Chamber of commerce benefits in France

CCI is a ‘one stop shop’ for those thinking of setting up a ‘selling’ business

One of the surprising aspects of starting a business in France is, for many people, the compulsory registration with a ‘chamber’ such as a Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie (CCI) or de Métiers et de l’Artisanat (CMA).

Broadly speaking, registration is needed at the CCI for businesses which sell things, the CMA for those who make things or offer trades and certain services and the Chambre d’Agriculture for anyone who grows things to sell. Registration is with Urssaf for those in the professions libérales.

Anyone who tries to set up a stall at a French town market, will find that an inscription number from the CCI is required.

In terms of business set-up, these chambers are called the centre de formalités des entreprises (see this link for more: tinyurl.com/which-CFE).

Each has its specifics but it is the CCI which probably plays the largest role in French political life, with the notables, usually from large businesses who sit on the departmental CCI boards, ...

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