For individuals wishing to ship packages from India to a European country, there are the options of surface mail, surface air lifted (SAL), air mail and Speed Post. You can also ask a friend or relative travelling overseas to carry it for you, or use a well-known courier service.
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Pack your parcel properly. Use packing materials to prevent damage during transit. There are weight limitations on registered and unregistered parcels.
Send parcels inexpensively by surface mail, or sea mail, if timing is not an issue.
Send parcels using SAL as an intermediate option, both in terms of cost and speed, between surface/sea mail and air mail. Use it for quick and economical mail deliveries to select countries, including the U.K., France and Germany. SAL mail is air mail between the international exchange centres in India and your destination in Europe, but it is surface mail elsewhere.
Send parcels using air mail or Speed Post if you want them to reach your destination quickly. Speed Post is the most convenient option because it is fast and can be tracked on the Internet. It is also the most expensive India Post option, costing up to INR 950 for a one-kilogram parcel.
Register your parcels for added security and peace of mind. Registered parcels can be tracked on the Internet. Registration is mandatory in some cases.
Buy insurance to cover loss or damage to your parcel. Post office branches can insure your parcel up to INR 100,000. Insurance is compulsory for expensive items such as bullion, precious stones, and currency notes. It is also compulsory if the declared value of the contents exceeds INR 100.
Ask a friend or relative travelling to Europe, and with room in his luggage, to carry it for you. Pack it in such a way that he can easily show it to customs, if necessary. Make sure that he knows and approves of the contents.
Use a well-known courier service, such as FedEx, (See Reference 6) to send your parcels to Europe. This is an expensive, but secure and fast, option.
Make special provisions for food items, such as pickles and jams, and for hazardous items. Check with the courier service for details.
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