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French vs. British Postal Services to USA

Pantisocrat

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Does anyone know the reason why French postal costs to USA is so much higher than British postal costs to USA for an identical item? In fact, if we talk about international shipping, I find British rates even more reasonable than American rates to overseas destinations.
 

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Originally Posted by Pantisocrat
Does anyone know the reason why French postal costs to USA is so much higher than British postal costs to USA for an identical item? In fact, if we talk about international shipping, I find British rates even more reasonable than American rates to overseas destinations.

My understanding is that the British Postal Service has been split into a package delivery branch (which is profitable and quick) and a letter delivery branch (which is not profitable and not especially quick). The French service is a legacy post office and I don't think especially interested in the best shipping times.
 

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There is probably a French union involved.
 

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