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Practical \'how to\' export to FR with an emphisis on compliance/EU regulations

Practical \'how to\' export to FR with an emphisis on compliance/EU regulations

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  • 1. “ Global Logistics Solutions” Export/Forwarding Services Customs Brokers Since 1915
  • 2. Business Opportunities In France Exporting Is Easy-Focus on Export Logistics for shipments to France Presented By: Chas W. Watson LCB, CCS
  • 3. What we will cover:
    • -‘ Terms of Sale’ (INCOTERMS) and why they matter
    • -Basic Documentation
    • -Role of the forwarder
    • -Shipping and Packaging Issues
    • -Export Resources
    • -Questions!
  • 4. Inco terms
    • IN ternational CO mmercial TERMS
    • or ‘ incoterms’ clearly define the buyer’s and seller’s responsibilities in an international transaction.
  • 5. Incoterms
    • Developed by the ICC (International Chamber of Commerce)
    • Eliminates possible disputes
    • Allow the buyer and seller to more accurately predict their costs
    • Do not convey title
  • 6. Incoterms
    • Remember:
    • Everything in foreign trade (documents, transportation, insurance, payment terms) revolves around the basic contract of sale.
    • Transactions work well only when both the seller and buyers wishes are clearly expressed and followed.
    • Incoterms provide that clarity in a ‘country neutral’ & widely accepted manner.
  • 7. Inco terms
    • Mode of Transport and the Appropriate Inco term
    • ANY MODE OF EXW Ex Works (…Named Place)
    • TRANSPORT FCA Free Carrier (…Named Place)
    • INCLUDING CPT Carriage Paid to (…Named place of destination)
    • MULTIMODAL CIP Carriage and Insurance paid to place of destination)
    • DAF Delivered at Frontier (…Named Place)
    • DDU Delivered Duty Unpaid (…Named Place of destination)
    • DDP Delivered Duty Paid (…Named place of destination)
    AIR TRANSPORT FCA Free Carrier (…Named Place) RAIL FCA Free Carrier (…Named Place) TRANSPORT SEA AND INLAND FAS Free Alongside Ship (…Named Port of shipment) WATERWAY FOB Free on Board (…Named Port of shipment) TRANSPORT CFR Cost and Freight (…Named Port of destination) CIF Cost, Insurance and Freight (..Named port of destination) DES Delivered Ex Ship (…Named Port of destination)
  • 8.  
  • 9. Basic Documentation commercial invoice
    • 1. Shipper/Exporter: Contact name, company name, full address
    • 2. Country of Manufacture: The country in which each of the commodities in your shipment was originally manufactured or produced
    • 3. Consignee: If possible use a street address and include their VAT number
    • 4. Your description of each commodity must include:
    • Full description
    • Harmonized code (where possible)
    • Reason for export/intended use
    • Any part or serial numbers
    • 5. Sign the Declaration That certifies all information is ‘true and correct’. Ensure that all the information is consistent and accurate.
    • Remember: Certain commodities may need extra documentation or export licenses.
  • 10. Basic Documentation Export Packing List
    • Considerably more detailed and informative than a standard domestic packing list.
    • It an itemizes the material in each individual package and indicates the type of package, such as a box, crate, drum, or carton.
    • Shows the individual net, legal, tare, and gross weights and measurements for each package (in both U.S. and metric systems).
    • Package markings should be shown along with the shipper's and buyer's references.
    • Used by the shipper or forwarding agent to determine the total shipment weight and volume and whether the correct cargo is being shipped.
    • U.S. and foreign customs officials may use the list to check the cargo
  • 11. Basic Documentation other documents for Imports into France
    • Bill of Lading (air or Ocean)- Typically prepared by the forwarder for a shipper, acknowledging that specified goods have been received on board a conveyance (ship, plane, etc) to a named place for delivery to a consignee
    • Shippers Letter of Instruction- From the Shipper instructing the Freight Forwarder how and where to send the shipment
    • Certificate of Origin- Not required for most products into France, but still requested on occasion. Textiles from Asia may be an exception
    • Import permits - Permits are required from Service des Titres du Commerce Exterieur (SETICE) for the following: * Most Food Products * Steel * Textiles and clothing * Livestock, animals and their parts * Firearms, Ordnance
    • * Radioactive materials and nuclear reactors
    • NOTE- These permits are obtained by the buyer (importer in France)
  • 12. Role of the Forwarder
    • International Freight Forwarder- A third party service provider that arranges transport on asset based carriers on behalf of clients. Services may include:
    • Assist with freight quotes and costs of international shipping.
    • Booking space for freight on airlines, vessels and other modes of transport.
    • Provide a shipper with the foreign destination's documentary requirements.
    • Prepare shipping documents, banking and other collection papers necessary in the transaction.
    • Process shipping documents and handles certification and legalization procedures
    • Distribute documents to the necessary parties in the transaction - banks, buyers, suppliers, etc.
    • Arrange for Marine insurance coverage.
    • Arrange for foreign customs clearance
    • Advise on Packaging and ISPM 15 Compliance
    • Provide information on Dangerous Goods (DG)
    • Assist in research for Export Licensing
    • AES/Export Declaration filing
  • 13.  
  • 15. Resources
    • Office of European Community Affairs U.S. Department of Commerce 14th & Constitution, Rm. 3314 Washington, D.C. 20230 Tel: (202) 482-5276 Fax: (202) 482-2897 Email: [email_address]
    • Web Site:
    • U.S. Commercial Service's Export Assistance Center
    • U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)
  • 16. Questions/Comments
    • A few words about importing…