Sending postcards and letters from France
French international postage rates at a glanceAttention. Most French postal rates went up by about 15% to 20% on Jan 1st. 2015.
Here you will find the main international air-mail postage rates for France, and the cheapest - or rather, least expensive - rates for sending parcels from France. For all other postal rates (notably pre-paid envelopes, recorded delivery, heavier items), it is best to visit a local post office. It is advisable to include an air-mail sticker on international mail, though this is not essential. Virtually all international mail within the European Union is sent by airmail unless surface mail is faster.
Last collections from mail boxes in urban areas are usually around 4 p.m., but later from main post offices. In rural areas, letterboxes are often emptied just once a day, frequently before midday. Stamps can be bought in post offices, but often also from "tabacs", or tobacconists selling postcards.
International postage rates from France 2015How much does it cost to send a postcard from France ?
How much does it cost to send an airmail letter from France ?
How much does it cost to send heavier international mail from France?
There are three options:
1. Documents or lettersThere is only one tariff category for letters : it is called "priority international letter".
There is no second-class or economy rate, nor surface mail rate, for letters
Attention ! French postal tariffs for packages are incredibly complex.
For small packages, the best rates to apply are those of Lettre PRIO INTERNATIONAL ; but this rate is limited to packets no more than 3 cm deep! Be ready to insist when handing over your package for franking....
2.1. Small package rate, called lettre prio international - from 100 grammes to 2 or 3 kg.
2.2. Fast package rate, called Colissimo international - anything up to 30 kg for Europe, or up to 20 kg for other countries..
Colissimo packages are accepted up to 30 kg, at degressive rates (7kg, 8 kg, etc.)
While the existence of a "priority" rate supposes the existence of another non-priority rate, this is no longer the case. There is no longer any eco or slow international parcel rate from France.
Paquet prio & colissimo Europe rates are available for the following countries:
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, including Liechtenstein, San Marino, United Kingdom, Vatican
2.3 "Valeur déclarée international" tariffs
one price worldwide... but expensive. Includes losss or damage insurance up to 500 €.
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