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New Delhi: India Post on Monday launched two new parcel services, under which it will provide free pick up for orders above 7,500 and cash-on-delivery for consignment value of up to 50,000, with an aim to generate additional revenue of 100 crore in a year.

“Many e-commerce companies have shown interest to use parcel services of India Post. They have been demanding for more value addition to existing parcel service. Hence, we are launching Express Parcel and Business Parcel service," department of post (DoP) secretary P. Gopinath said while launching the two services -- express and business.

The Express Parcel is an air mail service which will be shipped through airlines, while business parcel will be delivered using surface transport system.

India Post has fixed service charge for Express Parcels in the range of 30 (local service) to 80 (for delivery in other state) for items weighing up to 500 gram. It will charge 8 to 20 for additional 500 gram up to 5 kg and 10 to 22 for every additional 500 gm thereafter.

For business parcels, customers will have to pay in the range of 45 to 115 for items weighing up to 2 kg, 12 to 30 for additional 1 kg up to 5 kg and 14 to 32 thereafter for every 1 kg.

“We expect business of about 100 crore from this service within a year from now," Gopinath said.

Though Business Parcels will have a nationwide coverage, the Express parcels will be initially available between 20 identified cities—Agra, Bangalore, Bhubaneshwar, Chennai, Delhi NCR, Patna, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Jammu, Kolkata, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Mumbai, Pune, Parwanoo, Shillong, Surat and Thiruvananthapuram.

Gopinath said that Express Parcel will be expanded across the country by end of 2014 in a phased manner.

“These services will be available for all not just for e-commerce companies. There will be free pick up facility for parcels where we can get minimum business of 7,500 from that order. Pick-up services will be initially available for customers who enter into agreement with us," she said.

“Parcels booked under both the services will be delivered at most in 72 hours," DoP’s director for mail and speed post service Pranav Kumar said.

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