VAT Refund


Do you participate in professional events in France but don’t know how to claim your VAT refund? 

Claim your VAT refund through the French Chambers of Commerce in your own country, it’s easy and fast!

On your behalf, the French Chambers of Commerce and Industry network can claim the VAT refund on your expenses in Europe. VAT is refundable for the following expenses:

  • Trade fairs, venue booking, concierge services, translators, telephone bills, electricity bills... 
  • Restaurants bills, catering and beverages
  • Gas (80 % of the VAT are  refundable) 
  • All kinds of furniture for business activities 
  • Commercial cars and van rentals
  • Advertising and similar services

(The VAT is not refundable on the following expenses: hotels, tourism car rentals, plane and train tickets, taxi fares and presents). 


You simply need to contact the French Chamber of Commerce based in your country (data available on our web site: If there is not a French Chamber in your country, please contact UCCIFE directly. 

In both cases we will ask you to provide us with the following documents:

1.       Original of all invoices showing the refundable amount of the French VAT (renting of trade fair spaces, furniture, flowers, advertising, hostess services, telephone, electricity, food and beverages… (copies of invoices, even certified, will not be accepted).


2.       A mandate we will send for you to sign, which allows us to ask for the VAT refund on your behalf. 


3.       Should your company reside in one of the European Union countries, send us your intracommunity VAT number. Other companies located outside the European Union need to send us an official certificate showing that your company is a VAT payer in your country. 


4.       A Bank Account ID number enabling us to transfer the VAT refund.


For more information please contact Trade Attaché at  or call 206 443 4703


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