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I often order things online, and many international shippers will not send to Switzerland. A friend of mine lives in Basel, and he has uses a service where he drives across the border and there is a company that he can ship to and then pick up from. They are a bit like a post office, and there is a small charge for this.


Does anyone know of such a service near Geneve, in France?

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I often order things online, and many international shippers will not send to Switzerland. A friend of mine lives in Basel, and he has uses a service where he drives across the border and there is a company that he can ship to and then pick up from. They are a bit like a post office, and there is a small charge for this.


Does anyone know of such a service near Geneve, in France?


Sean CApr 29, 2018 @ 14:17
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I have some friends who use the collect service at the Post Office in Ferney Voltaire. They buy from a lot of overseas sites and receive an email or text message from the Poste when they can collect their purchases. You must present a pièce d'identité - ID, and have the delivery reference number. Just be aware that if your purchases exceed the legal limits you must declare and pay the tax when you cross the border back to Switzerland or you risk being stopped and fined. Check the Poste website.

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I have some friends who use the collect service at the Post Office in Ferney Voltaire. They buy from a lot of overseas sites and receive an email or text message from the Poste when they can collect their purchases. You must present a pièce d'identité - ID, and have the delivery reference number. Just be aware that if your purchases exceed the legal limits you must declare and pay the tax when you cross the border back to Switzerland or you risk being stopped and fined. Check the Poste website.


robi, Apr 29, 2018 @ 16:56
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Great idea, thanks a lot!

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Great idea, thanks a lot!


Sean C, Apr 29, 2018 @ 18:16
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Hi,


I was wondering how your search went. What is the address that I can use to have my parcel shipped to the post office in Ferney Voltaire?


Thanks!


 

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I was wondering how your search went. What is the address that I can use to have my parcel shipped to the post office in Ferney Voltaire?


Thanks!


 


klaba, May 4, 2018 @ 17:31
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Contact MBE (Mail Boxes Etcetera) in Ferney Voltaire. It is about two hundred meters from the last stop of the F bus and from the Ferney post office.


https://www.mbefrance.fr/fr/envoi/ferney_voltaire/2535


It works with UPS, Fedex, DHL and has mailboxes for rent (boîtes aux lettres), where you can receive mail or packets.


https://www.mbefrance.fr/fr/domiciliation-et-location-de-bo%C3%AEtes-aux-lettres


 

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Contact MBE (Mail Boxes Etcetera) in Ferney Voltaire. It is about two hundred meters from the last stop of the F bus and from the Ferney post office.


https://www.mbefrance.fr/fr/envoi/ferney_voltaire/2535


It works with UPS, Fedex, DHL and has mailboxes for rent (boîtes aux lettres), where you can receive mail or packets.


https://www.mbefrance.fr/fr/domiciliation-et-location-de-bo%C3%AEtes-aux-lettres


 


JR M, May 4, 2018 @ 21:45
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Hi all,


In case you are interested, I just an answer how to do it with the Post Office in France - I went there and asked in person :)


 


As a shipping address, write on your orders:


Your full name


Poste Restante Ferney Voltaire


01210


France


 


This will automatically goes to the main post office in F.V. You will not receive a notification from the post office, however, you usually get a notification from the online shop. Keep the tracking number.


They will keep your parcel for 10 days, after which it is sent back to the sender.


When you come to collect, you will need your ID, tracking number and they charge 4 EUR.


 


I hope this helps, I will try next week!

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Hi all,


In case you are interested, I just an answer how to do it with the Post Office in France - I went there and asked in person :)


 


As a shipping address, write on your orders:


Your full name


Poste Restante Ferney Voltaire


01210


France


 


This will automatically goes to the main post office in F.V. You will not receive a notification from the post office, however, you usually get a notification from the online shop. Keep the tracking number.


They will keep your parcel for 10 days, after which it is sent back to the sender.


When you come to collect, you will need your ID, tracking number and they charge 4 EUR.


 


I hope this helps, I will try next week!


klaba, May 7, 2018 @ 09:41
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Hi all,

In case you are interested, I just an answer how to do it with the Post Office in France - I went there and asked in person :)

 

As a shipping address, write on your orders:

Your full name

Poste Restante Ferney Voltaire

01210

France

 

This will automatically goes to the main post office in F.V. You will not receive a notification from the post office, however, you usually get a notification from the online shop. Keep the tracking number.

They will keep your parcel for 10 days, after which it is sent back to the sender.

When you come to collect, you will need your ID, tracking number and they charge 4 EUR.

 

I hope this helps, I will try next week!


May 7, 18 09:41

Awesome, thank you so much for looking into that and then advising us all!


 


Have a great day,
Sean

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Awesome, thank you so much for looking into that and then advising us all!


 


Have a great day,
Sean


Sean C, May 7, 2018 @ 09:56
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For anyone trying from Amazon, you will need to provide the actual address:


 


1 Avenue Voltaire

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For anyone trying from Amazon, you will need to provide the actual address:


 


1 Avenue Voltaire


Sean C, Aug 1, 2019 @ 14:36
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Not sure if it helps, but when ordering from Amazon, there are multiple points relais available. It is free of charge, they will only want your ID document when collecting. There is probably 20 or 30 just in Gaillard, Annemasse, including collection point at La Poste - I guess same on each side of the border. 

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Not sure if it helps, but when ordering from Amazon, there are multiple points relais available. It is free of charge, they will only want your ID document when collecting. There is probably 20 or 30 just in Gaillard, Annemasse, including collection point at La Poste - I guess same on each side of the border. 


Hubs S, Aug 5, 2019 @ 20:09
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Hi Hubs, that's really awesome and useful information. Thank you !


By the way, I just picked up by first package from Ferney-Voltaire post office, sent via post restante. They just asked for the tracking number and charged me eur4.95.


In future: for Amazon I will look into the points relais, and for ebay etc I will go for poste restante.


I don't know if anyone else has noticed, but aside from additional import taxes, many senders are now refusing to ship to Switzerland anymore. I don't know why this is, but it is pretty annoying!


So to ship to the Ferney-Voltaire post office:


Your full name


Poste Restante Ferney Voltaire


1 Avenue Voltaire


01210


France

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Hi Hubs, that's really awesome and useful information. Thank you !


By the way, I just picked up by first package from Ferney-Voltaire post office, sent via post restante. They just asked for the tracking number and charged me eur4.95.


In future: for Amazon I will look into the points relais, and for ebay etc I will go for poste restante.


I don't know if anyone else has noticed, but aside from additional import taxes, many senders are now refusing to ship to Switzerland anymore. I don't know why this is, but it is pretty annoying!


So to ship to the Ferney-Voltaire post office:


Your full name


Poste Restante Ferney Voltaire


1 Avenue Voltaire


01210


France


Sean C, Aug 6, 2019 @ 11:16
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Thanks so much for the info. Does anyone know if the post office will acept parcels from UPS and DHL?


Im ordering something from Etsy, from Turkey. but its delivered via UPS or DHL. I can asked that the parcel requires no signature.


 


thanks!


 

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Thanks so much for the info. Does anyone know if the post office will acept parcels from UPS and DHL?


Im ordering something from Etsy, from Turkey. but its delivered via UPS or DHL. I can asked that the parcel requires no signature.


 


thanks!


 


Kelly Jaquet, Sep 3, 2019 @ 18:41
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Hi all,


does anyone know if 'poste restante' works with other courriers? I am wainting to order something from a supplier in Turkey (via Etsy) and have it delivered to the post office in Divonne. but the parcel will be sent via DHL or UPS. I rad somewhere that the post office will not sign for parcels. but sure i can ask the sender to remove 'sigature with receipt' surely?


has anyone done this?


 


thanks!

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Hi all,


does anyone know if 'poste restante' works with other courriers? I am wainting to order something from a supplier in Turkey (via Etsy) and have it delivered to the post office in Divonne. but the parcel will be sent via DHL or UPS. I rad somewhere that the post office will not sign for parcels. but sure i can ask the sender to remove 'sigature with receipt' surely?


has anyone done this?


 


thanks!


Kelly Jaquet, Sep 3, 2019 @ 18:43
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No DHL or UPS will be accepted unfortunately.


Onlu if delivered via Colissimo or Chronopost (French carriers - but they may have other intermediary counterparts in the country of origin).

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No DHL or UPS will be accepted unfortunately.


Onlu if delivered via Colissimo or Chronopost (French carriers - but they may have other intermediary counterparts in the country of origin).


klaba, Sep 3, 2019 @ 18:50
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I ordered 2 items from Amazon to the Ferney Post office. One was recieved and the other refused and returned, and I could could not find out why. I had provided exactly the same address details.


Needless to say, I won't be going for it again. There are apparently Amazon pickup boxes in France, so I might give that a go.


The best option to is to ship to a friend, but if it something big, then they will need to pick it up from the post office, which kind of makes it a bigger favour.


Since the new import tax on goods coming into Switzerland (January 2019), many shippers on Amazon or eBay are refusing to ship to Switzerland. I don't know if it is just the tax or some other issue (additional paperwork maybe?)


https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/business/online-shopping_vat-on-online-purchases-from-abroad-from-2019/44327714


 


 

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I ordered 2 items from Amazon to the Ferney Post office. One was recieved and the other refused and returned, and I could could not find out why. I had provided exactly the same address details.


Needless to say, I won't be going for it again. There are apparently Amazon pickup boxes in France, so I might give that a go.


The best option to is to ship to a friend, but if it something big, then they will need to pick it up from the post office, which kind of makes it a bigger favour.


Since the new import tax on goods coming into Switzerland (January 2019), many shippers on Amazon or eBay are refusing to ship to Switzerland. I don't know if it is just the tax or some other issue (additional paperwork maybe?)


https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/business/online-shopping_vat-on-online-purchases-from-abroad-from-2019/44327714


 


 


Sean C, Sep 3, 2019 @ 19:35
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Hi all. I just ordered an item from France and had it delivered to the Ferney Post via Chronopost. It worked without a hitch. Three days after ordering, the package arrived at the Ferney Post. Chronopost sent me an email with my tracking info and informing me that I have 15 days to collect the package at the post. All I had to do was go with my tracking information and an id. Someone else can pick it up for you but they need your id, their id and a letter from you giving the person authority to pick up the package. There were three employees at the Post retrieving packages, i literally waited less than 5 minutes. The cost was 4.50 euros, well worth the service, in my opinion. I’ll deliver this way again, although based on some of the reviews, I likely wouldn’t have a package from Amazon delivered there. Hope this helps!

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Hi all. I just ordered an item from France and had it delivered to the Ferney Post via Chronopost. It worked without a hitch. Three days after ordering, the package arrived at the Ferney Post. Chronopost sent me an email with my tracking info and informing me that I have 15 days to collect the package at the post. All I had to do was go with my tracking information and an id. Someone else can pick it up for you but they need your id, their id and a letter from you giving the person authority to pick up the package. There were three employees at the Post retrieving packages, i literally waited less than 5 minutes. The cost was 4.50 euros, well worth the service, in my opinion. I’ll deliver this way again, although based on some of the reviews, I likely wouldn’t have a package from Amazon delivered there. Hope this helps!


Adela Carrasco, Oct 4, 2019 @ 17:08
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Hello, I also used Poste Restante in Ferney-Voltaire, but they are now rejecting the package if is coming from UPS or DHL.


Especially when buying from Amazon, I'm not forced to ask in advance to the vendor which shipping company will be used, and it's quite annoying if you are a hard-core online buyer!


If you find some real good solution I'm happy to know, thanks!

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Hello, I also used Poste Restante in Ferney-Voltaire, but they are now rejecting the package if is coming from UPS or DHL.


Especially when buying from Amazon, I'm not forced to ask in advance to the vendor which shipping company will be used, and it's quite annoying if you are a hard-core online buyer!


If you find some real good solution I'm happy to know, thanks!


Mauro T, Oct 7, 2019 @ 13:13
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I had 1 success and 1 failure with poste restante ... with no explanations why.


I wil try the Amazon pickup boxes next. If anyone has tried them please let us all know!

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I had 1 success and 1 failure with poste restante ... with no explanations why.


I wil try the Amazon pickup boxes next. If anyone has tried them please let us all know!


Sean C, Oct 7, 2019 @ 13:17
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I received a package from Italy sent with a private shipping company and they rejected. The result is that I had to pay again 85 euro.


Happy to listen for working alternatives!

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I received a package from Italy sent with a private shipping company and they rejected. The result is that I had to pay again 85 euro.


Happy to listen for working alternatives!


Mauro T, Oct 7, 2019 @ 21:29
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My experience with shipping to France.  I live in geneva, but have a second home in france.


UPS, avoid at all cost, even if a parcel does not require a signature, they will often not leave it.   They do not respect re delivery times.   We ask them to redeliver on saturday ... they agree ... and show up on Monday.


DHL.  Generally good .. they will even sometimes leave a package requiring signature without one.


Chronopost/ Colliposte - best bet.  Will always leave a package that does not require a sgnature.  If it does, they leave a delivery notice and we pick it up at the post office with no fee.


GLS.  Limited experience, but has always been positive.


I have also been very happy with point de relais


Lastly, DHL and UPS, If you get through to them will let you pick up non delivered packages at their depot


I have done this a number of times - it requires a bit of persistence and a knowledge of french


 


Good luck


 

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My experience with shipping to France.  I live in geneva, but have a second home in france.


UPS, avoid at all cost, even if a parcel does not require a signature, they will often not leave it.   They do not respect re delivery times.   We ask them to redeliver on saturday ... they agree ... and show up on Monday.


DHL.  Generally good .. they will even sometimes leave a package requiring signature without one.


Chronopost/ Colliposte - best bet.  Will always leave a package that does not require a sgnature.  If it does, they leave a delivery notice and we pick it up at the post office with no fee.


GLS.  Limited experience, but has always been positive.


I have also been very happy with point de relais


Lastly, DHL and UPS, If you get through to them will let you pick up non delivered packages at their depot


I have done this a number of times - it requires a bit of persistence and a knowledge of french


 


Good luck


 


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