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Sending a Parcel to France

Sending a parcel to France does not need to be complicated. Thanks to the rise of courier giants like DPD, UPS and DHL, sending a parcel to France can be just as easy and affordable as sending one in the UK. If you book your parcel to France with Worldwide Parcel Services, you can benefit from prices as low as £17.95, and have your parcel delivered in as little as 1 days!

However, if you are planning to send a parcel to France, the added distance means that there are some additional rules that need to be taken into consideration. Read on to find more about what you can and can’t send to France.

Sending a Parcel to France

Sending a Parcel to France

The popularity of France has increased dramatically in recent years, with more people choosing to live abroad, own holiday homes in France or move to the UK from France too. As a result, it is not surprising that France is an incredibly popular destination to send parcels to.

If you are looking to send a parcel to France, it is crucial that you take the time to make sure that your goods can be sent, won’t get held up at customs and will be protected during their journey.

Brexit has affected how parcels are sent from the UK to EU countries. Read our guide to Brexit basics here.

Before sending your parcel to France, you should:

  • Be aware that the recipient may need to pay VAT
  • Some items have a restriction on the amount that can be sent, make sure you do your research to stop your goods being rejected by customs
  • Take care completing customs documentation to ensure that it is accurate
  • Pack your parcel well using strong boxes and bubble wrap to keep your items safe during their journey
What Can I Send in a Parcel to France

What Can I Send in a Parcel to France

France is an incredibly population for sending parcels from the UK and is an incredibly popular destination for ex-pats. Today, you can even send a parcel to our nearby neighbours with prices as low as just £17.95.

Just like when you send a parcel in the UK, sending a parcel to France can be done with ease, and you can send many everyday items without issues. 

See below a list of items that you CAN send to France:

  • Artwork including collectibles
  • Computers, laptops, tablets and monitors
  • Designer clothing, apparel or accessories
  • Furniture
  • Mail and personal pictures
  • Music instruments
  • Printed materials, such as leaflets, posters, packaging etc
Sending Parcels to the EU & Brexit

Sending Parcels to the EU & Brexit

Following Brexit, some changes have come in that will affect you when sending a parcel from the UK to France.

A free trade deal has been agreed by the government and the EU, which means that no duties should be applied to your shipment, however, your recipient may need to pay VAT at their local rate based on the value of your goods and the carriage charge.

All shipments to the EU will now also require a commercial or pro-forma invoice. When you book online with Worldwide Parcel Services, we will automatically generate this for you and send it to your courier. If you are sending as a business, you will be required to enter your EORI number when booking.

You can find out more about Brexit and shipping to the EU here.

What Can I Not Send to France

Regardless of where in the world you are sending a parcel to, there will be limitations and restrictions as to what you can send in a parcel. France and the wider European Union are no exception to this rule. To enable France to protect their residents and keep potential pests from other countries out of their borders, there are some items that cannot be sent.

Example items that you cannot send to France include:

  • Firearms or ammunition
  • Explosive or radioactive materials
  • Currency
  • Metals, stones or jewellery
  • Playing cards
  • Live plants and animals
  • Human remains
  • Food containing saccharine
  • Ivory or ivory products
  • Plants
  • Pornographic material
  • Tobacco or tobacco products


Can I post chocolate to France?

Sending any food in a parcel is tricky, and especially items that are perishable or contain animal products. As a result of this, it is not always possible to send chocolate to France in a parcel, especially if they contain milk or are perishable.

Can I post cheese to France?

As cheese is a perishable food product, it can not be sent in the post or in a parcel to France.

Can I send a food hamper to France?

You can certainly send a food hamper to France, as long as the produce included meets certain conditions. You cannot send perishable goods, dairy based foods, or homemade items.

What is the cheapest way to send a parcel to France?

With Worldwide Parcel Services, of course! With Worldwide Parcel Services, you can send a parcel to France from just £17.95, and have it arrive in as little as 1 days!

Before Sending a Parcel to France

To summarise, many everyday items can be sent into the EU and France without a problem, however, like every destination, French customs do take steps to keep anything potentially harmful out of their borders. Before packaging any parcel, make sure that what you are planning to send to France is not prohibited by customs.

When you are ready to send your parcel to France, be sure to compare prices for a variety of renowned couriers with Worldwide Parcel Services! When you book with us, you will get full international tracking as standard, whether you are sending to Paris, Le Mans, Rennes or Toulouse.

All of our parcel delivery services to France include £100 FREE cover as standard, and our great prices mean that you can send a parcel to France for just £17.95, and have it reach its destination in as few as 1 to 5 days!

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