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Chinese Phrases for Postal and Courier Services

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If you’re living in a Chinese-speaking country or planning to send or receive packages there, knowing some Chinese phrases for postal and courier services can be incredibly helpful. This guide will introduce you to essential terms and phrases that will make your trips to the post office much smoother.

邮局 (yóujú) – Post Office
This is the place where you can send letters, parcels, and also access other postal services.
(I need to go to the post office to send a letter.)

包裹 (bāoguǒ) – Parcel
Refers to a packaged item that is wrapped or boxed up.
(I picked up a parcel at the post office.)

快递 (kuàidì) – Courier/Express Delivery
A service that delivers documents and packages faster than the regular mail service.
(This document needs to be sent by courier.)

挂号信 (guàhào xìn) – Registered Mail
A type of mail that is recorded by the postal service to provide tracking and confirmation of delivery.
(Since this letter is very important, please send it via registered mail.)

邮政编码 (yóuzhèng biānmǎ) – Postal Code
A series of letters or digits or both, included in a postal address for the purpose of sorting mail.
(Before sending the letter, please make sure the postal code is correct.)

寄件人 (jìjiàn rén) – Sender
The person who is sending out a mail item or package.
(The sender, please sign here.)

收件人 (shōujiàn rén) – Recipient
The person who is supposed to receive the mail item or package.
(The recipient’s address needs to be written on the front of the package.)

邮费 (yóufèi) – Postage
The cost of sending a letter or parcel through the postal system.
(Do you know how much the postage is to send this to the USA?)

填写 (tiánxiě) – To Fill Out
Completing a form or writing information in the required fields.
(Please fill out this courier form carefully.)

查询 (cháxún) – To Inquire
To ask for information regarding the status or location of your mail item or package.
(How do I inquire about the status of my express package?)

自提 (zìtí) – Self-pickup
An option where the recipient opts to collect the parcel from a designated location instead of having it delivered to an address.
(I chose to self-pickup my package; it doesn’t need home delivery.)

投递 (tóudì) – To Deliver
The act of sending or delivering mail or a package to someone.
(The mailman comes to deliver letters every morning.)

By learning these phrases, you’ll be better equipped to manage your postal matters in a Chinese-speaking environment. Whether you’re sending a card, collecting a delivery, or tracking a package, these terms will help you communicate effectively at the post office or with the courier services.

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