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SHIPPING FROM CHINA TO FRANCE

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO SHIP GOODS TO FRANCE ?
 
If you are on the verge of exporting goods from China to France and that you still have a doubt when it comes to the regulation or transport method, this is because it is very difficult to find reliable information among the ton of online advice. That is why HIF Shipping has done its “France guide”.
In this guide, you will find reliable information regarding every logistics steps you may when you ship from China to France. You still have some confusion? Feel free to contact our HIF Experts to have dedicated details.

SUMMARY
WHAT IS THE BEST METHOD TO SHIP YOUR GOODS FROM CHINA TO FRANCE ?
SEA FREIGHT TO FRANCE
AIR FREIGHT TO FRANCE
RAIL FREIGHT FROM CHINA TO FRANCE
DOOR TO DOOR FROM CHINA TO FRANCE
 
CUSTOMS CLEARANCE IN FRANCE
How much duties and taxes will I pay ?
Different taxes existing for your goods
Does HIF Shipping charge duty ?
 
What are the Licenses required (import & export) ?
Necessary documents
 
PROHIBITED & RESTRICTED ITEMS
 
ADDITIONAL SHIPPING SERVICES
Our warehousing services
Our packing/unpacking services
Freight insurance
Supplier management in China

WHAT IS THE BEST METHOD TO SHIP YOUR GOODS FROM CHINA TO FRANCE?
 
At HIF Shipping, we offer appropriated type of shipping. We can do airfreight, sea freight and rail freight. Of course, it depends on the nature of your goods, their volume and weight. Our moving consultant will analyze and determine the most suitable solution for your goods.
Let’s see the best transportation methods according to the nature/volume/weight/class of goods

SEA FREIGHT TO FRANCE
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Ocean freight will be the best deal for you if :
 
Your suppliers are located near a major Chinese port
Your goods are bigger than 2 CBM
You’re not in a hurry to receive them
Contact us now ! Your personal HIF advisor will find out customized solution for your import process from China to France.

OVERVIEW – OCEAN CARGO FROM CHINA TO FRANCE
 
Remark HIF: Bear in mind, the 3 most important criteria for sea freight are the price, the time of transportation, and the security.
Generally, sea freight is the most popular choice for international cargo transfers that are over 200kg. Tens of thousands of tons of cargo are transported daily by sea due to its flexibility and affordability.
Sea freight departure arrangements can be made anywhere in the world, as full containers or part of a consolidated load (for cargo below 15 cubic meters). The size of our containers varies, from 32, 66 to 76 cubic meters and we have a dedicated team of experts to help you identify bespoke sea freight solutions to meet your transportation needs.
At HIF Shipping, we manage all the logistics procedures related to your cargo. We provide suitable and international standard packaging services to minimize the risk of damage or loss to your cargo and our professional and reliable export agents are highly adept at providing hassle-free customs clearance.
Remark HIF : If you’re interested to know more about sea freight from China, check our dedicated article on the topic: Sea Freight China.
 
SHIPPING COMPANY OFFERING SERVICES FROM CHINA TO FRENCH PORTS
 
At HIF Shipping, we trust that maintaining close and good relations with the main shipping lines that serve French major ports is absolutely essential.
 
PORT OF MARSEILLE FOS
The Port of Marseille – Fos/mer is the largest port in France and the natural gateway to Europe. Covering an area as large as the city of Paris, it offers spaces and infrastructure that is able to accommodate maritime, logistics and industrial activities.
A general port, it handles all types of goods: hydrocarbons and liquid bulk (oil, gas, and chemicals), general cargo (containers and other packaging) and dry bulk (ore and grain).
More than 2 million passengers pass through the Port of Marseille Fos each year. In less than ten years, it has become the number one cruise port in France.
 
PORT OF LE HAVRE
It is the second-largest commercial port in France in terms of overall tonnage, and the largest container port, with three sets of terminals. It can accommodate all sizes of world cruise liners, and a major new marina is being planned.
SHOULD I SHIP BY CONSOLIDATION OR FULL CONTAINER FROM CHINA TO FRANCE?
 
LCL – CONSOLIDATION
This option is adapted when you do not have enough goods to fill one full container. Moreover, it allows you to pay only for the space you need because your goods are loaded in with other customers items and therefore, it is a cost-effective option. We recommend it for shipment which volume is from 0 to 15 cubic meters. Nevertheless, this can change from one port to another so feel free to contact us for more information about this subject.
Info HIF :  LCL is recommended for a volume between 0-15m3. However, it may vary depending on the port of departure. Please contact us for more information.
 
FCL – FULL CONTAINER
HIF Shipping provides weekly shipments to the main ports around the world. For every single shipment, we offer three types of full containers:
The 20 feet which has an internal capacity of 33 cubic meters
The 40 feet which is able to carry up to 66 cubic meters
The 40 feet HQ, which has an internal capacity of 76 cubic meters
HIF Plus : We can handle any kind of shipment, whether it be LCL or FCL. Get in touch with us for further information.
 
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HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO SHIP FROM CHINA TO FRANCE BY SEA FREIGHT?
 
In order to give you an estimation of the transit times of a cargo shipping between de different Chinese ports of loading and French delivery ports, we created this table. Of course, these are just indicative timing between China and France.
 
Marseille Fos Le Havre
Tianjin 38 days 35 days
Dalian 35 days 47 days
Shanghai/Ningbo 31 days 27 days
Guangzhou/Shenzhen/Hong Kong 31 days 29 days
Qingdao 37 days 31 days
*Please note that those transit times are just indicative timing between China and France
 
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO SHIP A CONTAINER FROM CHINA TO FRANCE?
 
The price for shipping goods from China to France depends on different factors such as the port of loading, the port of delivery, the nature of the goods, their volume and weight. Moreover, there is an update of the prices monthly. For all these reasons, we cannot provide you with a unique price, but be sure that our advisor will give you best rates for the shipment of your goods.
Remark HIF : Bear in mind, the 3 most important criteria for sea freight are the price, the time of transportation, and the security.
HIF Advice : Contact our HIF Maritime Specialists now, to see what is possible between China and France. We will give you precise rates and transit times after, as we decided to quote each demand individually. It permits to avoid surprises, because the total costs are depending on all the different services you ask us to provide.
 
SPECIAL SEA FREIGHT SERVICES
 
REEFER CONTAINER FROM CHINA TO FRANCE
At HIF Shipping, we guarantee an excellent cold chain management and logistics, using temperature’s control transportation and storage to ensure the product remains within its recommended conditions.
Here are the services we offer regarding the shipping of temperature-controlled goods:
We ensure the handling conditions are maintained throughout the cold chain.
We ensure the appropriate storage conditions throughout the cold chain.
We maintain the product safety and integrity throughout the cold chain during all the shipping.
When it comes to the sea freight, we ship your goods thanks to refrigerated cargo containers known as reefers.
 
RORO/BULK/OOG FROM CHINA TO FRANCE
We are able to provide services for all goods, including oversized ones. Indeed, we can do RORO Bulk shipping that refers to cargo that have to be loaded onto a vessel individually, rather than in a shipping container. Our skilled operations team will take care of your break bulk shipment, including heavy machinery, large equipment, infrastructure building supplies, granite blocks, rolling stock, oil well supplies, and other various types of project cargo.

AIR FREIGHT TO FRANCE
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Air freight will be the most efficient solution if :
Your goods are smaller than 2 CBM and 200 kg
You’re in a hurry to receive/send the goods

OVERVIEW – CLASSIC VS EXPRESS AIR FREIGHT
 
On one hand, air express refers to freight forwarders that ship your items from door to door, that is to say from a pickup point to a delivery address. On the other hand, air freights, or sometimes referred as the “air cargo”, are normally larger shipments via air from port to port.
*if you don’t give priority to the transit time, you can flavor your conveyance with one or several stopovers.
Remark HIF :  we remind you that the flight duration is not the only element to think about. It’s just one component of the whole logistics process: packing, customs clearance, trucking pick up and delivery…
Remark HIF : Naturally, if your need to get your goods delivered as fast as possible, air freight is the best option for you.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN VOLUMETRIC AND GROSS WEIGHT?


On the one side, the gross weight represents the total weight of a shipment of goods, including its packaging. On the other side, the volumetric weight is calculated for bulky goods sent by air. You can calculate it with the general statement of 167 kg = 1 cbm.
Info HIF : Each customer has different requirements, that’s why, at HIF Shipping will determine your quote on a case-by-case method.
 
SHOULD I CHOOSE A CLASSIC AIR FREIGHT FROM CHINA TO FRANCE?
 
WHICH AIRLINES COMPANY SHOULD YOU SHIP WITH?
The main companies that fly from China to France are the following: Air France, China Eastern. This is why our team has excellent relationships with these airlines.
Air france (formerly known as Air France KLM) is a french airline company. The company has cargo flights to mains airports worldwide.
Info HIF : You want further information about their services ? Check directly the official website: Air France Cargo.
China cargo airlines is the cargo subsidiary of China Eastern, and it represents the first all-cargo airline operating dedicated freight services.
Info HIF : You want further information about their services ? Check directly the official website: China Eastern Cargo (website in Chinese).
HIF Plus : Our good partnerships with international cargo airlines enables us to propose you interesting rates for great air freight services between China and France. We can plan both regular and courier air freight and add trucking services to deliver your goods everywhere you are. With HIF Shipping, China and Indonesia have never been so close!
 
HOW LONG IS THE TRANSFER FROM CHINA TO FRANCE BY AIR FREIGHT?
Here is a table that summarizes the different transit from Chinese airports to french airports. Of course it is only indicative transit time and it may be a bit longer:

Remark HIF : It is hard to estimate as it mainly depends of the budget: a direct flight available within a day is possible, but will probably be more expensive. Also, please note that the transit time doesn’t not include the whole process (pick up & delivery, customs clearance…). In average, you can expect 6/9 days (export/import process included).
 
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO SHIP A PARCEL FROM CHINA TO FRANCE?
As you may have understood, it is impossible for us to provide rates without this information: distance from airport (departure and arrival), dimensions, weight and nature of the goods. Once you have communicated all these info to us, we guarantee to provide you with the best rates and the most adapted solution
HIF Plus : Each customer has different needs, that’s why, at HIF Shipping will determine your quote on a case-by-case method.
 
SHOULD I CHOOSE AN EXPRESS AIR FREIGHT FROM CHINA TO FRANCE?
 
EXPRESS SERVICE – PERFECT SOLUTION FOR SMALL PACKAGE
The express service offers quick and efficient deadlines transit between China and France. It is appropriate for items, which do not exceed 50 kg and which length, width and height of the outer packaging do not exceed 60 cm and 90 cm. Its price is very competitive, in particular for international shipment. The shipment is easy to do from any post office. But it can also be used for large parcels (50 to 120 kgs).

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR A PACKAGE TO BE SHIPPED FROM CHINA TO FRANCE?
It only takes a few days. It is fast as courier has an internal customs department. Indeed, the speed of delivery is one of the assets of this service; it usually takes between 3 and 5 days for small parcels and between 4 and 7 days for large ones.
 
HOW MUCH AN EXPRESS SERVICE COSTS FROM CHINA TO FRANCE?
In the same vein that for airfreight; the prices highly depend on different factors such as the nature of the goods, the dimensions, the weight etc. We have very competitive rates to offer thanks to our close relation with Courier Company such as TNT, DHL, Fedex…
 
MAJOR AIRPORTS TO SHIP IN FRANCE
 
ROISSY CHARLES DE GAULLE (CDG) AIRPORT
Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport is the second largest airport hub in Europe, after London Heathrow Airport in the UK, and the tenth largest airport in 2017 for passenger traffic with 69.5 million passengers. The airport is managed by Groupe ADP, and operated commercially under the Paris Aéroport brand since 14 April 2016.
 
LYON SAINT-EXUPERY AIRPORT
With 10,300,000 passengers in 2017, it ranks as the fourth largest airport in France behind Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle, Paris-Orly and Nice Côte d’Azur. It is managed by Aéroports de Lyon.

RAIL FREIGHT FROM CHINA TO FRANCE
RAIL FREIGHT
Air freight will be the most efficient solution if :
Your goods are smaller than 2 CBM and 200 kg
You’re in a hurry to receive/send the goods
Remark HIF : Do not waste time ! Fill our form and get a price within 48H !
 
NICE CÔTE D’AZUR AIRPORT
Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport is a French international airport located in Nice, in the Alpes-Maritimes and on the Côte d’Azur. Commercial traffic in 2017 reached 13.3 million passengers. It sets a new annual record for the platform for the seventh consecutive year. International commercial traffic accounts for 65% of the commercial traffic of the platform in 2017.
Info HIF : As you probably know, air freight is the most efficient way to carry your products. But naturally, this effectiveness has a cost.

OVERVIEW – RAIL FREIGHT FROM CHINA TO FRANCE
 
This mode of transportation is a good compromise between airfreight and sea freight. First of all, its transit time is less than ocean freight; you have to count between 25 and 30 days for rail freight and up to 40/45 days for sea freight. Plus, it is cheaper than airfreight. Moreover, it is perfectly suited for shipping bulky and heavy goods over long distances.
Remark HIF: For further information about our rail freight services, take a look on our dedicated page: rail freight service. Otherwise, please feel free to contact us, we will find you the best option for your shipment. Fill our online form in a minutes and get your quote within 48H!

WHAT ARE THE MAIN TRAIN STATION FROM CHINA TO FRANCE?
 
This map retraces the Silky Road and its different steps when going from China to France:


HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FROM CHINA TO FRANCE BY TRAIN?
 
Here is a table that sums up the different transit times between the main Chinese and French train stations. Of course it is hard to estimate, as transit is unpredictable without any precise and accurate information.


*Please note that those transit time are just indicative between China and France
 
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO SHIP GOODS BY TRAIN?
 
It is impossible to provide prices before having the following information: distance from departure to arrival, dimensions, weight, and nature of the goods… We quote case by case and provide you the best rate for you shipments.

DOOR TO DOOR FROM CHINA TO FRANCE
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Remark HIF : Trucking is a must in international shipment, indeed we need it to handle local delivery: Pick up from warehouse to port/airport of departure, and obviously delivery from port/airport of arrival to final destination. HIF Shippingunderstood it and aim to offer the most suitable solution for our customers, that’s why we decided to provide Door to Door services from/to China.
 
Contact us now! Your personal HIF advisor will find out customized solution for your import process from China to France.
 
OVERVIEW – DOOR TO DOOR
We have partners who are based worldwide and thank to them, we are able to offer door-to-door services, which is an “all inclusive” service. Our services begin at your location (your home, your premises or your providers’ warehouse or factory) and your goods are shipped to the arrival.
Remark HIF : For further information about our Door-to-Door service, take a look to our dedicated page: Door to door service.Otherwise, please feel free to contact us, we will find you the best option for your shipment. Fill our online form in a minutes and get your quote within 48H!
 
WHY DOOR TO DOOR SERVICE IS NECESSARY?
There are some steps that are mandatories such as customs clearance (you must hire freight forwarder for this step). Moreover here are the services that HIF Shipping provides:
 
Pick up, Packingand transfer of your goods from your starting point
Preparation of transport documents(packing list, commercial invoice, bill of lading, certificate of origin)
Handling, loadingand unloading at the port or airport and customs clearance
The freightto all ports / airports worldwide
The delivery to your final address
*Therefore, as you may have understood, it is largely easier to let us do everything so that you have to worry about nothing.
 
HIF SHIPPING – DOOR TO DOOR SPECIALIST
We believe that doing our best to ensure direct flow of goods from the supplier to the delivery address is essential for you in order that you should not worry about anything. In order to be the best at this process, we focus on two main things: the proximity with our customers and the quality of our logistic services. This is why we have a multilingual team, worldwide experts, and that we take pride in helping you with any trouble you may have to cope with when shipping your goods. We struggle in providing you best rates and adapted services.

LTL AND FTL TRUCKING
 
For both countries, China and France, we are flexible thanks to our fleet of trucks. That’s why, we are able to manage trucking service, LTL as well as FTL :
 
As container, LTL or less than Truckload, is referred to load stands for less than the capacity of the truck. Naturally, the pricewill be based on the space used.
On the other hand, FTL or Full Truckload shipping refers to when customers has enough goods to fill the truckload. In reality, some clients use it to save time, because the shipment will be delivered faster.
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OUR CUSTOMS BROKER INFORM YOU

CUSTOMS CLEARANCE IN FRANCE
 
When your goods arrive at the EU customs office, they are placed into temporary storage under customs monitoring (no longer than 90 days) until they are set aside for release for free circulation or special procedures.
Info HIF :  You want further information about the process? Check the official customs website to get it: EU import procedures.
 
HOW MUCH DUTIES AND TAXES WILL I PAY ?
 
CALCULATE APPLICABLE TARIFF WITH THE HS CODE
The Harmonized System (HS Code) is an internationally standardized system of names and numbers that aims at classifying traded products in order to determine tariff barriers. It was implemented in 1988 and today; it gathers more than 200 member countries, including France.
The HS code is the identification number attributed to goods through the HTS. Here is all the information contained in a HS code :


f you didn’t determine the HS code of your goods yet, we advise you to find it on this valuable website: Find HS Code. You can also find it on the official European customs website just here: Tariff Number.
You just need to enter keywords that are describing your products. If you have the opportunity, you can also find the HS Code directly with your supplier. In the case of a “pineapple”, you will find the HS code 0804.30 as a result.
You found or know already the HS Code of your products? You now have the necessary information to find the duties and taxes that you are liable to. Reach the dedicated and official page of the France customs: TARIC System – Taxation and customs in Europe.
Let’s continue with the “pineapple” as an example, it will provide you these rates :


DIFFERENT TAXES EXISTING FOR YOUR GOODS
 
In this part, we explain which taxes exist and to which goods and situations they apply.
Info HIF :  Bear in Mind that The tariff structure is subject to frequent changes.
 
EU ANTI-DUMPING TAXES
It is important to follow closely the evolution of anti-dumping taxes from the European Union when it comes to Chinese importations. In order to facilitate you this task, we gather here the main EU anti-dumping taxes for Chinese importations. We recommend you to look before if some taxes exist for your specific goods before importing them.
 
When it comes to steel
The European Commission has prolonged the 2011 anti-dumping measures on Chinese imports of seamless pipes and tubes of stainless steel until 2023. The duties go from 48.3% up to 71.9%.
 
When it comes to solar panel
In September 2017, the European Commission has established the basis for anti-dumping duties imposed on solar products imported from China. The minimum import price known as the MIP has progressively been cut every three months, from October 2017 to July 2018. Against this background, companies that want to sell solar products below the set minimum price have to pay import duties of up to 64.9 %.
 
When it comes to mono-crystalline and poly-crystalline products
In September 2017, the European Commission has decided to lower the MIP for China-made crystalline silicon photovoltaic products on a quarterly basis to match with the global average.
 
When it comes to bikes
The European Union is still thinking over whether to extend anti-dumping duties on Chinese bicycles or not, after that European makers expressed their fear about how the influx of Asian imports could impact negatively their industry.
 
SPECIAL TAXES
The goods that you import for professional or trade purpose are not duty free. Although they are authorized to import, you will effectively have duties to pay on them.
 
Here is the list of the goods that are not free of duty :
Goods for a secondary residence (duties + 20% VAT)
Raw materials + semi-finished products
Tobacco
Alcohol and cellar provisions
 
As detailed above, for goods destined for a secondary residence, you will have to transmit to customs:
 
A certificate from the regional customs directorate of the secondary residence area and its duplicate
The detailed packing list with the value prices of the goods in €, this signed and dated
Documents testifying of the ownership or renting
Documents testifying of the normal residence
Insurance of the transferred goods
Bill of Lading
A well completed cerfa form n°14727*01, supported by any valuable documents
The dutiable amount in cash or bank check
Info HIF : You can find further information on the official website: Here you will find all customs related form: Formulaires : opérations commerciales (échanges commerciaux). Also you can directly have a look on the cerfa No 14727, you will find it here: Cerfa n° 14727 Formulaire DAU.
 
HOW TO GET TAXES EXEMPTION FOR PERSONAL EFFECTS?
 
For your goods to be tax-free, here is what is required :
 
Your personal goods must have no professional purpose at all
Your personal goods must be acquired at least 6 months before you move
You must have lived out of the European Union for at least 12 months before your move
You’re transferring your principal residence to France
You’re importing your belongings within 12 months after your settlement in France
 
WHAT SHOULD I DO TO BE TAX EXEMPTED FOR MY RELOCATION TO FRANCE?
To be not dutiable of any taxes when moving to France, you must provide these documents to customs :
 
A detailed packing list dated and signed in two copies, that indicates all the goods and furniture you will transfer to France
All documents proving that you were living out of the EU and that you’re now settling in France
Before you leave, you can ask to the embassy or consulate you depend on the certificate of change of residence
The cerfa form n°10070*03 declaring personal belongings for entrance in France, well completed and signed for all your precious goods and vehicle.
Info HIF : You want further information about the taxes exemption on personal effects? Check directly the following page: Déclaration d’entrée en France en franchise de biens personnels en provenance de pays tiers à l’Union Européenne (page in French language).
 
DOES HIF SHIPPING CHARGE DUTY?
 
You will not be paying to HIF Shipping any further shipping costs. Indeed, you will be asked instead to pay customs duties, taxes and other import charges related to customs clearance in your home country, as per local regulations

CUSTOMS CONTACT IN CHINA
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Official name: General Administration of Customs of China
Official Website: Chinese Customs Website
 
CUSTOMS CONTACT IN FRANCE
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Official name: Directorate-General of Customs and Indirect Taxes
Official Website: French Customs Website
CUSTOMS CLEARANCE PROCESS
Here is a step-by-step scheme that details the customs clearance process from the entrance of the container on the French territory to the release of goods by customs officers.

Remark HIF : You still have a doubt regarding regarding the whole process? You still have some questions about the taxes you may have to pay? Feel free to contact our experts ! They are at your disposal to answer every single question ! Fill our form in a minute and get an answer within 48h !
 
WHAT ARE THE LICENSES REQUIRED (IMPORT & EXPORT)?
Remark HIF:  In order to get more information about this subject, please look at the article “Exporting from Chine into the EU” and you will get all reliable information when it comes to the customs requirements. You will find the article in the following link: Export from China.
 
NECESSARY DOCUMENTS
 
THE BILL OF LADING OR AIRWAY BILL (BL)
The Bill of lading (or the airway bill in case of Air freight) represents the basic contact between the importer and the shipper. It allows the shipping line (such Maersk, CMA-CGM…) to transport goods (or “container”) to your port/airport of destination and also serve as a receipt and proof for the importer. It could be considered as an official title of purchasing goods.

Here we’re detailing you how is built a BL:
1 = Shipper
2 = Consignee
3 = Notify party
4 = Vessel No.
5 = Port of loading / discharge
6 = Place of receipt / delivery
7 = Containers No.
8 = Goods description
9 = Net weight
10 = Dimensions / volume
 
A PACKING LIST
This is the document that the custom considered when they check your shipment. It is essential to make it properly with all information, usually we detail the HS code(Harmonized System of Tariff Nomenclature) even in the packing list.
 
A CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN (CO)
Certified document provided by the government, we can also call it “Birth certificate“. The Certificate of origin will show every details regarding the origin of the product.
 
A COMMERCIAL INVOICE
This document is the common one, provided directly by the supplier it indicates the goods, quantity and prices but also the buyer and supplier details. A commercial invoice could also indicate several details such HS code, weight, dimensions..
 
INSURANCE CERTIFICATE
The official document from insurance services, it will be considered by the customs when they fix the price of your duties and taxes (if any).
 
SHIPPER’S EXPORT/IMPORT DECLARATION
This document refers to the contact information of the exporter and buyer, which contains a full description, declared value, and destination of the products being shipped.
 
Remark HIF : Some documents are not mentioned above as it is just an indicative list, please feel free to check what will be the requirements with our HIF Customs experts.
 
OUR CUSTOMS BROKER INFORM YOU


PROHIBITED & RESTRICTED ITEMS
Remark HIF : If you have one of the following item, you should check directly with our HIF Experts. Some of those items are restricted or even totally prohibited, it is important to anticipate such shipment to avoid any problem.


TRADE AGREEMENT
 
Most of the trade relations between the EU and China are based on a bilateral basis, meaning that China has particular trade relationship with each member state and not with the EU as a whole. Consequently, it can have negative effect on the capacity of the EU to use their collective economic influence on China when trading. Moreover, the fact that EU is split opposite China has stopped it from implementing an effective strategy regarding its relation with China.
The EU has to try to find a new balance for its relationship with China in order to conserve its economic independence. To do so, the EU has to trade with China as a unit, this is why a EU-China Free Trade Agreement may be a potential means to impulse a policy change. Today, neither the EU nor China is ready for a FTA even though it is evolving on the right path.
 
TRADE RELATIONSHIP
 
Though China is France’s second largest supplier after Germany, the Chinese market is only the seventh largest market for French exports. Trade between both countries effectively remains moderate. However, the rise in the value of French exports to China and the imports of Chinese products in France over the past year indicate an encouraging development of the trade between both countries.
Regarding French industries, there are positive results in China in 2017. On one hand, aerospace construction products’ exports account for 34 % of the value of French exports to China. On the other hand, clothing, communication and peripheral equipment and computers represent the most imported products in France from China.
It is true that China is an important market for French companies. Some French industries record improve their revenue thanks to exports to China, especially when it comes to luxury products, food and beverage, high-tech goods and art.  In France, we count currently more than 700 Chinese and Honk-Kong companies’ subsidiaries.
 
HIF Remark : Because the entire procedure must be done quick, and it will be a headache for a novice, you can fully trust on our efficiency with French customs procedures. The origin of our company is French, a certain number of our crew are french speakers which allows us to service the best between those 2 countries: China and France. Don’t waste time, contact us and check it by yourself !
 
ADDITIONAL SHIPPING SERVICES
 
OUR WAREHOUSING SERVICES
 
STORAGE SERVICE IN CHINA
Thanks to our worldwide network, we can store your goods in China in all the major cities.  Our company is proud to offer storage solutions with a multitude of storage options suited to your needs.
Indeed, we believe that one of the key points of a supply chain is warehousing. In order to meet the demand, our facilities are multi-users and this allows a great flexibility. You have also the possibility to choose customized and unique warehouses.
Whether you need a maximum level of storage security for precious goods, or refrigerated storage services, we offer full warehouses services monitored by our skilled staff.
 
Info HIF: You want further information about our warehousing services ? Check directly our dedicated page: Storage services.
 
STORAGE SERVICE IN FRANCE
We can store your goods in China before departure but we can also store them in France before delivery.
Just like in China, be sure that in addition to warehousing, we aim at facilitating you the task when in France, by taking charge of everything things, including:
Competitive storage rates
Receive stocks
Track stored products
CCTV Security 24/7
 
OUR PACKING/UNPACKING SERVICES
 
Packaging is a key and indispensable step in any shipment. In order to optimize the transport conditions, a professional packing service is highly recommended for the safety of your goods. Our packing experts will work with you and your product’s specificities, and provide solutions for packaging options to ensure safe transport and delivery.
 
Info HIF : Packing is essential for convey products under optimal conditions all along the logistics process.
 
PACKING MATERIAL
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Carton boxes are the most basic type of packing material. There are different kinds of carton boxes: corrugated, plywood boxes etc. Cartons are still the main item used to pack small and medium goods, even if it is an old school method.
 
Palletization
Palletization is considered to be the main packing option for almost all goods, and all transportation modes. Compared to the delivery of non-palletized goods, pallet shipping represents a significant cost. On the other hand, the price-quality ratio due to the real minimization of risks and potential damage to deliveries makes the pallet of goods an indispensable tool in the goods transport industry.
 
Wooden pallets are strong and resistant. They also offer an elevated level of safety because wood provides a high level of friction, which is a substantial advantage over plastic. This ensures that goods will not slip easily once on the pallet.
Plastic pallets are also an excellent option for goods packing. However, as plastic is more expensive than wood, it implies that the initial costs can be considerable. So this is an obvious disadvantage.
Wooden boxes
The wooden boxes are a really advantageous type of packing because they provide full protection to your goods during transit. Moreover, our company offers a wide range of wooden boxes. It is adapted for voluminous and heavy items like furniture… Indeed, this gives them a better protection during the transfer and ease and secures the handling steps.
 
OTHERS: BUBBLE WRAP, TAPE, WRAPPING PAPER… 
We advise you to wrap all your fragile/sensitive goods with bubble wrap, like glass or porcelain to prevent breakage. We offer specific packing according to your items’ needs.
 
WHY PACKING IS IMPORTANT FOR THE INSURANCE?
Packing is very important for the insurance because your insurers could reject the refund if they consider the packaging of the damaged goods to be insufficient.
 
FREIGHT INSURANCE
We negotiated with the best-certified insurers to select the most attractive package for our clients, both in terms of cost and safety. We propose moving insurance because it is really important that our customers may be insured in case of incidents.
 
HOW MUCH DOES A FREIGHT INSURANCE COST?
The method of calculation of your insurance cost is the following. You have to add the value of your goods and the value of your freight, then you apply a 1-3% factor on it, depending on your products’ category.
HIF Info : You can go deeper, to know what freight insurance will suit the best to your cargo by consulting our dedicated article Freight Insurance.
 
CONTROL QUALITY IN CHINA
Our experts systematically control the quality of your goods, because we highly think that it essential in order to avoid any issue. Furthermore, we establish close relationship with your supplier to keep your freight safe.
 
RELATIONSHIP WITH SUPPLIER
As we speak Chinese, it is easier for us to discuss with suppliers to arrange pick up, packing needs, licenses and the compliance of your products with EU norms. Moreover, even if your incoterm of purchase FOB, we check all for you with your supplier, such as the volume, the weight, the HS codes. Indeed, we believe that having close relationship with the suppliers is essential in order to reduce the risks of unpredictable events and not to have misunderstandings.

3PL SERVICES IN CHINA
 
ORDER FULFILLMENT/PACKING & LABELLING IN CHINA
Order fulfillment is defined as the steps involved in receiving, processing and delivering orders to end customers. As a freight forwarder, we provide this service and we consider that it is absolutely essential to do perfect orders, that is to say, orders that are on time, complete, and undamaged, along with the correct paperwork to accompany it.
 
LAST MILE DELIVERY
As consumers increasingly turn to e-commerce for all their shopping needs, the need of last mile delivery is rampant. This notion describes the movement of people and goods from a transportation hub to a final destination in the home. At HIF Shipping, we provide this service for small parcels.
 
SHIPPING PERSONAL EFFECTS FROM CHINA
 
EXCESS BAGGAGE
If you have excess baggage such as a suitcase that exceeds the permitted airline weight, or simply bulky goods that you want to take with you, we can help you deal with it. Indeed, we can provide tailored baggage-shipping quotes in order that you may pay only for the space that your goods occupy in the container.
 
MOVING SERVICE FROM CHINA TO FRANCE
We also offer relocation services. In order to get more information about them, please go on our dedicated website and do not hesitate to contact one of our moving department experts: HIF Relocation.
 
FREE REGULATION ADVISOR
 
Beyond shipping services, we take time to accompany you for all administrative paperwork you may need to get and deal with during your international shipment.
More than 10 years of expertise in Asia, enables us to deliver tailor-made freight solutions at hyper competitive prices. Do not hesitate to contact our dedicated staff for more information about your transfer, we’re always happy to serve and spread knowledge! 
 
CONCLUSION
At HIF-Shipping, our experience in every stage of the supply chain is an important asset.
We are leveraging our expertise in the field to offer and develop services which are tailored to suit our customers’ requirements and always adaptable according to their specific needs.
Interested in our logistics services? Need further assistance & dedicated information?
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