Importing from France

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Importing from France

In recent years exports from France have increased to EU nations as well as to Asia and Africa, while trade with the Middle East, the United States, Switzerland and Turkey has fallen. France are the world’s largest producer of agricultural products and services and have been a member of the World Trade Organisation since 1995.

The top products exported annually by France include planes and helicopters ($50 billion), packaged medicines ($27 billion), cars ($22 billion) and vehicle parts ($16 billion). Main trading partners include Germany ($82 billion), Belgium-Luxembourg ($50 billion) the United States ($40 billion) and the United Kingdom ($39 billion).

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Country Profile

CapitalFrench RepublicRpublique franaise(French) Flag Emblem Motto:"Libert, galit, fraternit""Liberty, Equality, Fraternity" Anthem:"La Marseillaise" Show map of Europe Show globe Location of metropolitan France(dark green) ?in Europe(green &dark grey) ?in the European Union(green) Location of the territory of the French Republic (red) Adlie Land (Antarctic claim; hatched) Paris
Population
Area 640,679  km2 (247,368 sq mi)
km2 (42nd)
Currency Euro (EUR)
GDP
Languages French

1.13

Econ Complexity 14th of 89
1980
2016

$485B

Exports 6th of 120
1980
2016

$540B

Imports 6th of 120
1980
2016

$41.5k

GDP Per Capita 16th of 89
1990
2016

France: Exports Profile

Exports from France

Exports from France: $505.4 billion
Export commodities:Machinery and equipment, aircraft, plastics, chemicals, pharmaceutical products, iron and steel, beverages
Top export destinations:Germany 16.7%, Belgium 7.5%, Italy 7.5%, Spain 6.9%, United Kingdom 6.9%, United States 5.6%, Netherlands 4.3%, (2012 est.)
GDP growth (annual %)

Importing from France: What is trade finance?

Trade finance is a revolving facility which lenders offer - it enables businesses to purchase products and can help ease the pressure from working capital issues.

Generally, an export finance bank will fund up to 100% of the cost of the products, including charges (e.g. insurance costs).

Trade finance offers upsides over more traditional bank finance for example bridging mortgages or loans. Trade finance provides quick funding without affecting existing relationships with banks.

How does it work?

If you're a business importing or exporting goods around the world, then a trade finance facility would assist your company to fund this through offering a letter of credit (LC) or some form of cash advance.

I’m looking to import from France, how can Trade Finance Global help, and how does it work?

If you’re looking to import inventory from other countries, you may require import finance, which is an agreement between yourself (the importer) and the foreign exporter. A non-bank lender will act as the intermediary, paying the foreign exporter on your behalf until you get the products and have then sold them to your buyer. Repaying the financier then occurs over an agreed period of time.

Read the TFG Importers Guide here.

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Country Profile

CapitalFrench RepublicRpublique franaise(French) Flag Emblem Motto:"Libert, galit, fraternit""Liberty, Equality, Fraternity" Anthem:"La Marseillaise" Show map of Europe Show globe Location of metropolitan France(dark green) ?in Europe(green &dark grey) ?in the European Union(green) Location of the territory of the French Republic (red) Adlie Land (Antarctic claim; hatched) Paris
Population
Area 640,679  km2 (247,368 sq mi)
km2 (42nd)
Currency Euro (EUR)
GDP
Languages French

1.13

Econ Complexity 14th of 89
1980
2016

$485B

Exports 6th of 120
1980
2016

$540B

Imports 6th of 120
1980
2016

$41.5k

GDP Per Capita 16th of 89
1990
2016
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