Much of France’s exports include a number of valuable commodities including machinery and transportation equipment, aircraft, plastics, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, iron, steel, consumer products, petroleum and cars & vehicles. A major part of this foreign trade is carried out with European partners including Germany, UK, Spain and Italy. Exports to the EU increased slightly due to rising deliveries to Germany and Italy.
Outside the EU, sales to Africa and Asia continued to increase, but exports to the Middle East, America, Switzerland and Turkey fell. France is also the world’s largest exporter in the world of both services and farm products.
The manufacturing industry is a key exporter, making up nearly 27% of France’s GDP. France’s exceptional export growth has been aided by structural reforms initiated by the government that promote every aspect of foreign trade.
France is also the ninth-largest trading partner of the U.S.
In June 2013, France's trade deficit narrowed to €4.44 billion. The deficit decline was due to a sharp fall in imports which registered the weakest reading since December 2010.
Total value of exports: $567.1 billion