The French importers are united within the CSIF, the professional organisation dealing with Large Importation.
These companies employ on average 35 people and account for 80% of the French imports of fresh fruit and vegetables, i.e. approximately 1 billion euros.
The sector directly or indirectly employs some 2,000 people, to whom those of many related trades should be added: forwarding agents, ports, transport, and so on.
The CSIF's member companies are mostly established in Paris Rungis, and in the provinces mainly in the PACA (Marseille), Languedoc Roussillon (Perpignan) and North regions. They have sometimes established subsidiaries in the European ports, which facilitate their re-forwarding of products into other Member States.
Two thirds of their clientele are constituted by mass distribution companies and the remaining third by traditional wholesalers.
Their procurement comes from their own production and/or from local producers.
The CSIF importers form partnerships with their suppliers, with respect for their environment, with major implications for production. The objective is to ensure sustainable relationships at economic, corporate and environmental levels alike: