La Poste: International Shipping and Express Delivery Options

La Poste shipping and Colissimo parcel delivery services

La Poste, the national French postal service, manages letters and postage in France and offers transport and parcel deliveries through Colissimo and Chronopost in metropolitan France and abroad. Learn more about shipping with La Poste, the Colissimo courier services and prices and how to track and trace any La Poste shipment. Compare La Poste’s offer with our instant quotes and ship in France with the best alternative shipping services.

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Shipping services with La Poste

La Poste offers international shipping for letters and parcels. The letter and envelope shipping services are fulfilled by La Poste itself. For parcel delivery, clients can choose between Colissimo and Chronopost, the two carriers responsible for all of La Poste’s parcel shipping services. Both Colissimo and Chronopost are part of the DPD Group.

Read more about La Poste international shipping solutions:

  • Colissimo is the most affordable shipping option for deliveries within France and Europe.
  • Chronopost is the express parcel service for clients with time-sensitive requirements.

Prices for shipping with La Poste courier services

The prices for shipping parcels with La Poste, either via Colissimo or Chronopost, depend on three main factors: the weight and size of the parcel, the country of destination and the type of service you have booked. In general, customers can ship parcels up to 30 kg, but small weight limitations may apply to specific services and routes. Colissimo and Chronopost deliveries can be scheduled to a personal address or a pick-up point, but only the latter offers express solutions.

Prices for shipping parcels in France with La Poste (via Colissimo)

Colissimo home deliveries are available to mainland France, Andorra and Monaco. Deliveries to pick-up points are only possible in mainland France. Deliveries to French overseas territories have different prices since they are considered as locations abroad.

Parcel weightHome deliveryDelivery to a pick-up point
Up to 1 kg€ 8.10€ 7.40
Up to 5 kg€ 14.35€ 13.65
Up to 10 kg€ 20.85N / A
Up to 30 kg€ 32.70N / A

La Poste international courier prices

The La Poste international shipping prices vary depending on the country of destination and the service selected. To give you a general overview, we have gathered La Poste price examples for shipping a 5 kg package in the EU, to French overseas territories and globally. The options below include international shipping services offered by Colissimo and Chronopost.

Serviceto the European Unionto French overseas territoriesto global destinations
Colissimo international€ 23.45€ 37.15 - 53.45€ 32.70 - 63.90
Colissimo Ready-to-Send€ 28.00N/A€ 49.00
Chronopost Ready-to-Ship€ 69.00€ 99.00€ 99.00

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FAQ Shipping with La Poste & Colissimo courier services

How does La Poste track and trace service work?
La Poste track and trace service is available on the La Poste web pages, but you can also access it directly at the Colissimo or Chronopost websites. Every La Poste parcel shipped with Colissimo or Chronopost has a unique tracking number that will allow you to locate and find the status of your parcel while it is in transit. The shipping label of your La Poste parcel will be scanned at every new location, and the status will be updated accordingly.
Where will I find my La Poste Colissimo tracking number?
The La Poste tracking number will be indicated on the confirmation email or directly on the shipping label when you book a parcel delivery with Colissimo or Chronopost.
What is La Poste delivery time?
La Poste domestic deliveries will take around 48h with the Colissimo shipping option. International shipping with La Poste using Colissimo services can take anywhere between 3 to 8 working days, but depending on the service selected, it may take up to 18 days.
La Poste parcel services performed by Chronopost have shorter delivery times because this is an express shipping solution. With the service Chrono 13, for instance, La Poste offers domestic parcel shipping with next-day delivery until 1 pm.
What are La Poste delivery days and hours?
La Poste delivers on all working days (from Monday to Friday) and on Saturdays for certain routes. If you have booked a Colissimo delivery to a personal address, the courier driver will most likely drive by between 9 am and 6 pm in most locations. If you booked a delivery to a pick-up point or office, you will be able to pick up the parcel during the shop's hours, which may vary between locations.
What do I do if I missed my La Poste delivery?
If you miss your La Poste package delivery, the parcel will be held at the La Poste office or associated pick-up point closest to the delivery address. You can pick the parcel up during the next 15 working days.
How long does it take for La Poste Colissimo to ship to UK after Brexit?
Colissimo deliveries between France and the UK can take up to 8 working days for the longest routes and 3-4 working days for the shortest. If you want to check how long it will take for La Poste to ship to your specified address in the UK using the Colissimo service, check the tool available on La Poste website that allows you to make a calculation of the estimated delivery time. After Brexit, deliveries from France to the UK with Colissimo can take longer because they will have to go through customs. Parcels can be stuck at customs for a few days before they are cleared. You can get more information about shipping and Brexit on our dedicated page.
How can I book a shipment with La Poste?
To book a shipment with La Poste, you can choose between placing your order online or in person at one of their offices. To do it online, you will have to use the official webpage and introduce the details of your delivery. Then you will have to choose between the different La Poste shipping services.
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Can I ship cargo with La Poste?
Currently, it is not possible to ship parcels of more than 30 kg. If you want to ship cargo, you can book LTL, FTL and other services directly on our booking tool. You can send us a message through the chat if you need information about other shipping options.
Does La Poste have specific packaging requirements?
When shipping with La Poste, whether it is via Colissimo or Chronopost, you can use your own packaging or purchase the boxes and envelopes available at the La Poste office. However, you should pay attention to the service you book. For Chronopost Ready-to-Ship service and Colissimo Ready-to-Send, you will have to use the packaging from this specific service and make sure your parcel is within the weight limitation.
It is crucial to package your items properly when shipping, regardless of the courier providing the service. You can check our handy packing guides to learn how to pack all kinds of items safely.
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Disclaimer: The information above is the result of online research conducted in August 2022. For more information about La Poste Colissimo tracking number, La Poste pickup locations and delivery days, or Colissimo courier prices we recommend to visit the official website.