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How do you send and receive your letters and package mail? Are local postal facilities adequate?

We receive mail and packages via pouch. There is no Diplomatic Post Office (DPO) in Delhi. For outgoing packages we have to use the American Association service at a very high cost. Local postal mail has own complications and bureaucracy. - Oct 22, 2017
We mailed through the US Embassy for mail to/from the US. You could receive letters and packages. You could mail letters and packages the size of a VHS tape and smaller. For larger packages you'd have to pay through ACSA (the American Community Association), but I never did that as it was pricey.

Locally, things were often delivered by courier, including things you ordered online. I mailed postcards home from the local post office and it worked well. I have heard that mailing things in envelopes or packages locally is risky due to theft. - Mar 15, 2017


Pouch only. - Feb 14, 2017
Local postal facilities, which I haven't tried, would probably be pretty difficult to navigate. - Nov 8, 2016
Use the diplomatic pouch for everything. There is no APO/DPO in India. - Jun 2, 2016
Via the diplomatic pouch, though it can take up to 3 weeks to get items in the mail, so planning ahead is helpful. - Sep 6, 2014
We use the Embassy post - we are lucky to have that. - Sep 3, 2014
Through our Embassy. It's expensive to send. More than at other posts. - Aug 14, 2013
Via the embassy. Most Indians use DHL or Blue Dart because they do not trust local mail for packages. - May 18, 2013
I don't. It is tough from here and expensive. - Oct 21, 2012
Through the embassy. Indian mail is not reliable. - Sep 16, 2012
We dont - no APO. - Aug 12, 2011
through diplomatic pouch - Aug 7, 2011
Via the embassy. - Aug 4, 2011
Through the embassy as an employee. - Jan 8, 2011
Fed Ex, via the Embassy. Don't use local Post. - Sep 18, 2010
We use DHL without problems. - Aug 30, 2010
Through the embassy. - Aug 12, 2010
Only by Diplomatic pouch. - Aug 1, 2010