How to post a parcel?

#16 Jun 6th, 2010, 16:29
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Ha! One of those funny things: I'd somehow pictured you being a woman till now, I guess going by your username or something. Often happens in cyberspace, pay it no attention

Now that this thread is more readily visible (than it would have been in Chai & Chat), maybe some terms I used explained, and for the benefit of any newcomers who may head straight for the Beginners forum that this is now in:

Wallah: a guy who performs a given job or hails from a given place: Taxi-wallah, Delhi-wallah, etc.

GPO: General Post Office; your main post office (may also be known as head post office, I think). In a major city, there may be several.

STD: Not a venereal disease, but a shop where you can make phone calls. It appears to stand for Subscriber Trunk Dialing (codes), whatever that may mean precisely. Basically, an STD is where you can make calls within India; an ISD (International Subscriber Dialing) allows you to call abroad. So for calling home you'll probably be looking for what is known as an STD/ISD (but asking where is an ISD will usually suffice). Usually widespread, though it may depend on area (of a town), of course. Guaranteed to be nowhere to be found when you need them in a hurry of course, but then it usually works like that on a holiday anywhere anyway

These shops may or may not also offer services like internet, faxing, whatever (possibly money changing, travel agency'ing, you name it). Or it may just be a cigarette stand on the streets with a one phone that you'll have trouble hearing, and nothing else.
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Just wondering if anyone has actually succeeded in sending things surface-air-lifted?

about 4 years ago, I sent 10 boxes of books from Thrissur in Kerala to Indiana (in the US) for a ridiculously small amount of money... I miss surface mail book rate... sure it took 3 months... but they all arrived.

Now I'm needing to send another huge amount of books and other printed materials to Indiana again. I hear about this SAL on this forum, but everytime I've gone to a GPO to send a package home recently, I just get quoted speed post or registered parcel. Of course, these are just small presents - today I sent a couple books to my parents - about 1 kg for rs 700 (registered parcel) or rs 900 (speed post).

I see mention of SAL, but no one seems to have actually used it!
#18 Dec 5th, 2010, 23:07
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True, Bosquef; over the past two years, to send stuff home, I've always mentioned SAL to them; but you end up with whatever they choose to give you, of course, and it can be hard to determine what in fact you did just pay for.

For a long time I had assumed that was in fact SAL; until I got to speak to a fellow traveler who'd just sent a package, and going by our respective weights and rates, it seemed to me he had in fact managed to get it (and/or the cheaper book post rate, which I believe but can never be sure in fact does still exist -- note such parcels mustn't contain anything but printed matter, of course), whilst apparently then I never had. He did mention having to have been quite persistent about it; not, of course, that I'd never tried to be.

So I guess be persistent indeed, and beyond that just shrug your shoulders, what indeed are you gonna do about it. Major post office in ditto city I guess just may or may not help. The good news is all those packages arrived in good order. Tho' if in fact I did end up paying for speed post or so, I don't think there was anything much noticeably speedy about it -- whilst I was usually happy with it, count on the usual few weeks for it to arrive. Say maybe three to six or so, whatever.

Ah, did I mention above do check that slip you probably finally end up with & before walking away? One of the last times I noticed apparently they'd misunderstood (my written) "Amsterdam" & had been about to send it off to Australia. Now while even that ought to find its way home at some point I suppose, it just might be pushing the envelope a little too far...

(And then ps edit, on rereading this thread now, I guess in fact most of what I said just now I had said before on this thread. Sorry for the repetition, folks.)

(And then on reareding Bosquef's post just above, I guess for 10 boxes of books or thereabouts, it might pay to be a, er, little persistent about it, indeed! (! ) Maybe compare with some shipping agencies/handlers?) I mean what I'll have been sending would have been a handful of kilos at a time by comparison, nothing to lose a night's sleep over.

Rest assured I know no better than this SAL does indeed and in fact exist, though (if indeed it still does, as compared to say over the past two years -- the Indian postal services' website was given earlier on this thread, it should tell you about it), so I guess just push on until you're absolutely certain that's what you got. Note however of course I have no idea whether in fact it pertains at all to boxes full of stuff; nor if any book post rates if still extant at all would to such.
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#19 Oct 25th, 2011, 20:10
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What is the best way of sending one of those Indian style treasure trunks back to the UK from Punjab.

My families home town of Mahilpur/Hoshiarpur is famous for wooden handicrafts and a carpenter my dad used to know has said he can make a wwoden trunk for me out of sheesham wood. Only problem is how to get it back to the UK.

Some people have suggested DHL, I'm not to worried about how long it takes, so if it comes via a ship 2 months later then thats ok.

It's going to be quite a large box, about the width of a double bed and heavy.

Any advice??
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<Grouchy comment deleted.> I don't know, but if no one answers here, couriers and shipping and so on does get discussed on the site, so you could search around for it some more.
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Hi everyone,

I live in Delhi for few monthes, and I want to send a parcel abroad for the first time. I've tried to go to the Defence colony post office, the closest to the place where I live, but the guy at the counter told me in a very lousy way that I had to go to the post office in Lajpat Nagar to send international parcels. I don't know why but I feel that the post office employee just wanted to do the slightest effort and that should be possible to send my parcel...

Can somebody tell me the process, and if it's actually right that's impossible to send parcels abroad from all the post offices ?

My apologies for my poor English...
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Posting Parcels

I have asked a few people about this problem.

The advice I have been given is that it is far better for reasons of reliability to deal with a private company such as DHL, UPS or whatever.

Hope this helps, your hotel should be able to assist you.

The couple of experiences I have had in the past with the Indian PO service is that the staff were unhelpfull and just do the minimum.
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Originally Posted by Terao View Post Hi everyone,

I live in Delhi for few monthes, and I want to send a parcel abroad for the first time. I've tried to go to the Defence colony post office, the closest to the place where I live, but the guy at the counter told me in a very lousy way that I had to go to the post office in Lajpat Nagar to send international parcels. I don't know why but I feel that the post office employee just wanted to do the slightest effort and that should be possible to send my parcel...

Can somebody tell me the process, and if it's actually right that's impossible to send parcels abroad from all the post offices ?

My apologies for my poor English...
the 'lousy' thing is just part of india, ignore it...
nevertheless, it is a fact that all services is not available in all post offices in india. so, he might be right in mentioning that intl parcels need to be done at a different post office. i'm surprised the guy was nice enough to tell the alternative
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Originally Posted by Old_Boots View Post I have asked a few people about this problem.

The advice I have been given is that it is far better for reasons of reliability to deal with a private company such as DHL, UPS or whatever.

Hope this helps, your hotel should be able to assist you.

The couple of experiences I have had in the past with the Indian PO service is that the staff were unhelpfull and just do the minimum.
i had a very weird experience with UPS. Had to send some documents to a friend in UK, used UPS as though overpriced, it gave some peace of mind. apparently, something got messed up at the delivery point in UK - the driver visited, saw the door locked, left a note, my friend called & then suddenly they were unable to locate the package anymore!!! after about a month of finger pointing between india & uk offices, i managed to get a refund of the charges but lost on the service tax
next weekend, i sent it via intl speed post at india post at less than half the price & it reached within a week - safe & sound.
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Thank you for yours answers. Actually, I'm not in a hotel but in an apartment.

Do you now where people living in Delhi send their international parcels (I mean from which post office) ?

I have a doubt that if get to the Lajpat Nagar post office the guy there tell me the same thing...
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You may try visiting Gole Daak Khana (GPO) if you find it easily approachable from your place. Your all the problems would easily be solved!
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If you are sending EMS Speed Post, you will need a customs declaration form CP2/CP3. I've attached a scan here:

http://www.indiamike.com/india-image...aration-cp2cp3

You also need a photocopy of your ID.

Just these two. You will need no other documents (like invoice, packing list, certificate of origin, etc.)

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Originally Posted by Terao View Post Thank you for yours answers. Actually, I'm not in a hotel but in an apartment.

Do you now where people living in Delhi send their international parcels (I mean from which post office) ?

I have a doubt that if get to the Lajpat Nagar post office the guy there tell me the same thing...
I use the A-block post office in Connaught Place for EMS Speed Post. The money changer outside does parcelling, but I prefer to do my own parcelling with Malkin cloth bought from nearby Shankar Market.
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I had sent a courier to my friend at Richardon, Texas 5 months back. The rates in the website matched the one the lady charged me at the counter (Speed Post). It took around 4 days to reach Texas (Excluding Saturday/Sunday).
USPS said that the delivery attempt to the address was unsuccessful and a note has been left outside the house. When I inquired with my friend she told me that there was no note pasted. I had to put up 3 redelivery through their website. Unfortunately none of the time the guys came back to deliver the parcel. In the mean time I was in touch with the customer care. Everytime they assured of confirmed re-delivery but none of them actually happened. It was ultimately on the 7th day (Final Day after which the parcel would be re-shipped back to the origin) I called up the local post office and persuaded the official to deliver the item at any cost and if possible waive off the signature (My friend is actually out for work the entire day).
It finally worked and the website showed up the same. My friend ultimately picked it up the next day from the security office.
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Anyone knows how to track a registered Air Mail sent from India to USA? The tracking number starts with "CP" and does not match with the format given in the official website.
http://www.indiapost.gov.in/Tracking.aspx#SMS
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Originally Posted by dipyamanbasu View Post Anyone knows how to track a registered Air Mail sent from India to USA? The tracking number starts with "CP" and does not match with the format given in the official website.
http://www.indiapost.gov.in/Tracking.aspx#SMS
is that same as intl speed post? if so, i have tracked that online.

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