In addition to the requirements described under import/export documentation, all packages containing U.S.-produced merchandise must be clearly labeled “MADE IN THE U.S.A.,” or they will not be allowed to enter the country. For high-tech equipment (e.g., telecommunications equipment, photocopiers, computer hardware and software), French-language keyboards, symbols, instruction manuals, operating systems and applications software are critical to the success of a product. Do not assume the user speaks or understands English. The equipment must be adapted to run as specified by European electrical and metric standards.
Generally, retailers prefer consumer products be labeled in French. Manufactured food products are required to state the country of origin and display an expiration date. If an expiration date does not appear on the label, health officials may interpret the date of manufacture as an expiration date and deny entry to the product. Therefore, it is best to include both dates.