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Virtually all import duties are on an ad valorem CIF (cost, insurance, and freight) value basis. Minimum tariff rates apply to imports from countries that extend corresponding advantages to France. General rates, fixed at three times the minimum, are levied on imports from other countries. France adheres to the EU's common external tariff for imports. Most raw materials enter duty-free, while most manufactured goods have a tariff of 5% to 17%. The recession of the early 1980s gave rise to calls for protectionist measures (e.g., against Japanese electronic equipment), but the socialist government remained ostensibly committed to free trade principles. Observers noted, however, that cumbersome customs clearance procedures were being used to slow the entry of certain Japanese imports, notably videotape recorders, to protect French firms. There is a standard 18.6% VAT on most imports, with a reduced rate of 5.5% for basic necessities.

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Jun 29, 2010 @ 11:11 am
My daughter is starting a 4 week study abroard program in Paris with a US university. While traveling prior to arriving in Paris, her backpack w/ computer was stolen. Being the good mother I am, I purchased in the US a new laptop and shipped it to the student center in Paris. Now I find out we have to pay 229 euros in import taxes. This on top of US sales tax and shipping! She will be in Paris only until the end of July, is it possible to get some kind of refund? If I had been aware of this tax, I would have had her purchase the computer in France.
It seems so unfair.
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Jul 30, 2010 @ 3:03 am
france shouldn't be about that! the technology of the france import should be about the government and other political subjects
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Dec 4, 2010 @ 9:21 pm
Does anyone know the customs duty on importing mineral water from France?
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Mar 25, 2011 @ 10:22 pm
My company plans to export wiper blades (C/O from Viet Nam or Korea) to France. I would like to know the import tariff tax imposed on this kind of product.
Thank you!
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Jun 4, 2011 @ 12:12 pm
I was carrying about 17 lit. of water as i am going to Europe Tours, I m from India,Asia ! Would they gonna consider it for a tax of customs or not. If Yes What They would take it as a cost and How much is tax. ?
MAY WONG
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Feb 16, 2012 @ 1:01 am
we would like to check the import tax from Bangalesh to France, tks
lenka
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Jul 1, 2012 @ 7:07 am
hello, do I pay any customs fee if I order a jacket from France to New Zealand? Thx a lot

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