France FAQ
Frequently asked questions



Q: Where can I find market information on a specific industry?
A: Summaries of market research reports prepared on specific industry sectors by the U.S. Commercial Service are available at our Market Research Library. The U.S. Commercial Service in France also offers customized market research to specifically fit your special needs.

Q: Where can I find information on other European markets?
A: Check out our separate all-Europe website.  Market information prepared by other European Commercial Service offices are also available on in our Market Research Library. You may view a complete list of our offices worldwide.

Q: Where can I find information pertaining to trade with the European Union in general?
A:  The U.S. Mission to the European Union can provide helpful information about EU standards and regulations, how to access markets in key sectors, find procurement opportunities and much more.  For more detailed information, please refer to U.S. Mission to the European Union or visit

Q: Where can I find customs information for shipping goods to the United States?
A:  We do not deal with customs regulations for shipments to the United States. Please see U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection for more information.

Q: Where can I find information about entry and visa regulations for non-U.S. citizens traveling to the United States?
A:  Please visit the

Q: Where can I find information on American companies operating in France?
A: Click on the links below:

     Business France (National Economic Development Agency for France)
     Database of North American companies operating in France

     American Chamber of Commerce in France (Member of the AmCham Network)



Q:  I am an American company and want to export to France, where do I start?
A:  An International Trade Specialist at your nearest Export Assistant Center can assist you with information on markets and the wide range of U.S. Commercial Service export promotion programs and services.

Q:  How can I find a French agent or distributor for my product?
A:  The U.S. Commercial Service in France offers a variety of services and tools to help U.S. exporters find partners. Please contact us.

Q:  Where can I obtain assistance exporting agricultural commodities and wood products to France?
A:  The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Trade Office at the Embassy assists U.S. exporters of agricultural products.


Q:  How can I obtain a contact number of a specific U.S. company with whom I would like to do business?
A:  Please send us a written request via email regarding the specifics of your inquiry.

Q:  I am a French citizen interested in establishing a company in the United States. Where can I get information?

A: Many U.S. states have an economic development office somewhere in Europe. Please visit the website of the Council of American States in Europe (CASE) for more information. CASE is comprised of 22 U.S. State offices maintaining full-time offices in Europe, and is a gateway for European firms into the United States of America. CASE is the official organization in Europe for answering questions and setting up partner organizations with the goal of creating or expanding business contacts in the U.S.A. Acting as a business intelligence clearinghouse, the members of the CASE network are the European representative offices of individual U.S. state governments.