I have been using this shipping program for a few weeks and so far I like it. It is different from the Global Shipping program and it is actually less expensive than USPS 1st Class International Package rates and it includes $100 of insurance.
I have gotten that message about shipping items to France that exceed $150 Euro and to do so you must apply for a VAT #. I would stop shipping to France before I get a VAT # but when I called eBay
they assured me that if I used the eBay
international standard delivery all my VAT requirements were covered.
If you ship Internationally from the US you might want to check it out.