Fastest-Growing French Export Products

French fireworks display

French fireworks display

The following analysis highlights France’s fastest-growing exported goods and is based on data for 2014. For more recent research statistics, please see the main article France’s Top 10 Exports.

Two of the fastest-growing French export product categories posted triple-digit gains from 2010 to 2014, topped by vegetable products and including coffee, tea and spices.

Please note that this analysis is at the 2-digit Harmonized Tariff System code level, which is better for looking at trends as opposed to uncovering more targeted opportunities at the 6, 8 or 10-digit code level.

Fastest-Growing French Export Products

Listed below in descending order are the fastest-growing export products from France. Shown within parentheses is the percentage increase in a product category’s exports from 2010 to 2014.

  1. Vegetable products: US$22,189,000 (up 115.3% since 2010)
  2. Coffee, tea and spices: $1,011,014,000 (up 111.5%)
  3. Clocks and watches: $2,861,491,000 (up 94.1%)
  4. Gems, precious metals, coins: $7,304,471,000 (up 66.8%)
  5. Silk: $127,444,000 (up 57.0%)
  6. Footwear: $3,229,845,000 (up 55.2%)
  7. Other base metals: $839,063,000 (up 54.5%)
  8. Paper yarn, woven fabric: $513,398,000 (up 54.4%)
  9. Collector items, art, antiques: $1,465,166,000 (up 51.1%)
  10. Tobacco: $1,121,054,000 (up 46.1%)

Coffee, tea and spices was also on our list of France’s fastest-growing export product categories. Vegetable products were not.

The prime component in driving improvements in French exports for the former category was coffee. Sales of exported French coffee rose from $318.1 million in 2010 to $770.8 million in 2014.

Clocks and watches represent a somewhat surprising gainer, given that many consumers now use smartphones to check the time.

Research Sources:
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on March 6, 2015

Trade Map, International Trade Centre, Accessed on March 6, 2015