In 2017, Scotland sold £2.4 billion worth of exports to France. This is 7.6% of Scotland’s total international exports. Between 2013 and 2017, Scottish exports to France increased by an average of 7% each year.

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The benefits of selling to France

The World Bank rates France as the 32nd easiest country in the world to do business with.

France’s a good place to export to because it:

  • has well defined and established laws
  • does not have a lot of regulations which can cause barriers for trade

It’s also a good place for Scottish businesses to export to because:

  • it has a high standard of living and people have money to spend
  • it’s close to Scotland
  • they make, buy and sell lots of different things

What we could sell more of

A Trading Nation uses evidence to work out what Scotland could sell more of.

In France, the key sectors where Scotland could sell more are:

  • chemical sciences
  • metal manufacturing
  • transport equipment
  • textiles

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Help with exporting in France

Scottish Development International offices

Scottish Development International have an office in Paris. They have 4 members of staff focussed on:

  • energy
  • science and technology
  • industries that produce consumer goods

Innovation and Investment Hub

The Scottish Government have an office in Paris. The Innovation and Investment Hub can help businesses:

  • with trade missions
  • with investment projects that create jobs in Scotland
  • work with research, education and cultural institutions
  • find opportunities to develop new products and services in France

GlobalScot

The GlobalScot network has 8 experts in France covering:

  • energy
  • financial and business services
  • food and drink
  • life sciences
  • technology
  • engineering
  • tourism

We’re going to expand the GlobalScot network in France.

Department for International Trade

You can contact the Department for International Trade in France to find opportunities for doing business there.

Franco-British Chamber of Commerce & Industry

The Franco-British Chamber of Commerce & Industry helps its members to work with other businesses in France and Britain. It has a network of public and private partners.

They have an office in Paris and groups in:

  • Dordogne
  • Toulouse et Midi-Pyrénées
  • Burgundy
  • Monaco

You can find more help with exporting.

You can also find more information on exporting to France in A Trading Nation.