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France is one of our closest countries and is of vast importance to our European trade. France is the fifth largest economy in the world and is also the second largest consumer market in Europe. The country is the largest in western Europe and has a population of 67 million. Of the countries the UK exports to, France is our fourth largest export market and has bordering countries such as Belgium and Luxembourg.
The country is well developed and has an excellent infrastructure with modern, fast rail and road networks. This has led to an increasing demand for high quality, efficient and cheap courier services to France from UK. Parcel delivery to France is flexible and fast thanks to the Eurostar tunnel. There are also a vast number of ferries and planes which travel to the country every day, which helps to keep the costs of parcel delivery to France to a minimum. Currently, there are 475 airports, with the Charles de Gaulle airport near Paris being the busiest in the country.
Many UK based businesses choose France as a country to expand to first, meaning more businesses than ever are looking for a cheap courier to France. It is a neighbouring country to the UK and also allows for business to be developed in Africa and the Middle East. Business operating conditions are very similar in France when compared to here in the UK, meaning more businesses are opening up offices in the country. This is ultimately leading to an increase in the number of individuals and businesses looking to send a parcel to France on a regular basis.
Here at Parcel Delivery, we’re talking you through the cheap parcel delivery to France services that we can provide you. We keep costs down and help to ensure that the France parcel delivery service you choose best suits your individual requirements. Read on to find out more about the cheap shipping to France from the UK.
Of all the international deliveries we carry out, our cheap parcel delivery to France is one of the most popular destinations here in the UK. Many of us have friends, family members or colleagues based in the country and we regularly send parcels to them, that is why there is such a high demand for a cheap courier to France. There are currently over 150,000 UK nationals currently living in France and about 140,000 French nationals living here in the UK, meaning the interest in the cheapest parcel delivery to France is evergrowing.
The most common delivery destination is Paris as the capital of France, however, other popular destinations include Marseille, Toulouse, Strasburg, Bordeaux, Rennes, Le Havre, Reims, Toulon, Dijon, Angers, Amiens, Names, Metz, Caen, Orans, Rouen, Avignon, Calais, Dunkerque and Chambery.
At Parcel Delivery, we make the entire process of arranging cheap shipping to France easy. All you need to do is enter the parcel’s weight and dimensions and we will search our range of couriers. We check our prices daily and keep our site up-to-date. Any savings we find are passed directly onto our customers. We have built a reputation on being fair, honest and only working with the best couriers. If you do find a cheaper price online please let us know and we will do our best to match or beat it. We send so many parcels through the couriers we advertise that we have fantastic relationships and many are able to offer us preferential rates.
A parcel delivery to France is almost as simple as sending a package within the UK. We only work with couriers who have vast experience in sending parcels across the English Channel. The couriers we use are tried and tested – they provide a great service at affordable prices.
Cheap courier services to France are easy to find using our website. We have many couriers who operate between the UK and France which has increased the competition between them to provide a cheap service. Although most parcels are sent to Paris, our couriers have been known to send to almost all cities, towns and rural villages around the country. With France being so close, it has become one of the cheapest places for international parcel delivery in the world. In many cases, when you compare the cost of parcel delivery UK to France, to a domestic delivery service, the difference is minimal.
The cheapest parcel delivery to France starts at around £7.00, with delivery times taking around 2 days from the point of collection. This includes collection from your home or work address. Our couriers can even collect from a local pick up point such as a post office or local shop. Prices will depend largely on the weight and size of your parcel – most couriers will only accept a parcel which weighs a maximum of 30kgs.
The couriers will also provide you with full tracking details. As soon as your parcel is collected, you will be able to track the parcel through every point of its journey. As soon as it reaches a location, it will be scanned into the courier’s system for you to view. If there are any hiccups along the way, the parcel will be easy to track down. If your recipient is worried about missing the delivery, by providing them with the tracking details they will also be able to follow the parcel’s progress and ensure they are home for the delivery.
Cheap delivery to France from the UK is simple as the countries’ geographical locations are so close. However, there are some restricted items which catch many people off guard. Along with the usual items we would expect to find on a restricted list, such as weapons, drugs and ammunition, there are some more unusual restricted items. These include rubber erasers which carry a strong resemblance to food, pyjamas which are made from artificial fibres, silicone intended for plastic surgery, any toys which contain copper sulphate, coins, precious metals and vitamins. As this is not a full list, it is worth checking with HM Revenue and Customs for an up-to-date list of France’s restricted items prior to arranging France parcel delivery.
As France is part of the European Union, we have free trade agreements in place, so there are no customs clearances processes to go through. Parcel delivery to France from UK is quick and easy, although it will be subject to security checks. This could change in the coming years as the UK begins to move away from its part in the European Union. Any customs and excise duties are not usually payable when the item is not business related. If you have any queries, please check with the French authorities.
When addressing your parcel, it is very similar to the UK. The postcode is written as five digits to the left of the locality name. You should ensure that the address is no longer than six lines and that there is a maximum of 38 characters on each line. It is advisable to capitalise the last three lines to make the address easier to read. Take care with spelling if French is not your first language. It can be easy to make errors especially when accents are required. Any errors could mean the package will be returned to you. Many people do not realise that when making a home delivery in France it is only possible to deliver to the owners of the house. If you are sending to a guest or someone staying in France temporarily, you will need to address it to the owners of the house.
It can also help to include a contact number on the outside of the parcel for the recipient. If the courier does have trouble finding the address they will be able to easily get in contact with the recipient and avoid any issues.
It is important to ensure your items are correctly packaged. Any fragile items need to be properly cared for, and they should have adequate packaging to prevent them moving around and also bubble wrap to protect against knocks. The box should be sturdy, wrapped in strong tape and also able to be easily stacked for loading. If you are sending anything moist or a liquid, enclosing silica gel packets can ensure the item does not dry out.
Here at Parcel Delivery, we make the entire process of cheap delivery to France easy. If you’re looking to send a parcel to France to provide a family member with a gift, or you want to keep the French brand of your multinational business up to date with the latest equipment, our parcel delivery to France from UK experts can provide you with everything you need, all in one place. Use our comparison tool online to send a parcel to France today!