Judy Genshaft

University of South Florida

“The Tampa Bay Trade & Protocol Council is an integral part of our region’s international trade strategy"

President Ronald L. Vaughn

The University of Tampa

"The Tampa Bay Trade & Protocol Council has a lead role in helping to rebuild these relationships for our community.”

Bob Rohrlack

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce commends the Mayor and County on their vision to strengthen Protocol with an international trade component.


France is the second-largest country in Europe, and it is one of the most modern countries in the world (2;3). France is the most visited country in the world (4).

France’s natural resources include coal, iron ore, bauxite, zinc, uranium, antimony, arsenic, potash, feldspar, fluorspar, gypsum, timber, fish (2). Its economy is structured as followed (in % of GDP): services 79.4%, industry 18.7% and agriculture 1.9% (2013) (4).

France’s agriculture products include wheat, cereals, sugar beets, potatoes, wine grapes; beef, dairy products; fish (1). Its industries include machinery, chemicals, automobiles, metallurgy, aircraft, electronics; textiles, food processing and tourism (2).

France’s top exports commodities include machinery, heavy electrical equipment, transport equipment, aircraft, automobiles, beverages, textiles, leather, mainly chemicals, pharmaceutical products, plastics, fuels, wheat, sugar, wine, beef, iron, and steel (2;3). France’s top imports commodities include machinery, equipment, vehicles, crude oil, aircraft, plastics, chemicals, cotton, tobacco, and vegetable oils (2;3).

France’s main ports and terminals are Calais, Dunkerque, Le Havre, Marseille, Nantes, Paris, and Rouen (4)

Trade Statistics
France was the United States' 8th largest goods trading partner with $ 77.3 billion in total goods trade during 2013. In 2013, France was the United States' 12th largest goods export market and 9th largest supplier of goods imports (5). And in 2012, United-States was France’s 6th main export partner (12).
Florida’s top exports to France include Civilian Aircraft, Engines, Citrus Fruit, Printing Machinery, Chemical Wood pulp, Dissolving Grades, Beauty, Make-Up, Manicure, Motor Cars and Vehicles for Transporting Persons, Yachts, Row Boat, and Electric Storage Batteries. Florida’s top imports from France include: the aerospace equipment, perfumery, wines and other alcoholic beverages (6).

France owns 30 companies in Tampa Bay, about 7% of the Tampa Foreign Owned Companies (7).

The City of Tampa has formalized a Sister City agreement with the city of Le Havre (8).

Trade Numbers
  • United States’ goods exports to France in 2013: $32.0 billion (9)
  • United States’ goods imports from France in 2013: $45.3 billion (9)
  • Florida’s merchandise exports to France in 2013: 273.7 Millions of US Dollars (6)
  • Florida’s merchandise imports from France in 2013: 2,278.8 Millions of US Dollars (6)
  • Total Merchandise Trade between Florida and France in 2013: 2,552.6 Millions of US Dollars (6)
  • Exports from Tampa Port Authority to France in 2010: $95,462 (11)

Export Companies (10)

Company Parent Country County NAICS Titles # of Employees
Air Liquide America, LP France Multiple Industrial Machinery & Equipment Merchant Wholesalers <10
American Aldes Ventilation Corporation France Manatee Industrial Machinery & Equipment Merchant Wholesalers 10 to 29
AXA Advisors, LLC France Multiple Lessors of Residential Buildings & Dwellings 100 to 299
Beauty Alliance, Inc. France Pinellas Service Establishment Equip. & Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 30 to 49
BIC France Multiple Pen & Mechanical Pencil Manufacturing 500 to 999
BSI Inspectorate America Corporation France Hillsborough All Other Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services 10 to 29
Capgemini U.S., LLC France Hillsborough Computer Systems Design Services <10
Certainteed Corporation France Multiple Industrial & Commercial Fan & Blower Manufacturing 10 to 29
Clextral, Inc. France Hillsborough Industrial Machinery & Equipment Merchant Wholesalers 10 to 29
Docubase Systems, Inc. France Pinellas Computer Systems Design Services 10 to 29
Equant Integration Services, Inc. France Pinellas Computer Systems Design Services 100 to 299
Essilor of America, Inc. France Pinellas Ophthalmic Goods Manufacturing 100 to 299
Fitch, Inc. France Hillsborough Securities Brokerage 10 to 29
Future Optics, Inc. France Pinellas Optical Goods Stores 10 to 29
Gucci America, Inc. France Hillsborough Luggage & Leather 10 to 29
Hagemeyer North America, Inc. France Hillsborough Industrial Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 30 to 49
Hubbard Construction Company France Multiple Highway,Street & Bridge Construction 100 to 299
Imperial Brands, Inc. France Polk Wine & Distilled Alcoholic Beverage Merchant Wholesalers 100 to 299
Independent Salon Resource, Inc. France Multiple Service Establishment Equip. & Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 50 to 99
Infovista Corporation France Hillsborough Custom Computer Programming Services <10
Monin, Inc. France Pinellas Flavoring Syrup & Concentrate Manufacturing 50 to 99
Motel 6 Operating, LP France Multiple Hotels (except Casino Hotels) & Motels 100 to 299
Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp. France Multiple All Other Plastics Product Manufacturing <10
Schneider Electric USA, Inc. France Multiple Electrical Apparatus & Equip., Wiring Supplies & Related Equip. 10 to 29
Sodexo, Inc. France Multiple Janitorial Services 100 to 299
Sogeti USA, LLC France Hillsborough Computer Systems Design Services 30 to 49
Sogeval Laboratories, Inc. France Pinellas Medicinal & Botanical Manufacturing <10
Super Shuttle France Pinellas All Other Transit & Ground Passenger Transportation 100 to 299
United Retail Incorporated France Multiple Women’s Clothing Stores 30 to 49
World Electric Supply, Inc. France Hillsborough Electrical Apparatus & Equip., Wiring Supplies & Related Equip. 30 to 49

  1. http://www.infoplease.com/country/france.html?pageno=13
  2. http://worldfacts.us/France.htm
  3. http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/France.aspx#
  4. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/fr.html
  5. http://www.trade.gov/mas/ian/build/groups/public/@tg_ian/documents/webcontent/tg_ian_003364.pdf
  6. http://www.enterpriseflorida.com/wp-content/uploads/profile-fl-top-trade-partners-france.pdf
  7. http://www.tampabay.org/sites/default/files/NEW%202011%20FDI%20STUDY_0.pdf
  8. http://tampasistercities.info/france.html
  9. http://www.ustr.gov/countries-regions/europe-middle-east/europe/european-union
  10. http://www.tampabay.org/sites/default/files/NEW%202011%20FDI%20STUDY_0.pdf
  11. http://www.worldportsource.com/trade/byPort/FRA/USA_FL_Tampa_Port_Authority_96.php
  12. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/fields/2050.html