With the holidays around the corner, there are many of us who wish we could be with the one’s we love that are living abroad but with COVID-19 travel restrictions still in place, sending packages to family and friends will be the most common way to connect and show that you’re thinking of them this year.
Sending a package to countries such as India may have fees tied into the delivery. If you’re looking for the cheapest way to send a parcel from Canada to India there are a few services such as Blue Dart, FedEx, and DHL that can turn out to be cost-effective.
DHL is a courier service that is now offering 35% off all personal shipments and delivers to 120,000 destinations in over 220 countries and territories across the globe. With reliable service and expected delivery within 6-10 days, additional DHL parcel charges will range from between 2,500 INR to 6,000 INR.
Blue Dart is also affiliated with DHL but does place domestic parcels as a priority. The charges, like most courier services, are dependant on the weight of the shipment in kilograms. You can use their Transit Time & Price Finder to calculate the volume weight of your parcel and what you can expect to pay. More information can be found here.
FedEx courier is also a company that delivers parcels internationally, you can send up to 65kg and up to 25 packages at a time. The parcel charge when shipping to India ranges based on the quantity and weight, you can explore more FedEx rates using their estimator that can be found on their website.
Canada Post offers Priority Worldwide delivery, Xpresspost, and International Parcel services which all depend on weight and has a maximum coverage of up to $1000. The Canadian courier also provides a FlexDelivery service as an alternative delivery option. You can estimate your Canada post parcel charges here, and for your own peace of mind, Canada Post offers liability coverage up to $100 CAD.
India Post has a maximum limit for international air parcels to weigh up to 20 kgs and should not exceed the 1.05-meter length and 2-meter circumference. The minimum surface should not measure less than 90mm x 140mm. The parcel charges to Canada will cost 950 INR for the first 250 gms and for every additional 250 gms it will cost 140 INR. For more information about international mailing services from India Post check their website.
If you want to send a parcel to India before the holidays you should have your shipment sent before December 18th, most deliveries are subject to delays due to international customs and COVID-19 regulations.