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French Intrastat is a reporting system that requires businesses to submit statistical data on the movement of goods between France and other EU member states, while the EC Sales List is a report used to declare sales of goods and services to VAT-registered customers in other EU member states.

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French intrastat

French Intrastat is a reporting system used to collect statistical data on the movement of goods between France and other EU member states. The purpose of Intrastat is to provide valuable information for statistical and economic analysis within the EU.

Businesses are required to fill the French Intrastat return if they exceed specific thresholds for intra-EU trade. These thresholds are determined by the total value of goods dispatched (exports) and received (imports) between France and other EU countries within a calendar year. The thresholds may vary from year to year and are set by the French tax authorities.

When should French Intrastat be filed?

For monthly filers, the deadline is typically around the 10th working day of the month following the reporting period. For example, if the reporting period is January, the deadline for filing the Intrastat declaration would be around the 10th working day of February

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French EC Sales list

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Businesses registered for VAT in France must fill out the EC Sales List if they make supplies of goods or services to VAT-registered customers in other EU member states. The reporting obligation arises when the transaction is considered an intra-community supply, meaning the goods are transported from France to another EU member state or the services are deemed to be provided in another EU country.

When should French EC sales list be filed?

France does not require a separate EC Sales List (ECSL) to be filed. Instead, France uses the DEB (Déclaration d'Échanges de Biens) system to report intra-EU transactions of goods. The DEB serves a similar purpose as the ECSL in other EU member states.

If you are engaged in intra-EU transactions of goods involving France, you would need to file the DEB instead of the ECSL. The DEB should be submitted on a monthly basis, and the deadline for filing the DEB is generally the 10th working day of the month following the reporting period. 

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