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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. ?
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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
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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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Dilly
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Dec 29, 2016 @ 4:04 am
We're off to France in January to stay in a rented house for a week. We plan to have a birthday party while we are there and wanted to take a case of champagne which we already have. We are traveling by car / ferry. Will we have to pay customs tax on the case and how much would that be?
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yogesh
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Aug 21, 2018 @ 11:23 pm
i decide to buy a watch cost $120 from singapore site, How much will I import duty in france?
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Sy
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Sep 12, 2018 @ 6:06 am
Hi, what is the maximum value price which I can buy clothes from USA ship to Paris?
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Ehsan Safi
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Sep 20, 2018 @ 11:11 am
Hi I would like to emport Rice from Asia to France I searching for personne who is working in customs any one know about that thanks
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Jaden Foong
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Jul 5, 2019 @ 7:07 am
To import Malaysia made of paper straws to France, any tax since Form A can be issued from Malaysia governemnt?
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Kim
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Aug 23, 2019 @ 4:04 am
If I order some protein bars of which cost is around 60 dollar (50 euros) from the US, do I need to pay tax for the products?
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yuriy
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Sep 11, 2019 @ 12:00 am
Hi,We bought a house in France and would like to bring our boat to use it in France. What is the customs clearance procedure and what documents should we provide for the boat, and what customs duties should we pay? Thank you.

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