Dhaka - Post Report Question and Answers

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

DPO. Amazon is a lifesaver and they might as well rebrand our mailroom to an Amazon Warehouse since it's always filled with packages with people needing a cart to get all of their boxes into their car. It typically takes 1 to 3 weeks for an order to show up, but in my personal experience the mail has arrived ahead of schedule almost every time and really improves your quality of life. - Jul 2023

DPO. Packages from Amazon used to take 10-14 days. During the plague, it was anyone's guess. I think two months was the typical wait time. Don't use the local post service. - Dec 2021

I didn't have this option so never did it :) - Sep 2021

US Embassy mail system. I don't know of any other facilities. - Jun 2019

No idea about local facilities, I send through DPO. - Jul 2018

The US embassy provides mail through the DPO and pouch. Local mail service is very cheap and surprisingly reliable, but only use Registered Mail or the Express Mail Service, which provide tracking numbers. - Apr 2017

Via DPO and pouch. - Jun 2016

DPO and pouch. - May 2016

Diplomatic mail. - Jun 2015

DPO/pouch. - Sep 2014

DPO. - Aug 2014

DPO. - Jul 2014

DPO or Pouch from the U.S. Embassy. - Aug 2013

Pouch and DPO. - Apr 2013

DPO- GREAT! I don't even know if there is local mail; have never seen a post office. Mail is delivered by hand from a courier to your gate by the school-bus ayah. - Aug 2011

Send/Receive through DPO and pouch. - Jun 2011

Diplomatic pouch and DPO. - Feb 2011

We use the pouch. I'm not sure about the local post office. - Jan 2011

Luckily through diplomatic mail. - Jan 2011

Via the US Embassy pouch and DPO, both of which were very slow and problematic during the course of my tour. - Oct 2010

Embassy personnel use the pouch/DPO. - Apr 2010

Pouch/DPO.Local mail is very unreliable; for anything important, use courier services, DHL, or Fedex. - Oct 2009

DPO and pouch. - Aug 2009

We use pouch or APO/DPO. It takes about 2 weeks. - Mar 2009

You can send letters in the mail. Just figure on a couple weeks for it to get there. - Nov 2008

Thank goodness for APO. I would hate to be here without it. I mail order everything. - Oct 2008

From what I understand, you don't. None of my non-embassy friends send or receive mail. However, all the major shippers are here (DHL, Fedex, etc.). - Feb 2008

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