Anything may be sent in a parcel excepting
articles the transmission of which is prohibited. A parcel
may contain a single written communication of the nature
of a letter or having the character of a personal
communication, addressed to the addressee of the parcel.
Save as provided in sub-clause (1) no written
communication must be enclosed in a parcel.
(3) If a parcel is suspected to contain any written
communication other than the permitted by sub-clause (1),
it will be forwarded to its destination marked “ For open
delivery”. If on being opened in the office of delivery in
the presence of the addressee or his authorized agent it
is found to contain any written communication other than
the one permitted by sub-clause (1), each such written
communication shall be charged on delivery with double the
letter postage. Any postage paid on the parcel shall not
be taken into account in assessing this charge. If the
addressee fails attend as required or refuse to pay the
charge in full the parcel shall be returned to the sender
from whom the charge will not be recovered.
Weight and Size
(1) The weight of an un-registered parcel should not
exceed 4 kilograms (4000 grams), the weight of a
registered parcel should not exceed
(a) 10 kilograms it posted at or addressed
to, a branch post office, and
(b) 20 kilograms in other cases.
(2) The length of a parcel should not exceed 1 metre and
the length and girth combined should not exceed 1.80
(3) No parcel shall be such that, by reason of its shape,
manner of packing or any other feature, it cannot be
carried by post without serious inconvenience or risk.
parcel be packed and enclosed in a reasonably strong case
wrapper, or cover fastened in a manner calculated to
preserve the contents from loss or damage in the post, to
prevent any tempering therewith, and to protect other
postal articles from being damaged in any way thereby.
If a parcel contains cloth or woolen material it must be
packed in a strong wrapper with an outer covering of stout
card-board or cloth. Parcels containing articles or great
value like container or a wooden or a stout cardboard case
according to the nature of the article.
(2) Liquid and substances which liquefy easily must be
dispatched in a double receptacle. Between the first
receptacle (bottle, talks, box etc) and the second (which
must be a box of metal or strong wood) some space must be
left to be filled with saw-dust, bran or some other
absorbing material in sufficient quantity to absorb all
the liquid contents in the event of breakage.
(3) Live-bees must be enclosed in suitable cases and so
packed as to prevent all risk of injury to other postal
articles in course of transmission by post or to officers
of the Post Office.
Human and other viscera :-
Human and other viscera may be transmitted
by the Inland post to Chemical Examiners for analysis.
Brains of rabid animals may also be transmitted by post
to authorized laboratories when sent by persons holding
veterinary or medical qualifications. The following
conditions apply in each case:-
suspected viscus or other material to be sent for
examination must be enclosed in a glass bottle or jar,
fitted with a stopper or sound cork.
care must be taken that the stopper or cork of the bottle
fits tightly. This precautions is especially necessary
when alcohol is used as a preservative, in such cases a
ring of bees wax or candle-wax must be placed round the
lip of the bottle so as to cover the shoulder of the
stopper. The stopper must be carefully fastened down
with bladder or leather and sealed.
glass bottle or jar must then be placed in a strong
wooden or tin box, which must be large enough to allow of
a layer of raw cotton at least eighteen millimeters thick,
being placed between the bottle or jar and the box.
box itself must be encased in cloth, which must be
securely closed and sealed. The seals must be at
intervals not exceeding three inches along each seam. All
the seals must be of the same kind of wax and must bear
distinct impressions of the same device. The device must
not be that of a current coin or merely a series of
straight curved or crossed lines.
Plague culture and Anthrax Spore
(1) Cultures or other
articles known or believed to contain the livings germs of
plague may be transmitted by the inland post, subject to
the following conditions:-
cultures or other articles aforesaid must not be accepted
for transmission, unless they are sent by a Commission
Medical officer, a Military Assistant Surgeon or a Medical
Practioner in possession of a qualification not lower than
that of L.M.S. of the University of Calcutta, Punjab,
Madras or Bombay, or by a person specially permitted by
the Central Government or a State Government to send such
cultures or other articles, not unless they are consigned
to a Government Laboratory or to a person specially
permitted by the Central Government or a State Government
to receive such cultures or other articles.
The culture or
other articles aforesaid must be securely packet in a
hermetically closed in of adequate strength, which must be
placed in a strong box of wood or with a layer of at least
eighteen millimeters or raw cotton-wool between the inner
and outer case.
outer case must be enclosed in stout cloth, which must be
securely fastened and sealed and labeled with such
distinguishing inscription as will suffice to make
immediately manifest the nature of the contents.
sender must present the parcel at the post office
accompanied by a declaration as to the nature of its
contents, and a certificate signed by himself to the
effect that he has advised the addressee of its dispatch
and that such addressee, if the parcel should not be
addressed to a Government Laboratory, has been specially
permitted by the Central Government or a State Government
to receive such cultures or other articles. The
certificate, moreover, must show on its face that the
sender is a person authorized within the meaning of
condition (a) to send such cultures or other articles.
(2) Bottles of anthrax spore vaccine may also be
transmitted by post by laboratories permitted by the
Central or State Governments to dispatch or receive such
articles and on conditions prescribed in (b), (c) and (d)
Infectious tuberculosis sputum may be
transmitted by post subject to the following conditions:-
(1) That sputa samples and other tuberculosis material is
specially permitted by the government to receive such
(2) That the material is contained in spill proof glass
metal or wax paper containers which are securely packed
in a tin or wooden box of adequate strength with a layer
of raw cotton wood of ¾” to an inch thickness between the
box and the containers. The box should be properly
(3) The box must be enclosed in a stout cloth bag which
should be properly fastened, sealed and labeled with such
distinguishing inscriptions as to make the nature of the
Strong Smelling Articles :-
Strong smelling articles (e.g. asafietida)
must be enclosed in a hermetically sealed case of tin or
(1) Celluloid inflammable films raw or manufactured
celluloid shall be packed in a double receptacle, such
articles shall first be closed, in the case of celluloid
or articles made wholly or partly of celluloid, in a box
of tin, cardboard or wood, the vacant space being
completely filled to prevent any movement of the
contents. This box shall then be wrapped completely all
round with padding material in sufficient quantity and
placed inside a wooden box, made of planks not less than
10 mm (3/8 of an inch) thickness, the sides of which shall
be dovertailed, the base and the lid being solidly screwed
to the sides, any intervening space being completely
filled with additional packing material so as to hold the
inner receptacle tightly in position and to prevent any
rattle. A white label bearing in heavy black characters
the affixed to the address side of the parcel.
(2) In the case of non-inflammable or “Safety”
cinematograph films, a white label bearing the words
“Safety films – non- inflammable” in plain black letters
must be affixed to the outside of each parcel. The
provision relating to packing of inflammable films etc
prescribed in sub-clause (1) above will not apply to the
packing of non-inflammable films.
Osmic acid (Osmium tetroxide) may be
transmitted by the Inland Post subject to the following
The acid must
be securely packed in a hermetically sealed stout glass
capsule which should be embedded in the centre of a tin
case filled with sand in such a manner as to leave a layer
of sand of not less than 4.3 centimetres between any part
of the glass capsule and the inside of the tin case.
outside of the tin case be labeled in red letters one
quarter of an inch high “ OSMIC ACID DANGEROUS TO HANDLE”.
The tin case
must be soldered down and placed in an outer box of wood
of reasonable strength with a layer of at least 2.5
centimetres of raw cotton wool between the inner tin case
and the outer wooden box.
The outside of
the wooden box should also be labeled in red letters “
quantity of the acid enclosed in a capsule must not exceed
two grammes and not more than one capsule should be
included in a parcel.
Perfumes though a spititous preparation having
in some cases a flash point of 35.6 C (96 F) or below and
a greater strength than 60 U.P. may be transmitted by the
Inland Post subject to the following conditions:-
must be filled in a glass bottle which should be plugged
and capsuled. The glass bottle should then be packed in a
cardboard box with cushion inside.
box must be wrapped with strong paper placed in an outer
wooden box with corrugated paper and shavings.
of the wooden box should also be labeled in red letters
“Perfumes-keep away from fire”.
Manner of Prepaying Postage :-
The postage on a parcel, and also the
registration fee if the parcel is to be registered must
be prepaid fully. Postage stamps must be affixed to , or
impressions of stamping machine taken in the cover of the
parcel or and official label which can be obtained free at
the post office. In cases where postage stamps are used
the sender or his messenger must affix the stamps himself
postal official being strictly forbidden to affix them.
Should an official label be used it must be pasted to the
parcel, and if the sender does not do this himself he is
recommended to see it done in his presence before he
leaves the post office.
NOTE:- If wax- cloth is used as an outer covering for
protection and sufficient strong paper has not been
securely fastened outside the wax-cloth (See clause 15),
it is advisable that the postage stamps should always be
affixed to an official label.
Manner of Posting
(1) Every parcel (including service parcels) intended for
transmission by post must be presented at the window of
the post office. Any parcel found in a letter box will
be treated and charged as a registered parcel.
(2) If a parcel containing any of the articles mentioned
in sub-clauses (2) and (3) of clause 147 and clauses 148
to 152 is not packed in the manner prescribed therein it
will not be forwarded.