France Prohibited and Restricted Items

FedEx Cross Border is unable to ship prohibited and non-approved restricted items on behalf of its customers.

FedEx Cross Border has prepared a global list of prohibited and restricted items that apply regardless of a shipment's destination. In addition to these global prohibitions and restrictions, individual countries or territories may impose further prohibitions or restrictions on the importation of certain items.

You can refer to the FedEx Cross Border global lists and the France country-specific list to help determine whether or not your product is prohibited or restricted for shipment.

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Country Specific List for France

France Import Prohibitions

  • All forms of asbestos fibers
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • All forms of asbestos fibers
  • All products containing the biocide dimethylfumarate (DMF)
  • Animal skins
  • Atlantic red tuna fish (Thunnus Thynnus) originating from Belize, Panama, and Honduras
  • Certain U.S. Beef hormones
  • Clocks/watches
  • Communications equipment
  • Compact discs
  • Computer software
  • Counterfeits
  • Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)
  • Diskettes
  • Doping Products
  • Drugs, Prescription and Non-Prescription
  • Dura mater (the tough fibrous membrane covering the brain and the spinal cord and lining the inner surface of the skull)
  • Electronic games
  • Fabrics & fabric samples
  • Foodstuffs
  • Gambling devices
  • Game meat such as Chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra) Rabbit (Lepus Timidus), Marmot (Marmota Marmota)
  • Grain samples
  • Hemp Cannabis
  • Imitation pearls having a coating of lead salts
  • Items having a flexible metal blade entirely contained in a plastic, paper or fabric sheath
  • Jewelry, costume
  • Leather goods
  • Lighting conductors comprising of radioactive elements
  • L-trytophane and any items having L-trytophane as an ingredient
  • Measuring apparatus
  • Medical thermometers containing mercury intended for human consumption
  • Melatonin
  • Pajamas and nightdresses made of artificial fibers that are not fire-retardant
  • Personal effects
  • Phones/modems
  • Plants and Plant Products
  • Playing cards
  • Products containing Lead Salt & Nickel
  • Psychotropic Products
  • Radar equipment
  • Rubber erasers that are similar in appearance to food products that are easily ingested
  • Samples, textile
  • Ship spares
  • Shoes
  • Silicone used for plastic surgery
  • Soil samples
  • Sports equipment
  • Stamps, collectable
  • Tapes, computer
  • Telecommunications equipment
  • Televisions, television equipment
  • Textile articles
  • Toys
  • Toys and games containing copper sulfate
  • Viagra & Vitamins
  • Works of art

Due to the risk of contamination with E. coli bacteria possibly linked to the recent outbreaks in Germany and France, the emergency measure prohibits with immediate effect the importation of seeds and beans from Egypt to all EU countries. The commodities are:

  • Beetroot sprouts, radish sprouts
  • Dried leguminous vegetables, shelled, whether or not skinned or split
  • Fenugreek seeds
  • Leguminous vegetables, shelled or unshelled, fresh or chilled
  • Lucerne (alfalfa) seeds
  • Lucerne (alfalfa) sprouts
  • Mustard seeds, for sowing
  • Other mustard seeds
  • Other oil seeds and oleaginous fruits, whether or not broken
  • Rocket sprouts
  • Soya bean sprouts
  • Soya beans, whether or not broken
  • Sugar beet seeds
  • Vegetable seeds

France Import Restrictions

  • Agricultural products; i.e., grains, cheeses
  • Dual-use goods; i.e., software, computers, machines and machine parts
  • Biological reagents
  • Artwork
  • Antiques
  • CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna) goods
  • Non Perishable Food
  • Drugs, Prescription and Non-Prescription
  • Cosmetics
  • Textiles
  • Alcohol products

Contact the FedEx Cross Border Compliance Team

Please note that these lists are provided as a reference only. For any questions about prohibited and restricted items, email the FedEx Cross Border Compliance team.