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ZIMSEC O Level Commerce Notes: Communication: Other Services offered by the Post Office

Parcel post.

  • Surface mail parcels are limited to a mass of 10kg
  • Ideal for trade samples and goods in mail order.
  • Parcels from other countries are opened to comply with customs and legal requirements of each country.


  • Computer data collected is delivered door to door.
  • Ensures speed delivery of data.
  • Overnight delivery.
  • Useful for businesses such as banks or the stock exchange.

Cash on Delivery (COD)

  • Used by mail order firms.
  • Parcels are written COD.
  • The sender reveals the amount to be paid at the Post Office.
  • The Post Office collects the payments for the goods being delivered before they are handed over.
  • Sellers avoid bad debts and do not have to send reminders.
  • Customers do not need to send money in advance.

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