France doesn’t have any unreasonable laws restricting shipment of goods. However, there are certain stringent guidelines that every exporter or importer has to abide by. France doesn’t have free trade agreements with every country in the world. It also doesn’t allow all kinds of goods to enter its territory without diligent screening.
Here is a brief guide to help you understand more about shipping to France.
- You can send goods without paying any import duties if you are sending the stuff from within the European Union. If you are based in one of the 28 member countries or have a presence in any one of them then you can use the free import provision within the European Union. For anyone or any company sending from beyond the EU, the import laws may apply. But most import laws pertain to bulk consignments and not personal dispatches or couriers. Most online stores would send parcels and not large consignments. Also, there are special arrangements wherein you can ship a large consignment, have it stored in Paris or using a warehouse somewhere in Europe wherefrom you can ship smaller parcels or individual orders as and when they come up.
- There is stricter regulation for tobacco and alcohol products. You can bring in tobacco and alcohol products from with the EU but would be questioned if you send or carry more than 800 cigarettes, 400 cigarillos, 200 cigars, 1kg smoking tobacco and 10 litres of alcohol or spirits over 22%, 20 litres of alcoholic beverages less than 22%, 90 litres of wine or 60 litres of sparkling wine and 110 litres of beer. For countries that are not members of the European Union, the limits are much less. You need special clearances from customs to ship higher quantities.
- Medication, goods worth a lot of money which would typically be in excess of a thousand euro and any kind of commercial item would also be put under stringent scrutiny. Dairy and meat are mostly prohibited for countries beyond the EU with a few exceptions.
Hazardous goods, be it chemicals have to be declared and packed correctly to be carried by specialist couriers and will cost extra as they need to be moved by specialist services.
I hope that this information on shipping to France is useful.