We can send your parcels and letters anywhere in China, from the largest cities - Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Chongqing - to the smallest such as, Beihai, Putian, Heihe and Jinhua.
If you need to send an anniversary card to friends in Xi’an, or birthday parcels to loved ones in Guilin, we can deliver them for you. Or perhaps you've sold an item on eBay and you want to ship it to a city like Shenzhen. You can find the right delivery options, from International Standard for low value items to International Signed that offers tracking in the UK , takes a signature on delivery with extra compensation available for those important valuable items
|Service||Compensation||Delivery aim||Weight up to|
up to £50
up to £250 for an additional fee
|5-7 working days||
|International Standard||up to £20||5-7 working days||
|International Economy||up to £20||Up to 8 weeks||
If you are sending books and pamphlets the weight limit goes up to 5kg.
General guidelines from the Universal Postal Union on address guidelines. On outward international items, the name of the country of destination must always be printed:
- On the last line of address
- In capital letters
- Preferably in the language of the dispatching country or in an internationally recognized language
For further clarification please refer to the UPU website
For many countries it is advisable to include the addressees mobile telephone number on parcels to assist in delivery.
The full country name 'THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA' must appear as the last line of the address.
The delivery service for small parcels in China is a little different from the UK.
Postal items such as parcels are delivered to China Post in local post offices, and a notice card is sent by letter to each consignee for the consignee to come to the post office to collect their items. If there is no reply or collection within 7 days, a reminder notice card is sent to the consignee once more. If no reply or collection is made within 30 days, the item would be regarded as an undeliverable item.
Goods up to £270 require customs label CN22. This form must be signed by the sender and attached to the top left hand corner of the item. The sender’s full name and address must be written on the front of the item. Goods over £270 require customs declaration CN23 + adhesive plastic wallet SP 126.
Please visit our customs page for more information about customs and to access your customs forms.
Here is an indication of prohibited items for mailing to China. For further information, or further clarification please refer to the China Post website
Please refer also to the Universal Postal Union - full prohibitions and restrictions list - PDF 7MB
You must not send any item addressed to a country in which the item is unlawful or prohibited. When an item is restricted you must comply with the restriction. Prohibitions and restrictions vary from country to country, and can sometimes apply to items which you may think are ordinary. The information below is provided in good faith, but Royal Mail is not responsible for it, and it should be viewed as a guide only. Specific restrictions and changes may be enforced at short notice, so for clarification please contact the destination country's trade, postal, and customs authorities as appropriate. Business customers are strongly recommended to do this.
Prohibited products are not permitted in the mail under any circumstances.
- Lithium batteries and equipment containing lithium batteries
- live animals (except cats and dogs), including all mammals, birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles, insects and other invertebrates, and animal genetic materials;
- (raw or cooked) meat (including viscera) and its products, aquatic animal products;
- animal-derived milk and milk products, including raw milk, fresh milk, yogurt, animal-derived cream, butter, cheese and other dairy products;
- eggs and egg products, including fresh egg, preserved egg, salted egg, liquid egg, egg shell, mayonnaise and other egg products;
- cubilose (except canned cubilose);
- fat and grease, hides, hairs, hooves, bones and horns and their products;
- animal-derived feedstuffs (including meat meal, bone meal, fish meal, whey powder, blood meal and other single feedstuff), animal-derived Chinese medicinal materials and animal-derived fertilizer
- fresh fruits, vegetables;
- tobacco leaves (except cut tobacco);
- seeds (seedlings), nursery stocks and other propagating plant materials;
- organic cultivation media
- microbial strains, virus strains and other animal and plant pathogens, pests and other harmful organisms, cells, organs and tissues, blood and blood products and other biological materials;
- animal carcasses, animal specimens and animal-derived waste;
- genetically modified biomaterials;
- other animals, plants and their products and other quarantine objects prohibited from entering China.
- Arms, ammunition and explosives of all kinds
- Coins, banknotes, currency notes, securities of any kind payable to bearer, travellers' cheques, counterfeit currencies and counterfeit negotiable securities
- Printed matter, films, photographs, gramophone records, cinematographic films, loaded recording tapes and videotapes, compact discs (video and audio), storage medium for the computer and other articles which are detrimental to the political, economic, cultural and moral interests of the People's Republic of China
- Lithium batteries (including within an item)
- Deadly poisons of all kinds
- Opium, morphine, heroin, marijuana and other addiction-inducing drugs and psychedelic substances
- Animals, plants and products thereof infected with or carrying disease germs, insect pests and other harmful organisms
- Foodstuff, medicines and other articles coming from epidemic-stricken areas and harmful to man and livestock, or those capable of spreading diseases
Platinum, gold and silver, whether manufactured or not, precious stones, jewels or other valuable articles
Here is an indication of restricted items for mailing to China. For further information, or further clarification please refer to the China Post website
Please also refer to the Universal Postal Union - full prohibitions and restrictions list - PDF 7MB
You must not send any item addressed to a country in which the item is unlawful or prohibited. When an item is restricted you must comply with the restriction. Prohibitions and restrictions vary from country to country, and can sometimes apply to items which you may think are ordinary. The information above is provided in good faith, but Royal Mail is not responsible for it, and it should be viewed as a guide only. Specific restrictions and changes may be enforced at short notice, so for clarification please contact the destination country's trade, postal, and customs authorities as appropriate. Business customers are strongly recommended to do this.
- Radio transmitter-receivers and units ensuring secrecy in communication
- Tobacco and wines
- Endangered and rare animals and plants (including specimens thereof) and their seeds or reproducing materials
powders, liquids, lithium batteries or lithium cells are prohibited for carriage by domestic air transport within China