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Country Conditions for Mailing — France

(Includes Corsica and Monaco)

 

Prohibitions (130)

 

Arms, ammunition.

Cigarette lighters using butane gas.

Feeding bottles.

Funeral urns.

Goods bearing false marks of French manufacture or origin.

Human remains.

Imitation pearls containing lead salts and any articles of jewelry made with pearls of this type.

Live plants and animals.

Measuring instruments marked in units not complying with French law.

Perishable infectious biological substances except as noted in Restrictions below.

Perishable noninfectious biological substances except as noted under Restrictions below.

Radioactive materials.

Saccharine in tablets or packets.

Restrictions  

Bees, honey, and beeswax must be accompanied by a certificate of origin and noninfection issued by a qualified official approved by the Government. Shipments of honey not exceeding 2 kilograms do not require the certificate.

Books in the French language printed abroad must have the names of the publisher and printer shown as prescribed by the French copyright laws.

Canned vegetables, fish, plums, and nuts not bearing an indication of the country of origin by stamping, in plain raised or sunken letters at least 4 millimeters high, in the middle of the top or bottom and in a place not bearing any inscription.

Gold coins or other articles of gold require that the addressee have a permit issued by the Bank of France (not required for gold-plated articles or for ornaments or jewelry containing only small amounts of gold and weighing 500 grams or less).

Medicines and medicinal products require an import license issued by the Central Pharmaceutical Service of the Ministry of Health.

Perishable biological substances, infectious and noninfectious, are admitted when addressed to the following laboratories:

  1. Pasteur Institute
  2. 25 rue du docteur Roux

    75724 Paris CEDEX 14

    FRANCE

  3. Pasteur Institute
  4. 1 rue du Professeur Calmette

    59019 Lille CEDEX BB 245

    FRANCE

  5. Pasteur Institute
  6. 77 rue Pasteur

    69365 Lyon CEDEX

    FRANCE

Plants, seeds, bulbs must be accompanied by plant health certificate.

The importation of tobacco leaves and stems, manufactured tobaccos, cigars, cigarettes, chewing and smoking tobacco is permitted only on behalf of the State Monopoly, with the following exception: Manufactured tobaccos, including cigars and cigarettes, may be sent to individuals in France for personal use up to 10 kilograms (22 pounds) per person per year, subject to special customs authorization.

Observations  

  1. A parcel may be addressed to a street address or to a post office box. A local telephone number for the addressee should be provided when the item is addressed to a street address and must be provided when the item is addressed to a post office box.
  2. For parcels, an invoice, in duplicate, is required for all commercial shipments regardless of value and all personal shipments valued at $300 or more. The invoices must be affixed to the outside of the parcel or may be enclosed in PS Form 2976-E with the customs declaration.
  3. It is recommended that all articles bear, as part of the address, the name of the Province in which the office of destination is located.
  4. Printed matter of value should have Form 2976 affixed, and it can be cleared more readily through French customs if an invoice is enclosed.
  5. Parcels whose senders or addressees are designated by initials will not be admitted.
  6. Shipments must not be fastened by means of wire, but straps not having sharp edges may be used, provided they are tightly fastened so that no sharp ends or corners are exposed.
  7.  

Customs Forms Required (123)

First-Class Mail International items and Priority Mail International flat-rate envelopes and small flat-rate boxes:
PS Form 2976 (see 123.61)

Priority Mail International parcels:
PS Form 2976-A inside 2976-E (envelope)

 

 

Global Express Guaranteed (210) Price Group 3

 

Weight
not over
(lbs.)

Price

Weight
not over
(lbs.)

Price

Weight
not over
(lbs.)

Price

0.5

$42.95

24

$220.75

48

$346.75

1

64.00

25

226.00

49

352.00

2

73.25

26

231.25

50

357.25

3

82.50

27

236.50

51

362.50

4

91.75

28

241.75

52

367.75

5

101.00

29

247.00

53

373.00

6

110.25

30

252.25

54

378.25

7

119.50

31

257.50

55

383.50

8

128.75

32

262.75

56

388.75

9

138.00

33

268.00

57

394.00

10

147.25

34

273.25

58

399.25

11

152.50

35

278.50

59

404.50

12

157.75

36

283.75

60

409.75

13

163.00

37

289.00

61

415.00

14

168.25

38

294.25

62

420.25

15

173.50

39

299.50

63

425.50

16

178.75

40

304.75

64

430.75

17

184.00

41

310.00

65

436.00

18

189.25

42

315.25

66

441.25

19

194.50

43

320.50

67

446.50

20

199.75

44

325.75

68

451.75

21

205.00

45

331.00

69

457.00

22

210.25

46

336.25

70

462.25

23

215.50

47

341.50

 

 

Weight Limit: 70 lbs.

 

Insurance (212.5)

 

Insured Amount

not over

Fee

Insured Amount

not over

Fee

$100

No Fee

For document reconstruction insurance or non-document insurance coverage above $800, add $1.00 per $100 or fraction thereof, up to a maximum of $2,499 per shipment.

200

$1.00

300

2.00

400

3.00

500

4.00

600

5.00

700

6.00

800

7.00

$2,499 max.

$24.00

 

Value Limit (212.1)

The maximum value of a GXG shipment to this country is $2,499 or a lesser amount if limited by content or value.

 

Size Limits (211.22)

The surface area of the address side of the item to be mailed
must be large enough to completely contain the Global
Express Guaranteed Air Waybill/Shipping Invoice (shipping
label), postage, endorsement, and any applicable markings.
The shipping label is approximately 5.5 inches high and
9.5 inches long.

Maximum length: 46 inches
Maximum width: 35 inches
Maximum height: 46 inches
Maximum length and girth combined: 108 inches

General Conditions for Mailing  

See Publication 141, Global Express Guaranteed Service Guide, for information about areas served in the destination country, allowable contents, packaging and labeling requirements, tracking and tracing, service standards, and other conditions for mailing.

 

 

Express Mail International (220) Price Group 5

 

Weight
not over
(lbs.)



Price

Weight
not over
(lbs.)



Price

Weight
not over
(lbs.)



Price

0.5

$28.95

24

$137.00

48

$245.00

1

33.50

25

141.50

49

249.50

2

38.00

26

146.00

50

254.00

3

42.50

27

150.50

51

258.50

4

47.00

28

155.00

52

263.00

5

51.50

29

159.50

53

267.50

6

56.00

30

164.00

54

272.00

7

60.50

31

168.50

55

276.50

8

65.00

32

173.00

56

281.00

9

69.50

33

177.50

57

285.50

10

74.00

34

182.00

58

290.00

11

78.50

35

186.50

59

294.50

12

83.00

36

191.00

60

299.00

13

87.50

37

195.50

61

303.50

14

92.00

38

200.00

62

308.00

15

96.50

39

204.50

63

312.50

16

101.00

40

209.00

64

317.00

17

105.50

41

213.50

65

321.50

18

110.00

42

218.00

66

326.00

19

114.50

43

222.50

 

 

20

119.00

44

227.00

 

 

21

123.50

45

231.50

 

 

22

128.00

46

236.00

 

 

23

132.50

47

240.50

 

 

Weight Limit: 66 lbs.

 

Express Mail International  Flat Rate

 

Insurance (222.71)

Available for Express Mail International merchandise shipments only

 

Insured Amount

not over

Fee

$100

No Fee

200

$0.75

500

2.15

650 max.

3.55

Articles Admitted

Required Customs
Form/Endorsement

Business correspondence, commercial papers and documents.

PS Form 2976, Customs CN 22 (Old C 1) and Sender’s Declaration (green label).

Merchandise samples, gifts, computer data including computer cards, magnetic tape, microfilm, and microfiche.

PS Form 2976-A, Customs Declaration and Dispatch Note CP 72, inside a PS Form 2976-E, Customs Declaration Envelope CP 91.

Merchandise and all articles subject to customs duty.

PS Form 2976-A, Customs Declaration and Dispatch Note CP 72, inside a PS Form 2976-E, Customs Declaration Envelope CP 91. An invoice, in duplicate, is required for all commercial shipments regardless of value and all personal shipments valued at $300 or more. The invoices must be either affixed to the outside of the parcel or enclosed in PS Form 2976-E with the customs declaration.

 

 

Express Mail International (cont’d) 

 

Size Limits (221.42)

Maximum length: 60 inches

Maximum length and girth combined: 108 inches

 

Return Receipt Service (222.72):

NOT Available

 

Notes:  

  1. Arms, weapons, and human remains are prohibited.
  2. An invoice, in duplicate, is required for all commercial shipments regardless of value and for all personal shipments valued at $300 or more. The invoices must be either affixed to the outside of the parcel or enclosed in PS Form 2976-E with the customs declaration.
  3. Indicate precise description of documents, gifts, merchandise samples, and merchandise.
  4. For personal gifts, merchandise samples, and merchandise, indicate the value of the contents expressed in U.S. dollars or French francs.
  5. Label gift packages clearly as GIFT or CADEAU and merchandise samples as SAMPLES.
  6. Coins; banknotes; currency notes, including paper money; securities of any kind payable to bearer; traveler’s checks; platinum, gold, and silver; precious stones; jewelry; watches; and other valuable articles are prohibited in Express Mail International shipments to France (including Corsica and Monaco).
  7. An Express Mail International shipment may be addressed to a street address or to a post office box. A local telephone number for the addressee should be provided when the item is addressed to a street address and must be provided when the item is addressed to a post office box.
  8. Express Mail International With Guarantee service — which offers a date-certain, postage-refund guarantee — is available to France but not to Corsica or Monaco.

Reciprocal Service Name: There is no reciprocal service.

Country Code: FR

Areas Served:  

All locations in France, Corsica, and Monaco are served.

 

Priority Mail International (230) Price Group 5

 

Weight
not over
(lbs.)

Price

Weight
not over
(lbs.)

Price

Weight
not over
(lbs.)

Price

1

$28.00

23

$95.10

45

$162.20

2

31.05

24

98.15

46

165.25

3

34.10

25

101.20

47

168.30

4

37.15

26

104.25

48

171.35

5

40.20

27

107.30

49

174.40

6

43.25

28

110.35

50

177.45

7

46.30

29

113.40

51

180.50

8

49.35

30

116.45

52

183.55

9

52.40

31

119.50

53

186.60

10

55.45

32

122.55

54

189.65

11

58.50

33

125.60

55

192.70

12

61.55

34

128.65

56

195.75

13

64.60

35

131.70

57

198.80

14

67.65

36

134.75

58

201.85

15

70.70

37

137.80

59

204.90

16

73.75

38

140.85

60

207.95

17

76.80

39

143.90

61

211.00

18

79.85

40

146.95

62

214.05

19

82.90

41

150.00

63

217.10

20

85.95

42

153.05

64

220.15

21

89.00

43

156.10

65

223.20

22

92.05

44

159.15

66

226.25

Weight Limit: 66 lbs.

 

Note: Ordinary Priority Mail International includes indemnity at no cost based on weight. (See 230.)

 

Priority Mail International  Flat Rate

Flat-Rate Envelope or Small Flat-Rate Box: $13.45

 

May contain items that may be sent as First-Class Mail International. The maximum weight is 4 lbs.

Flat-Rate Boxes: Regular/Medium – $43.45; Large – $55.95

The maximum weight is 20 lbs. or the limit set by the individual country, whichever is less.

 

Size Limits (231.22)

Maximum length: 60 inches

Maximum length and girth combined: 108 inches

 

 

First-Class Mail International (240) Price Group 5

Letters

 

Weight
not over
(ozs.)

Price

 

 

 

 

1

$0.98

Note: A letter meeting one or more of the nonmachinable characteristics in 241.217 is charged a nonmachinable surcharge of $0.20.

2

1.82

3

2.66

3.5

3.50

Large Envelopes (Flats)

 

Weight
not over
(ozs.)

Price

Weight
not over
(ozs.)

Price

Weight
not over
(ozs.)

Price

1

$1.24

12

$8.84

44

$22.60

2

2.08

16

10.56

48

24.32

3

2.92

20

12.28

52

26.04

4

3.76

24

14.00

56

27.76

5

4.60

28

15.72

60

29.48

6

5.44

32

17.44

64

31.20

7

6.28

36

19.16

 

 

8

7.12

40

20.88

 

 

Packages (Small Packets)

 

Weight
not over
(ozs.)

Price

Weight
not over
(ozs.)

Price

Weight
not over
(ozs.)

Price

1

$1.44

12

$9.04

44

$22.80

2

2.28

16

10.76

48

24.52

3

3.12

20

12.48

52

26.24

4

3.96

24

14.20

56

27.96

5

4.80

28

15.92

60

29.68

6

5.64

32

17.64

64

31.40

7

6.48

36

19.36

 

 

8

7.32

40

21.08

 

 

 

 

Size Limits  

Letters: See 241.212

Postcards: See 241.221

Large Envelopes (Flats): See 241.232

Packages (Small Packets): See 241.242 and 241.243

 

Postcards (241.22)

$0.98

 

Airmail M-bags (260) —

Direct Sack to One Addressee Price Group 5

 

Weight not over 11 lbs.

Each additional pound or fraction of a pound

$35.75

3.25

Weight Limit: 66 pounds

 

Matter for the Blind (270)

Free when sent as First-Class Mail International, including the Priority Mail International flat-rate envelope and small flat–rate box. Weight limit: 4 pounds.

Free when sent as Priority Mail International. Weight limit: 15 pounds.

 

 

Extra Services  

 

Certificate of Mailing (313)

Fee: $1.15

 

COD and Certified  

NOT for International Mail

 

Insurance (323)

Available for Priority Mail International merchandise parcels only (see 323.72 for markings)

 

Insured Amount

not over

Fee

$50

$2.50

100

3.40

200

4.40

300

5.40

400

6.40

500

7.40

600

8.40

650 max.

9.40

 

International Business Reply Service (382)

Fee: Envelopes up to 2 ounces $1.45; Cards $0.95

 

International Postal Money Order (371)

NOT Available

 

International Reply Coupons (381)

Fee: $2.10

 

Registered Mail (330)

Fee: $11.50

Maximum Indemnity: $45.62

Available for First-Class Mail International,
including postcards, and matter for
the blind or other physically handicapped
persons. Not applicable to M-bags.

 

Restricted Delivery (350)

NOT Available

 

Return Receipt (340)

Fee: $2.30

Available for registered mail and insured
Priority Mail International parcels only.