What parcel services exist from the UK to France?
The power of the internet is creating unprecedented parcel and mail volumes to France; French consumers, it seems, love British goods and are happily buying from the comfort of their own homes. In fact, the French are actually responsible for making 12% of all the UKâ€™s cross-border purchases now, spending an average of â‚¬1,400 each a year.
Thatâ€™s great news for UK companies, whether they are solely internet merchants or â€śbricks and mortarâ€ť high street retailers with a website, from Burberry to Cadbury, and from Tetley to Adnams. The French are buying Cheddar cheese, Scotch whisky and even sparkling wine from Kent and Sussex, and France is now the third biggest overseas online market for UK clothes retailer Asos.
But ensuring the goods ordered arrive safely to their French destinations, British retailers need to be able to depend on a courier services company, one with:
- Special expertise for crossing borders
- Diverse local knowledge of France
- Skills to deal with necessities such as relevant VAT and customs duties
- An extensive distribution network of routes at their fingertips.
Here at Asendia, we have a vision to become the world leaders in B2C solutions for global direct mail, and we are specifically focusing on e-commerce parcel delivery to France and beyond. Thatâ€™s more good news for the British internet retailer. Sending goods cross-border has never been easier: one contract, one single system for preparation and tracking, including access to many local delivery partners, who also specialise in B2C packets and parcels.
France is especially easy for Asendia. As a joint venture between La Poste and Swiss Post, the post offices of France and Switzerland, Asendia has an enormous wealth of delivery routes, global experience that comes from delivering to over 220 destinations in the world, and a heritage of postal solutions that stretches back centuries.
Privileged access into France
Whatâ€™s more, Asendia offers some of the lowest international postal rates available from the UK and is uniquely positioned to send packets and parcels into France (and Switzerland), due to its association with La Poste (and Swiss Post).
In addition, retailers get a range of choices to suit their own needs and pockets, from different levels of parcel tracking, speed of delivery and levels of insurance. For instance, if the customer is prepared to wait for a week or two, there are cheaper options for sending a parcel. If the retailer and/or customer only need to know that a parcel has left the UK and entered France – country-tracked goods – again the option is cheaper than paying for it to be fully tracked.
The range of services includes:
- Standard parcel services
- Fully tracked parcel services
- Partially tracked parcel services
- Signed-for services
- Courier services
- Premium insurance options
- Lightweight specialist services.
Parcels up to 2kgs* in weight can be sent to France via Asendia at competitive prices, with or without insurance, with or without tracking – although a minimum level of both is advisable. Levels of insurance can even apply to parcels weighing up to 30kgs with Asendiaâ€™s Premium Goods service, while some tracking options offer email notifications at several stages through to final delivery to the recipient. There are also options for home delivery services: the parcel can be sent to a mailbox of the recipient, or they can have it delivered to their door and signed for.
*Parcels and packets weighing up to 2kgs are also restricted by size dimensions.
More options are available once parcels have entered the French network:
- POSTrack – an exclusive tracked parcel delivery solution aimed at e-commerce businesses
- Colissimo – a market leading low-cost B2C tracked service across France and to French Overseas Territories, delivering over 1 million items a day
- ColiEco – exclusive access for Asendia customers mailing low-value goods* to any destination in France that are not urgent
- Letterman – ideal for mailing small goodsâ€™ packages up to 20mm thickness, with or without a commercial value such as CDs, DVDs, books and photos.
*Dimension restrictions apply
Asendia UK also adds value to its courier services for online retailers by offering help with key aspects of despatch to France, like advising on packaging, address formatting and labelling. We also offer a returns service; with prepaid returns labels, customers can return the product free of charge. This service is a great way for UK retailers to increase confidence from French customers, and Asendia will handle returned items for retailers too.
As well as international courier services, Asendia UK has the facilities to provide e-commerce retailers with a complete end-to-end service by offering a fulfilment service. We have a 63,000sq ft order fulfilment centre, where fully trained staff pick and pack e-commerce parcels, from beauty products and health supplements, clothing and apparel, toys, dry foods, medical equipment, consumer electronics, books, CD’s and DVD’s, homeware and gardening products, gifts and seasonal goods, product samples, free literature (catalogues, brochures, leaflets, etc) and merchandise.
Contact Asendia today to talk about all your requirements with our experts and find out about all the options.
See our website for more information on sending packets and parcels to France, or call us on 01234 84 84 15.