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 Mar. 06, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on China Postal Service
Asked by Phillip Fleming from UNITED STATES | Mar. 20, 2019 02:11Reply
Can you please check for a more up to date progress tracking number is LT39 1616 305C N
Asked by zaid from USA | Mar. 18, 2019 06:28Reply
When will my shipment arrive? I feel it is a scam by the seller
Answers (1)
Answered by Fanny from FRANCE | Mar. 18, 2019 18:11

2019-03-07 04:51

Origin Post is Preparing Shipment -> We have received notice that the originating post is preparing to dispatch this mail piece.

According to the latest information, it is still in China now and you may need to wait about 2 weeks.
Asked by Florin C. from UNITED KINGDOM | Mar. 15, 2019 11:08Reply
The tracking number is for a UK delivery.
The item was sent from China apparently on 2019/01/11. It's been 64 days now and no sign of it whatsoever as of 2019/03/15. What's more worrying is the fact fat the item still shows as being in China. Has the package never left China? Is it lost?? I am getting desperate to be honest. Please help!
Answers (1)
Answered by Alice from USA | Mar. 17, 2019 19:11

2019-01-18 13:50

Leave "Shanghai Pudong", Next stop "Shanghai Pudong"

Hi, there is no related information on March. I'm not very sure about what happened and maybe you can contact your sender or the express company.
Asked by Arshad from OMAN | Mar. 12, 2019 13:27Reply
This is my tracking no. The status is at airline shipment since 7th of March 2019 and I have been waiting for 22days...the seller shipped my product on Feb 15 and the stop by 19th Feb and after that 2nd of March 2019 it was continued and now it's stucked on 7th of march....will I get my product by 12th of March??
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Answered by Fanny from MALAYSIA | Mar. 12, 2019 18:15

2019-03-07 11:00

Airline Shipment

According to the latest information, you may need to wait for more days.
Asked by Sherrie Davis from USA | Mar. 11, 2019 00:46Reply
Please help track my package, LT345869925CN
Ordered Feb. 18, 2019 and did not start tracking until Feb 28, 2019. Last info on tracking showed March 2, 2019. I have see a couple of emails and they both said "Being a transoceanic expedition, sometimes tracking is not updated in real time but that does not mean that the package is not in transit." I am afraid it may be lost. Could you please check to see if you can track my package, please?
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Answered by Justin from CANADA | Mar. 11, 2019 18:05

2019-03-02 02:33

Origin Post is Preparing Shipment -> We have received notice that the originating post is preparing to dispatch this mail piece.

The latest information is also on March 2 and you wait wait for more days patiently, sometimes the update can be very slow.
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