Mailing service is available in urban
post offices and some hotels. When mailing a letter
in China, make sure to use a standard envelope,
fill in the postal code, and attach enough stamps.
Express mail service(EMS) is available
in most post offices and express mail companies.
The business centers of major hotels offer telefax
and telegraph services.
The international postal service is
efficient, and airmail letters and postcards will
probably take around five to 10 days to reach
their destinations. Write the address clearly
and if possible, write the country of destination
in Chinese for faster delivery. Domestic post
is swift - perhaps one or two days from Guangzhou
to Beijing. Intra-city it may be delivered the
same day it's sent.
Sending Parcel Abroad
If you are sending items abroad, take them unpacked
with you to the post office to be inspected and
an appropriate box/ envelope found for you. Most
post offices offer materials (for which you'll be
charged) for packaging, including padded envelopes,
boxes and heavy brown paper.
Customs inspections will retain anything
suspected of being pirated and you will have to
complete a customs declaration form.
Once the box is sealed, you then go
to pay for the postage. Hang onto your receipt
(the one for the postage of the item), as it could
be useful for chasing misdirected goods, should
Postage for domestic letters up to 20g is £¤O.80.
EMS Domestic Express Mail Service (EMS) parcels
up to 200g cost £¤15; each additional
200g costs Y5. For international EMS, the charges
vary according to country. Aerograms are available
at post offices. There are discounts for printed
matter and small packets. Maximum weight is 30kg.
There are a number of foreign private couriers
in China that offer international express posting
of documents and parcels. None of these private
carriers is cheap, but they're fast and secure.
In major cities these companies have a pick-up
service as well as drop-off centers, so call their
offices for the latest details. The major players
in this market are United Parcel Service, DHL,
Federal Express and TNT Skypak.