Find out how much it costs to send boxes to France from the UK including the best way to ship your belongings.
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Our team of professional box shippers have many years of experience of shipping boxes to France. It’s our aim to provide an outstanding service at an unbeatable price.
For 40 years we have been sending boxes to France from the UK whether it is a small shipment for an individual or a container load for a whole family. Sending boxes to France is easy with PSS. You can send anything from 1 box via air freight to a whole house shipment in multiple containers that requires a sea freight service – the choice is yours.
We will ship boxes and baggage to all major cities in France, so no matter where you are going, our box shipping service has you covered!
Shipping your boxes and luggage to France is easy with PSS
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We deliver cartons and packing materials
We deliver export-strength cartons & packing materials to your home.
We collect packed boxes/bags from your home
When you’re ready, we collect your packed boxes or bags and any unused cartons.
We ship and deliver to your new home, handling all customs clearance
Our door-to-door service takes care of everything for you.
Door to Door Shipping Boxes to France
We like to make overseas shipping to France as simple as possible, helping make your move to France run smoothly. Therefore, when you put our reliable staff in charge of shipping boxes from the United Kingdom to France, we take care of everything from door to door.
We provide packaging materials, cartons and can send your belongings in secure tea cartons to France, ensuring safe delivery. When you select PSS to ship boxes to France, we will handle custom clearance agreements and we will personally deliver your removals to the required delivery address.
Why Choose PSS for Shipping Boxes from UK to France?
We’re honoured to be members of the FIDI Global Alliance for shipping boxes to France and accredited by the FAIM quality standard for sending a box overseas, so you can rest assured you’re in good hands.
We thrive off providing a professional yet friendly service and always work hard to meet your needs. This is echoed in our reputation as the UK’s first choice for shipping boxes to France, and we would love to help you too!
We will always make taking care of your goods and the safe delivery of your shipment of boxes to France our main priority.
Shipping costs to France
The cost of moving boxes internationally solely depends on how much you send when using our box shipping to France service. At PSS we offer an unmatched price. We’re also backed by the BAR Advanced Payment Guarantee Scheme.
If you’re considering shipping a box to France, get your instant quote today or call us on 0800 988 3711. If you just want more information on sending a tea chest to France from the UK you can read our Shipping Boxes to France FAQs or refer to the shipping documentation.
“Why choose PSS International in 2023?”
- Free home survey
- Family run business for over 40 years
- We only handle Overseas Removals
- Members of BAR Overseas Group
- BAR Advance Payment Guarantee Scheme
- FIDI Global Alliance (Worldwide Moving Association)
- FAIM Accredited (Removal Quality Assurance Standard)
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How to ship boxes to France from the UK? Our FAQ Guide
What is the best way to send boxes to France?
No matter whether you are taking one, a few or even multiple boxes to France then our box shipping service is the best way for you to ship your boxes.
We provide boxes and packaging materials and deliver them to your address in the UK.
You then pack all your personal possessions or household items and call us when you are ready for them to be collected.
There are three shipping options for your boxes. The method you choose depends on costs and urgency.
- Sea Freight: Your boxes are sent in a shared shipping container with other peoples boxes and belongings moving to France. This is the cheapest, but the slowest method.
- Air Freight: If you need your belongings to arrive sooner then air freight can be a good option.
- Express Air Freight: If your shipment is needed very urgently then express air freight is the best option, however, this will be more expensive.
Your dedicated Move Manager will help you with all the required paperwork and answer any questions you have.
You can then take time to enjoy a stop-over on your journey home to France whilst we take care of transporting your boxes.
Our partner company in France will notify you when your ship arrives, take care of customs clearance and deliver your boxes at a time that’s convenient to you.
They can also arrange storage for you if you are not yet ready to take delivery.
The whole process is very easy!
How much does it cost to ship boxes to France from the UK?
The cost will depend on the volume of boxes you are shipping and whether you are using sea or air freight.
To get an initial price we recommend using our free online cost calculator available on this page. Our Move Managers will also be able to tailor your quote to meet your personal requirements.
But you can be assured that PSS is widely regarded as the cheapest and best company for shipping your items to France. We are confident that we can give you a very good quote without compromising on service.
Please note that sea freight costs are based on volume whereas air freight rates are calculated by volumetric weight – a combination of weight and volume.
What is the Cheapest way to ship boxes to France?
The cheapest way to send your items is by sea freight using our personal shipping service.
Your boxes are shipped in a container together with other customers belongings bound for France so that everyone saves money.
As PSS are one of the leading UK shipping companies for France, we can get the best sea freight rates and so are able to offer cheap prices to our customers.
We also offer faster options to fly your boxes. Although more expensive, this is still much cheaper than using courier companies or airline excess baggage.
Are there any additional charges e.g. customs fees?
Our quote is for a full door to door collection and delivery service to your address in France.
There may, however, be additional customs charges e.g. customs duty, GST, inspection and quarantine fees.
These will need to be paid when your shipment arrives in France.
You can check the latest customs requirements in our FIDI Customs Guide here.
How long does it take to ship boxes from the UK to France?
Shipping times to France can vary. Part load (shared / groupage) shipping takes longer than shipping a dedicated or full container load as different customers shipments need to be consolidated to fill one container or lorry.
|Part Load (Groupage )||Air Freight|
|Up to 3 weeks||Up to 10 days|
How to send your boxes via Air Freight or by our Express Service
The fastest way to send your boxes to France is by air freight or our express courier service.
This is more expensive than our sea freight service, but still much cheaper than airline excess baggage rates.
Air freight prices are calculated by volumetric weight – a combination of volume and weight in kilograms.
Many customers choose to send the bulk of their goods by sea and then ask us to fly the possessions they need more urgently.
This cost effective baggage service is the perfect alternative to paying expensive airline excess baggage fees.
We offer two options to fly your boxes to France – Standard Air Freight and Express Air Freight which is a fastrack courier service.
What size and type of box do you need for shipping to France?
We provide a variety of different cartons, including small and large boxes, as part of your quote. All our cartons are of high quality and designed specifically for international box shipping.
Size: 46 x 46 x 46cm
Description: Standard size box that is suitable for most items.
Tea Carton (Tea Chest)
Size: 46 x 46 x 51cm
Description: Large box that is suitable for bigger and bulkier items such as clothes and bedding. This is about the size and volume of traditional tea chests.
Size: 46 x 46 x 26cm
Description: Smaller box that is suitable for books, paperwork and heavier items.
Size: 147 x 22 x 96cm
Description: Specialist box specifically designed for transporting cycles/bicycles.
You can also enter the dimensions and weight of customs packages on our cost calculator to get a price estimate.
How do I pack my boxes and what packaging materials should I use?
In addition to providing you with cardboard boxes and cartons, we also supply the packaging materials you need for shipping to France.
As standard this includes bubble wrap and tape.
We can also provide blanket wrap for additional items or we can supply a custom built wood case at an additional cost.
All items should be well wrapped with plenty of padding and the boxes secured with packing tape.
Can I use my own boxes or bags?
Whilst in theory you can use your own boxes or bags to send your personal effects, we highly recommend you use the export-strength boxes and cartons we provide as they are purposely designed for international shipping.
Our cartons are double-walled for extra strength and durability to give your items greater protection on their journey. Cheap boxes are more likely to squash or split.
This is why we provide a variety of different box and carton sizes for you to choose from.
For items such as TVs and computers, it is recommended, if possible, to use their original packaging.
How heavy a box can I send to France?
Generally, for health and safety reasons, boxes should not weigh not more than 30kg for sea freight or air freight.
There may be some exception such as for bike cartons or heavy tool boxes.
What items can I send to France?
Our box/baggage shipping service is suitable for sending all manner of household items and personal effects to France.
This can include clothing, shoes, books, souvenirs, toys, small items of furniture
In fact, any of your personal possessions and goods can be boxed and shipped to France as long as they meet customs requirements.
Our shipping company is used by thousands of migrants, families, expats, students and also Francens returning home from the UK to ship all their boxes of goods.
Popular items that can be shipped via our box/baggage shipping service include:
- Suitcases and luggage
- Guitars (use a hard case)
- Computers & monitors
- Golf clubs and bags
- Other sports gear and equipment
- Tool boxes
- Vinyl Records / LPs
For larger items and furniture you will likely need to use our removals to France service.
Are there any prohibited or restricted items for shipping to France?
Please check our FIDI Customs Guide for items that you should not send to France or items that are restricted.
Shipping these can cause delays and additional costs.
In addition, if you using air freight there are further restrictions regarding what airlines will allow you to pack.
Please refer to our guide on Air Freight Prohibited items here.
Do you have bike cartons / boxes for shipping bicycles to France?
Yes! Whilst you can buy a specialist bike box, we can provide you with a strong cardboard bike carton for shipping your bicycle to France.
You will need to dismantle some parts of your cycle such as pedals and ensure it is thoroughly cleaned for Francen customs, but taking your bike with you is very easy.
How to ship toolboxes to France?
Our service is perfect for sending your work tools and toolboxes to France. You will need to ensure they are thoroughly cleaned before transportation and well wrapped to protect them.
If you need your tools quickly, we recommend you use our air freight service. Otherwise, your tool box can be sent via sea freight.
Please speak to your Move Manager if your toolbox is very heavy – we have a special service for overweight items.
Please note: Some items such as batteries and gas canisters can be restricted or prohibited. Call us for more details.
Do I self-pack or do you provide a professional packing service?
For this box shipping service customers usually pack by themselves (owner packed).
However, we do also have a professional packing service which is especially useful if you have a large number of boxes, delicate items or are moving to France with the full contents of your house.
Can I post or mail boxes to France from the United Kingdom?
Posting boxes, parcels and packages to France via Royal Mail or other postal services/parcel companies, is only viable if they are under 2kg. Normal courier services are prohibitively expensive if you have large boxes to send.
This is why box shipping services offered by companies such as PSS offer both the fastest and most economical way to ship your belongings.
Do I need marine insurance or shipment protection cover for my belongings?
At PSS we do our very best to take great care of your belongings, so whilst we are confident that your goods are in safe hands, unfortunately, accidents do happen that are beyond our control.
So, in the same way, you have car insurance, travel insurance and home contents insurance to protect you as well as your belongings in the unlikely event that you should need to claim, we recommend for peace of mind, that you take out shipment protection cover.
We offer a flexible and independent shipment protection cover through Basil Fry & Company, the UK’s leading insurance broker for international removals and shipping.
The most popular comprehensive cover (Standard Liability including damage) is calculated at 5% of the total value you declare.
Your Move Manager will be able to give you more details.