How to Track China Post Parcels
You can use our global package tracking service to track your parcels of China Post. To use our service to track your China Post packages you need your tracking number.
Once you have your tracking number, you can type it into our search engine, once you do this, you should receive information about the location of your package quickly. Our tracking service can also tell you when your package should arrive.
China Post Tracking Numbers
China Post tracking numbers can be formatted differently depending on its size and how it is shipped. Registered China Post packages that are small parcel have tracking numbers that are 13 characters.
The format of 13-character registered small parcel is as follows: It begins with two letters and ends with two letters, and it has nine numbers between each set of letters.
The first letter in registered small parcel tracking numbers can either be an “R,” “V,” or “P”. The two letters that end the tracking number are always “CN”.
An example of a registered small parcel tracking number is PA123456789CN. There are no spaces or dashes in China Post tracking numbers.
China Post Air Mail packages always begin with an “R” and end with “CN”. Nine digits are between the four letters. China Post Air Mail packages have tracking numbers that can look like this: RS123456789CN.
China Post Ordinary Small Packet Plus packages can have 9 or 13-character tracking numbers. China Post packages that have a 9-digit tracking number look like this: 123456789.
China Post Ordinary Small Packet Plus packages that are 13 characters long have two letters at the beginning and end of them. The final two letters are always “CN,” and the first letter is always “U’.
An example of a China Post Ordinary Small Packet Plus 13 character tracking number is the following: UC123456789CN.
Unregistered China Post packages can have an 11-digit or a 13-character tracking number. This is an example of an 11-digit Unregistered China Post package: 89234589261.
An example of a 13-character unregistered China Post tracking number looks like this: UC123456789CN.
Tracking numbers for international large packages are 13 characters long. They begin with “CP” and end with “CN”. An example of a China Post large package tracking number is CP123456789CN.
China Post Express tracking numbers are 13 characters long. They always begin with “CT” and end with “CN”. An example China Post Express tracking number is CT123456789CN.
China Post Delivery Services
China Post has many delivery service options. China Post Air Mail is an economical delivery service option. China Post Air Mail delivers items slowly, and it can take up to take 2 to 4 weeks for your items to arrive.
China Post Small Packet packages must weigh less than 2 kilograms, and they cannot be longer than 90 centimeters in length, width, and height combined.
China Post Small Packet packages can take 5 to 30 business days to arrive. China Post Large packages can take 5 to 60 business days to arrive, but they should typically arrive within one month.
Other China Post delivery services include China International Express, China Post EMS, and China Post Small Packet Plus.
China Post Estimated Delivery Time based on Your Location
Depending on where you are located, your China Post package can take 5 to 40 business days to arrive, and sometimes it can take up to two months to arrive.
If you live in the United States of America (USA), Canada, or Australia, then it can take up to 60 days for your China Post packages to arrive, and if you live in France, Brazil, India, Pakistan, or Saudi Arabia, then it can take up to 50 days for your package to arrive.
If you live in the United Kingdom (UK), Russia, Finland, or Uzbekistan, then it can take up to 40 days for your package to arrive, and if you live in Spain or Turkey, your package can take 35 days to arrive.
If you are located in Egypt, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Norway, Portugal, or the United Arab Emirates (UAE), then your China Post packages can take up 30 days to arrive, and if you live in Germany, Denmark, Indonesia, or Vietnam, then you can expect your China Post package to take up to 25 days to arrive.
China Post packages going to Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, and Sweden can take up to 20 days to arrive, and if you live in New Zealand, Poland, Singapore, Switzerland, or Thailand, then you can expect your China Post packages to take around 15 days to arrive.
If you live in South Africa then it can take 40 to 90 days for your China Post packages to arrive.
The History of China Post
China Post, which is fully named China Post Group Corporation, is a state-owned enterprise that is the official postal service of China. China Post provides its postal services to mainland China.
China Post does not provide services to China’s special administrative regions (SAR) or Hong Kong. China Post also does not provide postal services to Macau. Hong Kong, Macau, and SAR have their own postal service that is independent to the mainland’s.
In 1878, the Customs Post Office of the Qing Empire was created. It was established by Robert Hart, who was a British diplomat and an official in the Qing Chinese government.
The Customs Post Office had five branches that were located in major trading cities, and on March 20, 1896, the Customs Post Office became known as the the Great Qing Post.
In 1911, the Great Qing Post became independent of China’s customs service, and in 1912, the Great Qing Post was renamed as the Chunghwa Post.
In 1929, Chunghwa postal service signed a contract with the China Federal Airways group. This contract made it so that Chunghwa post could transport airmail on three routes: the Shanghai-Hankow route, the Nanjing-Beijing route, and the Hankow-Guangzhou route.
Chunghwa Post then served as the primary postal service provider for Mainland China for two decades. Its function as the main postal service provider for Mainland China ended officially in 1949 when the current official postal service of the People’s Republic of China replaced it.
China Post joined the Universal Postal Union (UPU) in 1972, and it continues to be a member today. The Universal Postal Union was established in 1874 by the Treaty of Bern, and the UPU organizes the postal policies among member nations.
China Post was formerly administered by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, and it is currently supervised by the State Post Bureau of the PRC (People’s Republic of China). The State Post Bureau is the official government agency that is responsible for governing and regulating China’s Postal Services.
The State Post Bureau used to report to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, but it is now under the administration of the Ministry of Transport.
China Post engages in postal business ventures legally, and it is responsible for maintaining and increasing the value of the state-owned assets that it receives to operate.
China Post’s main business scope includes delivering mail both domestically and internationally as well as circulating journals, newspapers, and books. China Post’s business duties also include issuing stamps, logistics services, postal financial services, and producing and selling philatelic collections.
China Post Market Share
According to the State Post Bureau, China’s postal industry has a global market share of 20 percent. It also reports that China’s postal industry is the fastest-growing postal market in the world.
This is likely due to the strides the People’s Republic of China has made to optimize and further develop its postal industry.
Still, despite the success of China’s postal industry as a whole, China Post has seen a decrease in its market share because of increasing competition from international courier services such as FedEx, UPS, and DHL Worldwide Express.
It should be noted, however, that China Post continues to maintain its dominance in the postal services market share domestically. It is in the international market where China Post faces heavy competition.
Domestically, China Post has a 90 percent market share in the postal industry. This is because of China’s Postal Law which forbids private and foreign participation in the domestic postal service sector.
China Post is not expected to lose its 90 percent share of China’s domestic postal service industry anytime soon, but its international market share percentage is falling regularly with foreign courier services currently holding over 60 percent of the market shares.
China Post Company Size
China Post has more than 860,000 employees, and its current Director-General is Ma Junsheng. Ma Junsheng became China Post’s Director - General on October 31, 2008.
China Post Headquarters and Branches
China Post’s headquarters are in the Xicheng District of Beijing, China, and they are located at No. A3 Jinrong Street.
China Post has over 80,000 branches and 39,000 transportation vehicles. China Post also has over 200 processing centers and 20,000 computerized postal offices.
China Post has more than 200 parcel sorting machines, and it has more than 70 railway carriages. China Post has over 150 letter sorting machines.
China Post delivers parcels to more than 200 countries including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and India.