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France Importer of Record and IT Shipping

Importing hardware into France requires an Importer of Record that can assist you with EORI numbers and typical shipping documentation.

France Importer of Record at a Glance: 

Importer of Record 

  • If you’re looking to act as the Importer of Record in France, you’ll need an EORI#
  • If you cannot act as your own Importer of Record, FGX can provide Importer of Record services

IT Shipping & Logistics 

  • Shipments into Paris take approximately a week or less for door-to-data center delivery

Importer of Record and Pre-Shipment Documentation 

Importer of Record 

Like other locations in Europe, utilizing Importer of Record services in France is fairly common and uncomplicated. If you have a French entity with an import license, FGX can help you act as your own Importer of Record and assist in the VAT reclamation process once your shipment is finalized. If you are not eligible to act as your own Importer of Record or prefer to utilize an Importer of Record provider, FGX can provide our services as part of our supply-chain solution.


You will need an EORI number for any imports into the EU. Your EORI number allows customs to track your shipment throughout Europe and is an extension of your VAT number. If you are acting as your own Importer of Record then you will need your own EORI number. If FGX is providing you with an Importer of Record service, then one will be provided for you.

Registering for your own VAT ID in France will enable you to submit VAT reclamations on eligible imports. Please read our VAT reclamation article here for more information.

IT Shipping & Logistics

The shipping and logistics process is relatively quick. Air freight takes two to three days, customs clearance takes about a day, and last-mile delivery within the Paris metro area is next day. If you have a knowledgeable supply-chain provider you should be able to complete your shipment, end-to-end, within a week or less.

FGX manages all of our client’s shipments door-to-door (or door-to-datacenter). This case study showcases how we navigated IT logistics and importation into France at the time that it was written. Regulations and challenges are constantly changing and exact shipping requirements may have changed. To learn more about FGX and how our global shipping platform can help your company, reach out here.