Pakistan Post has introduced an international parcel delivery service that will allow small traders to send their parcels to 6 countries in the world within 72 hours. The service has been named “EMS Plus” and will allow traders to send their consignments at the minimum rates.
The service was announced at the Pakistan Post head office by Minister for Communications and Postal Services, Murad Saeed. While speaking on the occasion, he said that the service was initially launched as a pilot project in Faisalabad, Sialkot, and Lahore where parcels up to 30 kg for Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Japan, United Kingdom, Thailand, and Australia could be booked. The parcels would then be shipped same day by air.
The second phase of the service would be to expand to other countries. The initial plan of the government was to launch the service worldwide but due to some technical difficulties, the service is restricted to the aforementioned countries for now. All these steps are being taken to make Pakistan Post a profitable entity again.
To deploy the service, advertisements will be floated in newspapers where international courier companies will be hired for delivering the parcels within those countries. Pakistan Post staff will also be deployed at airports to ensure that the consignments are dispatched on time.
According to the Minister, businesses save up to 175% costs if they use EMS Plus for the delivery of their parcels. The Minister also said that they were planning to collaborate with multiple brands to start online shopping through their portal, as they have shown interest in it previously.
Pakistan Post also announced their mobile application at the start of this year which provides a range of services like Complaint handling, Real-time track, and trace, E-commerce delivery, Parcel Collection, Tariff, Post Office locations, Post-codes and information about postal services.
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