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Max 2kg

Features

  • Europe delivery aim: 3-5 working days1
  • Worldwide delivery aim: 5-7 working days
  • Fully tracked to delivery point
  • Signature on delivery
  • Online delivery confirmation
  • Free returns for undelivered items
  • Compensation cover up to £50

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  • Additional compensation cover up to £250

 

1 Delivery aim to Ireland, France, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, Austria and Luxembourg is 3-4 working days

International Tracked & Signed cannot be sent to PO Boxes or Pack Stations, because a signature cannot be captured. This restriction does not apply when items are sent to Africa or the Middle East

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Letter
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e.g. Greetings cards, personal letters and postcards
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Large Letter
Max 750g | Max L 35.3cm x W 25cm x D 2.5cm
E.g. Magazines, CDs and DVDs
Branch from £ 8.75
Online from £ 8.55

Parcel
Max 2kg | Max L 60cm x W * x D *
*L+D+W must be under 90cm
Branch from £ 10.50
Online from £ 10.20

Tubes and Rolls
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The length plus twice the diameter must be less than 104cm, with the greatest dimension less than 90cm
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Tracked to delivery point for peace of mind
Max 2kg

Features

  • Europe delivery aim: 3-5 working days1
  • Worldwide delivery aim: 5-7 working days
  • Fully tracked to delivery point
  • Online delivery confirmation
  • Free returns for undelivered items
  • Compensation cover up to £50

Options

  • Additional compensation cover up to £250

 

1 Delivery aim to Ireland, France, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, Austria and Luxembourg is 3-4 working days

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Letter
Max 100g | Max L 24cm x W 16.5cm x D 0.5cm
e.g. Greetings cards, personal letters and postcards
Branch from £ 6.75
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Large Letter
Max 750g | Max L 35.3cm x W 25cm x D 2.5cm
E.g. Magazines, CDs and DVDs
Branch from £ 8.65
Online from £ 8.45

Parcel
Max 2kg | Max L 60cm x W * x D *
*L+D+W must be under 90cm
Branch from £ 10.10
Online from £ 9.80

Tubes and Rolls
Max 2kg | Max L 90cm x W * x D *
The length plus twice the diameter must be less than 104cm, with the greatest dimension less than 90cm
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International Standard

An affordable service for everyday international mail
Max 2kg

Features

  • Europe delivery aim: 3-5 working days
  • Worldwide delivery aim: 6-7 working days
  • Compensation cover up to £20 included
  • Free returns for undelivered items
Letter
Max 100g | Max L 24cm x W 16.5cm x D 0.5cm
e.g. Greetings cards, personal letters and postcards
Branch from £ 1.70
Online from £ 1.70

Large Letter
Max 750g | Max L 35.3cm x W 25cm x D 2.5cm
E.g. Magazines, CDs and DVDs
Branch from £ 3.25
Online from £ 3.05

Parcel
Max 2kg | Max L 60cm x W * x D *
*L+D+W must be under 90cm
Branch from £ 5.80
Online from £ 5.50

Tubes and Rolls
Max 2kg | Max L 90cm x W * x D *
The length plus twice the diameter must be less than 104cm, with the greatest dimension less than 90cm
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International Economy

For heavier parcels that don't need to arrive in a hurry
Max 2kg

Features

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  • Free returns for undelivered items
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Delivery aims

  • Western Europe in up to 2 weeks
  • Eastern Europe in up to 5 weeks
  • North America in up to 6 weeks
  • South America, Africa and Asia in up to 8 weeks
  • Australia in up to 12 weeks
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Large Letter
Max 750g | Max L 35.3cm x W 25cm x D 2.5cm
E.g. Magazines, CDs and DVDs
Branch from £ 3.00
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Parcel
Max 2kg | Max L 60cm x W * x D *
*L+D+W must be under 90cm
Branch from £ 4.85
Online from £ 4.85

Tubes and Rolls
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The length plus twice the diameter must be less than 104cm, with the greatest dimension less than 90cm
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Customs and Brexit

On 24 December 2020, the UK and the EU reached an agreement on how to trade (the Trade and Cooperation Agreement). It entered into force on 1 January 2021. As a result of the agreement, the UK is no longer part of the EU’s single market and customs union and new rules apply. 

From 1 January, the UK has extended the rules which applied to non-EU postal items before. Similarly, the EU now treats postal items from the UK as it did non-EU items before. This means there may be changes to how you send and receive items from abroad.

For more information on how sending and receiving items to the EU may be impacted from 1 January, please click here

You are responsible for checking postal restrictions and prohibitions for your destination.

There are rules about what Royal Mail will carry and each country has their own restrictions which may differ, so it’s important to check both.

Check the status of deliveries around the world on our International Incident Bulletin

Can I send it to France?

Check our guide to France’s rules on some common items, and the full restrictions, below:

Don’t send 

  • Liquids over 1l 
  • Alcohol over 24% ABV (rum, whisky, vodka) 

(These are prohibited by Royal Mail

 

Check restrictions on 

  • Vegetable and fruit products 
  • Products containing meat, fish or dairy 
  • Seeds 

(Check the full France prohibitions and restrictions below) 

 

TIP: Send food items in their original manufacturer’s packaging if possible. 

Don’t send 

  • Liquids over 1l 
  • Aerosols 
  • Perfumes or aftershaves 
  • Nail varnish, polish or gel 

(These are all prohibited by Royal Mail

Check restrictions on 

  • Tobacco or manufactured tobacco substitutes 

(Check the full France prohibitions and restrictions below) 

Check restrictions on 

  • Medicines and vaccines 

  • Medical or surgical instruments 

(Check the full France prohibitions and restrictions below) 

 

Check restrictions on 

  • Coins or banknotes 

  • Jewellery or precious metals 

  • Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones 

(Check the full France prohibitions and restrictions below) 

Here is an indication of prohibited items for mailing to France. For further information, or further clarification please refer to the La Poste website.

You must not send any item addressed to a country in which the item is unlawful or prohibited. When an item is restricted you must comply with the restriction. Prohibitions and restrictions vary from country to country, and can sometimes apply to items which you may think are ordinary. The information below is provided in good faith, but Royal Mail is not responsible for it, and it should be viewed as a guide only. Specific restrictions and changes may be enforced at short notice, so for clarification please contact the destination country's trade, postal, and customs authorities as appropriate. Business customers are strongly recommended to do this.

France prohibits postal items, including registered and insured items, containing banknotes, coins that are current and legal tender in France, and precious metals. This prohibition also covers items in transit à découvert. Please visit www.legifrance.gouv.fr/ for further details. 

Please remember that Royal Mail also prohibits and restricts certain categories of items. For more information visit royalmail.com/prohibitedgoods

 

Prohibited items

Prohibited products are not permitted in the mail under any circumstances.

  • Live animals
  • All live animals, except bees and leeches.
  • Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage
  • Live plants, flower bulbs and cut flowers contaminated by parasites considered to be dangerous to crops
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers
  • Seed potatoes intended for consumption or industrial purposes coming from the American continent (possible exceptions see France - Restrictions).
  • Other vegetables, plants, roots and edible tubers contaminated by parasites considered to be dangerous to crops.
  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruit; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder
  • Cotton seeds.
  • Seeds for sowing contaminated by parasites considered to be dangerous to crops.
  • Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included
  • Vegetable colouring matter.
  • Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals, of radioactive elements or of isotopes
  • Radioactive materials.
  • Tanning or dyeing extracts; tannins and their derivatives; dyes, pigments and other colouring matter; paints and varnishes; putty and other mastics; inks
  • Colouring matter.
  • Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations
  • Substances considered to be inflammable or dangerous.
  • Propellant powders.
  • Explosives.
  • Detonators. Mercury detonating caps.
  • Flares and rockets.
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal
  • Chestnut timber. Bark from resinous timber.
  • Resinous timber covered wholly or partly with its bark.
  • Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans
  • Publications harmful to young people.
  • Works contrary to public order.
  • Obscene or immoral articles.
  • Banknotes: Prohibited in ordinary parcels.
  • Coins that are current & legal tender in France
  • Currency notes, bearer securities: These articles may travel only in insured parcels except when received from, or sent to, a country that does not accept insured items.
  • Precious metals 
  • Foreign lottery material.
  • Wadding, felt and non-wovens; special yarns; twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof
  • Metallised yarn with or of gold thread.
  • Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace; tapestries; trimmings; embroidery
  • Trimmings with, or of, gold thread.
  • Fabrics.
  • Glass and glassware
  • Tube feeding bottles
  • Pearls coated with lead salts.
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof
  • Lightning conductors containing radio-elements.
  • Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof
  • Charged military and shotgun cartridges.
  • Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof
  • The importation of certain machines for games based on chance, and in some cases skill, is unconditionally prohibited.

 

Restricted items

  • Live animals: Animal products

General Notes

Products of animal origin intended for consumption by humans or by pet animals

Such products may only come from a country authorised to export to the national territory. Provided it is not prohibited by special provisions of the Health Authorities, the importation under all customs régimes, with the exception of frontier-to frontier transit without breaking of load, of animal products or products of animal origin intended for consumption by humans or by pet animals is permitted subject to current hygiene regulations, namely:

– satisfactory hygiene and health inspection carried out by a veterinary inspector in one of the 22 preselected border inspection stations or in one of the 8 health inspection stations and attested by a health certificate (see attachment 2);

– submission of a hygiene or health certificate issued by the competent authority of the country of origin, when stipulated by current regulations;

– customs clearance at one of the 22 border inspection stations.

– When in frontier-to-frontier transit without breaking of load, and subject to compliance with the health prohibitions in force, these products are exempt from all the health formalities laid down under (a).

Exception

Provided that their importation is not prohibited and is not for commercial purposes, animal products or products of animal origin arriving by post up to the following limits are exempted from all health formalities:

– 1 kg for meat and meat-based products;

– 2 kg for other animal products or products of animal origin.

– Details of the regulations and exemptions from prohibition may be obtained from the Ministère chargé de l'Agriculture et de la Forêt (Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry), 175, rue du Chevaleret – 75646 PARIS CEDEX 13 – Tel. 49 55 81 50:

– service vétérinaire de la santé et de la protection animale (live animals);

– service vétérinaire et d'hygiène alimentaire (animal products and products of animal origin).

In addition, importation is prohibited of certain poultry products originating in or coming from countries in which the use of certain substances containing arsenic, antimony or oestrogen for feeding and raising the animals concerned is not forbidden. These are countries other than: Belgium, Bulgaria, China (People's Rep), Czech Rep, Denmark, Dominica, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary (Rep), Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Mauritius, Morocco, Netherlands, Poland (Rep), Romania, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia and Turkey. (Further information on this regulation may be obtained from the Ministry of Agriculture.)

  • Bees, honey, wax and apiary products

Bees may be imported on presentation of a special authorisation issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and on the conditions laid down therein. Frontier-to-frontier transit without breaking of load is not subject to any health formality.

Apiary products and equipment (viz honey and wax in all forms) may be imported subject to presentation of a health certificate issued by the relevant authority in the country of origin. The entries on the certificate may be simplified (in the case of acariosis, the document can merely certify that there has been no contact between the honey and wax on the one hand and the bees on the other for 72 hours prior to dispatch).

In addition, natural honey is subject on importation to the satisfactory result of a health inspection made by a veterinary inspector in one of the 22 border inspection stations (to the exclusion of all other stations) (see General Notes Live animals: Animal products entry above).

However, consignments of natural honey up to 2 kg dispatched by postal parcel and of no commercial value are exempted from all health formalities.

  • Leeches must be enclosed with marsh soil or moss in a canvas bag carefully sealed and placed in a second container (wooden box or basket) packed with hay or straw.
  • Meat and edible meat offal *
  • Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates *
  • Dairy produce; birds' eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included *

* See General Notes Live animals: Animal products entry above

  • Vegetable products
  • Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage
  • All plants, parts of plants, trees, bushes, flower bulbs and cut flowers.
  • Live plants and parts of live plants.
  • Live plants, parts of live plants, grafts and cuttings.

General Notes

Vegetables, plants, cereals, roots and bulbs for human consumption
A draft order relating to health requirements for plants, plant products and other articles, setting down technical measures applicable to such products, is being published.

On the other hand, a draft decree regarding measures to protect against pests dangerous to plants, plant products and other articles is being considered by the ministries concerned.

The following provisions remain applicable:

– The general conditions for the importation of plants and plant products and their packing, which may harbour pests dangerous to crops, are formulated jointly by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and the Ministry for the Budget which decide on the list of products particularly likely to carry such pests.

– These products must be examined on importation by an official responsible for plant protection and be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued in the country of origin and complying with the model in attachment 3.

Special cases

The general phytosanitary control provisions are supplemented by special provisions relating to the prevention of the introduction of specified parasites such as San José scale.

They consist of:

– prohibitions on importation of certain products from all or certain countries;

– the adoption of more restrictive measures (submission of a technical importation certificate);

– stricter entry provisions (compulsory disinsectisation treatment conducted only at customs offices equipped with appropriate facilities (fumigation));

– measures relating to presentation and treatment of plants;

– the obligation for other products, sometimes solely on the basis of where they have come from, to be accompanied by phytosanitary certificates bearing certain extra details.

Provided that their importation is not prohibited and is not for commercial purposes, certain plants or plant products are exempted, in general, from control, submission of documents and entry restrictions when arriving by post.

Special provisions

Certain plants (for example orchids) are subject, in addition to the phytosanitary formalities applicable to them, to the provisions of the Washington Convention and European Community regulations (regulations for application of the Convention in the Community) relating to species of flora and fauna threatened with extinction.

For the same reasons, the importation of articles made from parts of animal species subject to the provisions of the Washington Convention is also regulated.

In this context, the importation of these products under all customs régimes, including frontier-to- frontier transit without breaking of load, is permitted subject to compliance with the following provisions:

– importation by an authorised customs office;

– presentation of the following documents:

an import or transit authorisation issued by the Directorate for Nature Protection and Land Development;

an export permit obtained from the country of origin (CITES permit, attachment 4).

For details of these regulations, apply to the Directorate for Nature Protection and Land Development, 14, Bd du Général Leclerc – 92524 NEUILLY CEDEX – Tel. 40 81 21 22.

For further information on the provisions applicable to plants and plant products, contact the Ministère chargé de l'Agriculture et de la Forêt – Service de la protection des végétaux, 175, rue du Chevaleret
– 75646 PARIS CEDEX 13 – Tel. 49 55 81 50.

  • Seed potatoes, early potatoes and others, cereals, onions, shallots and garlic intended for propagation must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate.
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers
  • Seed and new potatoes, Vegetables, onions, shallots, garlic **
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons **
  • Cereals **

** see General Notes Vegetables, plants, cereals, roots and bulbs for human consumption entry above

  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruit; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder
  • Seeds for sowing

Most seeds to be used for plant reproduction are subject to special inspection for colouring and detection of dodder, and to checking of purity and germination capacity. Nevertheless, samples of fodder seeds for commercial use imported in postal items of less than 3 kg shall be exempted from special control measures concerning dodder, providing no individual packet of samples in a parcel weighs more than 300 g.

  • Narcotics

The importation of narcotics is subject to authorisation by the Medicaments Bureau. (All further information on these regulations may be obtained from this Bureau.)

  • Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts

Narcotics

The importation of narcotics is subject to authorisation by the Medicaments Bureau. (All further information on these regulations may be obtained from this Bureau.)

  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products; prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes
  • Certain poultry products. See General Notes Live animals: Animal products entry above
  • Beeswax. See Bees, honey, wax and apiary products entry above
  • Prepared foodstuffs; beverages, spirits and vinegar; tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes

General Notes

The importation of prepared foodstuffs may be subject to standardisation rules laid down by the Directorate-General of Food, Ministry of Agriculture.

  • Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates. ***
  • Preparations of vegetables, fruits, nuts or other parts of plants. ***
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations. ***

*** See General Notes Prepared foodstuffs; beverages, spirits and vinegar; tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes entry above

  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar

Grape juices, must, wine of fresh grapes, dessert wines. Importation of grape juices, partly fermented grape must, even other than with fermentation arrested by the addition of alcohol, wine of fresh grapes, dessert wines, mistelles or must with alcohol added to arrest fermentation is subject to compliance with the special conditions set out in the "Avis aux importateurs" (Notice to importers) periodically published in the Journal Officiel (including presentation of an import permit issued by the Institut des vins de consommation courante).

  • Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes

Because of the monopoly on importation of tobaccos from third countries, tobaccos that are not freely circulating in the EEC may be imported only by the Société nationale d'exploitation industrielle des tabacs et allumettes (SEITA). Tobaccos may be imported by individuals, however, subject to special authorisations issued by Customs for quantities under 2 kg imported in small non-commercial consignments. For quantities exceeding 2 kg, a request for exceptional authorisation to import must be made to the Directorate-General of Customs. Tobaccos marketed in France by SEITA do not benefit from these import exemptions. Without these authorisations, tobacco may not be imported into France if quantities exceed those admitted under exemptions for travellers. When cleared for home use, imported tobaccos are subject to customs duty, excise duty and sales taxes (VAT and BAPSA).

  • Products of the chemical or allied industries
  • Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals, of radioactive elements or of isotopes
  • Anti-parasite products for agricultural use and similar products, packed for retail sale, may be imported only if they have been approved either by granting of a temporary sale or import licence or a permit for distribution for experimental use or of an exemption from approval. (All further information on these regulations may be obtained from the Directorate-General of Food, Ministry of Agriculture.)
  • The importation of artificial radio-elements is subject to prior authorisation issued by the Interministerial Radio-elements Commission.
  • Organic chemicals

Narcotics

The importation of narcotics is subject to authorisation by the Medicaments Bureau. (All further information on these regulations may be obtained from this Bureau.)

  • Pharmaceutical products
  • Biological medicinal products.
  • Vaccines for human medicine.
  • Vaccines for veterinary medicine.
  • Medicaments, narcotics.
  • Various medicinal products. See Narcotics entry above

General Notes

Medicaments

The importation of medicaments is subject to prior authorisation granted either by the Ministry of Health (Directorate-General of Health) or by the Ministry of Agriculture (Directorate-General of Food).
Contraceptives
Contraceptives other than medicaments and condoms may be imported only be companies or bodies which have been granted approval by the Ministry of Health. Contraceptives which are deemed to be medicaments are subject to the regulations covering medicaments.

Baby's comforters and dummies
The importation of baby's comforters and dummies is subject to the presence of a marking.

Syringes and needles
The importation of syringes and needles is subject to presentation of an authorisation issued by the Ministry of Health.

  • Fertilisers

Under the regulations, importation of these products is subject to approval or to provisional authorisation for sale if they are not already subject to the provisions of a Community guideline (EEC fertilizers) or to the mandatory application of a standard (NF (French standard) fertilizers).

Importation of these products is subject to:

– for EEC fertilisers and for products subject to the French standard, a regulation marking on labels and packages;

– for products subject to approval or to provisional authorisation for sale, a regulation marking and presentation of a decision certifying such approval or provisional authorisation for sale.

  • Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes
  • Certain poultry products. See General Notes Live animals: Animal products entry above
  • Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations
  • Chemical matches.

Customs legislation provides for a monopoly on the importation of these products.

  • Combustible materials.
  • Miscellaneous chemical products
  • The importation of artificial radio-elements is subject to prior authorisation issued by the Interministerial Radio-elements Commission.
  • Fungicides.
  • Anti-parasite products for agricultural use and similar products, packed for retail sale, may be imported only if they have been approved either by granting of a temporary sale or import licence or a permit for distribution for experimental use or of an exemption from approval. (All further information on these regulations may be obtained from the Directorate-General of Food, Ministry of Agriculture.)
  • Plastics and articles thereof
  • Baby's comforters and dummies see General Notes Various medicinal products entry above
  • Rubber and articles thereof

Rubber condoms may be imported subject to presentation of:

– either a certificate of approval issued by the Ministry of Industry;

– or a decision of admission for the NF mark and presence of the mark on the product;

– or of a certificate of conformity with certain foreign standards recognised as equivalent;

– and to the presence of an NF mark and a regulation marking on the product.

  • Contraceptives, baby's comforters and dummies.
  • Raw hides and skins, leather, furskins and articles thereof; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silk-worm gut)

General Notes

Special provisions

Certain plants (for example orchids) are subject, in addition to the phytosanitary formalities applicable to them, to the provisions of the Washington Convention and European Community regulations (regulations for application of the Convention in the Community) relating to species of flora and fauna threatened with extinction.

For the same reasons, the importation of articles made from parts of animal species subject to the provisions of the Washington Convention is also regulated.

In this context, the importation of these products under all customs régimes, including frontier-to- frontier transit without breaking of load, is permitted subject to compliance with the following provisions:

– importation by an authorised customs office;

– presentation of the following documents:

– an import or transit authorisation issued by the Directorate for Nature Protection and Land Development;

– an export permit obtained from the country of origin (CITES permit, attachment 4).

For details of these regulations, apply to the Directorate for Nature Protection and Land Development, 14, Bd du Général Leclerc – 92524 NEUILLY CEDEX – Tel. 40 81 21 22.

For further information on the provisions applicable to plants and plant products, contact the Ministère chargé de l'Agriculture et de la Forêt – Service de la protection des végétaux, 175, rue du Chevaleret
75646 PARIS CEDEX 13 – Tel. 49 55 81 50.

  • Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather. ****
  • Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silk-worm gut) ****
  • Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof. ****
  • **** See General Notes Special Provisions entry above
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal
  • Hives, small hives, frames. See Bees, honey, wax and apiary products entry above
  • Prepared matchwood.

Customs legislation provides for a monopoly on the importation of these products.

  • Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork
  • Infant care articles.

The importation of infant care articles is subject to presence of the indication "conforms to safety requirements" on the article itself or its packaging. The importer must have, for the disposal of the Customs, information describing how the manufacturer determined that the product complies with the applicable standards, and the address of the place of manufacture or storage.

  • Straw hives and small hives. See Bees, honey, wax and apiary products entry above.
  • Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulose material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard; paper and paperboard and articles thereof
  • Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans
  • Banknotes, coins and valuables are subject to an import declaration when the amount transferred is equal to or greater than 50 000 francs or its exchange value.
  • Bookshop articles, and Printed Matter

Books, newspapers, booklets, publications and printed matter imported from other countries are subject, in the interests of public order, to special restrictions and conditions, particularly to checking by specially appointed officials of the Ministry of the Interior, who shall have authority to determine whether books and other articles should be admitted into the country or not.

The following are exempt from these special formalities:

– works intended for the National Library;

– single consignments or a small number of consignments addressed to members of the diplomatic corps;

– consignments intended for UNESCO.

  • Other made-up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags
  • Electric blankets

The importation of these products is subject to presentation of:

– either a certificate of compliance with the national or European harmonised standards that apply to the product, completed and signed by the manufacturer or importer;

– or a certificate of compliance prepared by a recognised European laboratory, or the presence of a national mark of compliance on the product.

  • Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles. See General Notes Special provisions
  • Raw hides and skins, leather, furskins and articles thereof; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silk-worm gut)
  • Headgear and parts thereof
  • Motorcycle helmets
  • Glass and glassware
  • Measuring instruments.

The importation of measuring instruments is subject to presentation of an entry declaration stamped by the Sub-Directorate of Metrology (Ministry of Industry). This declaration need not be stamped if the instruments have been checked by the EEC and bear the marks attesting to that check.

  • Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones, precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewellery; coin

The importation of artificial radio-elements is subject to prior authorisation issued by the Interministerial Radio-elements Commission.

  • Base metals and articles of base metal
  • Articles of iron and steel

The importation of infant care articles is subject to presence of the indication "conforms to safety requirements" on the article itself or its packaging. The importer must have, for the disposal of the Customs, information describing how the manufacturer determined that the product complies with the applicable standards, and the address of the place of manufacture or storage.

  • Copper and articles thereof #
  • Aluminium and articles thereof #
  • Tin and articles thereof #

# See Measuring instruments entry above

  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof
  • Apiary equipment.

See Measuring instruments entry above

  • Fire extinguishers

The importation of this equipment is subject to presentation of either a decision of admission for the NF mark or a certificate of approval issued by the Minister of Industry (Directorate of the Metallurgical, Mechanical and Electrical Industries).

  • Exhaust devices

The importation of this equipment is subject to presentation of a certificate of receipt or approval and the presence of a number of markings on the device.

  • Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers; television image and sound recorders and reproducers and parts and accessories of such articles
  • Terminal equipment (telephone equipment and transmitter-receivers)

The importation of these products is subject to presentation of a certificate of approval issued by the Minister of Telecommunications.

  • Electrical equipment
  • Electrical and electronic equipment that can create electromagnetic disturbances

– The importation of this equipment is subject to the presence of an EC marking on the device.

– Only those devices complying with the relevant standards or accompanied by technical construction information may bear this marking.

  • Artificial radio-elements

The importation of artificial radio-elements is subject to prior authorisation issued by the Interministerial Radio-elements Commission.

  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling-stock, and parts and accessories thereof
  • The importation of infant care articles is subject to presence of the indication "conforms to safety requirements" on the article itself or its packaging. The importer must have, for the disposal of the Customs, information describing how the manufacturer determined that the product complies with the applicable standards, and the address of the place of manufacture or storage.
  • Exhaust devices

The importation of this equipment is subject to presentation of a certificate of receipt or approval and the presence of a number of markings on the device.

  • The importation of toys is subject to an indication on the toy or its packaging of:

– the name, corporate name or brand and the Community address of the manufacturer, its representative or the importer;

– the EC symbol.

The importer must have, for the disposal of the Customs, a production file containing information on the means used to determine that the toys comply with safety requirements.

The importation of fruit machines and their spare parts, intended for use in casinos, is subject to production of authorisations issued by the Ministry of the Interior.

The importation of certain machines for games based on chance, and in some cases skill, is unconditionally prohibited.

  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof
  • Artificial radio-elements

The importation of artificial radio-elements is subject to prior authorisation issued by the Interministerial Radio-elements Commission.
See Measuring instruments entry above

  • Terminal equipment (telephone equipment and transmitter- receivers)

The importation of these products is subject to presentation of a certificate of approval issued by the Minister of Telecommunications.

  • Syringes and needles
  • Radio Elements. See Artificial Radio-Elements entry above
  • Clocks and watches and parts thereof. See Artificial Radio-elements entry above
  • Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof
  • War matériel

The importation of all war matériel, arms and ammunition is subject to production of a war matériel import licence (AIMG) issued by the Directorate-General of Customs and Indirect Taxes.

  • Ammunition. Unprimed cases. See War matériel entry above
  • Cutting and thrusting weapons See War matériel entry above
  • Furniture, bedding, mattresses, mattress supports, cushions and similar stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings not elsewhere specified or included; illuminated signs, illuminated name-plates and the like; prefabricated buildings
  • Infant care articles.

The importation of infant care articles is subject to presence of the indication "conforms to safety requirements" on the article itself or its packaging. The importer must have, for the disposal of the Customs, information describing how the manufacturer determined that the product complies with the applicable standards, and the address of the place of manufacture or storage.

  • Electrical equipment
  • Electrical and electronic equipment that can create electromagnetic disturbances

– The importation of this equipment is subject to the presence of an EC marking on the device.

– Only those devices complying with the relevant standards or accompanied by technical construction information may bear this marking.

  • Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof

The importation of toys is subject to an indication on the toy or its packaging of:

– the name, corporate name or brand and the Community address of the manufacturer, its representative or the importer;

– the EC symbol.

The importer must have, for the disposal of the Customs, a production file containing information on the means used to determine that the toys comply with safety requirements.

The importation of certain machines for games based on chance, and in some cases skill, is unconditionally prohibited.

  • Fruit machines intended for use in authorised casinos

The importation of fruit machines and their spare parts, intended for use in casinos, is subject to production of authorisations issued by the Ministry of the Interior.

  • Miscellaneous manufactured articles See General Notes Special provisions Raw hides and skins, leather, furskins and articles thereof; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silk-worm gut) 

 

For more information about posting an item to France please refer to the La Poste website

Remember to use the correct address format 

  • You can shorten Madame, Monsieur and Mademoiselle to Mme, M, and Mlle.
  • Write the addressee’s surname in capitals to avoid any confusion.
  • The five-digit postcode is written before the city, on the same line.
  • Please write 'FRANCE' in capital letters on the last line of the address.

Example: 

Mme Annette VERBIER 
29 Rue de Lyon 
95400 PARIS 
FRANCE 

Please write the addressee's mobile telephone number on your parcel, in case we need to contact them about their delivery. 

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