Simplified Guide From China To France | Frence Customs Clearance


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Although France's import and export trade to regions outside the EU has grown significantly in recent years, there is currently only one developing country - China - in 8th place among France's major trading partners. In this guide you will find the answers to your questions about France international airports, France customs , different shipments to France, whatever you want to ask!

France Customs Clearance Guide

Are you looking for a wonderful trip from China to France?

Then this guide will benefit you for life!

Here you can learn everything you need to implement or consider when importing from China to France, or inquire about France Customs clearance and regulations, some prohibited products, and the mode of transportation from China to France.

Whether you want railway transportation, sea transportation, air transportation, or LCL, FCL, OOG or Ro Ro shipping in sea transportation; This guide will answer your questions.

Part 1.Air Freight from China to France

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France has a well-developed transportation network, which is very convenient and fast in terms of railway, road, waterway and air transportation. France has many international airports, including Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, Orly Airport and Nice Airport.

  • France international airport

Charles de Gaulle International Airport

Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (French: Aéroport Paris Charles de Gaulle, English: Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, IATA: CDG, ICAO: LFPG), also known as Roissy Airport, or simply Charles de Gaulle Airport. Located in Paris, this airport is the main aviation center in Europe and the main international airport in France. It was named after Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970), a French general and former president. It is located in Roussy, 25 kilometers northeast of Paris.

The main airlines at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport are Air France (54.7% of the traffic), EasyJet (6.5%), Lufthansa (2.8%), Delta Air Lines (1.5%) and XL Airways (1.4%). In terms of freight volume, Charles de Gaulle Airport ranked first in Europe (2399067 tons) and sixth in the world in 2010.

The freight from Shenzhen to Paris can take several airlines, but all of them need to transfer. They can transfer through Beijing/Cologne/Amsterdam/London/Frankfurt and other airports. The flights are available every day, and the time limit is about 5 days.

Orly International Airport

Nowadays, when people think of Paris Airport (ADP), they usually think of Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and ORLY, The two airports are the main hubs of Paris, with Charles de Gaulle (CDG) handling international flights and ORLY, which is smaller, handling domestic flights and some European flights.

French state-owned enterprises including Orly and LeBourget airports, CDG and Orly are passenger airports, while LeBourget is mainly used as a cargo airport.

Nice Airport

The full name is Nice-Co'te-d'Azur, located in the famous Tourist City of Nice in France, which is the third largest airport in France after Paris and Marseille, with 80 flights per day connecting with 45 countries around the world. Nice Airport is located about 7 kilometers west of Nice City and on the Mediterranean coast. It is connected to the city by several airport buses and bus lines. In addition, the Marseille Ventemilia railway passes through the north of the airport and is connected to the airport through the regional railway to promote logistics and transportation.

The flight from Shenzhen to Nice needs to transfer through Paris/Frankfurt/Amsterdam and other airports. There are flights every day, and the flight time is about 4-5 days.

Part 2.Sea freight from China to France

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The distance from China to France is about 8042 kilometers.

The sea voyage will make this distance larger, because they are defined by the water body.

The sea route in sea transportation depends on the port locations of China and France. Therefore, sea transportation takes longer than the other two types of transportation to reach the destination.

Our team has extensive experience in ocean freight and is absolutely confident in arranging your transport itinerary. At Jike logistics, we manage all the logistics procedures related to your cargo.

  • Main Sea Ports in France

There are several seaports in France, but the main seaports include:

  • Port of Le Havre

According to public comments, this is the second best port in France, which is managed by national institutions and is known as Grand Port Maritime du Havre.

This also stands to be the largest container port in France being the major cruise port.

It has the largest operating capacity, and it is also famous for being able to handle a large number of cargos.

It’s three sets of terminals deals with containers with more than 4 miles of docks,it covers an area of about 237 acres and sits at the terminal in the north.

  • Port of Lyon

The port, also known as El douard Herriot Port, covers an area of about 520 acres and is located on the bank of the Rhone River.

The port has an annual throughput of upwards of 12 million pieces of cargo, including 3 million pieces of hydrocarbons.

The port has two container terminals and a passenger port.

This port connects and opens up trade between northern Europe, eastern France and the Mediterranean.

  • Port of Marseille

Marseilles Port, also known as Marseilles Port, is the principal maritime port of France.

The reception of passengers and cargo handling have their own clear regulations.

Each year, more than 88 million tons of cargo are handled at the port's two main stations.

The two stations are located at Fos sur Mer, about 31 miles northwest of Marseilles, and at the north of Marseilles from La Joliette to l’Estaque.

Marseille Port is the largest port in France, the second largest port in Europe, and the second largest port in the Mediterranean.

  • Port of Paris

Paris Port became the first inland container terminal in France since 2005.

This is a river port system in France, ranking second in Europe.

The container transport of this river has increased 10 times in 10 years, reaching more than 130000 TEUS, and its activities in 2009 exceeded the annual standard containers (TEUs) by 350000 TEUS.

Today, six river navigation operators are in Seine.

  • How long does it take to ship from China to France by sea?

France is located in the west of Europe, bordering Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Spain, Andorra and Monaco, northwest across the Strait of La Manche and the United Kingdom, Corsica is the largest island in France, adjacent to the North Sea, the English Channel, the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.

France has two most important ports: LE HAVRE and FOS

Fos is by far the largest port in France and Le Havre is one of the most essential ports in Europe.

China Sea Freight to Shipping Voyage Timeliness

The fastest shipping time from Huangpu Port in Guangzhou to Le Havre Port in France is 25 days, and it takes 38 days if it is slow. This is because different shipping companies have different freight rates and voyages. It takes about the same time to travel to France by sea from other domestic ports. It is estimated that it will take about a month to reach the destination port in 20 days at the fastest, and 40 days at the slowest.

If your delivery channel is double customs clearance or door-to-door delivery, you need to know the time of customs clearance and logistics transportation at the destination port. The shortest time here is 10 days, and the longest time here is half a month.

  • LCL and FCL in sea transportation

You can pack the goods in different ways even during transportation

Depending on the container type and the size of the container, you can choose LCL or FCL shipping.

Choosing the right transportation method is conducive to reducing the extra costs incurred in the transportation process.

Generally speaking, there are two main types of international transportation, namely, sea transportation and air transportation.

These modes of transport vary greatly due to the speed of delivery of goods.

Therefore, air transportation is the shortest, but more expensive.

According to the quantity and shipping conditions of the goods, the following shipping methods can be adopted.

a) Less Container Load (LCL)

When the importers need to import very few goods, they will adopt this mode of shipment.

Therefore, the goods are packed together with other packages destined for the same destination until the container is full.

The transportation cost will be shared by the owner of the goods in the container, but will depend on the volume occupied.

This is the cheapest way when one considers importing a small amount, although it takes a long time to reach the destination.

The longer time required is due to the consolidation of all small quantities of cargo to ensure that containers are full.

Oh yes, the longer period of time also includes the cleaning of the container, the counting of quantities, etc. which can take some time.

b) Full Container Load (FCL)

Here, the entire container of goods belongs to one person or one company, there will be no second party, and all transport is certified as a single whole.

Therefore, once the container leaves, it is easy to use the case number/reservation number for tracking.

Full containers are always charged at a flat rate.

It is contrary to the LCL method, which charges for a single package inside a container.

Generally, the three commonly used containers are 20 feet, 40 feet and 40 feet high cubic containers.

The maximum weight of all these must be less than or equal to 28 tonnes.

Full container is safer than LCL, after all, there are no different packages mixed together.

  • How much is the price of shipping container from China to France?

The general destination port of China to France is Le Havre Port (Le Havre), Fos Port (Fos), about how much is the price of Containers from China to France, the following is the freight rate of the inquiry for your reference.

Nansha, Guangzhou, China (nansha) sea freight to Le Havre, France, 20 feet of cabinet 700$, 40 feet of cabinet 1350$, 40 feet of high cabinet 1350$; Some shipping companies will be more expensive, It is normal for a cabinet to increase by about 300 dollars. For example, OOCL charges 1050 dollars for a 20 foot cabinet from Nansha to Le Havre, and 1850 dollars for a 40 foot cabinet/VIP.

In container transportation, in addition to sea freight, there are some surcharges, including wharf charges, document fees, document fees, container sealing fees, customs clearance fees, etc., which are about 1500 yuan. If there are other additional requirements, the cost shall be calculated separately. Sea freight + miscellaneous charges, this is the freight from the port of departure to the port of destination, if your customer arrives at the port by himself, there is nothing else to do, and if you need to ship to the door, then tell the freight forwarder, door to door, port to door freight costs are calculated separately.

If you are shipping from China to France, you need to prepare the relevant customs declaration documents and cargo information in advance before you ship your goods, and then find a freight forwarder to cooperate with (i.e. us), sign a freight contract and hand over your goods to the freight forwarder. Your freight needs are clearly accounted for, confirming whether it is port-to-port, port-to-door or door-to-door, the specific freight cooperation details and related matters are clear with the freight forwarder, and the final cost changes according to the corresponding situation.

JIKE suggests:
Contact our JIKE Shipping experts immediately to learn about the possibilities between China and France. After that, we will provide you with precise rates and shipping times as we decide to quote each requirement separately.

Part 3.International express shipping from China to France

  • International express billing methodInternational express billing method

Mainstream estimation express billing methods are divided into two kinds, one is DHL, UPS, Fedex and other well-known international express delivery companies, calculate the actual weight and volumetric weight of the goods, according to the larger weight of the charge freight, volume heavy star calculation formula is: (length x width x height) (cm) + 5000, note that the length, width and height units are centimeters.

The other is based on EMS international express delivery, which only charges freight according to the actual weight, and does not calculate the volume of heavy stars. However, it is worth noting that EMS International Express has shipping restrictions on the circumference, and the unilateral length shall not exceed 1.5 meters, and the circumference shall not exceed 3 meters.

  • International courier to France offer

After popularizing the basic information of the above instructions, I believe that everyone is very interested in the quotation of each express delivery to France, after all, it is about money. Then next, Jike Logistics, which is represented by EMS and the four major express delivery agents, provides you with a detailed quotation.

DHL International Express to France: reference time is 3-7 days, the weight of 1kg of goods, freight is 121 yuan; For goods weighing 3kg, the freight is 196 yuan; For goods weighing 5kg, the freight is 284 yuan.

UPS International Express to France: The reference time limit is 2-5 days, the weight of 10kg of goods, the average freight price is 50 yuan / kg; For goods with a weight of 25kg, the freight is 39 yuan / kg.

Fedex International Express to France: the reference time limit is 1-7 days, the weight of 10kg of goods, the average freight price is 51 yuan / kg; For goods with a weight of 25kg, the average freight price is 38 yuan / kg.

EMS International Express to France: the reference time limit is 4-12 days, the weight of 1kg of goods, the freight is 117 yuan; For goods with a weight of 3 kg, the freight is 214 yuan for goods weighing 5 kg, and the freight is 290 yuan.

Part 4.Some special issues for France Customs Clearance

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  • Customs duties of the destination country

France customs of the destination country is also a point that needs to be noted, because the value of a single goods exceeds the starting point of the French tariff, so it is more troublesome to need a special person to be responsible for the clearance of the goods. Therefore, it is recommended that when you mail goods, the value of the goods should be as low as possible below the Threshold of French Tariffs, and enjoy smoother international transportation.

The tariff threshold for France is: 22 euros

  • France customs clearance time

France customs declarations cannot be made in advance, and the tax rate is determined on the date of declaration. However, the director general of the General Customs has the right to approve the advance customs declaration according to the nature of the trade and the business characteristics of his company. Goods that have been briefly declared at the import stage should be formally declared immediately after they arrive at customs. If the goods are not reported within the time limit, the goods shall be detained, and if they are not declared within 4 months, they will be auctioned by the customs.

The official import declaration should be accompanied by the following documents

(1) For the same invoice for goods imported through the Customs Office of the Uniform Office, a general invoice may be submitted to replace each individual invoice. The number of copies of the total invoice shall be equal to the number of copies of the customs declaration. At each declaration, the general invoice and a separate invoice relating to the declared goods should be submitted.

(2) Licenses or other documents in various places stipulated in the administration of foreign trade.

  • Correction of customs declarations

In accordance with the provisions of article 100, paragraph 1, of the French Customs Code, the registered customs declaration is not allowed to be changed in principle. Exceptions may be made in exceptional cases. Accordingly, even on the date when the customs declaration is submitted to the customs, the declarant can still change the weight, number of pieces, measurement and value of the goods in the declaration, but the name of the goods and the number of the package are not allowed to be changed.

  • Customs clearance procedures for imported goods

The goods should be declared to customs within 3 days of arrival, after which they will be taken over and transferred to other warehouses, and will be confiscated after another 2 months. For goods that have not been cleared by customs, the importer may declare the return to the shipper, or re-export can be exempted from customs duties. If the goods are not re-shipped for export at the end of the storage period, they shall be subject to customs duties or auctioned off. According to the regulations of the Frence Customs Law, the customs duties that have been levied cannot be refunded, and the tax that has been misreported can only be refunded if the original taxpayer makes a declaration and presents the original tax payment certificate.

Restricted and contraband in France

● Weapons, ammunition.

● Use of butane gas lighters.

● Bottle.

● Urn

● Goods falsely marked as Made in France or originated

● Human remains.

● Any item containing lead salt and jewelry is made of imitation pearls with this type of pearl.

● Live plants and animals.

● Measure the marking units of goods that violate French law

● Counterfeit and infringing products.

● Radioactive material.

● Saccharin tablets or packets

Part 5.FAQ with shipping from China to France

Q: How long does it take to ship my cargo from China to France?
A:Even though most companies do not give you an exact date for the arrival of your cargo, they do provide an approximate date.In most cases these dates are reliable.But yet again it depends on the method of shipment and the frequency of the shipping company to your destination.
Q:My supplier has no right to export. Can you help me export the goods?
A: Yes, we can. We can buy the export license, do the customs declarationand ship the goods out to you.


As you can see, understanding the basic process of shipping from China to France is key.

Just get the goods in China and hire a freight forwarder to take care of everything for you.

This guide has most of the time needed to ship from China to France, and while not everything, you are more than welcome to contact us with your questions and our experts will surely answer your questions more professionally!

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