How to send parcels home from India?

#1 Mar 23rd, 2017, 08:59
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Sorry if the topic isn't relevant to the forum, but I don't know where else to ask, Im not qualified to post in "Indian for beginners" forum.

We plan to buy lots of stuffs in India this time.

And we're thinking to post some larger items back home to UK, so I would like to ask for the most reliable company to send the parcels in India?

As I heard some stories, parcels often got lost or stolen in India, so I would like to ask for advices
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There are the regulars: FedEx, UPS, DHL. I have received a package from India through a shipper called Gatti The item was non perishable, non breakable item. It arrived in five days. YMMV
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post There are the regulars: FedEx, UPS, DHL. I have received a package from India through a shipper called Gatti The item was non perishable, non breakable item. It arrived in five days. YMMV
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One more question, are the post offices in India reliable?
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Originally Posted by Mimimiha View Post One more question, are the post offices in India reliable?
I have no personal experience w.r.t sending parcels, or receiving internationally.

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In the days of book
post 100% reliable although one parcel took 8 1/2 months. Non books non registered my my experience was also 100%. But, that was for lost. Go registered and items of modest value (100% in my experience). I am going to check out NY's vendor..
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When you say 'lots of stuff', what exactly are we talking about, quantity-wise? A suitcase or half of a 20-ft container load?

For shipping there are the usual suspects already mentioned (DHL etc) but they don't come cheap. India post is cheaper but they have requirements regarding max size (I once tried to help someone get a sitar to LA, mission impossible) and it can be a longish process. If you send it registered the risk of theft on outgoing items is relatively low (which says nothing about the UK end).

Alternative: contact a shipping agent at an airport, bring your packed stuff to them and inform them that you wish to send it out to the UK. You'll have to deal with some paperwork but if you instruct them to send when they have a discounted slot available it can be a whole lot cheaper than airfreight with a courier. !! Make sure to instruct them only to send when you can pick it up at the arrival hub (send it CIF airport of destination and give your coordinates as consignee with the instruction to call on arrival). Last option for huge quantities (furniture etc) is renting a part container load. Can save loads of money but only if you know what you're doing.

Keep in mind: depending of the value there will be duties, VAT and clearance charges to be paid in the UK.
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Mimimiha, international couriers are very expensive. You will be paying 4 or 5 thousand for a small package.

India-based companies like Professional Couriers are cheaper, but you will still be adding a lot to the cost of your stuff.

I think that post offices are reliable. Bad stories used to be common. Not only theft of items, but envelopes and packages being thrown away just to steal the stamps! These days, they print a label, so no stamps to steal.

The last thing I posted to UK was my tax return. 50grms, RS.1098! That's "speedpost" not parcel post, but you can see that Indian international postal rates are not cheap.

You should be able to find rates on the India Post Office site. You might try various courier sites for estimates too.

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Thanks very much

My hubby is keen on the rugs in India, and I fancy those Indian cotton quilts with prints, but we will see and do more research about it.

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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post Mimimiha, international couriers are very expensive. You will be paying 4 or 5 thousand for a small package.

India-based companies like Professional Couriers are cheaper, but you will still be adding a lot to the cost of your stuff.

I think that post offices are reliable. Bad stories used to be common. Not only theft of items, but envelopes and packages being thrown away just to steal the stamps! These days, they print a label, so no stamps to steal.

The last thing I posted to UK was my tax return. 50grms, RS.1098! That's "speedpost" not parcel post, but you can see that Indian international postal rates are not cheap.

You should be able to find rates on the India Post Office site. You might try various courier sites for estimates too.

Happy Shopping!
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A few years ago, I shipped a rug from Jaipur to NYC, using DHL. It cost US40 (or so and arrived in 3 days.
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Back in 1983, we sent a couple of parcels back from India, just a few ornaments and such.
What a palaver at the post office! We had to have the package sewn up inside a cloth bag, the sewing binding had to be covered with sealing wax, and the whole package was smothered in low denomination stamps. It arrived sometime before we did, but then we remained away for another 4 months.

I hope things are different nowadays.

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Wow thanks Ed
What a special experience!

There was such a hassle on packing up stuffs properly. So was there anyone providing services regarding packaging?

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Originally Posted by OldandRambling View Post Back in 1983, we sent a couple of parcels back from India, just a few ornaments and such.
What a palaver at the post office! We had to have the package sewn up inside a cloth bag, the sewing binding had to be covered with sealing wax, and the whole package was smothered in low denomination stamps. It arrived sometime before we did, but then we remained away for another 4 months.

I hope things are different nowadays.

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It's India so if there is a requirement, people are available to do it for you against payment. There used to be persons sitting outside the post office who'd sell cloth and sew up your stuff as per regulations.
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I know someone provided the service, I can't quite remember who!

As dillichaat says, someone will provide. Recently needed photocopies of passport and visa for foreign tourist quota train tickets. Just outside station is a photocopy shop

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I don't know if this stitching in canvas is still done or required. Sent a box to Australia (where Customs confiscated it, but that is a nuther story), maybe five or six years ago, and that was stitched. We knew the postmaster at the post office, and his staff did it for us.

My packages from Amazon.in are not fabric/wrapped/stitched: they look like Amazon boxes elsewhere. Maybe two years ago, I ordered a small package from a company in Mumbai, and was delighted to find it neatly wrapped and stitched
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There are packing places in the main market in Pahar Ganj in Delhi. They will pack and stitch it for you. Bring a UK coin to stamp the sealing wax as they cannot use an Indian coin.
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