Sending a package internationally from China

Sooner or later, you’re going to want to post something to an address overseas. Here’s how to do it.


Step-by-step guide

Firstly, choose what type of delivery service you want to use. China Post offers the cheapest – and slowest – options, whereas express mail services and international couriers like DHL and FedEx will get your package delivered more quickly at a price.

With most Chinese services, the process generally goes as follows:

  1. Bring the items you want to send to the post office. Happily, you will not need to bring your passport or any other documents. 
  2. Do not pack the items beforehand, as post office staff will insist on inspecting all items to verify that they are suitable for postage. Items such as liquids, flammable materials and explosive materials may not be sent by post. 
  3. Pack your items. You can buy envelopes and other packaging from the post office, or use your own box or bag. Obviously, take care to ensure that your package is durable enough to survive the journey intact.  
  4. Complete the envelope (first image below), or dispatch note (second image below). Be sure to add the recipient’s address, name, and zip/post code, along with a return address and name.
  5. Choose your preferred delivery option.
  6. Hand your package over to the post office staff. They will weigh your package – the postage price is calculated by weight. 
  7. Pay and get your receipt. 




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