Market entry strategy for exports to France

Our local teams plan & execute

If France is a relatively unknown market for you, you need a clear market entry strategy. This may be different from the strategies you have used so far, as the market structure and the competition is different.

Alliance experts helps you to develop your market entry strategy on the go. We scan the market, launch your product and grow your sales, constantly monitoring the responses and improving your approach.

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Oppportunities for international business in France

France and the United Kingdom have been alternating each other as the second economy of Europe. France is a highly centralized country where mostly in Paris the decisions are made. Other major cities include Marseille, Lyon, Toulouse, and Nice.

As of 2024, France’s population is projected to be around 64.88 million. The country experiences a modest population growth, with a growth rate of approximately 0.15%.

France has one of the world’s largest economies, known for its diverse industrial sectors, including aerospace, automotive, and luxury goods. It is also a leading agricultural producer within Europe.

France is globally recognized for its rich history, art, and gastronomy. It has a strong cultural influence worldwide and is a popular tourist destination. The country has a diverse population with a significant number of people from various ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

WHAT IS THE DISTRIBUTION STRUCTURE IN FRANCE?

The standard distribution route in France involves goods being sent to wholesalers who in turn utilise various channels to reach retail outlets, where they are made available to the consumer. All wholesalers and their warehouses are situated in a convenient, centrally located area for prompt supply. Local shops and other retailers naturally purchase in bulk from the warehouses to make it more cost effective.

Knowledge of the customer base, major gateways, legal matters as well as the distribution structure will be beneficial to your expansion. Having a local partner will help you navigate around the French market and ensure optimal results for your strategies.

WHAT ARE THE ARBITRATION AND LITIGATION PROCESSES IN FRANCE?

ARBITRATION

  • Commercial arbitration is applicable to any sector of the economy.
  • Arbitration is more flexible than litigation. The proceedings can be tailored on a case-by-case basis.
  • In France, arbitration tends to be more expensive than litigation.

LITIGATION

  • Litigation is usually used to settle large commercial disputes.
  • Lawyers from EU countries or Norway, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and Iceland can practice law in France, depending on their original profession qualifications.

Expanding to the France can be challenging. It is advisable to research and plan thoroughly, understand the culture, legal system, and necessary procedures to optimize the outcomes of your strategy.

Why enter the market in France with us?

We know the market from inside-out

We work with local teams, who already know the market, speak the language and know the business culture.

We are active in over 30 countries

We can compare different markets and as we can help you in all of them, we only favor the market that may work out best for you.

You Reduce your risks

We help you avoid cultural misunderstandings, compliance issues, and other risks associated with entering a new market.

Try our services in France

Our structured approach: scan - Launch - Grow

The best way to learn about a market is to start reaching out and adjust your sales pitch on-the-go. This is what we do in our Scan-Launch-Grow approach. 

1st month

We scan the market

We dive into your product and what sales strategy has worked for you in other countries. We show you offering to various potential distributors or customers to collect feedback. And we review your competition so that we can determine the best market entry strategy. 

2nd month

We launch your product

Together with you we develop a first pitch for your target group. We extend our long-list of potential targets further and start reaching out, getting to the right decision makers and pitching your product. And we discuss the results with you, in order to optimise your strategy further.

3rd and next months

We grow your sales

We keep searching for new distributor candidates or clients and reach out to them. We also follow-up on previous contacts we had and on leads that you bring in. We introduce you to interested parties, but we can also support in meetings or close deals on your behalf. Every month we review our results.

Customer Experiences

” Outstanding service! Found the perfect partners in within a few months. Our international sales skyrocketed thanks to their expertise. “

Mehmet Aksoy

RR Engineers

” During our cooperation Alliance experts showed an effective approach and tracking, professionalism and provided the services reliably and on time. “
Nouraldine Banaeinejad

Nouraldin Banaeinejad

CAN Home appliances

” Alliance experts has helped us with clear insights in a market which was relatively new to us. Even under difficult circumstances they found good dealer candidates. “
Alliance Expert found distributors for Harley Davidson

Vitello Benevetti

Harley Davidson

” Alliance Experts strongly supported our growth in African markets. Innovative, effective strategies, and superb communication. “
James Martin

James Martin

Brabantia

” Alliance Experts’ tailored strategies boosted our Europe market presence phenomenally. Exceptional service, highly recommended! “
Jing Zhang

Jing Zhang

Kamtec

” Invaluable local insights led to great distributor matches. Their approach revolutionized our market entry strategy. Highly recommend! “
Francis Huang

Francis Huang

Würth

Companies we have helped with market entry strategy

RR Engineers
Golden Red Trade Solution
Brabantia
HCP – the sweetener company
EEPC India
Molarclean
Le Joyau d’Olive
Hydrologic
Oklas
Apart Group

We are active in over 30 countries