China Post Quick Guide 2024 Never Overspend On Shipping

You don’t need to spend hours and hours reading misleading China Post reviews. 

Here’s a solution…

At Leeline Sourcing, we have 10 years of shipping experience. We’ll be brutally honest on why YOU NEED China Post. And how it helps you save thousands of dollars on shipping

With this guide, you’ll understand how China Post works, NO FLUFF. 

Here’s what we’ll cover:

  • What is China Post (and why you need it)
  • Is China Post safe and legit
  • How to track a China Post parcel like a boss
  • Various shipping options China Post offers
  • China Post delivery speeds
  • Shipping rates
  • Weight and size limits
  • Pros & Cons: Expert thoughts

Let’s dive in…

China Post

A Quick Review Of China Post

China Post

China Post is the ONLY official postal service of China. 

Plus, it’s the only Chinese postal service with the BEST shipping rates. And SECURE tracking services (our main focus today!)

Basically, they offer a wide range of services that include:

  • Domestic and International Mail Delivery Services
  • EMS (Express Mail Service)
  • Postal Remittance Services
  • Postal Express Delivery Services
  • Postal Financial Services
  • Offering stamps for Mail
  • Confidential Correspondence Communication
  • Circulation of newspapers, books, journals, and SO MUCH MORE. 

But before we dive deeper…

Is China Post Safe And Legit?

China Post Safe And Legit

Absolutely, 100%. I have hired the China Post to ship products to my customers. 

China Post’s pride is ensuring you get your parcel RIGHT AT YOUR DOORSTEP. In the least time possible. 

Today, China Post is the MOST investable logistics enterprise in China. 

In fact, it was named the 2nd BEST Postal Company in the world. And ranked 101 among the MOST PROFITABLE Fortune 500 companies. 

China Post Services has over 900,000 active employees across 236 sorting centers. That way, you NEVER have to worry about that annoying late delivery email. EVER. 

China Post review

Did you know;? China Post raked up to U$ 4 billion in revenue last year. That’s a quarter of Yemen’s GDP!

How To Track A China Post Parcel?

Track A China Post Parcel

Here’s what you need: 

  • A China Post tracking number
  • A hot cup of Starbucks coffee (just kidding!)

Think of it like your banking credentials. 

A tracking number show your China Post package’s ENTIRE delivery journey. From the warehouse to your destination country. Plus, it shows who’s handling your parcel at every stage.   

So, where can I get this China Post tracking number? It is a QUITE easy option.

Just head over to the package information page on your seller’s website. Or order confirmation email. Copy and paste it on the China Post website- VIOLA all delivery details in NO TIME. 

TIP: Contact your supplier if you fail to receive your China Post tracking number.  

What are China Post tracking number formats? 

Unlike other international shipping services, China post tracking numbers are pretty unique. How?

They consist of 13-digits beginning with the letters “LF,” “C,” “U,” and “R.” And ending with “CN.” 

For example:

  • LF1032547698101CN
  • R3210765410981CN
Suggested reading: How To Track A Package From China 

Shipping Options Offered By China Post

China post offers three MAJOR international service packages:

1. China Post International Small Parcel Service

China Post International Small Parcel service

This is BY FAR the best shipment delivery service for lightweight packages. Especially parcels under 4.4 lbs (2 Kgs). 

Shipping rates also outshine other global logistic companies such as FedEx and DHL. With prices starting as low as $20.00. 

But here’s the catch…

Your package should NOT exceed 2 kg, 90 cm in length, and 60 cm (in width + height).

They deliver through:

  • Air delivery: takes about 7-15 working days
  • Surface Air Lift: takes about 30 working days
  • Surface delivery: takes about 40-70 days 

I recommend China Post Ordinary small packet to: 

  • New eCommerce business owners
  • Small online sellers on a budget– selling accessories, shoes, clothes, etc

2. China Post EMS (Express Mail Service)/ China International EMS

China Post EMS

EMS has to be the FASTEST shipping option on this list. 

Its average delivery time (3- 7 days) is currently unmatched. Even the renowned global logistics services don’t stand a chance. 

EMS is convenient for shipping:

  • Documents
  • Financial bills
  • URGENT letters and other lightweight packages. 

And the best part? 

China Post service operates in MORE THAN 200 countries. And 2000 cities across mainland China. So, you NEVER miss a delivery, regardless of your location. 

Here’s what a China Post EMS tracking number looks like;

  • CY543231677CN
  • A343123776CN

3. China Post Air Mail

China Post Air Mail

This is an EXCELLENT alternative to shipping small parcels. Or URGENT ones. 

Shipping usually takes 7-15 days. That means you don’t have to wait forever to receive a single package. 

On the downside…shipping rates are quite expensive. C’mon, $35.00 to ship a 2lb package is NOT CHEAP China Post. 

4. China Post International Large Package Service

China Post Large Package is ideal for large shipments (Max 30kgs). 

It has two subsidiaries;

  • Registered Mail- much FASTER than the Normal Mail
  • Normal Mail

Shipping rates start from as low as $21.80.

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How Long Does China Post Shipping Take?

Imagine constantly checking your window at the EVERY sound of a delivery truck?


It must be annoying, right? 

China Post takes away ALL your worries…

Shipping is way faster than other logistics services. 

Your China Post delivery arrives in 7-30 days. Depending on where you live. 

Theoretically, delivery is FASTER to Asia than to America and Europe. (much more on that later).

Now imagine you have this crazy presentation next weekend. You hop on to some online store and find a pair of sleek boots. You need them RIGHT NOW!

On the checkout page, it reads, “delivery time in 30-40 days.” 

Hell no…

You come to China Post and see “delivery time in 5-7 days.”

Of course, you are going to make that purchase. 

That’s why China Post remains the best option. 

Why Your China Post Parcels Can’t Be Traced?

China Post Parcels Can't Be Traced

This is very uncommon. 

But still…here are possible reasons why you can’t track your China Post package. 

  • The merchant issued tracking numbers. But has not sent the package to a China Post sorting facility. 
  • Your package has just been sent. And it takes a few days for the tracking number to be active. 
  • China Post DOES NOT support tracking for your shipment.
  • Fake (or expired) tracking number
  • ONLY the seller can track the package on their platform. 

Oh, just a reminder, you might have typed the wrong tracking number. ALWAYS double-check the tracking number before hitting the “track my package” icon. 

EXPERT TIP: Contact your seller to ensure your China Post packages are sent. So you NEVER worry yourself with pre-parcel anxiety (it’s a thing…)

What To Do If The Parcel From China Is Not Tracked?

Your parcel’s tracking information should be live in 1-2 days. After the courier receives it.

…or at least that’s what China Post claims. 

Contact China Post for clarification if you CAN NOT track your package completely. Maybe because the merchant hasn’t shipped it. Or you have the wrong tracking number.

Alternatively, reach out to your sender for an explanation. 

Can I track my China Post Package without a tracking number? 

No, a tracking number is the ultimate gate pass to your parcel’s delivery journey. 

If you lose it, contact China Post IMMEDIATELY. Give them your accurate information. And they’ll retrieve your tracking number in NO TIME.

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Pros And Cons Of China Post

Pros And Cons of China Post


  • China Post tracking API is a BEAST: tracking has never been this easier. YI integrate China Post into your e-commerce shop. It helps me know my delivery. You never miss out on your package’s delivery journey. 
  • Usability: China Post UI is simple and transparent. Just paste your tracking number and hit the “track” icon. You get results in seconds. 
  • Multi-language support: China Post supports over 16 different languages. So it’s very convenient for international users.


  • Delivery speed is relatively slow: especially for surface delivery. C’mon, China Post, who wants to wait 30 – 40 days for their shipments. 
  • EMS option is hella expensive: this makes it HARDER to ship small packages. Especially for cash-strapped entrepreneurs.

Shipping Rates For China Post

Shipping Rates For China Post

Well, it depends…

  1. Weight of your package
  2. Shipping method

Let’s summarize it for you real quick:

Weight (Kg)        Delivery MethodShipping Rates
    0.1China Post Registered Mail        $4.83
    0.5China Post EMS        $33.11
    0.5China Post Mail        $3.45
    0.5China Post Ordinary Small Packet        $23.04
      1China Post Large Packet        $21.86

NOTE: These rates are subject to change. You can visit the Official China Post website to learn more about their shipping rates. 

Tracking Notifications and Statuses Of China Post 

Tracking Notifications

You get a couple of statuses and notifications when you track China Post packages. 

Let’s go through them quickly:

#1- Pending

It means that your parcel is not ready for shipment.  


Probably because of a change in delivery commitment. Or unavoidable delays (e.g., custom clearance issues). 

Should I be worried about the Pending status?

No, not at all!

It doesn’t mean your package is lost. You’ll just have to wait a little longer as it’s getting processed. 

#2- In transit

That is purely good news. It means your package is on its way to your destination country. 

In short, it’s an affirmation that everything is going as planned. No delay. No wrong address. No nothing. 

What if my package sticks on “In transit” for too long?

Again, no need to panic. 

Here’s why your package is stuck on “in transit.”

  • Your China Post shipments are stuck at the export customs office. Probably because the seller owes taxes to the Chinese government. 
  • The package is waiting for airspace.
  • There’s been a previous backlog of parcels before yours.
  • Delays at the import customs office. Maybe you owe custom taxes. Contact the local courier for clarification and FASTER clearance. 

Get this- China Post ONLY handles the first leg of your parcel journey. They hand the package to a local courier once it arrives at the destination country. 

For instance:

The United States Postal Service will deliver goods RIGHT to your doorstep. In the USA.

What Are The Weight And Size Limits For China Post Parcels?

Weight And Size Limits for China Post Parcels

Different shipping options have different size limits. 

China Post mail…

You can ONLY ship parcels less than 2 Kg (4.4lbs). Plus, the width and length MUST not exceed 90 cm. And the height is 60 cm. 


Your package should not exceed 20 – 40 kgs, depending on your destination. 

China Registered Small Packet…

Shipments should NOT exceed 2 kg (4.4lbs). And the entire height + weight + width of your packet should be 90 cm or less.

China Post Large Package service…

ONLY ship items weighing between 2 – 30 Kg. The length and width should not exceed 0.24 and 0.16 meters, respectively. 

How To Contact China Post Customer Service?

Customer Service

They have a competitive advantage because they create a deep connection with customers. 

Your satisfaction is their #1 priority– And they are killing it. 

Reach out to China Post’s customer support team on: 

  • Hotline 1: 11183
  • Hotline 2: 11185
  • Office phone number: +86 10 11185

Alternatively, you contact them at their official website. Be sure to get a response in 24 hours (or less). Pretty awesome, right?  

Again, if you are in China, visit their offices directly. 

Their customer team is VERY EFFICIENT. They resolved my problem within a short time. 

Headquarters: No. A3 Jinrong Street, Xicheng District, Beijing, China. 

What Items Can Not be Shipped By China Post?

China Post does NOT ship:

  • Flammable liquids: gasoline, acetone, diesel, alcohol, paint, etc
  • Oxidants and Peroxides: Perchlorate, Sodium Peroxide, Permanganate, etc
  • Biochemical Products: Medical waste, animal organs, excreta, etc
  • Magnetic items: speaker, scanner, amplifier, headphones, etc
  • Controlled appliances: daggers, spring knives, double-edged knives, etc
  • Firecrackers and Fireworks
  • Explosive items: electric igniter, fuel, etc
  • Blasting equipment: detonators, blasting agent, explosives, etc
  • Flammable gases: Hydrogen, natural gas, methane, etc
  • Products with battery inside: laptops, phones, walkie-talkies, etc
  • Forged items: official seals, fake currencies, etc
  • Endangered wild animal products: tiger bone, ivory, etc
  • Radioactive material: radium, uranium, cobalt, etc
  • Narcotic drugs or psychotropic drugs
  • Corrosive substances: hydrochloric acid, sodium peroxide, etc
  • Toxic substances: Cyanide compounds, mercury compounds, etc
  • Prohibited entry and exit items– that are dangerous to the health of humans and animals.

FAQs about China Post

1. What should I do if the shipping address is wrong?

You should contact the courier company. They have internal systems that show packages’ delivery status. The courier company will then resend the package right to your destination country.

2. Can China Post track my Amazon order?

Yes, there’s Amazon China Post Tracking.
Head over to your Amazon order tracking page. Copy the China Post tracking number. And paste it into the package search field. Hit the “track package” icon to track your parcel EASILY. 

3. Why is my package stuck / not updated?

Because there’s a delay in delivery or a glitch in China Post’s tracking system. 
Don’t worry too much about it since it’s very common. You can contact them for clarification if the delay takes more than 48 hours.

What’s Next

Give yourself a pat on the back for reaching this far. 

We hope we’ve answered all your questions concerning China Post tracking. 

Let’s end by reiterating: 

China Post is HANDS DOWN, an excellent shipping platform. From affordable shipping rates to secure package tracking.

If you are looking for a reliable shipping partner, China Post is 100% worth your money.

Do you want to ship goods from China? Or are you looking for the PERFECT Chinese suppliers? You are in luck! Hit us up with your quote. And our team will be in touch within 6 hours.

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Sharline Shaw

Hey I'm Sharline, the founder of Leeline Sourcing. With 10 years of experience in the field of sourcing in China, we help 2000+ clients import from China,Alibaba,1688 to Amazon FBA or shopify. If you have any questions about sourcing , pls feel free to contact us.