The French export team, which brings together Business France, the international Chambers of Commerce, bpifrance and the regions, is in place. Next year will show whether these actors can work together. In the meantime, France is once again losing market share internationally, according to Customs.

Over the first three quarters of 2019, France has a trade deficit of manufactured goods of 27.3 billion, down 2.3 billion euros compared to the same period of 2018.

Almost two years after the announcement of its creation, the “France Export Team” is in place. This French export team brings together Business France, international chambers of commerce, bpifrance, the regions of France and private consulting companies. All the representatives of these actors were received this Thursday by Jean-Yves Le Drian, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, to take stock of the one-stop shops in the regions to which SMEs wishing to export can contact if necessary, and on the solution platforms offered to these SMEs.

2020 will be a key year to see if this new organization bears fruit, and if all the players manage to coordinate and work together. Indeed, between the tensions between certain actors and the divergences of interests, the obstacles are numerous. “The reform is shaking up everyone’s habits. Everyone therefore has to reorganize themselves ”, we temper at the Quai d’Orsay.

Rise in exporters

So far, some figures are encouraging. Between July 2018 and June 2019, the number of exporting companies climbed by 3%, to 127,300, against 123,800 in 2017. This is still far from the performance of Germany and Italy, which have two to two. three times more companies selling internationally. But these first results are going in the right direction.

Others are less good. For example, only eight companies have signed an “Export Pass” in a year and a half. This is a contract of trust between the State and an SME to facilitate the company’s access to State guarantees and export financing. In exchange, the company undertakes to have more than 20% of its products or services exported from French subcontractors.

Automotive and food industry in difficulty

Then, over the first three quarters of the current year, “Exports of goods have grown in volume more slowly than demand addressed to France”Customs noted in a recent report. “This difference reflects the loss of market share in France”, note the authors of this study. The automotive sector is encountering great difficulties, its deficit widening dangerously. Likewise, if the balance of agricultural and agrifood products is still positive, this is due only to good sales of beverages and wheat. Excluding these two products, the deficit is widening very quickly and reached 10.9 billion euros last year. The problems therefore remain before us.