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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.  

     

Global Express Guaranteed (210) Price Group 3

 

Refer to Notice 123, Price List, for the applicable retail, Commercial Base, or Commercial Plus price.

Weight Limit: 70 lbs.

 

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.

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

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.

 

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

 

Priority Mail Express
International (220) Price Group 13

 

Refer to Notice 123, Price List, for the applicable retail, Commercial Base, or Commercial Plus price.

Weight Limit: 66 lbs.

 

Priority Mail Express International  Flat Rate Envelopes and Flat Rate Boxes

 

Size Limits (221.52)

Maximum length: 60 inches

Maximum length and girth combined: 108 inches

Insurance (222.8)

Available for Priority Mail Express International merchandise shipments only

 

Insured Amount

not over

Fee

$200

No Fee

500

$2.35

650 max.

3.85

Customs Forms Required (123)

Articles Admitted

Required Customs
Form/Endorsement

Business correspondence, commercial papers and documents.

PS Form 2976.

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

PS Form 2976-A inside PS Form 2976-E (envelope).

Merchandise and all articles subject to customs duty.

PS Form 2976-A inside PS Form 2976-E (envelope). 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.

Note: For mailers completing PS Form 2976-B or an online combined shipping label and customs form that electronically transmits customs-related data, no additional customs form is required (see 222.5).

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 Priority Mail Express International shipments to France (including Corsica and Monaco).
  7. An Priority Mail Express 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. Priority Mail Express International With Money-Back 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 13

 

Refer to Notice 123, Price List, for the applicable retail, Commercial Base, or Commercial Plus price.

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 Envelopes or Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes: The maximum weight is 4 pounds. Refer to Notice 123, Price List, for the applicable retail, Commercial Base, or Commercial Plus price.

Flat Rate Boxes — Medium and Large: The maximum weight is 20 pounds, or the limit set by the individual country, whichever is less. Refer to Notice 123, Price List, for the retail, Commercial Base, or Commercial Plus price.

 

Size Limits (231.22)

Maximum length: 60 inches

Maximum length and girth combined: 108 inches

 

Insurance (232.92)

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

 

Insured Amount

not over

Fee

$50

$2.45

100

3.60

200

4.75

300

5.90

400

7.05

500

8.20

600

9.35

650 max.

10.50

 

Customs Forms Required (123)

Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes:

PS Form 2976 as required (see 123.61)

Priority Mail International Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes:

PS Form 2976

Priority Mail International parcels:

PS Form 2976-A inside PS Form 2976-E (envelope)

 

 

First-Class Mail International (240) Price Group 5

 

Refer to Notice 123, Price List, for the applicable retail price.

Weight Limit: 3.5 ozs. for letters and postcards;

4 lbs. for large envelopes (flats)

Size Limits  

Letters: See 241.212

Postcards: See 241.221

Large Envelopes (Flats): See 241.232

Customs Form Required (123)

PS Form 2976 as required (see 123.61)

 

 

First-Class Package International Service (250) Price Group 5

 

Refer to Notice 123, Price List, for the applicable retail, Commercial Base, or Commercial Plus price.

Weight Limit: 4 lbs.

Size Limits  

Packages (Small Packets): See 251.22 and 251.23.

Customs Form Required (123)

PS Form 2976

 

 

Airmail M-bags (260) —

Direct Sack to One Addressee Price Group 5

 

Refer to Notice 123, Price List, for the applicable retail price.

Weight Limit: 66 lbs.

Customs Form Required (123)

PS Form 2976

 

 

Free Matter for the Blind (270)

Free when sent as First-Class Mail International, First-Class Package International Service, Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes, or Priority Mail International Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes. Weight limit: 4 pounds.

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

Customs Form Required (123)

First-Class Mail International items, First-Class Package International Service items, Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes, and Priority Mail International Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes:

PS Form 2976 as required (see 123.61)

Priority Mail International parcels:

PS Form 2976-A inside PS Form 2976-E (envelope)

 

 

Extra Services  

Certificate of Mailing (313)

 

Individual Pieces Refer to Notice 123, Price List, for the applicable price:

Individual article (PS Form 3817).

Firm mailing books (PS Form 3877), per article listed (minimum 3).

Duplicate copy of PS Form 3817 or PS Form 3877 (per page).

Bulk Quantities Refer to Notice 123, Price List, for the applicable price:

First 1,000 pieces (or fraction thereof).

Each additional 1,000 pieces (or fraction thereof).

Duplicate copy of PS Form 3606.

 

Registered Mail (330)

 

Fee: Refer to Notice 123, Price List, for the applicable price.

Maximum Indemnity: $45.59

Available only for First-Class Mail International, including postcards, First-Class Package International Service, Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes, Priority Mail International Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes, and Free Matter for the Blind.

 

Return Receipt (340)

 

Fee: Refer to Notice 123, Price List, for the applicable price.

Available for Registered Mail and insured Priority Mail International parcels only.

 

Restricted Delivery (350)

 

NOT Available for International Mail as of January 27, 2013

 

International Postal Money Order (371)

NOT Available

 

International Reply Coupons (381)

 

NOT Available for International Mail as of January 27, 2013

 

International Business Reply Service (382)

Fee: Refer to Notice 123, Price List, for the applicable price:

Envelopes up to 2 ounces.

Cards.