Customs Attaché’s Office

Role:

The French customs service is responsible for protecting France’s economic and financial interests. It works for the public, combating international fraud and trafficking. (To find out more click here)

Having French customs attachés posted abroad gives the customs service a strategic weapon in the fight against fraud, especially in terms of improving information exchanges and intelligence-gathering. In an age of globalization, this role has become paramount when it comes to effectively combating major trafficking in drugs, cigarettes and counterfeit goods, for example.

Based at the French Embassy in London, the Customs Attaché acts as the representative of the General Directorate of Customs and Excise (DGDDI) to the authorities of the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and Gibraltar.

Customs attachés report to the DGDDI’s international relations division, and their work is focused on three main areas: the fight against fraud; cooperation and capacity-building; and the economy.

Combating fraud is the priority of customs counsellors and attachés. It targets both unlawful trafficking (in drugs, cigarettes, counterfeit goods etc.) and economic and commercial fraud. In this context, customs attachés constantly gather intelligence and assist investigators with a view to uncovering unlawful trafficking. They act as the interface between the French customs services and their foreign counterparts.

Customs attachés are also tasked with implementing bilateral cooperation programmes, spearheading joint activities and guaranteeing ongoing links with government departments and the private sector in the countries where they are accredited. They thus help to pool and harmonize customs practices at international level.

In their economic role, customs attachés may answer requests from international trade operators and individuals by providing advice and information.

Contact :

Customs Attaché
French Embassy in the United Kingdom
58, Knightsbridge
SW1X 7JT London
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7073 1000 (switchboard)
Email : londres.douane@dgtresor.gouv.fr

Useful links:

For further information on French customs:

Click here if you are a private invididual
Click here if you are a professional
Click here for online documents and information brochures
Click here for information in English

Published on 30/10/2017

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