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A quarter of French companies do not benefit from trade agreements


They renounce to use the tariff preferences of the treaties, considered too complex. Brussels has set up a one-stop shop to help them.

Defend the benefits of free trade, praise trade agreements as a lever for economic development and a geostrategic weapon contributing to European sovereignty.

The two ministers Olivier Becht (Foreign Trade) and Marc Fesneau (Agriculture) worked on it on Monday during an export day organized in Bercy, in the presence of around a hundred companies and professional organisations.

“We need free trade agreements to reduce our trade deficit,”

explained Olivier Becht.

“Any opportunity to access new markets is good to take,”

insists Marc Fesneau, citing the

“positive” fallout

of Ceta, the agreement with Canada for agriculture and agri-food.

Attention, nuance the minister, if these sectors are decisive in the trade balance (84 billion euros of export in 2022 and 10 billion of surpluses), "only a few sectors (

wines and spirits, cereals, dairy products) draw the export figures”


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Source: lefigaro

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