There are four international parcel shipping cost factors that affect the cost of international parcel shipping to France. These are:-
1, The size of the parcels being sent. The larger the box or boxes that you send internationally the more space they take up on the van, boat or aeroplane. Therefore the smaller the volumetric size of the shipment, lower the volumetric carriage charge will be.
This is specifically important for large lightweight items. Some international courier services will surcharge if a parcel is not able to be machine sorted at their hubs due to the length, usually this applies to items over 120cms. So if your parcels are long and can be packed in shorter multiple boxes this may lower your parcel shipping to France costs. .
2, The weight of the parcels being sent. The heavier a shipment is, the more it costs for the carriers to move it.
3, The speed of the service being used. If you send with an express service your parcel to France moves by air and is far more expensive than moving it by an economy road shipping service.
4, The liability for loss and damage that the courier service accepts. If the parcel is insured for a high value by the courier service then this will increase the cost to the sender.
Before you choose which service to use, you need to also consider how your goods will be packed. The contents of your parcels must be suitable for transport by whichever service you select. If you are using a parcel shipping service, they will place your parcel in a van with other goods and it may move around in the back hitting other parcels and have other parcels on top. The boxes may be placed any way up, often on a side and the contents of the box should be packed in a way that the contents that you send can withstand this without becoming damaged.
So if you are packing your goods in a box, you should always use a brand new for strength this is double or triple walled cardboard. Each item in your box should be packed in a way that nothing but packaging padding is touching the insides of the box. The inside packaging should not only prevent each item from touching the box sides, but also from touching other items in the box and ensuring that nothing can move around inside. If contents are packed in this way, the box should be able to be dropped off a table onto the floor and the goods inside be in perfect condition.
If you are shipping fragile items domestically to another international Country that cannot withstand this type of treatment, then you have two choices. Firstly hand-carry the boxes yourself or I would recommend that they are shipped only on a pallet. Goods that are packed on a pallet are held the same way up during transport and have nothing touching their sides or on top of them. They are moved only by fork lift and this is the most secure way to transport fragile items.
I hope these points explain the factors that affect the shipping cost of shipping parcels to France and that the packaging information helps you to ensure that anything you send arrives in good condition.