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Heatmap of France Economic Partners

This heatmap of France economic partners displays aggregated data from the French customs covering a year between 2013 and 2014. Total exchanges with France order countries in this ranking.

Click countries to discover totals of imports and exports. The map also displays total trade balance, rank in total exchanges and the most imported and exported products. Unfortunately, data may be incomplete for some countries.

Products displayed on this heatmap are subcategories of the NC8 nomenclature [1], the standardized classification of exchanged goods in the European Union. Top 3 categories showed here are more indicators of particular activities in the country than an accurate overview of the local economy. Indeed, more spread categories can add up in the following rows, eventually outperforming the top 3 displayed here.

Noticeable businesses uncovered by this heatmap

By displaying the top 3 categories of products imported and exported around the world, some noticeable exchanges appear:

  • Germany tops everybody 156.799 billions Euros of cumulated exchanges with France.

  • France seems to export shelled walnuts to Moldova only to buy unshelled ones back. Shell removing businesses must be highly competitive in Moldova as French companies usually keep these logistical tricks inside the European Union.

  • A lot of satellites and space vehicles are sent to Kazakhstan because of the Baïkonur cosmodrom. This facility operated by the Russian space agency provides very competitive prices when it comes to send stuff to outer space [2]. Space vehicles also seems to transit in Russia.

  • Nile perch, featured in the 2004 movie Darwin’s nightmare is still a Tanzania best seller. This tasteless but very cheap fish is rarely labelled as coming from Africa when sold in France.

  • Saint Kitts & Nevis finally found an outlet for its invasive monkeys [3]: selling them to France. However, there is no trace of a vervet related business in France.

  • It’s a good thing Iranian government lifted the ban [4] on pistachios exports in February 2013. Pistachios represent 35% of Iran’s exports to France, a total of 22 Millions Euros declared to French customs over this period.

  • And some others to discover in the French customs dataset monthly updated.


[1] CN8 / NC8 - 2014 - EN, (2014). http://www.conex.net/nc8/2014/en/nc8.html.

[2] Space Transportation Costs: Trends in Price Per Pound to Orbit 1990-2000, Dailymail, 2002. https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/view/36996100/space-transportation-costs-trends-in-price-per-pound-to-orbit-.

[3] Nevis monkey massacre: Critters ravaging island paradise could be euthanized, sold for research, or made into dog food, (2011). http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2045803/Nevis-monkey-massacre-Critters-ravaging-island-paradise-euthanized-sold-research-dog-food.html.

[4] Iran Lifts Ban on Pistachio Exports After Criticism, Donya Says, (2013). http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-17/iran-lifts-ban-on-pistachio-exports-after-criticism-donya-says.html.