China Post postal services for large packages include surface and SAL.
- Surface mail uses surface transportation all the way from origin country to the destination country. It takes around 2 months to ship surface mail.
- Surface Air Lifted (SAL) is a postal service provided by certain postal authorities around the globe. SAL mail is transported by surface in the origin country and by air to the destination country. It takes around 25 days to ship SAL mail.
SAL is faster than surface mail and it is a cost effective service. If you are to send heavy items which are not time sensitive, you can take SAL into consideration. SAL mail can be tracked once it is on its journey.
SAL enjoys faster and easier custom clearance and preferential processing by the Post. China’s customs imposes no custom duty on SAL mail.
China Post SAL service imposes no surcharges. In addition, as long as your China Post SAL mail meets maximum volume requirements, SAL mail does not calculate volumetric weight. Volume requirements differ from country to country.
Your goods should be between 2kg and 30kg if you want to use China Post SAL.