With a presence in France and in more than 40 countries, DocShipper Group offers you its services to assist you in your purchasing and international logistics process.
France is an ideal location for import-export. It has a very advantageous geographical position, as it is located in the middle of Europe. The international air and sea trade links are therefore very important with France.
DocShipper services in France
Sea freight services from/to France
Allowing to send goods with a very important volume to the other side of the world, the sea freight is the means of transport offering the most competitive prices. It's also the most used. Two formulas are available with sea freight:
- Less container load (LCL) : Your goods are grouped in a single container with those of other shippers.
- Full container load (FCL) : The entire container is yours. It will be sealed from departure to arrival.
Air freight services from/to France
Allowing to ship goods over relatively long distances, air freight is known to deliver goods in the shortest time. It's indeed the fastest solution, since the packages across the world in only a few days. However, it's an expensive and polluting means of transportation. Two options are also available with air freight:
- Conventional Air Cargo: With the type of cargo, your goods will use the space available in the commercial flights of conventional airlines, such as Qatar Airways, Air France, or American Airlines.
- Express Air Freight: This method is used in most cases to transport small packages, weighing less than 100 kgs. We recommend using express companies, such as Fedex, DHL, UPS, TNT...
Road freight services from/to France
Used to transport goods simply between different terminals, such as an office or a warehouse to or from an airport, port or railway station, road freight is a method that remains indispensable in the transportation field.
If the transport distance is relatively short, road freight can be used as a door-to-door solution. This method is used for example for cross-border transports.
Post-transport services in France
Various solutions are offered to you in terms of post-transport logistics in France. If you want to store your goods for a short or long time, we offer you the possibility to rent a space in our warehouses.
We are also able to offer you a packing service. This service is very important. Neglecting this step would be a mistake, because it's what conditions the rest of the operations. If it's not well done, you expose yourself to the fact that your goods are defective when they arrive at their final destination.
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Customs clearance services in France
This clearance process is mandatory. In order for your goods to enter the market of destination, they must imperatively obtain the approval of the customs authorities upon their arrival at the border of a country. It's therefore necessary to prepare all the necessary documents for the certification of the conformity of the products.
DocShipper Alert: Make sure that your goods has all the necessary documents proving its conformity and compliance with the standards. If the documents are not in order, you risk having your goods seized. To avoid this, contact our DocShipper experts! They will help you with all the necessary steps and help you to prepare your goods for import or export.
Procurement services in France
The procurement service is a customized support service for all your projects. DocShipper will help you with the entire purchasing process:
- Supplier search: We search for suppliers corresponding to your expectations and demands.
- Price negotiation: With our years of experience in import / export, we negotiate prices with suppliers for you.
- Sampling: We organize for you the sending of a sample, so that you can analyze your product, before launching its production.
- Compliance: We ensure that your goods comply with all regulations in your market.
- Quality control: We check the quality of your products during the quality control, and we make sure that they correspond to your request.
- International logistics: We support you in your entire logistics process, from the supplier to the final destination of your goods.
DocShipper's logstics services from and to France
Logistics services in Paris
Located in the Ile de France region, Paris, the capital of France, has more than 2 million inhabitants.
The city is divided in two by the Seine River. With two international airports, Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle and Orly, the French capital is most easily served by air freight.
However, sea freight is possible to Paris, but the process will take more time. Indeed, goods arriving by sea must first make a stopover at the port of Le Havre, considered as the nearest international trade port to Paris, and then continue their journey on the Seine, to arrive at the autonomous port of Paris.
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Logistics services in Marseille
Marseille is ranked as the second largest city in France, after Paris. Located in the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur region, my city has more than 868,000 inhabitants, and covers an area of 240.62 km2.
The city of Marseille has the advantage of an international port, the Grand Port Maritime de Marseille Fos, and an international airport, the Marseille Provence international airport. Importing and exporting to and from Marseille is therefore a very accessible process.
Logistics services in Lyon
Located in the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region, Lyon is ranked as the 3rd largest city in France. It has nearly 520,000 inhabitants, on an area of 47.87 km2.
As the city of Marseille, Lyon has the advantage of combining two types of freight: sea and air. Indeed, the city contains a commercial port, called the Port of Lyon. It is divided into two container terminals, named T1 and T2. The handling capacity of these two terminals is 450,000 TEU per year. The city also has the second largest airport freight platform in France: Lyon Saint-Exupéry International Airport.
Logistics services in Toulouse
Known as the "pink city", Toulouse is one of the largest and most important cities in France. Located in the Occitanie region, Toulouse has an area of 118.30 km2, with a population of nearly 490,000 inhabitants. The city has an international airport: Toulouse Blagnac airport, which allows it to receive air freight from abroad. The city also has the advantage of having a maritime terminal about 30 kms from its city center, the Toulouse Maritime Terminal, in the town of Grisolles. There, many sea freight departures and arrivals take place.
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Transport terminals in France
International ports in France
The Grand Port Maritime of Marseille Fos
The port of Marseille Fos was built in 1966 by the State. Historically, the autonomous port is a major oil port. The port of Marseille is originally the economic center of the city. Financially, the port is classified as indispensable. However, in recent years, particularly in 2008 and the economic crisis, the port has encountered some difficulties. To cope with these difficulties, the managers decided to rebuild the port in order to diversify their activities, and thus fight against the decline of the oil business. Today, the Grand Port Maritime of Marseille Fos is a major player in international trade, particularly thanks to the transport of goods in containers, as well as dry bulk transport.
Ranked as the No. 1 port in France, the Grand Port Maritime of Marseille Fos handled nearly 91 million tons of goods in 2016. That same year, this port was ranked as the 43rd largest port in the world.
It is composed of two basins: the East Basin, dedicated particularly to the flow of goods as well as to the handling of ships; and the West Basin, dedicated especially to the reception of large ships, as well as to the processing of intercontinental traffic.
In the entire terminal, which covers an area of 10,400 ha, 25 ship calls are counted each day.
The Major Seaport of Havre
The Major Seaport of Le Havre was created in 1517 by King François I. Originally, the port of Le Havre, located in Normandy, was a fortress limiting the entrance to the Seine, but also a trading port and a fishing port. The city of Le Havre was not only born after the construction of the harbor, but it came into being mainly because of it. Le Havre has subsequently become the leading French port in terms of international trade and container traffic, and has connections with more than 650 ports worldwide.
The port of Le Havre is also essential for the transportation of goods to the French capital. Indeed, the access for the goods which have to go to Paris via the Seine is made in the port of Le Havre.
Ranked as the 2nd largest port in France in terms of total traffic and the 56th largest port in the world in 2017, the Grand Port Maritime of Le Havre handled, in 2017, 68 million tons of goods.
However, the port of Le Havre is ranked as the leading French port in terms of containerized traffic with, in 2017, 2.8 millions TEU. The terminal of Le Havre covers 10,600 ha, and is ISO 9001 and ISO 28000 certified. It also has the Port Environment Review System (PERS) environmental label.
Major Seaport of Dunkerque
Built in the 11th century, the Major Seaport of Dunkerque was founded to have fishing as its main activity. The commercial activity was only born in 1350, thanks to the relations with England and Holland. The port of Dunkerque is strategically located near Lille, which is a city located in the heart of the triangle formed by the French, Belgian and English capitals.
Ranked as the 3rd largest port in France and 88th largest port in the world in terms of total traffic, the Port of Dunkerque handled 53 million tons of goods in 2019.
As regards containerized traffic, the port located in the north of France welcomed, in 2019, 450,000 tons of TEU.
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International airports in France
Paris - Charles de Gaulle Airport
Opened in 1974, Roissy-Charles-De-Gaulle airport is located about 25 km from the city of Paris. This airport was opened following the saturation of the airports of Orly and Le Bourget. The airport is named after President Charles de Gaulle, who was, at the time of the decision to create this airport, President of the Republic in France.
Ranked as France's number one airport and the world's 11th airport in terms of cargo traffic, Roissy-Charles-De-Gaulles airport handled 2.2 million tons of cargo in 2019
With a surface area of 3,200 hectares, the airport has 6 terminals exclusively reserved for cargo aircraft coming from 119 countries. The airport's traffic represents approximately 108 take-offs and landings per hour.
Paris - Orly Airport
Originally, Paris-Orly airport was located in Vitry-Châtillon, and was named Port-Aviation. Inaugurated on May 23, 1909, Orly was the first organized airfield in the world, and was used as an air meeting point. During the Second World War, the airport was used as an airfield for Allied aircraft.
Currently, the airport of Paris-Orly is located 10 km from Paris. With a surface area of 1,528 hectares, it takes its name from the commune in which it's located.
Ranked 2nd national airport and 10th worldwide in terms of cargo transport, the airport handled 91,829 tons of goods in 2019.
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Voted by the city of Toulouse at its liberation in August 1934, the Toulouse Blagnac international airport was used by the army during World War II. During the war, one of the two existing runways was extended by the German occupation. This runway is still today runway number 1. At the end of the war, the airport is reassigned to civil aviation. It undergoes major work thereafter, to develop air terminals.
Ranked as the 3rd national airport in terms of cargo, Toulouse Blagnac Airport handled 67,986 tons of cargo in 2019.
Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport
Once called Lyon-Satolas, Lyon Saint-Exupéry International Airport was inaugurated in April 1975. It was built against a background of saturation of Lyon-Bron airport. Located in an urban area, Lyon-Bron airport was also unable to receive long-haul aircraft because its runways were too short. Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport was therefore built following a decision by the Lyon Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI), which wanted to promote the city and develop it on an international scale.
Covering an area of 2,000 hectares, Lyon airport handled 57,278 tons of freight in 2019.
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