B2B Imports from the USA

Import from the USA to France – You want to import goods from the USA to France and book them easily? No problem with the multi-carrier shipping platform we show you how to import your goods from Northamerica. On Simply compare prices and choose from a variety of well-known shipping service providers on our multi-carrier platform.

With an import share of around 6.9% in 2022, the USA ranks fifth as one of France’s most important trading partners, ahead of China.1 he most important imported goods from the USA in recent years have included data processing equipment, electrical and optical products, motor vehicles and vehicle parts, other vehicles such as aeroplanes as well as crude oil and petroleum products.2 n 2022, a total of around USD 818 billion worth of goods were imported into France; a huge increase of around USD 102.9 billion compared to the previous year.3

This also increases the demand from French B2B companies for flexible shipping services for overseas routes between the USA and France. Companies wishing to import goods from Northamerica can use our shipping calculator to easily compare the shipping rates of all carriers and book directly online – without any contract or volume commitments or language barriers.

And if you do have any queries, you can always rely on our personal customer service.

Multi-carrier: Always the right shipping service provider for your shipment.

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Import Express from the US

Shipping times may vary depending on the shipping option you choose and the size of your shipment. If you want to ensure that your urgent goods reach you in the shortest possible time, we recommend express shipping. Express shipping via well-known shipping service providers such as UPS, DHL Express, TNT or FedEx via our shipping platform ensures on-time delivery with transit time guarantees. This makes import shipping processes easier to plan and saves resources, especially in small and medium-sized companies. By the way, the transit times for each carrier are displayed directly in the price comparison.

Strong shipping service providers for your US-imports

In addition to the price, the transit time and the choice of shipping partner often play an important role when importing to France. For SMEs in particular, the ability to plan delivery is an important criterion for providing delivery slots. The decision for and against a shipping service provider is often based on experience, i.e. on trust in the service performance(s) of the respective carrier. With us, you have the choice, depending on the shipping option and requirement:

Import from the USA with DHL Express

DHL Express is part of the Deutsche Post DHL Group, one of the largest international shipping service providers in the world. DHL Express specialises in international express and parcel shipping. Present in more than 220 countries, the shipping service provider has a large air freight network – also for goods imports from Northamerica.

Import from the USA with UPS

The United Parcel Service (UPS) is a US courier express parcel service operating worldwide. The subsidiary UPS Airlines is responsible for all UPS air transport. With one of the largest air freight fleets in the world, UPS is a reliable shipping partner for your imports from Northamerica to France.

Import from the USA with FedEx

FedEx is also a globally active US courier and logistics company based in the USA. TNT Express was a Dutch CEP service provider and has officially been a subsidiary of FedEx since May 2015. The air freight division FedEx Express is the world’s number one cargo airline and has an excellent transport network. This means that nothing should stand in the way of an import from the USA.


Regardless of whether you want to import parcels, pallets or documents from the USA, the price comparison will clearly show you the carriers available for your shipping requirements. After booking, you can track all your goods in transit via the shipment tracking function – regardless of which carrier you have booked.

Spezial Versand einfach und schnell buchen

Shipping by air freight is the fastest way to import your goods from the USA to France. Our shipping experts in Special Service will be happy to support you.

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Whether hazardous goods, same day, on-board courier or air freight, we will find a solution for your special shipment needs.

Customs duties for French importers

In principle, the requirements for importers to import goods from the USA to France are quite straightforward. Especially if you book via a multi-carrier shipping platform. Nevertheless, as the importer (the party ordering a shipment), you should ensure that the shipping documents are available to the exporter (the sender).

The three most important customs-relevant terms briefly explained:

What is a customs tariff number (goods tariff number)?

The customs tariff number, often also referred to as the goods tariff number, is required in order to determine the import regulations for the goods in question. This numerical code can be used to determine the import and, if applicable, existing export duties. This is required for all imports from outside the EU. You can request the customs tariff number from French customs.

How high are the customs duties for imports from the USA?

You can obtain information on the customs rate, i.e. the amount of your Import sales tax (VAT), directly from customs. If you have commissioned a customs broker or have a customs representative in your company, they will be in contact with customs and can enquire about the amount at any time. This is because the amount of customs duties varies depending on the value of the goods and the type of goods.

Supplier connection – More transparency for your supplier costs

As an importing company, you often have many different suppliers from different countries. This often makes it difficult to keep track of supplier costs, even for import shipments from the USA. We provide a solution here: On the shipping platform, you have the option with your LetMeShip account to invite all your international suppliers and link them to your account (customer account). This ensures that your suppliers book at the conditions you have set. In this way you avoid possible price negotiations and also secure the best price.

In addition, you can determine whether your supplier is only allowed to ship to specified addresses and which shipping service providers and services are available for selection. Billing is done via your account, so you always have an overview of your shipping costs, even if your supplier is responsible for the booking. All shipments booked by a supplier based abroad are displayed in the system as import shipments.

Exports from France to the USA

France’s export share to the USA was around 7.9% in 2022. This puts the USA in third place among the most important export countries for France.4 TThe most important export goods are road vehicles and medical and pharmaceutical products.5 Accordingly, goods are also frequently exported from France to the USA. On our shipping and booking platform, you can also compare the prices for your parcels, pallets and documents for your goods exports and track booked shipments accordingly in the shipment tracking system. You can find more information about exporting goods on our export page.


Sources :

1) UN Comtrade. (3 May, 2023). France: Most important importing countries in 2022

2) UN Comtrade. (3 May, 2023). France: Shares of the most important import goods in total import trade in 2022

3) WTO. (7 April, 2023). France: Import of goods from 2012 to 2022 (in billion US dollars)

4) UN Comtrade. (3 May, 2023). France: Most important export countries in 2022

5) UN Comtrade. (3 May, 2023). France: Shares of the most important export goods in total export trade in 2022