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Establish a Company in the FMCG Sector in France

Updated on Wednesday 12th December 2018

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Establish-a-company-in-the-FMCG-sector-in-France.jpgRetail is one of the most prolific economic sectors in France as the population’s purchase power is a high one. One of the segments of the retail industry is the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector which represents an important share of the products bought by individuals living in France. It should also be noted that FMCG products are categorized according to the International Standard Industrial Classification.

Among the most sold FMCG products are foodstuff, drinks, cosmetics and even over-the-counter drugs. Opening a company in the FMCG sector in France can bring substantial income to owners of such businesses.

Our French company formation consultants can offer more information on the FMCG industry.

Registering a FMCG company in France

Starting a business in the FMCG industry in France begins at the local Commercial Register in the city where the activity will be carried out. It should be noted that depending on the type of business one intends to open, for example a shop, a drug store or a mini-market, the owner must register the company with the specific office of the Chamber of Commerce. Our company registration agents in France can guide you through the company formation process and will also help you with the paperwork which must be submitted with the authorities.

Licensing of companies in the FMCG industry in France

As seen above, there are many products which can be considered as fast-moving consumer goods and depending on the profile of the company, various licenses must be obtained with the authorities. Considering some products are imported, an import license and a certificate of origin will be required when opening a company in the French FMCG sector.

Retail stores must also apply for certain licenses with the city hall in order to be able to sell their products on the chosen premises. The requirements are more stringent for companies selling foodstuff categorized as FMCG as it considered non-durable and specific licenses must be obtained. These products must also be labeled accordingly.

For full information on how to establish a company in the FMCG industry, do not hesitate to contact our company formation representatives in France. Our French agents can also guide you through the company formation process.


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Call us now at +33 9 73 22 01 51 to set up an appointment with our lawyers in Paris, France. Alternatively you can incorporate your company without traveling to France.

As a BridgeWest client, you will beneficiate from the joint expertize of local lawyers and international consultants. Together we will be able to offer you the specialized help you require for your business start-up in France.



Starting a company in France can be difficult since it involves such complex procedures. The team from CompanyFormationFrance is very qualified and benefits from extensive expertise in this area.
Mihai Cuc, Partner of
Enescu & Cuc Law Firm
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