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Old 10-11-2007, 10:16 AM
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I will be traveling to Paris soon and I anticipate doing some shopping. Has anyone shipped their purchases back to the US? I wonder if it would be easier just to UPS, FedEx, or even mail purchases home. I usually do this when I travel in the US especially now with luggage restrictions, etc.
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Old 10-11-2007, 10:51 AM
Location: on an island
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I have shipped from England and Italy, but never France.
We just went through regular post; the storekeeper handled it. It took weeks, but everything arrived safe and sound.
I once shipped to France, and again, it took weeks, but arrived safely.
It is very expensive to do anything but regular mail.
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Old 10-11-2007, 10:55 AM
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It's easy to ship from France to the US. The shipping company will help you with the customs paperwork. Much easier to ship than to lug it around.
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Old 10-14-2007, 09:28 AM
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We shipped items home from France this summer. We used the La Poste. They have a few box sizes, the largest being 8"x12"x18". No weight limit. As much as you can cram in there for a flat rate of 38 euro. Our group sent a total of 7 boxes home, and all of them except 2 made it in exactly 1 week, and this was to OR and CA. The last 2 boxes took almost 2 weeks. Not bad! Everything arrived just fine. It is easiest to go buy the box, and they will give you the paperwork, then take it back to your hotel/apt and put it all together, then return to La Poste. Much easier than stuffing boxes there. Trust me...we did this once and learned quickly that was not the way to do it.
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Old 10-14-2007, 02:12 PM
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Thank you all for answering my question. I appreciate the input.
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Old 10-15-2007, 05:56 AM
Location: Las Vegas
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I've mailed boxes home before. It's not unreasonable. Customs will assess duty. That's why I usually mail back my own used clothes. So far, no duty on dirty laundry!

Or, take clothes you want to get rid of and wear them once and throw away!
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Old 10-16-2007, 09:17 AM
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Customs will only assess duty if the declared value is over 80 euro. All 7 of our boxes came through just fine.
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Old 07-19-2009, 01:20 PM
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Is there a max size box or weight limit?
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Old 03-08-2010, 02:28 AM
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I've just spent a year in France , while all the airline tarrifs changed in the US.thus, I SENT EVERYTHING HOME IN BOXES........HERE'S THE THING:
fRENCH POSTAL RATES JUST WERE RAISED MARCH FIRST.............AND.economy rates are NO LONGER OFFERED AS OF THIS MORNING............trust me, I've thoroughly researched this.........even a package weighing only 7 kilos costs about 90 EUROS!!!.........however, one can purchase a PRE PAID COLISSIMO BOX that will air mail 7kilos for 41EUROS............and that includes insurance. the rub? you CAN overstuff the prepaid box,(say send 10 kilos) but then the insurance doesn't "work"..........go figure..............air mail./one week(well...........) delivery for 41 euros and the same 7 kilos to wrap yourself, and send 90Euros...........'tis a puzzlement....................but this is real..........just before march 1 you could even send your entire suitcase economy(3 weeks)up to 30 kilos(22 kilos economy mailing in a box cost me 119.00EUROS --that included the max insurance about 350Euros), but this economy rate is NO LONGER AVAILABLE AS OF MARCH 1ST...........I'm "carrying on" a large purse and a small leather backpack that carries my mini computer--that's it!!
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Old 04-29-2010, 05:29 PM
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My daughter is currently studying in Paris. I would like to ship some of her belongings home. Is the cheapest way through the French Postal service? I am a bit confused by farmtrail's post.
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