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Mail transport within the country until the items are received and dispatched by the final international (outbound) center might be fast or slow for the international mail. The dispatch time from these final centers may also have the same characteristics. Its up to the post office location where the mail is posted and the location of the regional international centers, as well as the shipment service.

All mail is collected from the regional international centers to the international outbound centers located at the ports (air or surface, and there are many).

Beijing International is the final stop for dispatching airmails abroad. Recent airmail experience from China to Turkey shows seen below:

Collection, post office acceptance, P.C. 51001020 – May 20
Opening, export customs check, Guangzhou International – May 22
Dispatching, Guangzhou International – May 22
Departure from outward office of exchange, Beijing International – May 28
Arrival at inward office of exchange, TRISTE – May 31

Collection, post office acceptance, P.C. 36202800 – May 22
Opening, export customs check, Xiamen International – May 23
Dispatching, Xiamen International – May 23
Departure from outward office of exchange, Beijing International – May 28
Arrival at inward office of exchange, TRISTE – May 31

Sometimes it is really annoying when it comes to the surface mail (by sea). It may take around 40-50 days or more to leave the country! Believe it or not!

China is a big country and has an extreme high mail volume, and probably all the mail are transported by surface within the country and this is the one of the reasons for a long time arriving at the international dispatch centers. The other one is the strict customs controls for every mail.

Hong Kong Post has a far better service. That’s why some Chinese prefers to mail the items from HK.