China Post is China’s national postal company and is the most economical option to send and receive products in China while keeping track of the package. Due to the boom of Chinese online stores like Aliexpress, the volume of shipments of China Post has grown considerably.
China Post Services
Within China Post we can find two services, China Post Mail (economic) and EMS (express service).
China Post Mail: types of shipments and how long they take
China Small Post’s Small Parcel service is the best option for orders smaller than 2 kg, which are the most common. This is the most economical choice, especially for international shipments.
China Post works with three transport possibilities within its mail services:
*China Post Registered Air Mail: is the fastest option, it is used for packages up to 2 kg and has tracking code. It usually takes 7 to 15 business days.
*China Post Ordinary Small Packet Plus: is the cheapest option, is used for small envelopes of 50 to 300 grams, usually has tracking code.
*SAL (Surface Air Lifted): combines maritime, air and land transport. It usually takes 15 to 20 business days. It is cheaper than air travel.
*SURFACE: focuses on shipping. It is a cheap, but it takes between 40 and 70 days.
China Post Air Parcel and Air Mail: used for boxes or packages up to 2 kg.
The tracking numbers for these types of packages usually begin with the letter R, P or V and end with CN.
EMS (Express Mail Service) is an international express mail service that in China is operated through China Post Company.
The maximum weight of a package sent by EMS varies between 20 and 40 kg depending on the destination.
EMS is much faster than regular mail because it takes only 7 days to reach your destination. However, it is much more expensive.
The EMS China tracking numbers start with E and end with CN.
Other shipping options
China Post is not the only Chinese post office. Other international companies such as TNT, DHL, UPS or Federal Express also offer their services. However, this remains the most economical option, albeit the slowest one.
When negotiating with a Chinese seller, you can select the shipping system that best suits your needs.
When you enter the page to see your tracking, you may see different states of the package in transit. These are the most common:
Collection, 局 收寄 收寄 (Acceptance – Reception): China Post is picking up the package.
Opening: the package has reached a specific transit point, the information can be very varied at this point.
Dispatching, 总 包 互 封 封 发 发: the package is being prepared for export.
总 包 直 封 发 发 发 发 发 发 发 发 发 发 发 发 发 发 发 发 发 发 发 发 发 发 发 发 (Total export package Export)
Important information and doubts
Due to meteorological factors, customs controls and other types of procedures, the delivery time may be higher than estimated.
Your package can be stopped at customs. In that case you must pay the import taxes and 21% (VAT) of the declared value of the shipment.
The contact telephone number is 8610 11185 and the telephone number of EMS 8610 11183.
China Post Spain, Mexico, Argentina and other countries
Many users ask where you can find an office in your country. However, you should know that the company only operates within the boundaries of China.
That is, once the order arrives in your country, it passes into the hands of another company, usually the national mail company. You can contact the offices of mail of your respective countries for more information.