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Sending postcards and letters from France


French international postage rates at a glance 

  Here you will find the main international air-mail postage rates for France, and the cheapest 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.

Inland domestic postage within France  - as from 1st January 2014
There are THREE rates for letters up to 250 grammes, and two for letters up to 3 kg.
The standard rates for letters up to 20 grams are:
Frst-class or priority rate : 0.66 €.  Lettre Verte rate: 0.61 €,  Ecopli rate: 0.59 €
For all other rates, ask at a post office (bureau de poste).

Attention !  Sending International packages from France

The postal rates announced by La Poste are both  complex and different from past practices; information on the rates is not clear either, and many people behind post-office counters are unfamiliar with the rates for anything heavier than 100 grams. For small packages up to 2 kg , the best rates to apply are those of the new PAQUET PRIO INTERNATIONAL . Be ready to insist when handing over your package for franking....  See parcel rates below

International postage rates from France 2014

How much does it cost to send a postcard from France ?
    

Destination Cost:
Great Britain, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, etc
(all other countries in  the European Union)
€ 0.83
Rest of World (Including USA, Canada, Australia) € 0.98



How much does it cost to send an airmail letter from France ?
   

Destination Cost:

Up to 20 grams
Great Britain, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and all other countries in  the European Union € 0.83
Rest of World (Including USA, Canada, Australia) € 0.98


How much does it cost to send heavier international mail from France?

There are three options:

1. Documents or letters

There 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
LETTRE PRIO INTERNATIONALE



Weight/
Destination
20-50 gms50-100 gms 100-250 grams 250-500 gms 500  gms - I kg 1 - 2 kg
Great Britain, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, and all other countries in  the European Union €1.38€1.85 €4.15 €6.15 €8.80 €12.65
Rest of World (Including USA, Canada, Australia) €1.78€2.40 €5.65 €7.40 €10.85 €17.00

2. Small packages - parcels

There are two different tariff categories or systems for packages or parcels.

Attention !  The new 2013 postal rates announced by La Poste are both complex and a change from past practices; information on the rates is not clear either, and many people behind post-office counters are unfamiliar with the new rates for anything heavier than 100 grams.

For small packages, the best rates to apply are those of the new PAQUET PRIO INTERNATIONAL . Be ready to insist when handing over your package for franking....

2.1. Small package rate, called paquet prio international - from 100 grammes to 2 or 3 kg.

PAQUET PRIO INTERNATIONAL
Destination
Up to 100g 100 - 250 grams 250-500 grams 500-1000 gms 1000-2000 gms 2000-3000
gms.
Tarif for small packages to  other parts of Europe (see list of countries) € 2.55

€ 4.65

€ 6.85

€ 10.35

 € 13.20


Rest of world €3.30 € 6.25 € 8.05 € 11.85 € 17.60
For heavier packages, use Colissimo International Up to 1 kg up to 2 kg up to 3 kg
€ 16.15 € 17.85 € 21.55

2.2. Fast package rate, called Colissimo international - anything up to 30 kg.


Colissimo International
Main destinations
Up to 1 kg Up to 2 kg Up to 3 kg Up to 4 kg Up to 5 kg Up to 6 kg
Europe (see list of countries) € 16.15 € 17.85 € 21.55 €25.25 €28.95 €32.65
Norway, Russia etc 19.80 21.70 26.25 30.80 35.35 39.90
USA, Canada, Africa 23.20 31.10 40.90 50.70 60.50 70.30
Australia, China, Japan 26.40 39.70 52.90 66.10 79.30 92.50

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

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