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Parcels consist of small packages which are carried mainly by passenger carrying trains on Indian Railways (IR). We, the Indian Railways, are the backbone of logistics sector of the country. With our very wide network touching almost every nook and corner of the country, we play a crucial role in facilitating a balanced and inclusive socio economic development of the country. We carry almost all commodities like Fruits and Vegetables,Food grains, Fish, Poultry items, Electrical items,Cycle,Motorcycle,Scooter,Rickshaw, Machinery items, Medicines, House Hold Goods etc. We are the most environment friendly mode of land transportation system. We are committed to offer most competitive rates for transportation and timely delivery of parcels.
You can approach the Chief Parcel Supervisor of the concerned Railway station from where you want to book the parcel
Parcel booking is normally allowed in all passenger trains.
Besides there are a number of Parcel Special trains also comprising only of Parcel Vans, whose details are available on the Railways website.
All parcels must be securely packed in boxes, trunks, strong baskets or strong gunny, etc., so as to withstand the strain of handling and transferring incidental to their transportation by rail.
For certain commodities special packing conditions have been prescribed in the I. R. C. A. Coaching Tariff.
Parcel rates vary with the class of train and are categorised into P-scale, R-scale and S-scale. The parcel rates table, indication of the weight/ dimensions and distance are given in the I. R. C. A. Coaching Tariff which is available on the Railway website.
Railway Receipt (RR) given to the consignor at the time of booking can be quoted to check the status of the consignment.
Parcel arrival details can be checked through the running status of the train through which the parcel has been loaded.
Yes, there is a time limit specified within which the consignee has to collect parcel so as to avoid paying wharfage charges.
You have to execute a document known as ‘Forwarding Note’ duly furnishing details of the consignments to be booked as well as details of the consignor and consignee. Besides this, an undertaking in the prescribed format shall be furnished stating that e-way bill will be generated and produced before taking delivery. However, if value of the consignment is less than Rs. 50,000/-, an undertaking to this effect shall be given by the consignor.
Parcels can be booked upto 4 hours prior to the scheduled departure of the trains from that particular station.
Normally, parcel is booked in direct train to the destination.
Commodities listed in Red Tariff, offensive, contraband, dangerous, explosive, inflammables, etc. are prohibited for carriage as parcel.
Railway Receipt (RR) given to the consignor at the time of booking of the parcel alongwith e-way bill (if applicable) as specified in SN.9 above, are required before taking delivery at the destination.
The maximum permissible weight and dimensions of any package/article which can be accepted for booking, are as under:
|Maximum Weight||Maximum Dimensions|
|Broad Gauge||150 Kgs||2.0 meters X 1.5 meters X 1.25 meters|
|Meter Gauge||150 Kgs||2.0 meters X 1.5 meters X 1.25 meters|
|Narrow Gauge||125 Kgs||1.5 meters X 1.07 meters X 1.00 meters|
As of now, parcel booking/delivery is allowed at around 750 stations over Indian railways.
Booking/delivery of parcel from these stations can be done in those passenger trains which have a scheduled stop of at least 05 minutes at that particular station.
Two-wheelers, tri-wheelers (for people with disabilities) and four-wheelers can also be booked through railway.
Yes, a Parcel Van can be booked through placing indent at the Parcel office of the concerned station.