Mumbai - Post Report Question and Answers

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

Outside of alcohol, diplomatic mail is next best thing for morale. Usually takes about two weeks to arrive. - Aug 2021

I don't get letters, mainly email. I receive my packages from the mail room at work. Never been inside a local postal facility. - Nov 2020

We have a Diplomatic Mail system. I don’t know anything about local postal services. - Aug 2019

Pouch mail through the consulate takes about ten days from the US. - Mar 2019

Pouch - May 2018

I use diplomatic pouch. From what I understand the Indian postal service is very unreliable, and addresses don't seem to be standardized. - Jun 2017

DPO. - Aug 2015

Through work. - Nov 2014

Email or nothing. Shops usually can send stuff to the USA via their own courier connections, which are not that expensive. FedEx is here but is pricey. - Mar 2014

Fedex for packages. India Post is not the worst. - Feb 2014

I use the school's pouch. For bigger items, I use fedex. I've never had a problem having food, toiletries, books, or anything delivered, but I usually have to pay a couple thousand rupees in duty fees, so I only order when necessary. has a good selection of books and other items and deliver quickly and for free within India. - May 2013

Diplomatic pouch -- a drag because it is extremely slow and has severe limitations on content (such as no liquids, no electronics with lithium batteries) and on size (outgoing packages cannot be bigger than a VHS cassette). - Feb 2013

Through diplomatic pouch we can send letters but not packages. I've heard of someone successfully using Indian mail to send packages back to the US. - Dec 2010

Pouch. - Nov 2008

Pouch. DHL for super-urgent mail, gets to US in about 5 days. - Aug 2008

We use pouch. Customs duties are 30+ percent on all goods coming in. So do not anything here unless willing to pay the customs. - Jul 2008

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