How to Track Packages Shipped From the French Post Office
By Denise Kelly
Vacationers in France might do a lot of shopping—so much that their belongings plus their new treasures no longer fit in their luggage. Business travelers may need to send voluminous files and supplies back to the home office. Expatriates often need to send birthday or Christmas gifts to loved ones still in the United States. France's La Poste is on a par with the postal system in the U.S., meaning that it is always a good idea to keep an eye on your packages, even after they're out of your hands.
Get your receipt from the clerk at La Poste. It is a white piece of paper with your mailing information on it.
Locate the bar code on the receipt. Underneath the bar code is a 13-digit number. This is your tracking code.
Go to La Poste's website—the English-language tracking page is listed under Resources—and enter your tracking number. You can also go to the "particulier" section of the main website and enter the number in the white box under "suivi des envois." The site will take you to a screen that tells where your package is in transit.
- Packages can take anywhere from several days to several weeks to get to their destination.
- The tracking system of La Poste is about as efficient as that of the U.S. Postal Service—that is, not always that efficient. Sometimes your package will say it is still at the post office where you dropped it off, when really it has already landed in the U.S. As long as it doesn't say it has been delivered, while your recipient hasn't seen it, don't worry.
Denise Kelly is the copy editor for a small publisher in Paris, France. Before that she was a copy editor at daily newspapers, starting in graduate school. She has been writing professionally since 1996. She has a Master of Science in journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in political science.