Sending postcards and letters from France
French international postage rates at a glanceHere 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.
International postage rates from France 2014How 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 ! 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.
2.2. Fast package rate, called Colissimo international - anything up to 30 kg.
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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