Tariffs and regulations

Tariffs and duty rates are constantly revised and are subject to change without notice.

Austrade strongly recommends you reconfirm these prior to selling to France.

For further information, visit the French Customs.

Tariffs and non-tariff barriers

Tariffs

France is part of the harmonised trade system of the EU and importing and exporting are covered by the EU Taxation and Customs Union

A Common External Tariff (CET) is applicable to other countries, including Australia.

The European Community has created the Binding Tariff Information (BTI) system as a tool to obtain the correct tariff classification for goods for import or export. Before shipping any goods, please consult French Customs.

Non-tariff barriers

For information, visit French Customs (mainly in French, but some sections are available in English).

Product certification, labelling and packaging

Certification, labelling and packaging must meet EU requirements. For more information on current requirements, visit the European Union website.

Packaging

To reduce the impact on the environment, the EU has required legislation concerning the management of packaging and packaging waste.

CE Mark

The CE mark is a mandatory conformity marking for certain products sold within the European Economic Area (EEA). 

Labelling

All labelling and information directives of the European Council must be met, as well as local and national regulations. Information on the labelling of products in the interest of consumers and compliance procedures are available at Summaries of EU Legislation.

Food information and labelling legislation must comply with EU legislation. For more information, visit EUR- Lex Food Safety.

For organic produce, EU legislation requires that imported organic food from third countries be produced to the same standards as that from or EU. For more information, visit trade in organic products.

Special certificates

There are controls on imports on a number of products. For more information, visit French Customs.

Information on exporting and export documentation regarding animals, plants and agricultural products from Australia can also be found at the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

Methods of quoting and payment

Quotations should be in Euro or Australian dollars.

For more information on current requirements, visit the Requirements.

Documentary requirements

For more information on current documentary requirements, visit the EU Requirements.

All commercial and shipping documents must be in the French language.

Pro-forma invoice

This may occasionally be requested by the importer and a minimum of two copies is required.

Commercial invoice

There is no prescribed form and three copies are required. The invoice must be certified and signed by the exporter and include:

  • names and addresses of the buyer and seller
  • full description of the merchandise
  • quantity
  • terms of sale
  • unit price and total value - including all costs up to Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF - Incoterm 1990) e.g. loading, transportation, insurance, packaging and commission

Care should be taken in completing the commercial invoice, under valuation attracts heavy fines and over valuation, excess duty. There is no provision for payment by importers if shipment is rejected due to errors.

All copies should bear the following declaration: 'Nous certifions que les marchandises faisant l'objet de cette fourniture sont de fabrication ...........(origin), et que la valeur sous-mentionée est juste et conforme à nos écritures' (‘We certify that the goods that are the object of this request are made in … and that the value mentioned here below is correct and corresponds to our terms and conditions’).

Bill of lading

Normal commercial practice. To Order shipments are permitted.

Weights and measures

Metric measurements (grams, kilograms, millilitres or litres) are used when selling packaged or loose goods.