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 modified on May. 06, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on China Postal Service
Asked by Ifeoluwa Ajetomobi from NIGERIA | May. 23, 2019 11:45Reply
Hi, I really love your site, have gotten lot of great information from you. Thanks so much.
Please I want yo know the fastest and cheapest post office method I can use to ship my items from China to Africa(Nigeria)?
Asked by Mizdee from NIGERIA | May. 16, 2019 21:55Reply
Please, I've been for updates concerning my goods coming from China to Nigeria with the tracking
NumberUR457165405CN. How long should I wait?
Answers (1)
Answered by Oliver from UKRAINE | May. 21, 2019 20:39

The lasted logistic information indicated that your package has been handed over to the carrier on May 14th. Generally speaking, you need to wait 20 to 25 days. Don't worry. Just recheck the information a few days later.
Asked by karim from MOROCCO | May. 14, 2019 09:37Reply
Hi, i want to but some item from Taobao, and send it to Morocco.
I would like to know how much will cost the shipping from China to Morocco, height 25cm width 15cm length 50cm, weight net 1kg
Answers (1)
Answered by Katherine from CANADA | May. 14, 2019 19:37

It costs CNY165 for Air Parcel and CNY100 for Surface Mail.
Asked by Naresh from INDIA | May. 11, 2019 19:37Reply
Tracking number start with "US"
I was booked one parcel in eBay. The tracking number is "US594041495CN". It is started with "US". What is the meaning that and how much time need to reach my country( India).
Answers (1)
Answered by Grace from DENMARK | May. 12, 2019 22:53

Sorry, I didn't find the meaning of 'US'. Generally speaking, from China to India, it takes around 30 to 45 days by surface mail, 25 to 30 days by air parcel.
Asked by Bisera Andrejic from CHINA | May. 10, 2019 18:21Reply
I want to send around 60kg from China (region Nanning) to Serbia.
How to do that and how much will cost?

Thank you
Bisera Andrejic
Answers (1)
Answered by Natalie from FINLAND | May. 12, 2019 23:02

Well, first of all, the limitation of the parcel weight is 15kg. Thus you need to divide the parcel into several smaller ones.
For Air Parcel: CNY960 for 15kg
For SAL Parcel: CNY740 for 15kg
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