France: Trade & Customs 2016
Despite the French economy still struggling with high unemployment and rigid labour laws, at the end of 2015 its trade gap decreased from €4.87 billion to €4.63 billion. This was mainly due to a 3 per cent increase in exports, a rise that fell short of market expectations; as such, the forecast for 2016 is a slow but steady increase in France’s market fortunes. Despite a small legal marketplace, the experts selected from France are “well regarded” in Europe and internationally. Four leading lawyers are listed in this chapter.
Godin Associés is highly regarded Paris-based boutique specialising in EU and national customs law, including customs duties, anti-dumping law, prohibitions, common agricultural policy, and customs taxation and import VAT. François Citron is a seasoned practitioner with “a strong understanding” of customs law, particularly in relation to transport and logistics operators. Stéphane Le Roy is noted for his “excellent practice” in common agricultural policy cases and energy taxation.
Arcade Avocats specialises in customs issues, international trade, indirect taxation, and energy and environmental taxation. Managing partner Thérèse-Anne Amy is seen as one of “the most knowledgeable and experienced customs practitioners in France”.
Harving Avocats, a tax and customs boutique with an emphasis on customs litigation, is home to Fabien Foucault: an experienced customs law practitioner, who is known as “a tough and combative litigator” for his clients.