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Shipping to France from the UK

Need to send a package to France? PACK & SEND knows all there is to know about shipping to our cross-channel neighbours – helping your packages arrive on time and in perfect condition.

With over 30 years experience in freight forwarding, international shipping and door-to-door packing and deliveries, PACK & SEND is the one-stop-shop for all your European and worldwide shipping needs.

Our packing and courier teams are experts in transporting large, awkward, fragile, and valuable goods, and take all the leg work away from you.

Here, you’ll find everything you need to know about shipping goods to France and how our services can help you get things moving.

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PACK & SEND is the go-to expert in shipping to France. We offer a range of packing and shipping services, to get your awkward or valuable items packed safely and shipped door-to-door – and we even offer an Express Delivery service for your urgent parcels. 

Worried about shipping internationally? Our tracking service traces your parcel up until delivery – for peace of mind over your high-value or sentimental goods. 

Whether you’re shipping a gift to friends or family, organising a large business shipment or even relocating to France, it can be tricky managing the process remotely. Fortunately, PACK & SEND handles the entire process for you, getting your goods – whatever their size or shape – from door to door. 

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Because France is in the EU, there are additional regulations to consider on top of the country’s unique import rules. 

Parcels making their way onto EU soil face customs and duty fees – charged to the recipient  plus, more stringent import regulations. UK senders need to complete a commercial invoice, declaring the contents of the parcel, so the receiving country can calculate how much import duty will be charged. 

Find out everything you need to know about Shipping to EU countrieson our dedicated page. At PACK & SEND, we’re always happy to chat through the shipping options available to you.  

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Keeping the Paper trail Intact

Personal items and gifts will not face customs charges, assuming they follow France’s import guidelines. However, to make sure you qualify for the Customs Duty and VAT-free allowance, follow the shipping instructions laid out by the UK government. 

Some common mistakes include: 

  • Not filling in the paperwork correctly (putting information in the wrong place or missing sections entirely) 
  • Sending prohibited or restricted items 
  • Being too vague or not giving enough detail – e.g., instead of just saying ‘clothes’, state ‘2x men’s cotton shirts, made in England’ 
  • Sending items without the correct licenses and certificates 

PACK & SEND has over 30 years of experience dealing with European import regulations and customs restrictions. With our guidance, your package gets to its destination safely and without delays. 

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In addition to EU import regulations, every independent nation has its own unique customs guidelines, specific to the region. France is no different. 

Whatever you’re looking to ship, it’s important to understand exactly what can and cannot be imported, what’s prohibited and any quantity or weight limits. 

For example, France’s restricted items include up to 20kg of fish and seafood or up to 1 litre of spirits (exceeding 24% alcohol vol)Counterfeit goods and certain types of nuts are also banned. Be sure to look at the full list of  prohibited and restricted items before sending. 

PACK & SEND is an expert in global customs regulations. We not only check your packages for any problematic items but we’ll also run you through all of our shipping options to guarantee timely delivery, too.  

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Addressing parcels to France is a little different from labelling domestic parcels. 

The receiver’s title and first and surnames go on the top line, with the surname written in capitals for clarity. The second line should feature the house number and road. And a five-digit postcode and the city go on the third line. 

For example: 

33 Place de la Madeleine
75008 PARIS

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PACK & SEND understands how to guarantee the safe arrival of your precious cargo to France. Our specialist packaging services make sure your items are protected and secure during transit. 

We always aim to get proof of receipt where possible, too – something not always guaranteed by other companies. This gives you peace of mind over your shipments. 

Make sure you’re fully covered by adding PACK & SEND’s comprehensive loss or damage cover. No matter what you’re shipping, we help you find the right cover, at the right price. 

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What items are prohibited to send to France?

Items that are prohibited for import into France include live animals, drugs and radar equipment. Before shipping, it is important to make sure you are aware of all shipping restrictions of sending to France or any other country. Whilst these goods are prohibited for import, solutions can be found in some circumstances, contact your local service centre for more information.

What ways are there to get an item sent to France?

PACK & SEND offer both road and air freight services for shipments to France.

How long will my things take to reach France?

Shipments to France can take around 3-4 working days to arrive. This however is only an estimate as PACK & SEND can never guarantee delivery times as customs clearance can lead to unexpected delays in delivery times.


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