FRANCE

Logistic and forwarding services in France

France

Capital City
Paris

Population
65,4 Mio.

National languages
French

Currency
Euro (EUR)

Gross national product (GNP)
USD 2’902 Mrd.

GNP per person
USD 45’384

Financial exports to Switzerland
CHF 15’798 Mio.

Financial imports from Switzerland
CHF 15’105 Mio.

Bilateral relations Switzerland–France

Relations between Switzerland and France are close and intensive, particularly at the borders between the two countries.  A shared language together with economic, cultural and interpersonal exchanges, help to bring them closer together.

Economic cooperation

France is Switzerland’s fourth most important trading partner after Germany, the United States and Italy (sum of Swiss exports and imports, not including trade in gold). On 2015 6.85% of Switzerland’s foreign exports went to France.  In 2014, Switzerland was France’s ninth biggest customer and its ninth biggest supplier. The volume of trade, which had grown steadily until 2008, has shown a slight decline in recent years. In 2015 it was approximately CHF 27 billion, with Switzerland’s trade surplus amounting to around CHF 576 million.
Swiss investments in France amounted to CHF 34 billion in 2014. The bulk of Swiss investments are in the border regions and in and around Paris.  France’s direct investment stock in Switzerland was CHF 45 billion at the end of 2014. France is Switzerland’s fourth most important foreign investor.
Tourism is a significant aspect of economic relations. French visitors to Switzerland accounted for over 1.25 million overnight stays in 2015.  France is therefore the fifth most important country for Swiss tourism after Germany, the United States, the United Kingdom and China. In 2014 Swiss tourists accounted for 3.1 million overnight stays in France.

 

Business language

French.

Dimensions and weights

Metric system.

Currency

National currency: €
ISO code: EUR

Customs tariff (for non-EU goods)

Harmonised system. Customs clearance based on the transaction value.

Import control

EU goods are freely available. National regulations on packaging, technical instructions etc. in French must be complied.
For the customs clearance of non-EU goods, two copies of invoices should be issued, preferably in French, with all standard information. In particular, it is necessary to note whether the document is an original or a copy.
In addition to this, the SIREN number (French company reference number) must also be included on the invoice.
Standard VAT rate: 20% (reduced rate: 10/5,5/2,1%). Reimbursement of VAT paid is possible.
The French overseas territories are not included in the Internal Market. Representation in Part C.

Terms of payment and tenders

Invoicing in EUR delivered free to the door including taxes and duty paid (in the case of non-EU goods) is preferred. Any expenses are to be paid by the exporter. Credit transactions are possible but not standard. Documents against payment is possible if the shipping documents are presented. Terms of payment for investment goods corresponding to international conventions.

Designations of origin

Goods, the packaging, trade name, name, symbols etc. of which or the goods themselves could give the impression of being a French product must include the clear addition: “Importé de Suisse”, “Made in Swiss”. Printed materials must be labelled “Imprimé en Suisse” if they are imported. There is an obligation to label furniture, foods, wine, textiles, leather and leather goods. Information should be obtained from the Chamber of Industry and Commerce or the importer. When importing goods of a certain tariff chapter or tariff number, original products must be presented. The regulation on origin with regard to the correct labelling of textiles must be complied with (ask the CIC or an association). Special regulations must be complied with when importing certain machines and devices (ask professional associations or the CIC).

Packaging

In addition to the price of the nominal filling quantity, the price per kilo and per litre must also be indicated for more than 40 groups of goods in food retailing There is an obligation for companies who supply packaged consumer goods to participate in the French waste disposal system.
The EU Directive sets out that packaging materials made of wood must be manufactured from round logs. This EU regulation goes beyond the necessary treatment set out in the ISPM 15 standard.

Product samples

With no retail value = duty free
With a retail value = subject to duties