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2,000 boxes sold since the launch of the service a month ago

  • International parcel traffic went up by 100 per cent
  • Service available at GPO, some HPOs
  • International parcel traffic went up by 100 per cent
  • Service available at GPO, some HPOs

    CHENNAI: The Postal Department's new "Pack Post" service to send articles abroad has received an overwhelming response from the public, said Director of Postal Services (Foreign Post and Marketing) D.V. Mahesh. 2,000 boxes had been sold since the launch of the service a month ago, he said.

    According to Mr. Mahesh, the international parcel traffic by post went up by over 100 per cent in the last one month compared to the corresponding period last year.

    Cotton-boxes of different sizes are available at select post offices and postal officials will do the packing themselves. Charges of Rs.10 and Rs.25 will be levied for packing. For the boxes, the charges range from Rs.8 to Rs.60. At present, the service is available at the General Post Office and the Head Post Office at Anna Salai besides other HPOs including those in T. Nagar, Mylapore and Tambaram.

    Premium Products

    Chief Postmaster General of Tamil Nadu Circle Radhika Doraiswamy said a target of Rs.175 crore had been fixed for the current year for the department's "premium products" such as Speed Post, Business Post and Bulk Mail. Till the end of September, the Circle generated Rs.70 crore. The "Logistics Post" had been extended to cover Chennai and Coimbatore.

    Meeting

    Briefing media persons of the celebration of the National Postal Week, she said the department would hold a meeting with the corporate sector on October 10; workshops on philately on October 11 in Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore and Tiruchi and customers' meets in all major cities of the State the next day.

    Quiz

    A quiz competition for school children would be conducted on October 14 at the Automatic Mail Processing Centre (AMPC) in Meenambakkam.

    A trip for school students to the AMPC would also be organised, she said.

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