.

Examination Fees

Additional fees can be assessed on some commodities to cover the expense of performing the examinations and or testing required as a condition of the goods entry into the commerce of France. Commodities affected: cosmetics, drugs and medicines, artwork.

Exchange Controls

These were abolished in France in 1990 but notifications of large outward transfers are required for the purposes of official statistics. For example, Import transactions exceeding 38,167 EUR in value must be conducted through an approved banking intermediary.

Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT's)

Technical barriers or non-tariff barriers to trade, as they are sometimes known, can cause many problems for exporters looking for new markets for their products. These barriers can be in the form of regulations, standards, testing and certification procedures. The World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade tries to ensure that these barriers do not create unnecessary obstacles. To obtain further information on Technical Barriers to Trade as well as Notifications on technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures, go to http://www.wto.org/index.htm

Consular Fees

There are no consular fees.

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France Import Prohibitions

The importation of certain classes of merchandise may be prohibited or restricted to protect the economy and security of France and other EU member states, to safeguard consumer health, well being, and to preserve domestic plant and animal life. Some commodities are also subject to an import quota or a restraint under bilateral trade agreements and arrangements. In addition to Customs requirements, many prohibited or restricted imports are subject to laws and regulations administered by other French Government agencies for which the French Customs Department is the enforcer. These laws and regulations may, for example, prohibit entry; limit entry to certain points; restrict routing, storage, use; require treatment, labeling or processing as condition of release. Customs release only takes place when the additional requirements are met. These requirements apply to all importation types, including shipments made by mail. The exporter should make certain that the French importer has provided proper information to (1) permit the submission of necessary information concerning packing, labeling, etc. and (2) ensure that necessary arrangements have been made by the importer for entry of the merchandise into France.

The following commodities are prohibited into France:

  • All forms of asbestos fibers
  • L-trytophane and any items having L-trytophane as an ingredient
  • Atlantic red tuna fish (Thunnus Thynnus) originating from Belize, Panama, and Honduras
  • Game meat such as Chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra) Rabbit (Lepus Timidus), Marmot (Marmota Marmota)
  • Rubber erasers that are similar in appearance to food products that are easily ingested
  • Medical thermometers containing mercury intended for human consumption
  • Dura mater (the tough fibrous membrane covering the brain and the spinal cord and lining the inner surface of the skull)
  • Imitation pearls having a coating of lead salts
  • Counterfeits
  • Hemp Cannabis
  • Pajamas and nightdresses made of artificial fibers that are not fire-retardant
  • Silicone used for plastic surgery
  • Toys and games containing copper sulfate
  • Items having a flexible metal blade entirely contained in a plastic, paper, or fabric sheath
  • Lighting conductors comprising of radioactive elements
  • Certain U.S. Beef hormones
  • Doping Products
  • Melatonine
  • Psychotropic Products
  • Products containing Lead Salt & Nickel
  • Stamps, collectable
  • Viagra & Vitamins
  • Dehydrepiandrosterone
  • All products containing the biocide dimethylfumarate (DMF)

Due to the risk of contamination with E coli bacteria possibly linked to the recent outbreaks in Germany and France, the emergency measure prohibits the immediate effect the importation of seeds and beans from Egypt to all EU countries. The commodities are:

Rocket sprouts
Beetroot sprouts, radish sprouts
Leguminous vegetables, shelled or unshelled, fresh or chilled
Dried leguminous vegetables, shelled, whether or not skinned or split
Soya bean sprouts
Soya beans, whether or not broken
Sugar beet seed
Lucerne (alfalfa) seed
Vegetable seeds
Mustard seeds, for sowing
Other mustard seeds
Other oil seeds and oleaginous fruits, whether or not broken
Fenugreek seed
Lucerne (alfalfa) sprouts

 

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General Import Restrictions

The following items are not acceptable for carriage to any international destinations unless otherwise indicated. (Additional restrictions may apply depending on destination. Various regulatory clearances in addition to customs clearance may be required for certain commodities, thereby extending the transit time.)

  1. APO/FPO addresses.
  2. C.O.D. shipments.
  3. Human corpses, human organs or body parts, human and animal embryos, or cremated or disinterred human remains.
  4. Explosives (Class 1.4 explosives are acceptable for carriage to Canada, Germany, France, Japan, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom. Note: United Arab Emirates only allows Class 1.4 explosives to be shipped hold-for-pickup to the FedEx Express facility in Dubai).
  5. Firearms, weaponry and their parts (acceptable between the U.S. and Puerto Rico).
  6. Perishable foodstuffs and foods and beverages requiring refrigeration or other environmental control.
  7. Live animals including insects, except as provided in the Live Animals section in the FedEx Service Guide. (Call the FedEx Live Animal Desk at 1.800.405.9052).
  8. Plants and plant material, including cut flowers (cut flowers are acceptable from the U.S. to selected points in Canada and from Colombia, Ecuador and the Netherlands to the U.S.).
  9. Lottery tickets and gambling devices where prohibited by law.
  10. Money (coins, cash, currency, paper money and negotiable instruments equivalent to cash such as endorsed stocks, bonds and cash letters).
  11. Pornographic and/or obscene material.
  12. Shipments being processed under:
    1. Duty drawbacks claims unless advance arrangements are made.
    2. Temporary Import Bonds – acceptable under the FedEx International Broker Select option, for initial import only.
    3. U.S. State Department licenses
    4. Carnets
    5. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration export permit.
    6. Letters of Credit. Shipments subject to Letters of Credit are generally prohibited, with the exception of shipments subject to Letters of Credit calling for a “courier receipt”, as defined by Article 25 of UCP 600, shipped using the FedEx Expanded Service International Air Waybill.
    7. Certificate of Registration shipments (CF4455).

    You may be able to ship these items via FedEx International Controlled Export, FedEx International Premium, FedEx International Express Freight (IXF) or FedEx International Airpot-to-Airport (ATA). For information on FedEx International Controlled Export, call International Customer Service at 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339 (say “international services’). For information on the other services listed call FedEx Express Freight Customer Service at 1.800.332.0807.
  13. Hazardous waste, including, but not limited to, used hypodermic needles or syringes or other medial waste.
  14. Shipments that may cause damage to, or delay of, equipment, personnel or other shipments.
  15. Shipments that require us to obtain any special licenses or permit for transportation, importation or exportation.
  16. Shipments or commodities whose carriage, importation or exportation is prohibited by any law, statute or regulation.
  17. Shipments with a declared value for customs in excess of that permitted for a specific destination. (See the Declared Value for Carriage and Limits of Liability section in the FedEx Service Guide).
  18. Dangerous goods except as permitted under the Dangerous Goods section of these terms and conditions.
  19. Processed or unprocessed dead animals, including insects and pets. Taxidermy-finished hunting trophies or completely processed (dried) specimens of whole animals or parts of animals are acceptable for shipment into the U.S.
  20. Packages that are wet, leaking or emit an odor of any kind.
  21. Wildlife products that require U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service export clearance by FedEx prior to exportation from the U.S.
  22. In-bond shipments destined to or being withdrawn from a Foreign Trade Zone or bonded warehouse, unless the FedEx International Broker Select option is selected for U.S. import shipments, or the FedEx International Controlled Export service option is selected for U.S. export shipments.

Not withstanding any other provision of the FedEx Service Guide, we are not liable for delay of, loss of damage to a shipment of any prohibited item. The shipper agrees to indemnity FedEx for any and all costs, fees and expenses FedEx incurs as a result of the shipper’s violation of any local, state or federal laws or regulations or from tendering any prohibited item for shipment.

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France Restrictions

Import controls are imposed by the French government and can take the form of prohibitions such as blockades, embargoes, boycotts, and sanctions or they can take the form of import licensing and permit requirements for controlled commodities. Import controls may be product specific, technology specific or country specific.The Customs Department holds the list of commodities and areas that are under control and/or require an import license. Contact the Customs Department or utilize their web site http://www.douane.gouv.fr/ to determine if the goods being exported or the shipping destination is under control.

An EU-wide ban has been placed on the commercial import of all Seals, Walruses and Sea Lion products. Any products containing such items (either processed or unprocessed, deriving or obtained from seals, walruses and sea lions, including meat, oil, blubber, organs, fur skins and raw fur skins, tanned or dressed including fur skins assembled in plates, crosses and similar forms, and articles made from fur skins) unless you have a permitted exemption that is subject to customs declaration requirement. For further information, please contact your local FedEx Customer Service Representative

Examples of goods subject to import licensing controls:

  1. Agricultural products; i.e. grains, cheeses
  2. Dual-use goods; i.e. software, computers, machines and machine parts
  3. Biological reagents
  4. Artwork
  5. Antiques
  6. CITES endangered species flora and fauna
  7. Non Perishable Food
  8. Prescription & Non Prescription Drugs
  9. Cosmetics
  10. Textiles
  11. Alcohol products


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Special Import Provisions

Temporary Imports: Including Repaired Articles or Articles for Repair
Articles consigned for temporary import traveling under Carnets, goods for display, goods for demonstration, goods for exhibition, goods for repair, goods for incorporation into other articles and goods imported for further processing and re-export are not acceptable for importation into France via FedEx IP Service. These articles require special processing and customs clearance, which are not handled under the express carrier operation commitments. Clearance delays could be experienced on entries lodged for these types of shipments such as ATA Carnet. The ATA Carnet is a document that may be used instead of SAD forms for Temporary admission and Temporary exportation, which are the usual Customs documentation for temporary clearance of professional equipment, commercial samples and advertising material. The carnet is usually issued by a Chambers of Commerce of in the country of origin and is valid for one year. It must be validated by Customs upon import, re-export, export and re-import.

The "Admission Temporaire - Temporary Admission", or the ATA Carnet, is an international customs document which may be used for the temporary duty free admission and temporary export of commercial samples. This is in-lieu-of the usual customs documents required for entry. The carnet serves as a guarantee against the payment of duty, which may become due if the merchandise is not re-exported.

Note: These articles require special processing and customs clearance, which are not handled under the FedEx IP express carrier operation commitments.

Free Trade Zones

France is subject to all European Union free trade zone regulations and arrangements. These allow member countries to designate portions of their customs territory as free trade zones and free warehouses. The responsible agency for administering these zones is the Direction Generale des Douanes et Droits Indirects (French Customs Services). Further information can be obtained at http://www.douane.gouv.fr/

Personal Effects

Personal belongings of French (EU) citizen residents are entitled entry free of duty. Personal belongings taken abroad, such as worn clothing, etc. may be shipped back to France and receive free entry provided they have not been altered or repaired while abroad and prior ownership can be proven for a period of 6 months or more. The shipping documents should be clearly marked "French Goods Returned" with the reason why clearly stated and with the goods identified as personal effects.

Items such laptops watches PC's, cameras, tape recorders, Camcorders, video players, CD and DVD players or other articles that may be uniquely identifiable by serial number or permanently affixed marking, should be documented on owner declaration at the Customs Office at the port of exit, at the time of export or when physically carried abroad. This declaration will expedite free entry of these items upon return. The declaration is valid for any future trips as long as the information on it remains legible. Registration must be made in person.

Samples

Samples may qualify for duty free entry if:

  • they are of negligible value (EUR 45 or less),
  • they are for solicitation of orders for the goods of the kind represented by the sample,
  • there is not more than one sample of each style or quality in a consignment,
  • the goods are supplied directly from abroad,
  • they will be consumed or destroyed during demonstration and are packaged and properly marked in a manner which precludes their being used as other than samples. IE: foodstuffs, non alcoholic beverages, perfumes and chemical products

Some samples of a commercial value may enter France and be free of duties and taxes if a bond or deposit of the total amount of duties and taxes is arranged. These samples must be re-exported within one year in order to recoup the deposit.

Designer Samples (Textiles)

Apparel manufacturers importing samples of apparel for the manufacturing of similar goods in France may bring one sample of each style duty free into France. A shipment may contain several different samples, as long as there is only one sample of each kind. In order to enforce this condition, Customs requires that the style number of each sample appear on the commercial documents. The commercial invoice must contain in the product description the intent of the shipper that the goods are intended as samples. Failing to provide this information clearly will result in normal consumption entry with duty and taxes assessed.

Gifts

Articles consigned as "Unsolicited Gifts" are acceptable and will be allowed entry free of any duty or VAT providing the shipment is valued at less than 45 EURO, originated from and consigned to an individual, and are individually wrapped. Multiple gifts can be consigned in one shipment so long as the individual parcels enclosed are individually tagged with the recipients name, are individually wrapped and the value does not exceed the per person limit of 45 EURO. Shipments consigned to companies as gifts for an individual may be denied entry as gifts. They will be subject to full duty and VAT. Generally, most articles can be consigned as gifts, except those articles noted prohibited or restricted for import (see General Import Prohibitions and Restrictions).


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Standards

Marking

Every article entering France must be marked with the name of the country of origin in any official language, preferably in French, unless an exception of marking is provided for in the law. The country of origin is the country of manufacture, production, or growth of the article. The requirement applies to each unit unless exempted. The phrase "made in" is required only in the case where the name of any locality other than the country or locality in which the article was manufactured appears on the article or its container. The marking "made in (country), "product of (country)", or other words of similar meaning must appear in close proximity to and in comparable size letters of the other locality to avoid possible confusion. When marking is not feasible, such as when the article is too small or marking would in some way damage the merchandise, then the packaging or container that will reach the final consumer must be marked. 

Marking of Goods

As labeling is strictly controlled in France, labeling regulations and standards must be carefully monitored. Basic labeling requirements are as follows:

Labels must be written in French. French or international law must authorize any foreign words or abbreviations. Marking of all goods consigned for consumption into French (EU) commerce must be legible. This means it must be of an adequate size, and clear enough, to be read easily by a person of normal vision. Any names, symbols and marks relating to the product must be found on the exterior of the packaging, the product label, or wherever the case may be. All ingredient or materials constituting the product must be listed. The article should be marked as permanently as the nature of the product will permit. However, any reasonable method of marking that will accomplish the purpose of the law is acceptable. Markings that will not remain on the article during handling for any other reason except deliberate removal are not considered proper marking. The best form of marking is one which becomes a part of the article itself, such as branding, stenciling, stamping, printing, molding and similar methods. Other forms of marking will be acceptable if it is certain that the marking used will remain on the article, and will remain legible and conspicuous, until the article reaches the ultimate purchaser in France. It is important that this marking withstand handling. This means it must be of a type that can be defaced, destroyed, removed, altered, obliterated, or obscured only by a deliberate act. When tags are used, they must be attached in a conspicuous place and in a manner, which assures that, unless deliberately removed, they will remain on the article until it reaches the final purchaser.

For agricultural products, the Office of Agricultural Affairs can be contacted for an up-to-date extensive list of labeling packaging regulations and requirements on a product-by-product basis.

All textile products must be permanently affixed with a readily accessible label containing the following information:

  1. Fiber content shown by generic name, preferably in French or English as a percentage of total mass for all fibers with a total mass of 100% and in order of predominance of mass;
  2. Dealer identity and/or country of manufacture

Other special marking rules are issued by various regulatory agencies and departments. Specific labeling requirements also exist for household appliances, food, drugs, electronics and for containers of alcoholic beverages.

Marking exemption may apply to various articles due to their own specific limitations, like goods for one time use or articles that are incapable of being marked.

CE MARKING

The CE (Conformite Europeenne) Marking is required to be displayed on regulated products offered for commercial sale on the European market. It indicates that a product complies with applicable European Directives related to health, safety, environment and consumer protection. Because the CE Marking identifies products that meet a common set of criteria established and adopted by the 15 CE members , the CE Marking on your products will permit them to move freely in commerce throughout the European market. The manufacturer, or authorized representative, is responsible for placing the CE Marking on compliant products. The common CE Marking logo is placed on the product, product literature or packaging as described in each Directive. Articles regulated under the European Directives that are not properly marked when imported are subject to delay in customs and may not be cleared for consumption.

NF MARKING

All goods entering France should conform to French and European standards. Although one of the goals of the European Union is to harmonize standards across its member countries (e.g., CE marking), many product standards have yet to be harmonized. Where an EU standard is non-existent, French standards apply. The Association Francaise de Normalisation (AFNOR) is the French authority responsible for establishments of standards. It is the French branch of the European Standardization System (CEN) and a member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). It also is the issuing agency for the NF (Normes Francaises) marking, which is required to be displayed on regulated products offered for commercial sale on the French market. It indicates that a product complies with applicable French Directives related to health, safety, environment and consumer protection. The manufacturer, or authorized representative, is responsible for placing the NF Marking on compliant products. The common NF Marking logo is placed on the product, product literature or packaging as described in each Directive. Articles regulated under the Normes Francaises that are not properly marked when imported are subject to delay in customs and may not be cleared for consumption. Further information can be obtained at http://www.afnor.org/.

 
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General Export Clearance Information

Clearance Process

Exporting from France requires:

  1. Export Compliance;
  2. Knowledge of your commodity;
  3. Proper documentation including permits, licenses and related certificate of origins;
  4. Pre-shipment requirements from the destination country.

Furthermore, export transactions exceeding 38,617 EUR in value must be conducted through an approved banking intermediary. Export documentation requirements vary depending on the value of the goods, destination of the shipment and if the goods are controlled, prohibited or regulated. Goods that must be reported require a bill of lading/air waybill, an SAD (Single Administrative Document) export declaration, a commercial or a pro-forma invoice, as well as any export permits, certificate, licenses required for controlled, prohibited or regulated goods. All controlled, regulated commodities require an export permit regardless of the value. It is extremely important that all documents tendered for export clearance processing are accurate in every way. Incomplete or inaccurate documentation may result in lengthy delays in customs processing and may result in warehousing and other customs fees.

There are no reporting requirements for all non-dutiable shipments (documents).

Document Requirements

General Documentation (for formal clearance):

Commercial Invoice:

This is a document provided by the seller/exporter that describes the parties involved in the shipping transaction and the goods being transported. It is the primary document used by Customs. The Commercial Invoice should include a detailed breakdown of all items included in the shipment: including any generic or scientific name, grade and quantity, composition and/or construction, the country of manufacture, the price or cost, currency used, the Harmonized System number for each commodity and the terms of delivery. The invoice should always be signed and dated by the exporter certifying that the details provided are true and correct representations of the contents covered by the Commercial Invoice.

The Commercial Invoice is the basic document that provides all the relevant information with regards to the terms of trade.

EUR 1 form Export:

An EUR 1 form may be completed by exporters from the European Union to some countries to claim preferential duty or exemption under various bilateral agreements.

Export Permits:

Specific export permits are for commodities subject to export controls. The Department of Customs is the government office for dual use exports (commercial items that may have military applications). Other departments and agencies have regulatory jurisdiction and issue licenses for controlled substances and precursor chemicals, for endangered fish and wildlife species, for defense services and articles, for arms and munitions, for nuclear material, equipment and technology, for fuels, for drugs and medical devices, for champagne, Bordeaux wines, and antiques. Before exporting these items, special licenses must be obtained from customs office to insure that the items are not part of the national heritage of France. License requirements are dependent upon an item's technical characteristics, the destination, the end-use, end-user and other activities of the end-user. Specific questions pertaining to commodity licensing requirements should be directed to the lead agency. Agency information, telephone number and basic commodities that might require export permits could be identified by accessing the Department and agency web sites listed in the profile.

Note: These articles require special processing and customs clearance, which are not handled under the FedEx IP express carrier operation commitments.


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France Export Prohibitions

The following commodities are prohibited for export out of France:

  • Products intended for human consumption containing phenolphthalein or certain glycol ethers.
  • Dura mater (the tough fibrous membrane covering the brain and the spinal cord and lining the inner surface of the skull).
  • Lighting conductors comprising of radioactive elements.


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General Export Restrictions

The following items are not acceptable for carriage to any international destinations unless otherwise indicated. (Additional restrictions may apply depending on destination. Various regulatory clearances in addition to customs clearance may be required for certain commodities, thereby extending the transit time.)

  1. APO/FPO addresses.
  2. C.O.D. shipments.
  3. Human corpses, human organs or body parts, human and animal embryos, or cremated or disinterred human remains.
  4. Explosives (Class 1.4 explosives are acceptable for carriage to Canada, Germany, France, Japan, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom. Note: United Arab Emirates only allows Class 1.4 explosives to be shipped hold-for-pickup to the FedEx Express facility in Dubai).
  5. Firearms, weaponry and their parts (acceptable between the U.S. and Puerto Rico).
  6. Perishable foodstuffs and foods and beverages requiring refrigeration or other environmental control.
  7. Live animals including insects, except as provided in the Live Animals section in the FedEx Service Guide. (Call the FedEx Live Animal Desk at 1.800.405.9052).
  8. Plants and plant material, including cut flowers (cut flowers are acceptable from the U.S. to selected points in Canada and from Colombia, Ecuador and the Netherlands to the U.S.).
  9. Lottery tickets and gambling devices where prohibited by law.
  10. Money (coins, cash, currency, paper money and negotiable instruments equivalent to cash such as endorsed stocks, bonds and cash letters).
  11. Pornographic and/or obscene material.
  12. Shipments being processed under:
    1. Duty drawbacks claims unless advance arrangements are made.
    2. Temporary Import Bonds – acceptable under the FedEx International Broker Select option, for initial import only.
    3. U.S. State Department licenses
    4. Carnets
    5. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration export permit.
    6. Letters of Credit. Shipments subject to Letters of Credit are generally prohibited, with the exception of shipments subject to Letters of Credit calling for a “courier receipt”, as defined by Article 25 of UCP 600, shipped using the FedEx Expanded Service International Air Waybill.
    7. Certificate of Registration shipments (CF4455).

    You may be able to ship these items via FedEx International Controlled Export, FedEx International Premium, FedEx International Express Freight (IXF) or FedEx International Airpot-to-Airport (ATA). For information on FedEx International Controlled Export, call International Customer Service at 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339 (say “international services’). For information on the other services listed call FedEx Express Freight Customer Service at 1.800.332.0807.
  13. Hazardous waste, including, but not limited to, used hypodermic needles or syringes or other medial waste.
  14. Shipments that may cause damage to, or delay of, equipment, personnel or other shipments.
  15. Shipments that require us to obtain any special licenses or permit for transportation, importation or exportation.
  16. Shipments or commodities whose carriage, importation or exportation is prohibited by any law, statute or regulation.
  17. Shipments with a declared value for customs in excess of that permitted for a specific destination. (See the Declared Value for Carriage and Limits of Liability section in the FedEx Service Guide).
  18. Dangerous goods except as permitted under the Dangerous Goods section of these terms and conditions.
  19. Processed or unprocessed dead animals, including insects and pets. Taxidermy-finished hunting trophies or completely processed (dried) specimens of whole animals or parts of animals are acceptable for shipment into the U.S.
  20. Packages that are wet, leaking or emit an odor of any kind.
  21. Wildlife products that require U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service export clearance by FedEx prior to exportation from the U.S.
  22. In-bond shipments destined to or being withdrawn from a Foreign Trade Zone or bonded warehouse, unless the FedEx International Broker Select option is selected for U.S. import shipments, or the FedEx International Controlled Export service option is selected for U.S. export shipments.

Not withstanding any other provision of the FedEx Service Guide, we are not liable for delay of, loss of damage to a shipment of any prohibited item. The shipper agrees to indemnity FedEx for any and all costs, fees and expenses FedEx incurs as a result of the shipper’s violation of any local, state or federal laws or regulations or from tendering any prohibited item for shipment.

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France Restrictions

Export controls are imposed on French exporters by the government can take the form of prohibitions such as blockades, embargoes, boycotts, and sanctions or they can take the form of export licensing and permit requirements for controlled commodities. Export controls may be product specific, technology specific or country specific.The Customs Department holds the list of commodities and areas that are under control and/or require an export license. Contact the Customs Department or utilize their web site http://www.douane.gouv.fr/ to determine if the goods being exported or the shipping destination is under control.

Examples of goods subject to export licensing controls:

  1. Agricultural products; i.e. grains, cheeses
  2. Dual-use goods; i.e. software, computers, machines and machine parts
  3. Biological reagents
  4. Artwork
  5. Antiques
  6. CITES endangered species flora and fauna


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Regulatory Contact Information

Branch or Agency Name Areas of Responsibility

Service des titres du commerce extérieur (SETICE)
(Ministry of Foreign Trade)
Address: 8, rue de la Tour des Dames, F-75436 Paris Cedex 09

  • Issues import and export licenses and permits for restricted commodities
Direction generale des douanes et droits indirects SP
(Ministry of Finance, Department of Customs)
Address: 23 bis, rue de l'Universite, F-75700 Paris 07
  • Import & export clearance
  • Levies duty & taxes
  • Inspects shipments
  • Issues regulations about clearance
  • Controls import & export enterprises
  • Evaluates shipments
Ministère de l'Economie des Finances et de l'Industrie
(Ministry of Finance)
Address: 120, rue de Bercy F-75012 Paris
  • Responsible for International Trade Agreement compliance
  • Internal economic information on France
  • Regulates trade laws and compliance
  • Issues French laws and regulations
Centre Français du Commerce Exterieur
Address: 10, avenue d'Iena, F-75116 Pari
  • Regulates export laws
  • Promotes export trade
  • Monitors trade compliance
  • Enforces trade restrictions
Commission Europeenne
Address: Représentation en France, 288, boulevard Saint-Germain, F-75007 Paris
  • Main regulatory body for the European Community.
  • Issues EU laws and regulations
Institut national de la statistique et des etudes economiques (INSEE)
Address: data shop Paris, 195, rue de Bercy F-75582 Paris cedex 12
  • Statistical body for economic and trade indicators
Journal Officiel
Address: 26, rue Desaix, F-75727 Paris cedex 15
  • Responsible for the proliferation of laws and regulations issued by the European Community
Office central de documentation (OCD)
Address: 33, rue de linne, F-75005 Paris
  • Official government publication office
Ministere de l'Amenagement du territoire et de l'Environnement
20, avenue Segur, F-75007 Paris
  • Main issuing agency for environmental laws and protection
Dg Concurrence, de la Consommation et de la Repression des Fraudes
8, rue froissart, F-75003 Paris
  • Responsible for consumer fraud, competition, and consumer protection
Centre national de la cinematographie
12, rue de Lubeck, F-75784 Paris Cedex 16
  • Responsible for the censorship of media material
Ministère de la Defense
14, rue Saint Dominique, F-75007 Paris
  • Regulates arms and ammunitions
  • Controls trade of munitions
  • Controls trade of dual-use goods
Ministère de l'Agriculture et de la Pèche
78, rue de Varenne, F-75700 Paris
  • Controls the inspection of imported and exported seeds, pesticides, vet medicines, and fertilizers
  • Drafts rules and regulations concerning the inspection and quarantine of imported and exported seeds, pesticides, vet medicines and fertilizers
Ministere de l'Industrie des Postes et Telecommunications et du Commerce Exterieur Service des Biens de Consommation (SERBCO)
3-5, rue Barbet de Jouy, F-75533 Paris cedex 07 (Ministry of Communications)
  • Issues export license for telecommunication devices
Commission interministerielle des radio-elements artificiels (CIREA)
60-68, avenue du Général de Gaulle F-92260 Fontenay aux Roses
  • Controls radioactive materials and products containing radioactive elements
Agence du medicament
143-145, boulevard Anatole-France, F-93200 Saint-Denis (Medicaments Department)
  • Controls import and export of medicaments and drugs and issues Drug Import Inspection Certificate
Ministere de la Sante, Direction generale de la Sante
1, place de Fontenoy, F-75007 Paris (Ministry of Health)
  • Develops health policy
  • Enforces health regulation
  • Consumer protection and food policy
Ministere de l'Interieur, Direction des Libertes publiques et des Affaires juridiques
11, rue des Saussaies, F-75008 Paris
  •  Responsible for internal affairs
Association française de normalisation (AFNOR)
Tour Europe 92049 Paris La Defense Cedex
  • In charge of coordinating the establishment of standards

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