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Many takers for global postal service

The Jharkhand postal circle is scoring well in the state capital with its world-class services.

Introduced some three months back, World Net Express — an international parcel service which is run in collaboration with Daeusxe Post, a firm owned by the German government — is gaining popularity with every passing day.

Be it a gift, parcel or any other important document, Ranchi residents are solely depending on the prompt service that promises to transfer your consignments within four days. And why not when they are not only delivering within the time stated, but is also charging less.

The World Net Express service provides free packing materials for any parcel and charges some 14-15 per cent less than any private courier.

On an average, the department receives 10 to 15 queries every day. “We are flooded with queries about World Net Express, which is not only economical, but also saves time,” said Sandeep Kumar, marketing executive of GPO, Ranchi.

Usually, speed post and courier services cost something between Rs 3,000 and Rs 4,000 for sending parcels whereas World Net Express charges fixed amounts, which are far lesser too.

For instance, the service charge is Rs 900 for Europe, Rs 800 for Australia, Rs 750 for Dubai, Rs 700 for the US and Rs 675 for Singapore.

Though World Net Express is available in 220 countries, Jharkhand postal circle offers this service to only the US, Singapore, Australia, Europe and Dubai. It uses the services of DHL Courier and its supply chain. Though previously a private company, DHL supply chain is currently owned by Germany’s Daeusxe Post.

Before the service was launched, Ranchi residents had to rely on either speed post, registered post or airmail services. Transportation of goods and parcels through these options used to take almost 20 days, five times of what it is now required to deliver in countries like the US, Singapore, Australia, Europe and Dubai.

Chief post master general, Jharkhand Circle, Abhay Shekhar Prasad, said: “World Net Express has become quite popular among residents, particularly, students who apply to foreign universities as their applications reach on time.”

Kumar added that they were booking maximum parcels for the US, Singapore and Dubai.

Morabadi resident Ritu Sinha, whose sister resides in New York, now trusts nothing, other than World Net Express.

“Earlier, I used to send Diwali gifts through private courier services that used to take almost 15 days to a month time to deliver. This Diwali, I opted for this postal service and the parcel reached my sister within four days. On top of that, the rates are so reasonable compared to that of speed post and other courier services,” said Sinha.