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State postal department enters ‘exports sphere’

Panaji: Aiming to provide a fillip to services, the state department of posts has now entered the sphere of exports.

The department has now made it possible for exporters to transport goods or consignments through the postal channel from the foreign post counter functioning from the Head Post Office, Panaji.

The service is open for any retail, e-commerce or bulk exporters provided they have import/ export code (IEC). Custom clearance is available on the spot for exporters to export commercial or non-commercial consignments. 

N Vinodkumar,Postmaster General, Goa region, said that, the foreign post counter previously lacked a custom examination officer and a scanner. “Presently, with a custom officer present at the counter no further examination of the goods is needed in Mumbai and the transportation is faster as it directly goes to the country of destination,” Vinodkumar said.

“The exports are to all countries and the postal department accepts all types of goods except medicine to US and Canada where pharma exports are not permitted,” he said.

He explained that exporters have to pay the duty levied by the custom department. 

The Goa Postal Region completed 179 years on February 17 and entered its 180th year on Tuesday. To mark the day the regional office of the Postmaster General launched slew of initiatives to improve services to consumers.

On the progress of the India Post Payment Bank launched in the state in August 2018, Vinodkumar informed that six lakh accounts have been opened so far, and this year the department expects to “do better in opening of savings accounts.”

He said that to improve mail transport, the department will be procuring three more vehicles in the current year to replace old vehicles.

Contrary to the perception that usage of postal services is on the decline, the mail sorting office at Altinho each day handles 25,000 ordinary mail, about 8,000 speed post and another 8,000 of registered post.

“Volume of mail received each day is high in Goa,” revealed Vinodkumar.

The state currently has 255 post offices, of which 154 are branch offices. Further about 70 per cent of the post offices are located in rural areas.

The Post Master General was accompanied by A Koragappa, senior superintendent of post offices and other officials.

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