TRADING WITH

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TRADING WITH

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Be triumphant in France’s luxurious market

France’s growth has consistently accelerated for some time. If you are looking to export to foreign markets, France should certainly be a strong contender on your list. France has a powerful open economy and easy access to the wider European Union, which makes it a top choice to grow sales. There are also signs that France is on the cusp of a mini e-commerce boom; the number of internet users who buy online are increasing.

What’s it like to do business in France? It’s been ranked the 32nd easiest place to do business by the World Bank, and with 56.6 per cent of French internet users making online purchases, it’s a very attractive and lucrative e-commerce market.

Home to leading fashion houses such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Louboutin, it’s no surprise that the largest e-commerce sector in France is fashion and is growing at a rate of eight per cent each year. Black Friday has been greatly received in France and many other European countries, proving to be the biggest day for online sales.

COUNTRY PROFILE

Population: 66.99 million

Currency: Euro

Business languages: French, English and other major European languages

Ease of Doing Business: Ranked 32 out of 190

BUSINESS ETIQUETTE

COURTESY IS VERY IMPORTANT IN FRANCE – THERE’S EVEN A COFFEE SHOP WHERE A LACK OF MANNERS INCREASES THE COST OF YOUR DRINK

EXPORT OPPORTUNITIES

Take a look at the top six industry export opportunities in France.

 

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DID YOU KNOW?

In France 56.6 per cent of internet users buy online, and this is rising each year.

France’s largest e-commerce sector is fashion.

Black Friday is now the biggest day for online sales across Europe.

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Trading rules from outside the EU

• Customs clearance required for all purchases

• Import declaration to be sent to relevant country customs agency

• Pay any duties and VAT

• Any goods weighing less than 1000kg or valued at under €1000 can be cleared via verbal declaration at customs accompanied by the presentation of the receipt

View Customs for France

Get your business ready to export to the EU after Brexit

Have you made sure that you’re able to send goods from the UK to the EU after Brexit?
Put yourself in a secure position and check that your business has an EORI number. An EORI number is an Economic Operator Registration and Identification number and is given to all VAT-registered businesses.

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Help shippers to calculate an estimate for shipping fees

For an estimate of taxes, duties and customs fees, you can use our free DHL Express Trade Automation Service (TAS) Tool.

TAS Tool

ORGANISATIONS THAT CAN HELP

International trade can be confusing but there are lots of organisations to support businesses of all sizes in their international endeavours.

British Chambers of Commerce

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC)

The BCC is an independent business network with accredited Chambers in every nation and region of the UK, and in key markets around the world.

The BCC is central to supporting the UK export market;. They connect UK businesses with International Chambers of Commerce, providing UK exporters with connections in new markets and creating vital documentation, including letters of credit, ATA Carnets and Certificates of Origin.

Find your local Chambers
Department for International Trade

Department for International Trade (DIT)

DIT is the government’s central organisation to support export businesses. DIT promotes British trade across the world and helps UK based businesses take advantage of the opportunities presented by international markets.
DIT offers a number of programmes and initiatives to advise and support UK businesses on how to grow internationally. Our customers find the tailored leads for opportunities available via DIT’s “Exporting is Great” services particularly useful.

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Do you have any questions?

Do you have any questions?

If you need support or advice on trading with France, help is available.

Small Business Export Advisors
Call 01332 828402 for DHL’s Small Business Export Advisors or email gettingstarted@dhl.com

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