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 : 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.
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.
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
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.
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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 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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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