International Periodicals Service is designed to deliver informative periodicals such as magazines, journals and research papers of general interests to overseas destination in a reliable and cost effective manner.

The Periodicals Service cannot be used to send promotional materials such as company reports, direct mail catalogues and commercial advertising materials.

Service FeaturesOpen/collapse

The service comes with the following features:

Delivery Standard


(Effective from 1 January 2018)

Destination Group 1 - Presorting by format is not required
Zone Charge
HK$ / kg

Zone 1

Asian destinations (except the mainland of China and Japan)

Zone 2

Oceania destinations, European destinations (except Eastern European destinations) and North American destinations
(except destinations in group 2)

Zone 3

Eastern European destinations, Finland and Iceland
(except destinations in group 2)

Zone 4

Southern American destinations, African destinations and others
Destination Group 2 - Presorting by format is required.
Packet (E) should be sorted into bags separated from bags containing Small Letter (P) and Large Letter (G).
Zone Charge
HK$ / kg
The mainland of China 60

Zone 5

Australia, Canada, France, United Kingdom, Germany, Israel, Italy Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, New Zealand Islands Territories, Spain, Switzerland, United States,Virgin Islands (U.S.A.)

Zone 6

Denmark, Hungary, Norway, Russia, Sweden

* Zonal classification may be subject to change.
** No service to Macao

How to use the serviceOpen/collapse

1. Apply to the Postmaster General (Hongkong Post Headquarters, 2 Connaught Place, Hong Kong) beforehand to use the permit mail service.
2. Register the titles of the publication with the Financial Services Division of Hongkong Post prior to posting.
3. Prepare the bulk posting statement on the “EC-Ship” on-line portal (
4. Collect postal stationery, i.e. mail bags and bag labels from the bulk acceptance offices to prepare mail for posting.
5. Post items at a designated bulk acceptance office, i.e. General Post Office or Central Mail Centre.
6. Make payment either through a Hongkong Post deposited account or in cash, EPS or cheques (by prior arrangement with the Director (Finance)) at the time of posting.
7. You will receive a transaction summary receipt after posting.

Weight LimitsOpen/collapse

Each bag 30 kg (20 kg for United Kingdom and Switzerland)

Where to post the itemsOpen/collapse

Hong Kong Island


Please click here to see the bulk posting acceptance hours.

Frequently Asked QuestionsOpen/collapse

  1. Do I need to pre-sort the items according to requirement of Bulk Air Mail service?
  2. If the destination request to segregate mail in according to different format, can I just mix all mail format when prepare posting?