Postage rates: France 2015

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Sending postcards and letters from France

French international postage rates at a glance 

Attention. 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.

Inland domestic postage within France  - as from 1st January 2015
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 : 0.76 €.  Lettre Verte rate: 0.68 €,  Ecopli rate: 0.66 €
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. 

International postage rates from France 2015

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)
€ 0.95
Rest of World (Including USA, Canada, Australia) € 1.20

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 € 0.95
Rest of World (Including USA, Canada, Australia) € 1.20

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

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 €1.50€2.00 €4.50 €7.00 €10.00 €13.00
Rest of World (Including USA, Canada, Australia) €2.10€2.60 €6.50 €8.50 €12.00 €18.00

2. Small packages - parcels

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.

Up to 100g 100 - 250 grams 250-500 grams 500-1000 gms 1000-2000 gms 2000-3000
Almost all destinations € 2.60

€ 6.50

€ 8.50

€ 12.00

 € 18.00

For other packages, use Colissimo International 

2.2. Fast package rate, called Colissimo international - anything up to 30 kg for Europe, or up to 20 kg for other countries..

Colissimo International
Main destinations
Up to 500 gUp to 1 kg Up to 2 kg Up to 5 kg Up to 10 kg Up to 20 kg
Europe (see list of countries) €12.15€ 14.85 € 16.50 € 21.20 €35.00 €58.00 (up to 30 kg)
Norway, Russia etc 16.2019.35 21.05 27.00 45.00 70.00
Rest of world 23.7026.30 36.10 53.00 100.00 160.00

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 €.

Up to 100g 100 - 250 grams 250-500 grams 500-1000 gms 1000-2000 gms 2000-3000
Almost all destinations € 18.30

€ 21.25

€ 23.05

€ 26.85

 € 32.60

€ 43.60

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