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Department of Post launches cross-border delivery service for the ecommerce sector

The government of India has launched the International Tracked Packet service, which will provide cross-border shipping for the e-commerce sector in the Asia-Pacific region. This service will be provided by the Department of Post, and will offer features like track & trace, volume discounts, pick up facility, and compensation for loss or damage. Individuals can also use this service. It can be booked at any post office around the country, and currently, it delivers to - Australia, Cambodia, HongKong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam. Charges for the first 100 grams is Rs 310 for all the countries, except Australia and New Zealand where the charges for the first 100 grams will be Rs 330. For every additional 100 grams or part, charges vary from Rs 25 to Rs 40. It's worth noting that in 2014, the Indian government had set up a task force to explore ways of using the post office network in the country to provide last mile services. The task force report (pdf) had suggested that three separate subsidiaries be formed as part of a holding company under the Postal Department, that would focus on services in e-commerce, banking and insurance segments. Each of these subsidiaries would be operated as Strategic Business Units (SBUs). A few months later, in May 2015, India Post launched an e-commerce centre in New Delhi to handle all the e-commerce delivery business. It handles deliveries via India Post every day, from booking to dispatch, with the capacity to process up to 30,000 parcels…

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