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By what time do I need to post an International Ordinary Post (Surface or Air Mail) mail item so that it will be stamped a postmark on the day it is posted? When is the cut off time of mailing? When will a mail item reach the recipient?

Hongkong Post


A mail item will be stamped a postmark as the day sent if it is mailed before the cut off time.  It will then be delivered to the recipient according to the Post Office's delivery standard.

International Ordinary Post (Surface or Air Mail)

Cut-off time

For the latest dates of posting for forthcoming surface despatches, please refer to the Hongkong Post website :

For posting air mail items, please refer to the collection time of various posting boxes and post offices :


Delivery standard

  • For surface mail posted by the latest date of posting, the mail despatches will be shipped within 10 days of the latest date of posting.
  • For air mail posted by the mail collection time, the mail will be sent to the designated air carrier within the same day or the following working day.
  • For the time required to deliver mail items to different destinations, please refer to :
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Last update: 26 Jan 2022
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