France is one of the most important logistics hubs in Europe and in the world, as some of the largest manufacturing companies sending products all over the world are located here. Also, global FMCG producers have set up branches in France from where their goods are sent all over Europe thanks to the modern and developed infrastructure.
Foreign investors interested in setting up large companies can open transportation and storage companies under very advantageous conditions in France. The transportation of goods be done by land, air or water from France to the rest of the world.
Below our company formation agents in France explain the requirements for opening a transportation and storage business here.
Before starting the company registration process, the investor must first make sure he or she has the necessary capital to invest in the transportation fleet. For those offering both transport and storage services, warehouses or land plots where these will be build must be purchased or leased. The French government offer advantageous conditions for those acquiring land for setting up storage facilities.
Once the steps above are secured, the company incorporation can be completed. Our local consultants can assist with the registration of the French business for transport and storage.
Commercial transportation and storage of goods are subject to several national and international laws, as France is a signatory member of various agreements. Under the French Civil Code, the sale and supply of commercial goods must be done only after a sale-purchase agreement has been concluded.
At EU level, freight forwarders are not required to obtain any special licenses, however, the merchandise must be accompanied by several documents, among which:
All land transportation companies must respect the road and hour restrictions imposed on certain roads.
For full information on the requirements for setting up a transporting and storage business in France, please contact our local advisors.