French Trade


French trade – “Liberté, égalité, fraternité” 


“Liberty, equality, fraternity”, the national motto of France speaks volumes about the country and the major part it plays in Europe and across the world. Holding the title as the leading exporter of services and agriculture in the world, France provides 18.1% of European agriculture production and looks to remain a leader in service and agriculture exports for many years to come. But what do they export? What do they import? Find out a bit more below as we take a look at the European Championships Hosts in more detail.


Important imports!

Every year the French eat around 30,000 tonnes of snails but only 1000 tonnes of these are sourced from France. That’s right, 29,000 tonnes of snails are imported in to France every year with a majority of them coming from field within Eastern Europe. It is against the law to carry live snails on a high speed train in France without their own tickets!


Your very own Dairy Godmother!

France is the second largest milk producer in Europe. During 2012 France exported €6.9 Billion worth of dairy products.


Teamwork makes the dream work!

France is Germany’s largest trading partner.

Their Primary Export partners include Germany, Belgium, Italy, Spain, UK, US and the Netherlands.

Their Primary Import partners include Germany, Belgium, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, UK and China.


Trains, Trains, Trains!

France has the second largest rail network in Europe. (29,000Km)


To me!

The main imports to France include machinery and equipment, vehicles, crude oil, aircraft, plastics and chemicals.


To you!

The main exports from France include machinery and transportation equipment, aircraft, plastics, chemicals, pharmaceutical products, iron and steel, beverages, services and agriculture.



Earlier this year we delivered 200 tonnes of turf to the Stade de France earlier this year???

The grass is greener with Espace’s Intelligent International Shipping!


With this in mind France are a country you need to be importing to or exporting from regardless of the industry sector you find yourself in. As a leading power both in trade and politics France will remain leading the charge for many years to come.  Liberty, Equality and Fraternity are all morals which make up the Espace Europe LTD DNA. Working hand in hand with our long standing relationships with hauliers in France, we are able to provide a variety of impressive prices, such as:


  • 20 Kilo parcels to anywhere in France from as little as £25.
  • 1 Tonne pallets from London to Calais from only £95.
  • Full loads from Aberdeen to Nice for £2065.


Small or big, near or far, in or out we’ve got it covered. With four native and/or fluent French speaking colleagues here at Espace, we’re more than prepared to help with your freight needs.


Tony & The Espace Team


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