What is Speed Post?
Speed Post is exactly what its name suggests. It is a time-bound express service from India Post that delivers letters and parcels at a speed much faster than conventional postal mail. Letters or parcels with a weight up to 35kg are delivered between specified cities and towns in India as per given delivery norms.
Deliveries at specified locations with excellent connectivity can happen in just 1-2 days, whereas other Speed Post stations may take between 3-5 days. The lists of cities or towns covered by Speed Post, together with the typical delivery norms of each location can be accessed at
You will notice that Speed Post can be booked from almost all the departmental Post Office across India. Deliveries are made in practically every corner of the country.
Also find: List of Speed Post Office in India.
Why is Speed Post an important and crucial service?
Apart from the express speed, time-bound delivery and safety with which letters and parcels are delivered, individuals and corporate customers find Speed Post great value for money. In fact, the service is very attractive compared to courier services as it involves only a fraction of the cost of sending out articles through expensive couriers.
The relevance and importance of Speed Post is evident from the fact that the service has dominated the domestic industry as its undisputed market leader for nearly three decades. Each month it handles a volume of nearly 40000000 articles across its extensive network.
How to book your article through Speed Post?
Individual customers have to visit the specified Post Office with the article and pay the tariff as per the weight of the article to be sent. The booking clerk at the counter issues a receipt with a tracking number after the payment is made. This number is useful for tracking delivery status later on. Proof of delivery is possible at an extra charge.
Corporate and Regular customers with volumes can open a Speed Post Account which provides many value added services such as:
- Pick-up from the premises
- Convenient monthly billings
- Book Now Pay Later
- Account management facilities
- Corporate tracking facilities
- Volume discounts
Speed Post is great value for money
The service is very popular across the country as a result of a very affordable and customer friendly tariff structure.
Current tariff structure of Speed Post
|Weight||Local||Up to 200 km||201 to 1000 km||1001 to 2000 km||Above 2000 km|
|Up to 50 grams||INR 15||INR 35||INR 35||INR 35||INR 35|
|51 grams to 200 grams||INR 25||INR 35||INR 40||INR 60||INR 70|
|201 grams to 500 grams||INR 30||INR 50||INR 60||INR 80||INR 90|
|Additional 500 grams or part thereof||INR 10||INR 15||INR 30||INR 40||INR 50|
The tariffs are exclusive of taxes. Proof of Delivery is also provided at an extra charge.
Features that make the difference
Speed Post is not about speed and attractive tariffs alone. It brings to you a host of other benefits through a range of thoughtful features:
Insurance: You can get peace of mind on important consignments by buying insurance. Consignments that are valuable can be insured up to a value of INR 1, 00,000.
24 Hour Booking: At select centres in some major cities, a round the clock 24 hour booking facility is available for the convenience of customers.
Cash on Delivery: A new facility for the benefit of e-commerce companies and on-line sellers allows cash on delivery.
Book Now Pay Later Facility (BNPL): Under special terms, customers can avail the Book Now Pay Later facility to get credit. This is for the convenience of corporate customers and other regular users.
Volume Based Discount Facility: Speed Post also provides volume based discounts under specific terms and conditions to incentivize regular and corporate customers.
Free Pick-up Facility: For the convenience of customers with bulk volumes of consignments, Speed Post even collects the articles from the premises of the customers. This can be done through an on-call collection or as a regular collection arrangement.
SMS based Delivery Status: At the time of booking your consignment, you can provide your mobile number. A free SMS message from the Department of Posts will update you when your article is delivered.
If you like, you can even track your consignment and find its status yourself. Just send SMS-POST TRACK<13 digit article identification number> to 166 or 51969 to get the latest status.
Internet based Track and Trace System: An on-line track and trace service offered by Speed Post allows you to use a thirteen-digit barcode that identifies the specific Speed Post consignment. Web-based technology tracks your Speed Post consignment from booking to delivery.
Customer Service at your finger tips: In case of any complaint or need for additional help or information, customers can call up or send e-mail queries to a highly responsive team of customer service executives.
Compensation: Some limited compensation is payable to customers in case of delays and damage or loss of articles.
Speed Post International Service
In partnership with Universal Postal Union, EMS Speed Post also offers services to 99 other countries. Details on tariffs and countries covered are available on https://www.indiapost.gov.in/MBE/Pages/Content/Speed-Post.aspx