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Country Conditions for Mailing — India

 

Prohibitions (130)

 

Appliances (including pistols, pistol pencils, etc.) for discharging gas, except on behalf of the Government.

Arms and military equipment, except for the Indian Government.

Articles of gold or silver.

Coins; banknotes; currency notes; traveler’s checks; securities payable to bearer; precious stones; jewelry; and other valuable articles.

Coins or ingots exceeding 65 rupees in value, except coins obviously intended for ornament.

Consumer electronic items, (except hearing aids and life-saving equipment, apparatus, and appliances and parts thereof). Shipments containing these goods up to the value of 200 Indian rupees (gift value) are at present released after the words “Released on caution” have been stamped on the item.

Pistol-shaped articles such as toy guns.

Radioactive materials.

Restrictions  

Addressees in India are required to obtain import licenses for all goods except those intended for their personal use and not exceeding 100 rupees in value. If the license is not obtained when required, the articles are considered as prohibited.

Commercial shipments of tobacco, manufactured or not may only be sent to licensed importers or wholesalers.

Indian banknotes, require permission of the Reserve Bank of India.

Perishable articles or edible substances are admitted only by airmail.

Piece goods and certain manufactured articles must be marked to show country of origin as prescribed by the Indian trademark regulations.

Works of art (including photographs); forms ruled or printed; account and manuscript books; labels; advertising matter (except trade catalogs and circulars); almanacs in sheets or in cards; and other cards, as well as waste paper and old newspaper for packing, are considered to be merchandise, and may be liable to customs duty.

Observations  

  1. In India, a very small number of articles is admitted free of customs duty and the tariffs of these duties vary considerably. The general rate of import duty is 30 percent but many articles are liable to a higher rate.
  2. Import duty is chargeable even if the articles are received as free gifts. The fact that goods are old or second-hand or gifts or articles intended for personal use does not entitle them per se to exemption from import duty. However, the collection of duty is waived in cases where the total duty on a shipment does not exceed 3 rupees. Books and magazines are generally exempt from import duty.
  3. Shipments can be more speedily released if their contents and value are clearly and correctly declared by the sender.
  4. Insured Priority Mail International parcels addressed to the post office boxes of Draw, Kargil and Leh in the State of Kashmir are not accepted from November 1 to May 31.
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Global Express Guaranteed (210) Price Group 6

 

Refer to Notice 123, Price List, for the applicable retail, Commercial Base, or Commercial Plus price.

Weight Limit: 70 lbs.

 

General Conditions for Mailing  

See Publication 141, Global Express Guaranteed Service Guide, for information about areas served in the destination country, allowable contents, packaging and labeling requirements, tracking and tracing, service standards, and other conditions for mailing.

Size Limits (211.22)

The surface area of the address side of the item to be mailed must be large enough to completely contain the Global Express Guaranteed Air Waybill/Shipping Invoice (shipping label), postage, endorsement, and any applicable markings. The shipping label is approximately 5.5 inches high and 9.5 inches long.

Maximum length: 46 inches

Maximum width: 35 inches

Maximum height: 46 inches

Maximum length and girth combined: 108 inches

Value Limit (212.1)

The maximum value of a GXG shipment to this country is $2,499 or a lesser amount if limited by content or value.

 

Insurance (212.5)

 

Insured Amount

not over

Fee

Insured Amount

not over

Fee

$100

No Fee

For document reconstruction insurance or non-document insurance coverage above $800, add $1.00 per $100 or fraction thereof, up to a maximum of $2,499 per shipment.

200

$1.00

300

2.00

400

3.00

500

4.00

600

5.00

700

6.00

800

7.00

$2,499 max.

$24.00

 

Priority Mail Express
International (220) Price Group 6

 

Refer to Notice 123, Price List, for the applicable retail, Commercial Base, or Commercial Plus price.

Weight Limit: 70 lbs.

 

Priority Mail Express International  Flat Rate Envelopes and Flat Rate Boxes

 

Size Limits (221.52)

Maximum length: 36 inches

Maximum length and girth combined: 79 inches

Insurance (222.8)

Available for Priority Mail Express International merchandise shipments only

 

Insured Amount

not over

Fee

Insured Amount

not over

Fee

$200

No Fee

For insurance coverage above $2,000, add $1.50 for each $500 or fraction thereof, up to a maximum of $5,000 per shipment.

500

$2.35

1,000

3.85

1,500

5.35

2,000

6.85

$5,000 max.

$15.85

Customs Forms Required (123)

Articles Admitted

Required Customs
Form/Endorsement

Correspondence, business papers, computer data, and checks.

No form required. Endorse items clearly next to mailing label as BUSINESS PAPERS.

Merchandise samples without commercial value.

PS Form 2976-A inside PS Form 2976-E (envelope). Endorse item clearly next to mailing label as MERCHANDISE SAMPLES.

Merchandise and all articles subject to customs duty.

PS Form 2976-A inside PS Form 2976-E (envelope). Endorse item clearly next to mailing label as MERCHANDISE.

Note: For mailers completing PS Form 2976-B or other online USPS-produced combined shipping label and customs form, no additional customs form is required (see 222.5).

Notes:  

  1. Coins; banknotes; currency notes, including paper money; securities of any kind payable to bearer; traveler’s checks; platinum, gold, and silver; precious stones; jewelry; watches; and other valuable articles are prohibited in Priority Mail Express International shipments to India.
  2. Import licenses and permits are required for import and export of goods in India. The addressee should obtain the required import licenses for all goods except those intended for personal use and not exceeding 100 rupees in value.

Reciprocal Service Name: International Speed Post

Country Code: IN

Areas Served:  

 

City

Postal Code

Agartala

799001–799007

Agra

282001–282010

Ahmedabad

380001–380010, 380012–380016, 380018, 380019, 380021–380028, 380050, 382325, 382330, 382340, 382346, 382348, 382350, 382352, 382405, 382414, 382415, 382430, 382440, 382443, 382445, 382449, 382475

Allahabad

211001–211018

Alwaye

683101–683103, 683108

Bangalore

560001–560023, 560025–560034, 560038, 560040–560044, 560046, 560047, 560050–560055, 560057, 560058, 560068–560072, 560075, 560076, 560078–560082, 560084–560086

Bhopal

462001–462004, 462007, 462008, 462010, 462011, 462013, 462016, 462018, 462021–462024, 462026, 462027, 462030–460032, 462036

Bhubaneshwar

751001–751014

Bombay

400001–400022, 400024–400029, 400031–400035, 400037–400039, 400043, 400049–400052, 400054–400072, 400075–400090, 400092–400099, 400101–400104

Calcutta

700001–700034, 700037–700048, 700053–700055, 700060, 700062, 700063, 700067–700069, 700071–700073, 700075, 700078, 700082, 700085–700089, 700092

Calicut

 

Chandigarh

160001–160003, 160011, 160012, 160014, 160015, 160017–160020, 160022, 160023, 160031, 160036

Cochin

682001TP–682006, 682009, 682011–682026, 682029, 682031, 682032, 682035

Coimbatore

640119, 641001–641006, 641011–641013, 641015, 641016, 641018, 641025, 641027, 641028, 641030, 641033, 641037, 631044, 641045

Cuttack

753001–753013

Delhi/New Delhi

110001–110029, 110031–110035, 110037, 110044–110046, 110048, 110049, 110051–110060, 110062–110067, 110083, 110091, 110092, 110094

Dhanbad

 

Goa

403001, 403002, 403004, 403006

Gorakhpur

 

Guwahati

781001, 781003–781014, 781016, 781018T, 781018–781022, 781024, 781025, 781029, 781032

Gwalior

474001–474012, 474020

Hyderabad

500001–500008, 500012, 500013, 500016–500018, 500020, 500022–500029, 500034, 500036, 500038, 500041, 500044, 500045, 500048, 500049, 500178, 500195, 500253, 500258, 500264–500267, 500361, 500371, 500380, 500457, 500463, 500482, 500484, 500486, 500659, 500873, 500890

Imphal

795001–795003, 795008, 795010

Indore

452001–452009, 452012

Jaipur

302001–302006, 302011–302013, 302015–302017

Jamm

180001–180007

Jamshedpu

 

Kanchupuram

631501–631503

Kanpur

208001–208026

Lucknow

226001–226009, 226011, 226016–226020, 227105, 227132

Madras

600001–600018, 600020–600026, 600028–600036, 600038–600042, 600049, 600078, 600079, 600081–600087, 600090, 600092–600095, 600097, 600099, 600102, 600104–0600108, 600111–600113

Madurai

625001–625004, 625007–625011, 625014, 625016–625018, 625020

Mangalore

575001–575008, 575016

Meerut

250001–250004

Moradabad

 

Mysore

 

Nagpur

 

Panaji

403001, 403002, 403004, 403006

Patna

800001–800023

Pondicherry

605001–605004, 605006, 605009, 605011–605013

Pune

411001–411014, 411016–411022, 411026–411032, 411035–411040, 411042, 411044, 411052

Quilon

 

Raipu

492004, 469006–10

Ranchi

834001–834012

Salem

636001–636007, 636009, 636015, 636016

Areas Served (cont’d):

 

Schillong

 

Shimla

171001–171006

Silchar

788001–788007, 788009

Srinagar

190001–190015

Surat

394210, 394220, 394221, 395001–395010

Tiruchirapalli

620001–620003, 620008, 620014, 620017, 620018

Tirupati

517501, 517502, 517507

Tirupur

638601–638604, 638607, 638608, 638652

Trichy

 

Trichur

 

Trivandrum

695001–695039, 695098

Vadodara

390001–390019

Varanasi

221001–221007, 221010

Vijayawada

520001–520016

Visakhapatnan

530001–530027, 530038, 530040

 

Priority Mail International (230) Price Group 6

 

Refer to Notice 123, Price List, for the applicable retail, Commercial Base, or Commercial Plus price.

Weight Limit: 44 lbs.

Note: Ordinary Priority Mail International includes indemnity at no cost based on weight. (See 230.)

 

Priority Mail International  Flat Rate

Flat Rate Envelopes or Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes: The maximum weight is 4 pounds. Refer to Notice 123, Price List, for the applicable retail, Commercial Base, or Commercial Plus price.

Flat Rate Boxes — Medium and Large: The maximum weight is 20 pounds, or the limit set by the individual country, whichever is less. Refer to Notice 123, Price List, for the retail, Commercial Base, or Commercial Plus price.

 

Size Limits (231.22)

Maximum length: 42 inches

Maximum length and girth combined: 79 inches

 

Insurance (232.92)

Available for Priority Mail International merchandise parcels only (see 323.72 for markings)

 

Insured Amount

not over

Fee

Insured Amount

not over

Fee

$50

$2.45

 

 

100

3.60

Add $1.15 for each additional $100 or fraction of insurance coverage.

200

4.75

300

5.90

400

7.05

 

 

500

8.20

$2,189 max.

$27.75

 

Customs Forms Required (123)

Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes:

PS Form 2976 as required (see 123.61)

Priority Mail International Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes:

PS Form 2976

Priority Mail International parcels:

PS Form 2976-A inside PS Form 2976-E (envelope)

 

 

First-Class Mail International (240) Price Group 6

 

Refer to Notice 123, Price List, for the applicable retail price.

Weight Limit: 3.5 ozs. for letters and postcards;

4 lbs. for large envelopes (flats)

Size Limits  

Letters: See 241.212

Postcards: See 241.221

Large Envelopes (Flats): See 241.232

Customs Form Required (123)

PS Form 2976 as required (see 123.61)

 

 

First-Class Package International Service (250) Price Group 6

 

Refer to Notice 123, Price List, for the applicable retail, Commercial Base, or Commercial Plus price.

Weight Limit: 4 lbs.

Size Limits  

Packages (Small Packets): See 251.22 and 251.23.

Customs Form Required (123)

PS Form 2976

 

 

Airmail M-bags (260) —

Direct Sack to One Addressee Price Group 6

 

Refer to Notice 123, Price List, for the applicable retail price.

Weight Limit: 66 lbs.

Customs Form Required (123)

PS Form 2976

 

Matter for the Blind or Other Physically Handicapped Persons (270)

Free when sent as First-Class Mail International, First-Class Package International Service, Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes, or Priority Mail International Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes. Weight limit: 4 pounds.

Free when sent as Priority Mail International. Weight limit: 15 pounds.

Customs Form Required (123)

First-Class Mail International items, First-Class Package International Service items, Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes, and Priority Mail International Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes:

PS Form 2976 as required (see 123.61)

Priority Mail International parcels:

PS Form 2976-A inside PS Form 2976-E (envelope)

 

 

Extra Services  

Certificate of Mailing (313)

 

Individual Pieces

Fee

Individual article (PS Form 3817)

$1.20

Firm mailing books (PS Form 3877), per article listed (minimum 3)

0.44

Duplicate copy of PS Form 3817 or PS Form 3877 (per page)

 

1.20

 

 

Bulk Quantities

Fee

First 1,000 pieces (or fraction thereof)

$7.05

Each additional 1,000 pieces (or fraction thereof)

0.85

Duplicate copy of PS Form 3606

1.20

 

Registered Mail (330)

Fee: $12.95

Maximum Indemnity: $46.14

Available only for First-Class Mail International,
including postcards, First-Class Package
International Service, Priority Mail International
Flat Rate Envelopes, Priority Mail International
Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes, and matter for the
blind or other physically handicapped persons.

 

Return Receipt (340)

Fee: $3.50

Available for Registered Mail only.

 

Restricted Delivery (350)

 

NOT Available for International Mail as of January 27, 2013

 

International Postal Money Order (371)

NOT Available

 

International Reply Coupons (381)

 

NOT Available for International Mail as of January 27, 2013

 

International Business Reply Service (382)

Fee: Envelopes up to 2 ounces $1.75; Cards $1.25