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Old 23.10.2017, 14:55
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Sending documents to France and providing a pre-paid postage for return?

I would like to send some documents to France (to an organisation) and provide pre-paid envelope (registered mail) for the return of the documents to Switzerland.

Sending is not a problem at all, the return is my dilemma. The French post will obviously not accept Swiss stamps. I am wondering what options one could have for pre-paid registered mail from France?

I checked the French post website, they do offer pre-paid regsitered mail stickers, but only for domestic letters, not international. Fedex and similars or not an option.

Any experience or thoughts on possible ways to do that?

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Old 23.10.2017, 15:13
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Re: Sending documents to France and providing a pre-paid postage for return?

I would just include a 10 Euro note and let the recipient arrange it, I really can't see how it could be done any way easier.
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Re: Sending documents to France and providing a pre-paid postage for return?

I think the basic problem would be that registered mail needs to be sent at a post office and paid for by the sender. I'm racking my brains trying to remember if, once you pay them, they then stick stamps on the letter, in which case all you'd need to do would be to work out what the cost would be and get someone in France to buyt stamps to the correct value and send them to you.

But my memory dosn't convfirm or deny this theory, so you'll need some other way of finding out, I'm afraid. But in principle payment by stamps at a post office ought to be accepted, one would have thought.
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Old 23.10.2017, 15:51
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Re: Sending documents to France and providing a pre-paid postage for return?

Options:
1) Send money.
2) Go to a philately shop and buy french post stamps.
3) Buy international reply coupons. Weight is limited to 20g, and it is not registered. https://www.postshop.ch/en/Products/...coupon-A181400
4) Go to France and get one of this products https://boutique.laposte.fr/commande..._particuliers]
5) Try to order either the "Enveloppe Chronopost - 1kg - Monde et Outre-Mer" or the "Carnet - 5 étiquettes de suivi international" from the above link online. I think they send it to Switzerland for €15.
6) Say pretty, pretty please and hope some kind soul from EF will bring it from France and send it to you.
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Re: Sending documents to France and providing a pre-paid postage for return?

You can buy the French stamps online and print them at your place (just don't ask me for any details). So all you need to do is, figure out how much it'll cost and get the other side to agree to do the actual registering.
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I would like to send some documents to France (to an organisation) and provide pre-paid envelope (registered mail) for the return of the documents to Switzerland.

Sending is not a problem at all, the return is my dilemma. The French post will obviously not accept Swiss stamps. I am wondering what options one could have for pre-paid registered mail from France?

I checked the French post website, they do offer pre-paid regsitered mail stickers, but only for domestic letters, not international. Fedex and similars or not an option.

Any experience or thoughts on possible ways to do that?

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Old 23.10.2017, 23:05
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I think the basic problem would be that registered mail needs to be sent at a post office and paid for by the sender. I'm racking my brains trying to remember if, once you pay them, they then stick stamps on the letter, in which case all you'd need to do would be to work out what the cost would be and get someone in France to buyt stamps to the correct value and send them to you.

But my memory dosn't convfirm or deny this theory, so you'll need some other way of finding out, I'm afraid. But in principle payment by stamps at a post office ought to be accepted, one would have thought.
This is also what I am trying to answer, registered mail without being present at the post office or even going to the office, apparently the option is available but only for domestic mail (La Poste sell these stickers online), it would be great if someone could ask at a French post office.

@SwissInUS ...couldnt quote you for some reason....

The best option I could find so far is étiquettes de suivi international, which I found on their website earlier, at least it gives the option of tracking and insurance but unfortunately not registered so no signature, this would be my last resort if I find out registered isn't really possible. Seems the last option isn't impossible afterall, Evianers is here!

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You can buy the French stamps online and print them at your place (just don't ask me for any details). So all you need to do is, figure out how much it'll cost and get the other side to agree to do the actual registering.
I am afraid the other side will not move a finger to do anything extra, either I provide a pre-paid registered or it wont be registered. If it will get down to this, then there are "tracking stamps"

https://boutique.laposte.fr/timbres-...tional/p/16732

At least they offer tracking

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As you can clearly see, we live in F. How can we help?
Thanks for the offer Evianers. Would it be possible to ask at your local post office if it is possible to purchase a pre-paid registered mail stamp that can be shipped to Switzerland? Similar to this one:

https://boutique.laposte.fr/commande...commande/c/132

The one in the link is for domestic shipments within France, question is...is there something similar to international shipment? If not, could you please, if possible, ask what would be an alternative option?

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Re: Sending documents to France and providing a pre-paid postage for return?

Thanks for the offer Evianers. Would it be possible to ask at your local post office if it is possible to purchase a pre-paid registered mail stamp that can be shipped to Switzerland? Similar to this one:

https://boutique.laposte.fr/commande...commande/c/132

The one in the link is for domestic shipments within France, question is...is there something similar to international shipment? If not, could you please, if possible, ask what would be an alternative option?

Will call in at the PO in Evian tomorrow to see whether this is possible
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Re: Sending documents to France and providing a pre-paid postage for return?

The best, but most likely also the most expensive offer is this one https://boutique.laposte.fr/timbres-...re-mer/p/17583

There is a cheaper EU envelope, but as Switzerland is not part of the EU ....

As said, if I am not mistaken the La Poste online shop provides worldwide delivery. https://boutique.laposte.fr/livraison
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Thanks for the offer Evianers. Would it be possible to ask at your local post office if it is possible to purchase a pre-paid registered mail stamp that can be shipped to Switzerland? Similar to this one:

https://boutique.laposte.fr/commande...commande/c/132

The one in the link is for domestic shipments within France, question is...is there something similar to international shipment? If not, could you please, if possible, ask what would be an alternative option?

Will call in at the PO in Evian tomorrow to see whether this is possible
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The best, but most likely also the most expensive offer is this one https://boutique.laposte.fr/timbres-...re-mer/p/17583

There is a cheaper EU envelope, but as Switzerland is not part of the EU ....

As said, if I am not mistaken the La Poste online shop provides worldwide delivery. https://boutique.laposte.fr/livraison
Agreed, the one for 59 Euro seems the most secure...and the most expensive as well . Correct ...La Post delivers to Switzerland but charge 15 Euro for delivery (Zone2)! Brings it to 74 Euro, almost as expensive as DHL (200 gm).
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@Evianers....may I ask if you had the chance to contact the PO?

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Not yet...... going at lunchtime today. Will be in touch.
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Re: Sending documents to France and providing a pre-paid postage for return?

I had to do the exact thing. I went to FedEx and set up an account with them to send the document and receive it back in Switzerland. Can't recall the cost (not too bad), but it was my passport so I really wanted to be supersafe.
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Well everyone..... just returned from the Evian PO to be told that registered letters do not have stamps. Everything is computerised. There is a special form which one has to fill in, pay the money for the registration, and then only is the package/letter screened by their computer and sent off. Not possible to buy stamps - doesn't exist.
Only possibility is for you to send us private email, we do the necessary for you and you deposit or send the note[s] to us, depending on the weight of the package. Trust is everything, but we have done this [not quite the same thing] for people before, so you can count upon us. Up to you. If you decide to go ahead, please send us a PM.
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Well everyone..... just returned from the Evian PO to be told that registered letters do not have stamps. Everything is computerised. There is a special form which one has to fill in, pay the money for the registration, and then only is the package/letter screened by their computer and sent off. Not possible to buy stamps - doesn't exist.
Only possibility is for you to send us private email, we do the necessary for you and you deposit or send the note[s] to us, depending on the weight of the package. Trust is everything, but we have done this [not quite the same thing] for people before, so you can count upon us. Up to you. If you decide to go ahead, please send us a PM.
Many thanks for checking this out and for the information. It seems only the sender could initiate a registered mail by being physically present at the PO and filling this form. Hence, thank you very much for offering to help, but it seems either they do it or no one else could do it (registered). I will check -swallow- DHL prices, they are usually cheaper than Fedex.
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