Container Shipping to France from USA
Our 25 years of experience has allowed us to expertly ship containers to France from the USA. Because we feature shipping lines departing from all major ports, we can help streamline your business operations by handling logistics for container shipments of anything from consumer goods to capital goods. Our shipped products range from foods, feeds and beverages to industrial supplies and materials, and even automotive vehicles, including cars, parts, and engines.
Here's how it works:
It’s all a simple process, with our company guiding the way, as we provide the appropriate documents to meet export compliance standards. Because we are able to handle all your container shipping needs, you don’t need to worry about much except operating your business and expanding. Providing our prospective customers with relevant information on container shipping to France is what we do. But in a greater sense, we also strive to assist your business in container shipping efficiency, aided by the availability of tracking information for peace of mind. Don't worry if any of this is confusing. We will always guide you through the steps.
Information For USA Based Companies -
Need to ship a container to France? Be aware that you may need a license to export certain types of commodities/goods. Those who are unsure whether or not a license is required can consult with us to provide that information. Just fully fill out the quote form and we will be happy to share that information. The receiver, or importer, pays any and all import duties at the time of pickup at the destination port.
Sometimes, the US Department of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) delegates authority to other US government agencies. This happens when certain controlled commodities are involved. Even though the CBP is the governing body responsible for enforcing laws and regulations for all goods exiting the USA, other government agencies take charge in regards to controlled commodity licensing requirements. An example would be a pharmaceutical company in the US shipping a container to France. This company would require a license from the Drug Enforcement Administration to export its prescription drugs.
It’s helpful to know agency information, phone numbers, and basic commodities/products requiring export licenses. For this information, turn to the websites of the U.S. Department of Commerce; Bureau of Industry and Security; Department of State; Directorate of Defense Trade Controls; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Drug Enforcement Administration; Nuclear Regulatory Commission; Office of Foreign Assets Control; and the Bureau of the Census. This is where you’ll find information from other government agencies that hold export control responsibilities, too. Check out this link to learn more about international trade importing/exporting containers: US Customs & Border Protection - Basic Importing and Exporting. If for some reason a USA based company needs information on import duties for a customer, contact the French Embassy in Washington DC.
Be sure to completely fill out the quote form for container shipping to France. We will inform you if your shipment requires a permit or license to be exported. See the big green "Get Rates" button? Click it and let us know what you plan to ship.
Information for France Based Companies -
French based businesses ready to import goods must determine if a special license is required first. Importing controlled goods without a license/permit can mean your container shipment may get confiscated. The receiving company in France should be well-prepared and knowledgeable in areas of import duties and/or permits to ensure that problems do not come up at time of entry. USA-based companies need not worry about paying import duties; these fees are the responsibility of the receiver at time of pickup in France. We strongly encourage the importer to contact the French Customs Department to learn about tariffs, trade restrictions, and more. Please note, the link is in French.
Shipping Container Measurements - 20ft, 40ft, 40ft HC
Even though the 20ft container and the 40ft HC are our most common container sizes, every customer’s needs are different. The size of the container will depend on the size of the product that is to be shipped. Check out our container dimensions here to help guide you in your decision on which container to select. On your quote form, specify whether you need a 20ft, 40ft, 40ft HC (High Container) container. The right-hand picture shows the difference in height between a 40ft container and a 40ft HC.Marine Insurance - Protecting Your Product
Optional marine insurance is a good bet if you want peace of mind. Because accidents do happen, you want to insure your products in the event of damage during shipment. According to COGSA (Carriage of Goods by Sea Act), legally the person or company on the Bill of Lading is entitled to $500 if equipment is broken or lost in shipment. Therefore, it stands to reason you don’t want to end up getting paid a $500 entitlement on, say, $50,000 (USD) of electronics if damage does occur. And because the ship will rock while at sea, you should also properly pack your products, especially fragile items and valuables, carefully prior to loading. We can help you determine the amount of marine insurance you will need, as this depends on the stated product value.
Get Marine Insurance to Protect Your Container Shipments and Avoid Damage Fees.
Why choose us over the competition?
We have a solid track record and are an Accredited Company registered with the Better Business Bureau. Click the BBB image to the left to validate our A+ Accreditation. When shipping a container to France, both the sender and receiver should only work with a BBB Accredited business.
We are registered with the FMC (Federal Maritime Commission). Click the image to the left and Select "Organization Name" and type in "Ship Overseas". Here is proof of our FMC Certification (also known as a NVOCC License). Never use an international car shipping company who cannot prove they are certified with the Federal Government.
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