France is Europe’s second-largest exporter and importer after Germany. It is a member of the World Trade Organization, and conducts much foreign trade with European partners, as well as with the US - France is that country’s ninth-largest trading partner. Africa and Asia are also increasingly important trade partners. Ocean freight transportation to France is thus an important tool for exporters.
A renowned centre of culture, literature, food, and fashion, France is also a major exporter of such goods as machinery and transportation equipment, aircraft, and plastics. The manufacturing industry is a key exporter, making up nearly 27% of France’s GDP. The French government seeks to encourage every aspect of foreign trade.
France ranked 4th in the Fortune Global 500 in 2013, and its capital, Paris, is the second most important location in the world for the headquarters of the world’s 500 largest companies. If you are interested in accessing this huge and vital market, you’ll want to find out more about ocean freight transportation to France.
The first thing to decide when choosing ocean freight transportation to France is whether you’ll require a full container load (FCL) or simply a shared container (less-than-container load, or LCL). Groupage, which is another term for sharing a container, allows you to pay only for the space you use, thus cutting your shipping costs.
A full container load (FCL) is your best choice for any shipment of at least six standard pallets. Up to 10 standard pallets will fit in a 20-foot container, while a 40-foot container accommodates 22 standard pallets. FCL is also a good choice if you do not wish your goods to come in contact with those of other exporters. Review iContainers’ rates for the shipment of containers to France, or thinking about moving overseas from the US to France then contact us for more information.
Air freight may be more appropriate for your shipment than ocean freight, especially if your schedule is tight schedule or your shipment urgent. There are some limitations on air freight in terms of volume and weight; consult iContainers calculator to help determine whether this is your best option.