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With more than 30 years of experience shipping to France, offers the best prices from a choice of the best French couriers. With £50 free parcel protection* on every shipment, you can be confident that we have the safest hands in the business. Compare courier rates and save on the cost of postage with .

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  1. Get an instant online quote for postage to France
  2. Compare low prices from the best couriers.
  3. Select either a fast express service or a cheap economy delivery.

Parcel postage costs to France

Whether you're sending to Paris or Lyon, our professional France shipping services include both express and economy delivery options to suit every budget. 's prices offer great savings, and our rates include all applicable surcharges. With prices up to 60% cheaper than postage. With fast, signed for delivery, offers a premium service at an economy price.

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also offers great prices to destinations throughout Europe:

Our French Shipping Services

deals with parcels of every size and shape every day, so it doesn't matter if you're sending airmail, a large package, a little parcel or a pallet by air freight, has the perfect option for sending a parcel from the UK to France.

Plus, if you're after more than shipping to France, you can take advantage of our import services to ship from France to the UK. We can even collect on the same day as booking from most locations throughout France.

Shipping to France from the UK

Express – Next-Day Delivery
Economy – 2-3 Day Delivery

Shipping from France to the UK

Express – Next-Day Delivery
Economy – 2-3 Day Delivery

Express Delivery

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Cheap Economy Delivery to France

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Customs in France

If you're sending to France from the UK, or any other country inside the EU, then you won't face any duties or taxes when your parcel crosses the border. This is not the case for countries outside of the EU and you will have to ensure your paperwork is correct, to avoid paying more than you should. When our system sees you're shipping from one of those countries, it will generate the relevant customs forms for you. Document shipments, even if they're from outside the EU, do not have to pass through customs.

Learn more about clearing customs
Learn more about prohibited items when shipping to France

Useful links:

French Customs
Guide to exporting to France

Collection & Delivery

Shipments being collected and delivered


We can collect across the UK and France, same day from most locations

If your parcel is heavier than 50kg or longer than 180cm – you will have to book your collection at least a day in advance. If this is the case, please bear in mind that you will also have to provide your courier with assistance in loading and unloading your goods.

If you're sending a pallet or an item requiring a tail lift or pallet truck, please contact our customer care team prior to pick-up.


If you are not sure that you will be available for a delivery attempt, you can choose to make use of an Access Point. These are places like your local store that are authorised to accept delivery on your behalf. That means they'll hold your parcel until you can pick it up and – and it also means lower prices for you.

Alternatively, some of our courier networks, such as UPS, will leave some parcels in a safe place without having to collect a signature. If your shipment requires proof of delivery, please use the upgrade option 'Signature required' on our 'select service page'.

Parcel Tracking

When booking a shipment to France with , you also get free door to door tracking. That means that you'll be able to follow your parcel from the moment it leaves your hands until it is passed over to your recipient.

Parcels are scanned at every step of the shipment process, so you'll be able to see exactly how your shipment is progressing simply by entering your parcel tracking number into our tracking tool. We'll also notify you and your recipient by email if any delays occur on-route.

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Sending Gifts to France

Gifts from non-EU countries will have duties and taxes applied unless they are worth less than €45. If the parcel is worth more than €45 it will not be eligible for a gift exemption, though it may still be eligible for a low value exemption.

It's important to remember when shipping gifts that you need to declare the exact nature of the gifts, including a description and the value. If you do not, there may be delays or other problems in clearing customs.

Sending Luggage
or Excess Baggage to France

makes it simple to send your luggage to France when you're off on holiday, or your personal goods when you're making a move. We can even deliver your suitcases to your hotel, so you don't have to worry about navigating the airport. Just bear in mind that if you're planning to send luggage or suitcases, you'll need to send them in a box or otherwise protect it, as we can't guarantee that the externals won't be damaged in transit.

Sending shoes

On the customs forms, the sender must include the following when sending shoes:

  • Materials used in the shoe (soles and upper)
  • Type of shoes (sports, sandals, boots)
  • Who the shoe is intended for (child, woman, man).
  • If leather, then the type of leather must also be listed on the invoice.

Any shipments with customs forms that simply say 'Medicine' will be detained by customs. In some cases, vitamins may be classified as medicine, so a complete list of ingredients should accompany the invoice to avoid delays.

Important points of note:

  1. Personal effects are defined as products used by a single person. Jewellery or clothing are good examples of personal effects.
  2. If goods are used by multiple people in a family, they are known as ‘household effects’ and are treated differently during customs clearance.
  3. Bear in mind that when you send personal effects to France, you may need to fill in additional documentation.

Large Parcel and Air Freight to France

makes it simple to send even oversized parcels to France, as pallet and air freight services cater to packages of up to 1,000kg in weight and as long as 270cm, including pallets. And if your parcel isn't quite so hefty, our large and heavy services are available for non-pallet packages of up to 50kg. Moving bulky parcels takes a bit of extra organisation, so you'll need to book a large and heavy shipment at least a day in advance, and be available to offer your courier assistance in loading and unloading the shipment if necessary.

Learn more about sending heavy items to France

Sending food to France

Food is one of 's most popular shipments, so we know just how to make it easy to ship food to France. Just keep in mind that there are a few things that you can't send. Homemade goods and other perishable items, for example, are not allowed to be sent. You can still ship store bought food though, as long as they are sealed.

What you can send

Non-perishable foods

  • a. Store bought foods with a best before date over 6 months away.
  • b. Items must be in the original manufacturers packaging and unopened.
  • c. The food lable needs to list all the ingredients.
  • d. The best before date must be displayed on the packaging
  • e. Examples of pershable foods:
    Crisp and savory foods, Chocolates and candy, Canned foods, Herbs and Spices in sealed containers, tea bags, Jams and other preserves

What you cannot send

perishable foods

  • a. Foods with a shelf life of less than 6 months.
  • b. Homemade foods or any foods not in the original manufactures packaging.
  • c. Foods that can spoil in transit.
  • d. Food in packaging that have been opened.
  • e. Food that does not contain a food label listing the ingredients.

Packaging your Parcel

In the process of sending parcels to France your package will be handled multiple times. In order to ensure that the contents of your parcel arrive in one piece, it's important to properly package them before they are shipped.

In order to ensure that your goods arrive undamaged, there are three key things you need to be aware of when packing your parcel:


It pays to invest in a decent box for your items, as a used one could be hiding faults which won't become apparent until it falls apart during delivery and your goods are damaged. If you're sending more than 10kg in weight, then we recommend a double-lined box.

Safely packaging a parcel for international shipping


Wrap up each item carefully before they go into your box, and surround them with a packing material, such as Styrofoam or bubble wrap, such that there is at least a 6cm cushion between them and the box sides. When its full you should be able to shake the box without anything rattling.


Don't cut costs with your tape, get good quality packaging tape and wrap it around your parcel three times in a Union Jack pattern. This should cover all seals and corners. Peel off any old labels and make sure your shipping label is securely attached and visible.

Boxes during the packaging process


Can I send food to France?

Yes, you can ship food to France. However, you cannot send anything homemade – all food shipments must be store bought, non-perishable and in its original packaging.

Who applies customs charges?

Duties and Taxes will not be applied to shipments from within the EU, but if customs do apply charges to other parcels, this is done by the relevant customs teams, who are a government department and have nothing to do with .

Is there anything that I can't ship to France?

Every country has a list of items that are not allowed, and there are blanket bans on shipping other items by courier. You can see what France doesn't allow in their prohibited and restricted items list, and what you cannot ship with in our list of prohibited items.

Will I have to pay duties and taxes if I ship my luggage to France?

If you are shipping from within the EU, then you will not have to pay duties and taxes on luggage shipments. However, there are several further restrictions to keep in mind if you do decide to ship your luggage, which you can see in our Shipping Luggage section above.

If I want to send a gift, will I have to pay any extra charges?

Like a normal parcel, there will be no duties or taxes applied from shipments from within the EU. However, for shipments from outside the EU there is a gift exemption of €45 – gifts worth less will not have duties and taxes applied, while gifts worth more will have normal fees attached.

Why should I ship with ?

are experts in international delivery, so when you ship to France with us, you'll get the best service around. We offer door-to-door tracking and the best shipping partners in the world, all for more than 60% cheaper than booking directly. We also offer bespoke business solutions which can save you even more money.

Can I ship very big items with ?

You can ship very large items with – we specialise in large and heavy shipments and can carry goods of up to 1,000kg in weight with our large and heavy and air freight delivery services. Our normal parcel service can also deal with packages as heavy as 70kg and as large as 270cm long.

Why doesn't work with economy couriers?

At we pride ourselves on not just providing cheap shipping, but also reliable shipping. That's why we hand pick the couriers we work with, and we only offer you the best. This includes global couriers such as DHL, DPD, FedEx, TNT and UPS.

What would it cost to ship an eBay item to France?

We have created a handy eBay shipping calculator to help you find the best deal for sending items you sell on eBay, so you can work out costs before you list your auction.

Are delivery times to remote areas of France longer?

Yes, deliveries to remote areas such as the Alps, some areas of Provence and the Loir valley so take longer to deliver, however we'll always quote you an accurate transit time when you get a quote from us, based upon the specific region of France you are shipping to.