Postal Service - China Post

China Post
China Post

China Post is the official postal service in China, offering both domestic and international mail and parcel services. With the rapid development of online shopping and international trade, more and more parcels and packages are transported by post from China to the whole world. Here, TCG introduces the international parcel services of China Post.

A parcel is usually delivered through the following three transport means: 

 AIR: a parcel is transported by air directly and received in 7 – 15 working days. It is fast and safe, but expensive. 

 SAL: short for Surface Air Lifted. Ships, buses, and trains are used within the sending and receiving countries, but air transport is used between countries. Land and sea transport are used if there are no flights. Usually it takes 15 – 20 working days. The cost is lower than air mail. 

 SURFACE: a parcel is transported via land and sea transport. It is cheap, but takes 40 – 70 working days.

After you order something from an online Chinese supplier, you may be asked to choose means of shipment. The Chinese supplier tends to use the postal services of China Post, as they are economic and convenient, although usually slow. China Post has the following services:

China Post Mail

It includes Small Parcel and Large Package services. Registered mail can be tracked through China Post Tracking system.

A Small Parcel is suitable for items weighing less than 4.4 lb (2 kg). The total of the length, width and height of its outer package must not exceed 35 in (90 cm), and neither the length, width or height must exceed 24 in (60 cm). A Small Parcel is very cheap, especially for international mail. It can reach almost everywhere in the world, as long as there is a post office. It is safe and can be tracked if registered. It takes 5 – 10 days to reach other Asian countries, 7 – 15 days to America and Europe, and 7 – 30 days to other countries. Air mail takes about 15 working days, SAL mail takes about 30 days, and surface mail takes one to two months. The tracking number of a small parcel usually begins with “R”, "P” or “V” and ends with “CN”.

Postal Service in China
Post Truck Delivering Packages

Large Package is good for items between 4.4 - 66 lb (20 – 30 kg) in weight. A large package can be sent through Air, SAL or Surface mail, and it is economical, much cheaper than EMS, DHL and other express mail services. As it is operated by China post, a large package can reach anywhere that has a post office. Normally, a large package reaches American and European countries from China in 10 – 20 days, but a surface mail takes one to two months. The shipping time will be longer to other countries. The tracking number usually begins with “C” and ends with “CN”


EUB is often used by eBay sellers to deliver items to USA, Australia and UK buyers. The items must not exceed 4.4 lb (2 kg) in weight. The total of the length, width and height of the outer package must not be more than 35 in, and neither the length, width or height can be longer than 24 in. An EUB parcel reaches its destination in 7 – 10 working days. The tracking number of an EUB parcel from China begins with “L” or “A” and ends with “CN”. The tracking information is available at EMS tracking system.


Short for Express Mail Service, EMS is a global mail service operated by post offices of the whole world, and China Post is one of its operators. The maximum weight of an EMS parcel is 44 - 88 lb (20 – 40 kg) for different destinations. There are five categories: 44 lb (20 kg), 55 lb (25 kg), 66 lb (30 kg), 68 lb (31 kg), 69 lb (31.5 kg), 77 lb (35 kg) and 88 lb (40 kg).  It is faster than China Post Mail, but much more expensive. An EMS parcel from China is usually promised to reach its destination country within 7 working days. Its tracking number begins with “E” and ends with “CN” and can be tracked through EMS tracking system.

Another service is China International Express, which is operated by Chinese EMS and TNT. It can reach more destinations than EMS, but the postage rate and weight limit are the same as EMS. The tracking number begins with "CT” and ends with “CN”, and can be tracked through EMS tracking system.


1. China Post is not the only postal service in China. Other postal services, such as TNT, DHL, Federal Express and UPS, are also available. China Post, however, is the most economical international postal service, although it is the slowest. After ordering an item from a Chinese supplier, you can choose any available postal service. 

2. The postage is charged according to the size, weight, transportation means and different services. Normally, China Post Small Parcel is the cheapest and EMS is the most expensive. The international postal services are more expensive than EMS. The postage for an air mail is almost twice as much as surface mail. 

3. The transit time is subject to change. Any delay could be caused by bad weather, customs check, inspection, invalid address or number, and so on. Therefore, the actual delivery time is usually longer than the promised time. 

4. For online shoppers it is best to use legal and large postal services and it is better to pay or confirm the payment after you receive your parcels. In most cases, your parcel will not get lost. According to the statistics of a professional tracking website, it takes as long as 180 days and as short as 3 days for a parcel to reach its destination from China, and most parcels have been successfully delivered. Read more for Tips to Avoid Online Shopping Traps.

Further Reading:
FAQ on China Postal Service
Postage Rate of China Post International Parcels

- Last updated on May. 01, 2024 -
Questions & Answers on China Postal Service
Asked by zahra from CHINA | Mar. 18, 2024 01:03Reply
cheaper domestic postal service
cheaper domestic postal service to choose from? how much does it cost to send a 50 to 60 kg parcel from xian to yiwu?
Answers (1)
Answered by Keith | Mar. 21, 2024 20:11

China post is the cheapest. It costs at least CNY 180.
Asked by Ali from PAKISTAN | Feb. 05, 2024 23:19Reply
10kg parcel rates
Plz send me rates of 10 kg parcel from china to karachi Pakistan
Answers (1)
Answered by Jessica | Feb. 06, 2024 18:15

The fare costs around CNY 1,600-2,200.
Asked by Howard Huxter from CHINA | Jan. 05, 2024 20:45Reply
mail not accepted in china
mail addressed to non-chinese individuals living in china canot be delivered but is returned to the snder. this is my case and the case of a friend using DHL
Answers (3)
Answered by Molly | Jan. 08, 2024 23:24

It is better to contact the China Post for details. Generally, it can be sent as long as the address is accurate.
Answered by howard | Jan. 09, 2024 22:27

is there an email address for china post?
Answered by Maria | Jan. 10, 2024 17:05

The service number of China Post is 11185.
Asked by chitchanok from THAILAND | Aug. 18, 2023 03:20Reply
Is it have China Post at Beijing airport for traveler?
- Beijing airport have China Post service or not
- Can traveler Sent a Parcel to friend in Shāndōng?
Answers (2)
Answered by Baron | Aug. 20, 2023 18:56

Yes, there are. You can consult the staff where they are.
Answered by Ressell launio berber | May. 01, 2024 19:01

I want to follow my packaged is lost ,,.it snd last month april 24.2024 and until now i never recive it pls follow up my concern thank you
Asked by Bonnie Kieda from USA TO THE STATE OF MICHIGAN | Aug. 15, 2023 21:08Reply
Radio from China shows has been tracked to my local processing center& departed
I ordered a Roberts Radio from China site, on July 19th but it was processed by That's the company I paid my money to & gave my shipping address to on July 19th, 2923. Tracking no. AQ001986973CN
I tracked that number all along, arrivals & departures & through customs in USA & to my local processing & sorting USPS center, on August 12th & finally on to my local post office. On August 15th my tracking number says "express departed" on August 15, 2023. I called my local post office & they do not see my tracking no. any where in it's system nor do they see a package being delivered to my home.
Please help. Do you think I will ever see my radio, have I been scammed? All the tracking looked authentic. What do you think?
Answers (4)
Answered by Mia | Aug. 16, 2023 00:24

The latest tracking information is as follow and you may wait for another days to see if you can receive it.

2023-08-15 15:21
Departure from Processing Center【Farmington Hills
Answered by Bonnie Kieda | Aug. 16, 2023 10:27

Tracking no.
Can you tell what carrier will ship my package to my home & when it should arrive if it's not a scam. It says it left my local processing center on August 15th.
Answered by Mia | Aug. 16, 2023 18:42

I'm sorry we cannot find too much information about the post.
Answered by Bonnie Kieda | Aug. 17, 2023 09:08

I assume my Roberts Radio will never arrive then. Why did 24 days of tracking my package always accurate, the up until it got to my local post office & was never delivered to my home? What was in the package that went through customs in the USA? This is such a huge dissapointment!
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