China International Courier, Express, and Parcel (CEP) Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecast (2022-2027)

The China International Courier, Express, and Parcel (CEP) Market is Segmented by Business Model (Business-to-Business (B2B), Business-to-Consumer (B2C), and Customer-to-Customer (C2C)), Type (E-commerce and Non-e-commerce), and End User (Services, Wholesale and Retail Trade, Healthcare, Industrial Manufacturing, and Other End Users). The report offers market size and forecast in value (USD billion) for all the above segments.

Market Snapshot

China International Courier, Express, and Parcel (CEP) Market Growth
Study Period: 2018-2027
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: >7 %

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Market Overview

The Chinese international courier, express, and parcel (CEP) market is estimated to record a CAGR of more than 7% during the forecast period. Digitalization has had a significant impact on the market. With the rise of e‐commerce, the number of delivered parcels in China more than doubled in the past 10 years. Growth in the e-commerce sector, the rising cross-border trade, technological advancements, and crowdsourced delivery models are driving the growth of the Chinese international CEP market.

The pandemic has impacted every sector in China. However, it has accelerated online purchasing, which directly impacts the growth of the Chinese international CEP industry positively. Amid the pandemic, parcel delivery volumes increased due to social distancing measures. A huge transformation is taking place in the last-mile delivery in China, with companies looking at alternatives, such as delivery lockers, pickup points, crowdsourced deliveries, drone deliveries, and autonomous vehicles. The evolution of technology is reshaping the entire supply chain and reinventing the parcel industry in China. Technology is becoming a crucial enabler in increasing efficiency and reaching consumer expectations.

China's express delivery industry showed rapid growth in 2020 due to the increasing popularity of e-commerce and the mushrooming local logistics networks, empowered by a set of new digital tools. The sector has strong growth potential, as the demand for delivery services is boosting the market. China's express delivery industry handled over 83 billion packages in 2020, up by 30.8% Y-o-Y. The online retail sales of physical goods nationwide neared CNY 8.8 trillion in the first 11 months of 2020, accounting for a quarter of the total retail sales of national social consumer goods. About 27 capitals of provinces and autonomous regions, as well as four municipalities of China, handled over 30 billion express packages over the last year, accounting for 36.7% of the country's total volume, down by 12.5% from 5 years ago. The courier industry has recorded rapid growth over the past five years, benefiting from China's strong economic performance and growing e-commerce expansion.

Scope of the Report

CEP (courier, express, and parcel) refers to a set of services that entails the delivery of various commodities and products across many places via land, air, or water. In contrast to courier and parcel services, express deliveries are frequently time-bound, with various high-value consignments arriving in a few days or at a pre-arranged date and time. The report offers a complete analysis of the Chinese international courier, express, and parcel (CEP) market, including market overview, market size estimation for key segments, emerging trends by segments, and market dynamics. The report also offers the impact of COVID-19 on the market.

The Chinese international courier, express, and parcel (CEP) market is segmented by business model, type, and end user. The report offers market size and forecast in value (USD billion) for all the above segments.

By Business
Business-to-Business (B2B)
Business-to-Consumer (B2C)
Customer-to-Customer (C2C)
By Type
By End User
Wholesale and Retail Trade
Industrial Manufacturing
Other End Users

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Key Market Trends

Rising E-commerce Sector to Boost the International CEP Market in China

Rising E-commerce Sector to Boost the International CEP Market in China

China’s retail e-commerce market has been the largest in the world since 2013. Its sales grew 34-fold in 2020 compared to the world’s ninefold growth. In 2020, its sales stood at USD 2.3 trillion, representing just over half of the world’s e-commerce market total of USD 4.3 trillion.

In addition, China has the most online buyers and sellers, as it is the world’s most populous nation. At the end of 2020, it had 782 million online consumers, more than twice the US population, the next largest market. Its largest e-commerce platform, Alibaba’s Taobao, has 4.5 million active sellers in the country. Over 90% of e-commerce sales in China are done through mobile devices.

E-commerce growth in China is driven by tier 3 and 4 cities. Rural China saw significant growth as emerging middle-income group consumers with limited access to physical retail outlets turned to e-commerce. Although the COVID-19 crisis has led to a slump in overall consumer spending, it has increased e-commerce purchases.

Moreover, total retail sales of consumer goods are driven by e-commerce. In 2021, the e-commerce share in retail sales accounted for more than 24.5%, driven by strong growth in online purchases of physical goods. According to the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), more than 842.1 million online shoppers supported e-commerce sales in the country in 2021, with a growth rate of 7.7% compared to 2020.

Total Retail Sales in Consumer Goods

Increasing Volume of Parcel Shipments in China

China's online retail sales expanded rapidly over the past decade and retained a Y-o-Y growth of 27.3%, above the average growth rate worldwide. Due to internet adoption across China, the penetration rate of online shopping reached almost 80% in 2021. The rising middle-class in China demand high-quality products without wanting to risk buying counterfeits.

Therefore, cross-border e-commerce platforms became their ideal option for shopping for foreign goods. Along with the ever-increasing use and distribution of mobile devices, shopping on smartphones or tablets has become a new norm for Chinese internet users. Apart from technology upgrades, the rise of small-town and rural residents' purchasing power has also reshuffled the online retail landscape in China. Due to the increase in e-commerce, there is an increase in the number of parcels in China.

In April 2021, the number of parcels sent in the country accounted for more than 1.49 million. In addition, a total of 2.11 million packages were sent in January 2021, the highest volume in terms of parcels sent over the past 12 months.

Number of parcels sent, Volume in Million, China

Competitive Landscape

The market is fragmented and is expected to grow during the forecast period. The market is highly competitive, with a few players occupying the major share in the international CEP market. The continuous price war within China’s international CEP market has harmed the profitability of express delivery firms to some extent. Some of the major players are Shenzhen SF Taisen Holdings (Group) Co. Ltd, Sure Express Co. Ltd, China Postal Express & Logistics Co. Ltd, Deppon Logistics Co. Ltd, and Sto Express Co. Ltd.

Recent Developments

  • In September 2021, several SF drones took off from the top of the Fifth People's Hospital of Luohu District, Shenzhen, passed through high-rise buildings, and landed on the takeoff and landing field of the Luohu Hospital Group Medical Center in Buji, Longgang. The 800 nucleic acid test samples were delivered to the staff, and the whole process only took 13 minutes, which was more than twice as effective as land transportation.
  • On October 8, 2021, SF Airlines Co. Ltd's 67th all-cargo aircraft B-220Z completed passenger conversion and flew from Chengdu to Shenzhen, officially joining the SF fleet. It is the sixth new capacity of SF Airlines to be put into operation in 2021, and the number of B757-200 aircraft also increased to 37.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study


    1. 2.1 Analysis Methodology

    2. 2.2 Research Phases



    1. 4.1 Current Market Scenario

    2. 4.2 Technological Trends

    3. 4.3 Government Regulations

    4. 4.4 Overview of the Logistics and Warehousing Market

    5. 4.5 Spotlight on Cross-border Transportation in China

    6. 4.6 Brief on Freight Forwarding Market

    7. 4.7 Spotlight on E-commerce Sector

    8. 4.8 Impact of COVID-19 on the CEP Market (Short-term and Long-term Impact on the Market and on the Economy)


    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

    2. 5.2 Market Restraints

    3. 5.3 Market Opportunities

    4. 5.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 5.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 5.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 5.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 5.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 5.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 6.1 By Business

      1. 6.1.1 Business-to-Business (B2B)

      2. 6.1.2 Business-to-Consumer (B2C)

      3. 6.1.3 Customer-to-Customer (C2C)

    2. 6.2 By Type

      1. 6.2.1 E-commerce

      2. 6.2.2 Non-e-commerce

    3. 6.3 By End User

      1. 6.3.1 Services

      2. 6.3.2 Wholesale and Retail Trade

      3. 6.3.3 Healthcare

      4. 6.3.4 Industrial Manufacturing

      5. 6.3.5 Other End Users


    1. 7.1 Overview (Market Concentration and Major Players)

    2. 7.2 Company Profiles

      1. 7.2.1 Shenzhen SF Taisen Holdings (Group) Co. Ltd

      2. 7.2.2 Suer Express Co. Ltd

      3. 7.2.3 China Postal Express & Logistics Co. Ltd

      4. 7.2.4 Deppon Logistics Co. Ltd

      5. 7.2.5 Sto Express Co. Ltd

      6. 7.2.6 Yuantong Express Delivery Co. Ltd

      7. 7.2.7 Kerry EAS Logistics Ltd

      8. 7.2.8 Shanghai Post Company

      9. 7.2.9 FedEx

      10. 7.2.10 Guangzhou Shenzhen Yuanfeihang Logistics Co. Ltd*

    3. *List Not Exhaustive

  9. 9. APPENDIX

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Frequently Asked Questions

The China International Courier, Express, and Parcel (CEP) Market market is studied from 2018 - 2027.

The China International Courier, Express, and Parcel (CEP) Market is growing at a CAGR of >7% over the next 5 years.

Shenzhen SF Taisen Holdings (Group) Co. Ltd, Sure Express Co. Ltd, China Postal Express & Logistics Co. Ltd, Deppon Logistics Co. Ltd, Sto Express Co. Ltd are the major companies operating in China International Courier, Express, and Parcel (CEP) Market.

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