How to calculate postage for India Post

How to Calculate Postage for India Post?

One of India’s Group A Civil Services is the Indian Postal Service. They are in charge of running ‘India Post,’ the world’s largest postal network, which offers a wide range of services from traditional postal services to banking and e-commerce. In this article, we will explain how to calculate the postage that you must pay when sending couriers, parcels, and packages via India Post.


India Post has been the foundation of the nation’s connectivity and it has played a pivotal role in the nation’s socio-economic development for more than 150 years. It affects Indian citizens’ lives in a variety of ways, including mail delivery, accepting deposits under Small Savings Schemes, providing life insurance, and providing retail services like bill collection, form sales, and so on. India Post has the world’s most extensive postal network, with over 1,55,000 post offices. In addition to on-time delivery and extensive area coverage, India Post provides a Status Tracking Service that allows customers to track the delivery status of their packages.


Let’s take a look at some of the highlights of India Post:

  • Widest network coverage across the country 

  • Shipments can be insured up to INR 1 lakh.

  • Offers up-to-date delivery information via SMS.

  • For corporate or bulk customers, there is no charge for shipment pick-up.

  • Corporate and bulk orders qualify for volume discounts.

  • For eCommerce and online merchants, a cash-on-delivery facility is available.

  • In the event of a delay, loss of an article, theft, or damage, compensation is provided in the amount of double the postage fees or INR 1000, whichever is lower.

India Post’s Shipping Calculator

To calculate postage, you can visit the official website of the Department of Post and click Calculate Postage, as shown in the screenshot below.


How to Calculate Postage for India Post

On opening the calculate postage page, you will see three basic types of services:

  • Domestic

  • International 

  • Miscellaneous

First, we will go ahead with Domestic services.

You must first enter the origin and delivery addresses, which must include the pin code, city, and state.

Next, in the article details section, select the type of shipment from the dropdown menu. There are various options to choose from, such as letter, document, parcel, book packet, flat rate parcel, etc.

Then you will have to enter the weight and dimensions (Length, width, and height) of the shipment and click Get Available Services.

Here you will be shown a list of the available services as shown in the screenshot below.

Difference between Parcel, Business Parcel, and Speed Post.

Parcel – Except for prohibited items, anything can be sent in a parcel. In case the parcel is suspected of containing communications that are not permitted, it will be opened in the presence of the addressee or his authorized agent, but each written communication will be billed double the letter shipping fee at the time of delivery. The shipment will be returned to the sender if the addressee refuses to pay the charges, and the charge will not be recovered.


Business Parcel – Business Parcel is a premium surface service tailored to meet the needs of businesses that are looking for a cost-effective and reliable delivery solution.

India Post Business Parcel

Speed Post – Speed Post, India’s domestic express market leader, reliably delivers letters and packages weighing up to 35 kg. It is a cost-effective service that delivers consignments up to 50 grams across the country for INR 15.00. With the most extensive network by far, Speed Post delivers to every address in the country.

Speed Post speed post

Once you have made your choice, enter the captcha and click Get Price and the calculated postage costs will be displayed. If you opt for additional services such as insurance and proof of delivery, there will be an obvious increase in the cost of postage.

Next, we will move on to International Services.

It is quite similar to domestic services:

You will first have to enter the origin and delivery addresses, Select an article type from the article details tab and enter the weight and dimensions of the postage and click Get Available Services.

Upon doing so, a list of available services will be displayed to you. Select any additional services if you want to opt-in, enter the captcha, and click Get Price. The calculated price will be displayed.

And finally, we will move on to Miscellaneous Services.

This includes specific services such as Attested Copy of Receipt of a Registered Article, Business Reply Permit, Demurrage Charge on VP Articles, Franking Machine, Greeting Card Large size, Greeting Card Small size, Inland Recall Articles, International Recall Articles, Late Fee, Post Bag, Post Box, Postal Identification Card, PostBag and PostBox, VP Inquiry Fee.


Select an item from the drop-down menu under the article details tab, enter the captcha, and click get price. The prices of the selected items will be displayed.

Miscellaneous Services

To sum up

We hope this article has helped you understand how to calculate postage for India Post. If you have any questions regarding postage calculation, please let us know in the comments section below.


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