France Commercial Guide
Doing Business in
Discusses key economic indicators and trade statistics, which countries are dominant in the market, the U.S. market share, the political situation if relevant, the top reasons why U.S. companies should consider exporting to this country, and other issues that affect trade, e.g., terrorism, currency devaluations, trade agreements.
Political & Economic Environment
Links to the State Department’s website for background on the country’s political environment.
Selling US Products & Services
Includes typical use of agents and distributors and how to find a good partner, e.g., whether use of an agent or distributor is legally required.
Leading Sectors for US Exports & Investments
This is a best prospect industry sector for this country. Includes a market overview and trade data.
Customs, Regulations & Standards
Includes the barriers (tariff and non-tariff) that U.S. companies face when exporting to this country.
Investment Climate Statement
This information is derived from the State Department's Office of Investment Affairs’ Investment Climate Statement. Any questions on the ICS can be directed to EB-ICS-DL@state.gov
Trade & Project Financing
Discusses the most common methods of payment, such as open account, letter of credit, cash in advance, documentary collections, factoring, etc. Includes credit-rating and collection agencies in this country. Includes primary credit or charge cards used in this country.
Includes information on business customs, travel advisory, visa requirements, currency, transportation, language health, local time, business hours, and holidays, temporary entry of materials or personal belongings