Services offered by La Poste and using stamps

Introduction

In this article, we will be interested in the services offered by La Poste for which stamps are used:

Poste Restante

Post office serves as mailbox, for a tax paid either by the addressee or by the sender of the letter.

Evolution of taxes for poste restante
date
newspapers and periodicals
other objects
4.1.1971
0,20 F
0,40 F
16.9.1974
0,40 F
0,70 F
2.8.1976
0,50 F
1,00 F
15.5.1978
0,60 F
1,20 F

 

 

letter sent to a post office; the tax fee of 0,40F has been paid by the addressee of the letter

 

letter sent to a post office; the tax fee of 0,40F, tariff on 4.1.1971, has been paid by the sender of the letter

 

Financial services

Values to be recovered

Values to be recovered service authorized the collection by the service of post offices of receipts, invoices, promissory notes, bank drafts and, more generally, all trade values payable without charge in France. Tax rates considerably varied through time. From 1.12.1966, fees are collected before sending with postage stamps or postage meter impression. The tax consists of a fee for each sending, a tax for each value and a delivery charge for the mailing. Payment can be made at home by money order or on a C.C.P. In this last case, the rate is lower.

Evolution of taxes for debt collection
date
optional registration fee
fee per sending
fee per bill settled to the credit of a CCP
fee per bill settled by money order
tax in case of protest
4.1.1971
1,50 F
1,20 F
3,00 F
5,00 F
6,50 F
16.9.1974
2,40 F
1,20 F
3,00 F
5,00 F
6,50 F
2.8.1976
3,00 F
2,00 F
4,00 F
7,00 F
10,00 F
15.5.1978
3,50 F
2,50 F
5,00 F
8,00 F
12,00 F

 

 

values to be recovered service franked at 7,70F = 0,50F letter + 1,20F fee per sending + 3,00F x 2 fee for 2 bills settled to the credit of a CCP, tariff on 4.1.1971

 

Cash on delivery mailing

Cash on delivery is a system of payment where collection is made upon delivery of the goods. The amount due is then sent by bank transfer or by check to the sender.

Evolution of taxes for cash on delivery
date
cash on delivery objects
cash on delivery postcards
fixed fee for a money order payable to a CCP
fixed fee for a money order
fee per card
specific fee for registration
registration mandatory if value above
4.1.1971
4,00 F
6,00 F
3,50 F
1,50 F
1 000,00 F
16.9.1974
4,00 F
6,00 F
3,50 F
2,40 F
1 500,00 F
2.8.1976
4,00 F
6,00 F
3,50 F
3,00 F
2 000,00 F
1.4.1977
4,30 F
6,40 F
3,70 F
3,00 F
2 000,00 F

 

 

 

 

Balance notification

The holder of a current account at La Poste can require notification of the balance of his or her account on a given date, for a notification fee. On the rate of 4.1.1971, this fee was 2,50F.

Changes of postal rates for request for balance notification of CCP account
date
fee per request
4.1.1971
2,50 F
16.9.1974
3,00 F

 

 

 

Accelerated bank transfers

It was the possibility of making an accelerated postal check cashing between two C.C.P. in the centre of Paris. In fact, by making this request, the beneficiary of the check can obtain that the value date is that very day instead of J+2.

Changes of postal rates for accelereted post transfer
date
insurance proportional cost by 10 000 F increment
maximum charge
4.1.1971
4,00 F
16,00 F
15.5.1978
5,00 F
20,00 F

 

 

 

reverse side of the above cheque

 

Complaints, sending of official police reports

Stamps-fines exist since 1967 and allow to acquit the collection of a fine. These stamps-fines are made of two parts: one is sent to the authority which established the official report, the other one is stuck on the stamp-fine stub to be retained. In principle, the document sent by mail must be destroyed by the authority addressee, but some of these documents escape destruction. Here are two such examples.
 

 

 

The research centre of Libourne

The research centre of Libourne is specialized in searching for lost letters and parcels (because of illegible, absent or incomplete wording or of non-existent addressee) which finish in wasters. It is the only centre in France authorized to open unclaimed parcels and letters, to look for the sender or the addressee.