Postage to China

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International Tracked & Signed

Added peace of mind for sending important or valuable items
Max 2kg

Features

  • Europe delivery aim: 3-5 working days1
  • Worldwide delivery aim: 5-7 working days
  • Fully tracked from end to end
  • Signature on delivery
  • Online delivery confirmation
  • Free returns for undelivered items
  • Compensation cover up to £50

Options

  • Additional compensation cover up to £250

 

1 Delivery aim to Ireland, France, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, Austria and Luxembourg is 3-4 working days

International Tracked & Signed cannot be sent to PO Boxes or Pack Stations, because a signature cannot be captured. This restriction does not apply when items are sent to Africa or the Middle East

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Letter
Max 100g | Max L 24cm x W 16.5cm x D 0.5cm
e.g. Greetings cards, personal letters and postcards
Branch from £ 6.41
Online from £ 6.41

Large Letter
Max 750g | Max L 35.3cm x W 25cm x D 2.5cm
E.g. Magazines, CDs and DVDs
Branch from £ 9.17
Online from £ 9.17

Parcel
Max 2kg | Max L 60cm x W * x D *
*L+D+W must be under 90cm
Branch from £ 10.65
Online from £ 10.40

Tubes and Rolls
Max 2kg | Max L 90cm x W * x D *
The length plus twice the diameter must be less than 104cm, with the greatest dimension less than 90cm
Branch from £ 10.65
Online from £ 10.40

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International Standard

An affordable service for everyday international mail
Max 2kg

Features

  • Europe delivery aim: 3-5 working days
  • Worldwide delivery aim: 6-7 working days
  • Compensation cover up to £20 included
  • Free returns for undelivered items
Letter
Max 100g | Max L 24cm x W 16.5cm x D 0.5cm
e.g. Greetings cards, personal letters and postcards
Branch from £ 1.42
Online from £ 1.42

Large Letter
Max 750g | Max L 35.3cm x W 25cm x D 2.5cm
E.g. Magazines, CDs and DVDs
Branch from £ 3.66
Online from £ 3.66

Parcel
Max 2kg | Max L 60cm x W * x D *
*L+D+W must be under 90cm
Branch from £ 5.80
Online from £ 5.55

Tubes and Rolls
Max 2kg | Max L 90cm x W * x D *
The length plus twice the diameter must be less than 104cm, with the greatest dimension less than 90cm
Branch from £ 5.80
Online from £ 5.55

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International Economy

For heavier parcels that don't need to arrive in a hurry
Max 2kg

Features

  • Compensation cover up to £20 included
  • Free returns for undelivered items
  • Buy online and print the label at home, or go to a Post Office®

Delivery aims

  • Western Europe in up to 2 weeks
  • Eastern Europe in up to 5 weeks
  • North America in up to 6 weeks
  • South America, Africa and Asia in up to 8 weeks
  • Australia in up to 12 weeks
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Letter
Max 100g | Max L 24cm x W 16.5cm x D 0.5cm
e.g. Greetings cards, personal letters and postcards
Branch from £ 1.26
Online from £ 1.26

Large Letter
Max 750g | Max L 35.3cm x W 25cm x D 2.5cm
E.g. Magazines, CDs and DVDs
Branch from £ 2.92
Online from £ 2.92

Parcel
Max 2kg | Max L 60cm x W * x D *
*L+D+W must be under 90cm
Branch from £ 4.57
Online from £ 4.57

Tubes and Rolls
Max 2kg | Max L 90cm x W * x D *
The length plus twice the diameter must be less than 104cm, with the greatest dimension less than 90cm
Branch from £ 4.57
Online from £ 4.57

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You are responsible for checking postal restrictions and prohibitions for your destination.

There are rules about what Royal Mail will carry and each country has their own restrictions which may differ, so it’s important to check both.  

Check the status of deliveries around the world on our International Incident Bulletin

Can I send it to China?

There are some items you can't send to China, or might be restricted.

Don’t send

  • Liquids over 1l
  • Alcohol over 24% ABV (rum, whisky, vodka)

(These are prohibited by Royal Mail)

Send food items in their original manufacturer’s packaging if possible.

Don’t send 

  • Liquids over 1l
  • Aerosols
  • Perfumes or aftershaves
  • Nail varnish, polish or gel

(These are all prohibited by Royal Mail)

Check restrictions on

  • Tobacco

(See the Universal Postal Union guide)

Don’t send

  • Coins
  • Banknotes
  • Travellers' cheques

(See the Universal Postal Union guide)

 

Check restrictions on

  • Platinum, gold and silver
  • Precious stones and jewels
  • Other valuable articles

(See the Universal Postal Union guide)

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 - UPU - prohibitions and restrictions full list

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.

Please remember that Royal Mail also prohibits and restricts certain categories of items. For more information visit royalmail.com/prohibitedgoods

Prohibited items

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;
  • soil;
  • 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

Restricted items

  • Radio transmitter-receivers and units ensuring secrecy in communication
  • Tobacco and wines
  • Endangered species which includes mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, invertebrates and plants, whether alive or dead or parts or derivatives and manufactured products such as stuffed specimens, skins, horns, meat, tusks, etc., are under strict import control. No import is allowed except under and in accordance with a licence issued in advance by the Director of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department
  • 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

Use the correct address format

  • You can write the address in either English or Chinese/Mandarin characters – however CHINA must be written in English on the last line of the address for both formats.
  • Addresses in Chinese are written in the opposite order to the UK format – starting with the country, and working down to the addressee.
  • However, you can use the English format when writing addresses in English.

Example:

Mr Liu Wei
1298 Yong An Road
100050 BEIJING
CHINA

Please write the addressee's mobile telephone number on your parcel, in case we need to contact them about their delivery.

 

Fill out your customs label

You’ll need to apply a customs declaration form to your package. They’re available online or in a Post Office® branch.

  • For items with a value up to £270, you will need customs form CN22.
  • For items with a value over £270, you will need customs form CN23 and clear plastic wallet SP 126, also available at any Post Office® branch.

Help with customs and sending items outside the EU

Additional information

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 is sent by letter to each addressee to tell them to collect their items. If there is no reply or collection within 7 days, a reminder notice card is sent to the addressee once more. If no reply or collection is made within 30 days, the item would be regarded as an undeliverable item.

For more information about posting an item to China please refer to the China Post website

When you send mail from the UK to destinations that are in a different customs union, we require you to provide electronic customs data. This is to satisfy existing and future legal, security and customs requirements in destination countries

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