Flat Rate International Parcel service by India Post - my recent experience

#1 Sep 9th, 2012, 09:43
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  • Turiya is offline
India Postal Service has recently launched flat rate international parcel service.
The Flat Rate Parcel boxes are available in three capacities viz. 1 Kg (for Rs.1000) 2.5 Kg (Rs. 1500) and 5 Kg (Rs. 2500).

More info:


During my recent trip to India, I had several books to send back to USA so I started researching on IM and other websites to find out what is the best (read cheapest!) option. The bookstore where I purchased these books quoted me Rs. 4000 and the local DHL quoted me Rs. 6000-8000 range over the phone (based on the size of box for 5 KG books). When I inquired at the local post office, I learned about his flat rate parcel service so decided to give it a try. I was very pleased by the service the local post office provided. My books were around 5 KG so they suggested the largest box (box weight is excluded!) for Rs. 2500. They packed the box in front of me, taped it all around, and asked me to fill out a simple custom declaration form. As instructed on the box, you do not need to wrap the box with cloth. They use a plastic strapping machine to secure the box – Cool!

Tracking this online is tricky –you need to use three different websites to track this parcel.

India Post website: Article tracking from originating post office to the port of exit:


From Indian port of exit to port of entry in USA:


From USA port of entry to delivery address:


I shipped this from India on August 1 and it took over a month to reach California. It arrived in NY on Aug 11 and was stuck at the ISC NY until Sept 1. I believe ISC is a hub where all incoming USPS parcels are cleared by the US Customs - which typically and takes 2 to 3 weeks. My parcel arrived intact and was not opened by the Customs. Overall, I thought it was not a bad deal.
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#2 Sep 9th, 2012, 11:05
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  • nycank is offline
Interesting ! Will keep this in mind for next year
#3 Sep 9th, 2012, 14:12
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  • JuliaF is offline
Very useful post, turiya

I have moved this to the 'Packing Tips' forum.
#4 Sep 9th, 2012, 14:32
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  • edwardseco is offline
While not the long lamented book post it does seem more comvenient..
#5 Sep 9th, 2012, 14:53
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  • redninja is offline
I was lazy and got this agent in old manali to post 2 parcels to Aust --He packs it in box and then in cloth----parcel one = 8.6kg--total cost 3580r's----parcel two = 6.7kg-- total cost 2905r's-----they went airmail and arrived in Melb in 12 days. being the first time i have sent anything home from india i thought it was expensive but after reading the above maybe it was a good deal---it was clothes and cloths so quite bulky-------
#6 Feb 10th, 2013, 10:17
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  • nordy is offline
I sent a used game DVD to the US on 01-02-2013, and the status still shows its at Chennai. Even after 10 days. What could this mean? Have Indian customs decided to not send my package to the US?

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