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Airmail Parcel Post or Small Packet Post??

Hi,


Recently I visted the Foreign Post office (FPO) in Mumbai, and asked for the postal rates for various international services and was handed rates for Speed Post (SP) & Air Parcel (AP). I was shocked to find out that Air parcel rates were not much cheaper than Speed Post. I have since checked the India Post website (Maharashtra Postal Circle) and noticed other international services which I hadn't known about. One of these includes the Sample & Small Packet service for foreign post, which were much cheaper than SP or AP even with the Air surchage added on. The only restriction is that only a maximum of 2kg can be sent as a Small packet.


For example if I were to send a 2kg parcel to USA, here are the rates for the various services:-



Speed Post = Rs 1175

Air Parcel = Rs 1005

Small packet Airmail = Rs 555 (Rs 155 + Rs 400 Air Surcharge)



Why is it when I ask the FPO in Mumbai about 'Small Packet Airmail rates', they don't seem to know what I'm talking about? What are the typical dimentions of a parcel which can be sent as a 'small packet'? Does anyone use this service or know anything more about it?

Many thanks,

Nitin
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in reply to nitindb_india
Hi Again,

Here are the links to the Small Packet rates and the Speed Post and Parcels rates that I was mentioning:-

http://maharashtrapost.gov.in/htmldocs/internationalchart.htm

http://maharashtrapost.gov.in/htmldocs/annexe.htm

Looking forward to some discussion about this!
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Airmail Parcel Post or Small Packet Post??

in reply to nitindb_india
Hi Nitin,

Oops! I recently sent an register air parcel to Germany and for 670 Gms, It costs Rs.405/-

Thanks for the information. I will check it out with my regular post office. ---------------
With Regards,
Navaneeth (snrama) ;-)
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With Regards,
Navaneeth (snrama) ;-)
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Airmail Parcel Post or Small Packet Post??

in reply to nitindb_india
Hi

Small Pockets Air is very risky to send. You cannot seal and close the pack completely. If you send like subscription books, printed matters or simple thing which PostMan cannot steal can be sent by small pocket air.

Another cheapest option is SAL (called Economy Air or Surface Air) is 40% cheaper than Airmail, but you can close your parcel completely. Only problem is, from example if you are sening from Bombay to California by SAL, and if your airmail goes to NewYork first, next from NewYork it will go to California by surface, not by air. So, the customer receives late by 3-4 days compare to AirMail. If your Indian Postal service registraion is barcoded, You can also track the shipment from US Postal services website after arrival in NewYork.

Indian Postal service staff normally do not explain options properly. You have study yourself. Or use "Rights Information Act" if possible.


Regards,
CoolBrasCo
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Hello,

I have been using Postal Airmail extensively. You have six category in that.

1. Airmail Letter --> You can close and seal the pocket, tou have to pay full Airmail charges + registration charges if apply.Incase case of suspected goods found in the customs, your letter will come back to you. Upto 2 KGS limit per pack. Each unit counts when every 10 grams in addition. Dimension i dont know.

2. Small Pocket Air --> You cannot close the parcel. You can use cotton threads to tie the pack or parcel. But 40% cheaper than Airmail. Max weight is upto 2kgs. They count every 20 grams. Separate charges for the registration. It is unsafe and if the post man is not honest, you will miss items.

3. Printed materials -> This is very special category and lowest among the airmail. This is for magazines and books, or other printed journals. You cannot close this aswell. 75 % cheaper than Airmail.

4. SAL (Surface Air) --> From one country to another country first it goes by air, for example from Delhi to NewYork it goes by Air, after reaching NewYork, it will travel via road to the destination. It may take 4-5 days extra time than Airmail. But you save 50% Airmail charges, but you can completely seal your pocket and safe. Limit upto 2 kgs.

5. Parcel Air.--> If 2 kgs and above you can use this option. First kg one rate and each 1/2 KG added further. Cheaper to send bulk items more than 2 KG. Can close the parcel and always get registered for free. If you need aknoledgment from addresee, you have pay extra for the card.

6. SAL (Surface Air) Air Parcel.--> From one country to another country first it goes by air, for example from Delhi to NewYork it goes by Air, after reaching NewYork, it will travel via road to the destination. If 2 kgs and above you can use this option. First kg one rate and each 1/2 KG added further 30% cheaper than Airmail. Cheaper to send bulk items more than 2 KG. Can close the parcel and always get registered for free. If you need aknoledgment from addresee, you have pay extra for the card. In India this service is not available. But many europian countries offers this facility.

With my 10 months experience in ebay, i have used Postal services, i can say 99.99% safer when you register a shipment. If you dont register the shipment 0.0009% safe i can say, it almost never reaches destination. Also dont use small pocket air(open parcel), if you send 2 T-Shirts, the customer will receive only one. Better to use SAL Air or Airmail and registration is must.

Regards,
CoolBrasCo.




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in reply to nitindb_india
Hi,

Many a times we send orders through Speed Post to areas not covered by our Courier Company.

Recently we noticed on the IndiaPost Website an additional service for Speed Post called Proof of Delivery (POD) for Rs. 10

Now our courier company usually supplies us the POD free as part of our contract.

What we would like to know is for Speed Post what is the process for sending a parcel with POD and also is it much safer or does not make that much of a difference?

-Regards,
pc_gaming_store
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in reply to nitindb_india
I ship worldwide daily and use Registered Airmail letter post for items less than 2kg and Airmail Parcel post for items over 2kg.
Registered Airmail basically means you are given a receipt so you can make a claim with Indiapost after 30 days if parcel does not reach destination..It costs about Rs30 more than Airmail stamp post.

No major problems with Airmail letter post, it is based on weight only and is not country specific, so you can offer a fixed price for worldwide in your listings. It usually takes about 8-10 days to arrive at destination, sometimes faster.

I only use SpeedPost within India because it is trackable and is cheaper than registered or normal slow post.
It is not worth using Speedpost for International because it costs about Rs700 to send a letter!
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in reply to nitindb_india
Try this website.
http://indiapost.gov.in/

There is a postage calculator on the website and you can see different options how you can send parcels and find out.
You can even send a sample small packet to America for Rs220 ( 2kg) if you use surface to mail service.

Regards
Onesimpleman
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in reply to nitindb_india
Hi Everyone,

The Postage calculator on the Indiapost website is a piece of scrap! The rates are totally misleading & different from those at the Post-office ?:smileyindifferent:

Better ask you Postman what the rates are! ;-)

I cant understand why they have a site like that running! Cant they keep dedicated engineers or support-staff to keep it updated with latest rates and cutting-edge tech? You dont even have to go to the USPS site, just look at the IRCTC.co.in to understand what a public-sector enterprise can achieve!

When will that day at last arrive (sigh)....may Santa bless them all this Winter!! :^O

Wish you a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!!
BYE!!
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in reply to nitindb_india
My local post office clerk doesn't want to accept small parcels as Registered Airmail Letter.....they want me top send it as an Airmail Parcel. At Mumbai GPO, however, they confirmed that I could send small parcels as Registered Airmail Letter, but I am not clear on the packaging required, documentation etc. Is cloth stitching required? What about sealing with wax?
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in reply to nitindb_india
hi all,

can anyone help me how to track the item sent by airmail from india to uk?
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in reply to nitindb_india
I beg to disagree with Digital Das as the postal rates on the website is current as per latest orders from the postal department.

You can see at the bottom of the website Last updated date of the website.

The person who do not update with the latest is your local postman. There is lot of new services started by the postoffice which your local post man is aware of. Take a copy of the website and go to your local post office and ask for the service. If they do not provide you with the service, go online and post a complaint

http://indiapost.gov.in/ccc/PCData.aspx
at the webbased grievience page of India Post.

You cannot track an Air mail
Only speed post are trackable. International speed posts are trackable from point to point.
Regards
Onesimpleman
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in reply to nitindb_india
when posting within india for cash on delivery..:-) good news,,, GATI Zipp is a courier that is doing cash on delivery at reasonable terms, at the moment i am so relieved that i dont have to depend on VPP and the INDIAn post office anymore
when i offered cash on delivery as a payment option i did so since as a buyer i found this convenient, and a way to avoid fraud when buying on the net. but vpp thru the indian post office is something that can turn u into a nut case, i also found that couriers are not usually willing to do cod(cash on delivery), also when i ran google it bought up the fact this is a headache all buyers and sellers share hence i wnated to share some good news .
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in reply to nitindb_india
Hi Everyone,

I heard somebody saying there is a Greviance Redressal on Indiapost website! Well there is, but as I said before it is a piece of scrap (in plain Hindi- 'kabadi') ;-)

And I have my personal experiences to prove this.
In Dec 06, I had sent a VPP through the Post-office but even after 2 months when failed to receive the payment (although item was delivered), I wrote a written complaint to our GPO. A month later I got a printout of what my complaint ended upto - a page from the Greviance Redressal site. From the URL (which was luckily printed) I logged on to the page from Indiapost.gov.in and posted a message (which is a helpful thing for quick redressals), but still today no one has ever replied to it or sent me a written reply.

Of course, I haven't received the money either, but I gained a valuable lesson - technology without expertise for its utilisation is worthless.

See ya guys!! :-p
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in reply to nitindb_india
Hi to everyone.
Guyz im selling used mobile thru Ebay.
I use Blue Dart to courier the goods. But sometime they refuse to deliever to some places. Like recently they refused to deliver in Bhubaneswar(Orissa).
I want to know What should i do in that cases.
Should i use Indian Postal service?Is it a safe method to deliver?
Or can you guyz suggest me any other safe n reliable courier
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Hi
I have seen some interesting comments on ebay and would like to say that Indiapost is evolving day by day. A little bit of time is reqd. Once the transit period is over it will be able to provide even better service. The tracking system of Speedpost article can be done on the website ie www.indiapost.gov.in and registered foreign articles can also be tracked thru Speedpost - Movement- International Delivery.
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Dear Sir

Please we would like to know the airmail parcel post services for China country (City-Senzhen) and the tariff chart to import from China to India, City - Mumbai.

Thanks in advance for your kind consideration,
regards
Imran
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Dear Sir

Please we would like to know the airmail parcel post services for China country (City-Senzhen) and the tariff chart to import from China to India, City - Mumbai.

Also we need the location addresses of airmail parcel post services, telephone nos. and email id,

Thanks in advance for your kind consideration,
regards
Imran
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NEVER DO WITH INDIA SPEED POST...ITS BULLSHIT... NO RESPONSIBILITY .. THE PARECEL YOU SEND MAY GET AFTER YOUR 5TH DEATH ANNIVERSARY....BITTER EXPERIENCE ...NEVER SELECT... F........NG INDIAN SPEEDPOST ....
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Hi. ihave to post small model trains all over the world. What option should I go for, and what sort of requirement does India post have for small packets. The weight for all packages is below 400gms, and the average box will be 10" x 6" x 3". Do i need to over it with cloth? I want to send it by registered air mail. Please advise.
thanks in advance,
Pranav
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