The Value Payable system is designed to meet the requirements
of persons which wish to pay for articles sent to them at the time of receipt of the
articles or of the bills or railway receipts relating to them, and also to meet the
requirements of traders and others who wish to recover, through the agency of the Post
Office the value of article supplied by them.
Value-Payable or Cash-on-Delivery system enables the addressee
to pay for the contents of the article, at the time of delivery of the article. The value
collected from the addressee is sent by the Post Office by money order to the sender of
that can be value-payable
Packet and Parcel, prepaid with postage and registration fee, can be sent as
Value-Payable, but it should not contain coupons, tickets, or certificates of
introduction, designed for the sale of goods, known as "Snow Ball System."
The value for
recovery should not exceed Rs. 5000/-
of V.P. Articles
If the value
for recovery exceeds Rs. 250/-, insurance for not less than that value is compulsory.
Railway receipt, bill, invoice or document of no intrinsic value, and Packet containing
printed book(s) or paper(s) are exempted from this requirement.
declared for insurance need not correspond with the amount specified by the sender for
remittance to himself. Thus in the case of a watch returned after repairs per
value-payable post to its owner, the amount to be remitted to the sender of the watch
would be only the cost of repairs while the sum insured would represent the value of the
On the face of
the article, letters VP, followed by the value in words and figures should be
address of the sender should be given at the bottom left corner of the address side.
postal articles can be posted at any post office that is a money order office (with a few
exceptions) for transmission to any other post office that is a money order office.
along with VP Money Order form and declaration signed by the sender to the effect that the
article is sent in execution of a bonafide order, should be presented at the counter of
the Post Office. Postage, registration fee, insurance fee, if applicable, and VP posting
fee, are payable. A receipt in the prescribed form will be given to the sender.
articles will not be accepted unless the town of payment shown in the value payable order
form is the one where the article has been booked.
at least 10 uninsured VP articles daily, on the average, can avail Special VP
Journal, with the sanction of Divisional Superintendent of Post Offices. This enables the
sender to expedite the booking.
of Post Office
does not incur any liability for payment to the sender until the value is recovered from
the addressee, and has no liability beyond six months from the date of booking of the
Detention of Office of delivery and levy of demurrage
the addressee of a value-payable postal article omits to take delivery of it within 7 days
following the date of its first presentation or the date of delivery to him or to his
accredited agent of an intimation of its arrival, the article will be returned to the
sender on the 8th day:
that if in the meantime the addressee has applied in writing to the post office for the
detention of the article for a further period not exceeding seven days beginning with the
said 8th day and pays the prescribed of the further period covered by the application. Any
fee so paid shall in no circumstances be refunded.
Note 1 :
If the 7th day following the date on which the article has been presented
or intimation of its arrival has been delivered to the addressee or his accredited agent, falls on
a Sunday or Post Office holiday, the article will be detained until the next working day and no
demurrage will be charged for the extra days.
Note 2 :
If the last day of the period for which the addressee has asked for the
detention of the article beyond the first 7 days falls on a Sunday or Post Office holidays, the
article will be detained till the next working day and no demurrage will be charged for the
additional detention on account of the Sunday or Post Office holiday.
Note 3 :
In the case of an article sent out for delivery through a village postman, the period of
7 days will be counted from the date of the intimation of its arrival to the addressee or to his
Withholding of Payment
addressee complains immediately after receipt of the article that it was sent
fraudulently, payment of the value to the sender is liable to be withheld and, if fraud is
established on enquiry, the collected amount will be refunded to the addressee and the
contents of the article returned to the sender.
the office of booking may have the value altered or cancelled, on a request from the
sender to that effect, till the article is delivered or returned by the Post Office of
delivery. In case sender pays the cost of telegram, by postage stamp(s) affixed on the
application, the message for the purpose will be conveyed by telegraph.
VP article will be made on a complaint to the office of booking when the prescribed
enquiry fee is paid in the shape of postage stamp(s)
/frank affixed on the complaint,
within six months of booking. The original Post Office receipt should be attached. The fee
will be refunded where the complaint is well-grounded.