Sending an international Parcel in Germany from Kolkata GPO - My Experience

#1 Aug 10th, 2018, 17:39
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Sending an international parcel from India through India Post can be a tricky job, But it is the most economical way to send any article to any country. Recently I have sent a small parcel to Germany and I am sharing my experience with you.

I was in Kolkata for some work, and I had to send a parcel to my friend in Germany so I thought why not go to Kolkata GPO and send a parcel from there.

So I reached Kolkata GPO early morning like 9:30 AM. The building and old big giant pillars were telling stories of centuries. I become so nostalgic.

The office was opened that time. i went to a big hall and there were lots of counters. So I went to Parcel booking counter but sad to see that there was nobody. Then I went to Postage Stamp Counter and asked the person when the person in Parcel counter will come. He told me politely he will come in 5-10 minutes and ask me to wait.

After sometime the person took seat in the parcel counter. I asked him I want to send a parcel in Germany and I wan to opt for flat rate box option. He asked - what do you want to send? I said some chocolate and gift. Then he said flat rate parcel option for International is discontinued but if you need the box we can provide you but you have to pay the fee depending on weight and this will not match the flat rate box.

Then he told me tell me freely what do you want? I show him the things I wan to parcel and he replied- people usually don't communicate freely with us. We are here to help. Then he calculated the amount based on the weight and and told me - REGISTERED AIRMAIL will be the best and economical option for you.

* You can't calculate this online. You have to come to the post office and ask for it.

Then he told me to go to the desk of an officer and show the things I need to parcel. He will examine them. i went to his table and he asked where I want to send the parcel and he checked the things and said OK. Then he gave him two Custom declaration forms and told me to give one photocopy of any Govt ID cards.
you can find the form here :

I duly filled up the forms and sign on the photocopy of my ID.

Here comes the tricky part, the PACKING

But its so easy there are several shops in front of GPO who pack parcels for you. I approach to an old gentleman wearing white shirt and trouser. He offered me to seat. I said I need to pack these items will you pack this he said of course. I asked how much. He said Rs 100/- I bargained and he agreed to do this job for Rs 50/- He took care of everything with documents and my items. He packed the item so nicely with paper, tape, white cloth and thread and needle and he told me to write down at the top of parcel- REGISTERED POST VIA AIRMAIL and receiver and sender address with permanent marker pen and attached the documents nicely with thread and needle. He said all done. I paid him and returned to the counter and they accept my pack and it Costs Rs 710/- and given me a tracking no as well.

The process was so easy and nice. You can avail this service at any post office

#2 Aug 17th, 2018, 12:56
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Thanks for sharing your experience with us
#3 Aug 17th, 2018, 17:22
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Let us know how long it takes to get to your friend in Germany, please? I sent a similar parcel to my brother in the US and it took almost six months. However, it arrived only one week after we started making a fuss at the sending post office (we had been assuming he got it; he had forgotten about it). I suspect it was not shipped until then as the tracking number was useless.
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