Highest Value French Export Products

highest value french export products

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Aircraft, packaged medicines, refined oil and turbo-jets were among the highest value French export products in 2016.

Perfumes, cosmetics, jewelry and wine also made the top rankings. This is not surprising, given that France attracts many tourists and is considered a world leader in the global fashion industry.

The following list shows which French exports generated the most money in sales during 2016. Unlike most information currently available on the web, the items below are detailed at the 4-digit tariff code level. This granularity can help entrepreneurs identify precisely which products in which France has strong competitive advantages over other nations — and where there are potential opportunities.

France is the world’s seventh-largest exporter.

Highest Value French Export Products

Below are the 20 highest value export products shipped from France in 2016. Shown within brackets for each item is the percentage change in value from 2009.

  1. Aircraft, spacecraft: US$45.5 billion (up 56.1% since 2009)
  2. Medication mixes in dosage: $22.8 billion (down -18.4%)
  3. Cars: $18.4 billion (down -7.7%)
  4. Automobile parts/accessories: $14.7 billion (down -1.2%)
  5. Turbo-jets: $11.5 billion (up 24%)
  6. Wine: $9.1 billion (up 18.7%)
  7. Aircraft parts: $7.6 billion (up 42.8%)
  8. Beauty/makeup/skin care preparations: $7.3 billion (up 31.3%)
  9. Processed petroleum oils: $7 billion (down -32.9%)
  10. Integrated circuits/microassemblies: $6.7 billion (up 47.6%)
  11. Trucks: $6.4 billion (up 108.5%)
  12. Cases, handbags, wallets: $5.9 billion (up 64.6%)
  13. Blood fractions (including antisera): $5.5 billion (up 41.8%)
  14. Jewelry: $4.7 billion (up 216%)
  15. Alcohol (including spirits, liqueurs): $4.6 billion (up 42.7%)
  16. Engines (diesel): $4.5 billion (up 27.3%)
  17. Phone system devices: $4.5 billion (up 14.1%)
  18. Perfumes, toilet waters: $4.2 billion (up 2.4%)
  19. Lower-voltage switches, fuses: $4.2 billion (up 1%)
  20. Wheat: $3.4 billion (down -9.9%)

Among these lucrative French exports, jewelry posted the fastest gain in value up 216% since 2009. French-made trucks placed second with a 108.5% improvement, followed by the cases, handbags and wallets subcategory (up 64.6%). Aircraft and spacecraft appreciated 56.1% over the 7-year period.

Overall, all French exports increased in value by 5.3% from 2009 to 2016.

See also France’s Top 10 Imports, France’s Top 10 Exports and France’s Top Import Partners

Research Sources:
International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Database (GDP based on Purchasing Power Parity). Accessed on February 12, 2017

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports and World Population, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on February 12, 2017

Trade Map, International Trade Centre, www.intracen.org/marketanalysis. Accessed on February 12, 2017