The current postal service in the PRC was established in 1949. It replaced the Chunghwa Post in the Universal Postal Union in 1972. The postal service in China can be dated back to the Shang Dynasty. It was formerly administered by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications.
China Post is directly supervised by the State Post Bureau of the People's Republic of China which has overall responsibility for regulating postal service in China. The State Post Bureau is an agency reporting to the Ministry of Information Industry of the People's Republic of China.
China Post is organized along the following organizational structure.
* Postal offices and branches: 82,116
* Mail processing centers: 236
* First and second class trunk route: 3.1 million kilometers
* Transportation vehicles: 39,000
* Aircraft: 3
* Railway carriages: 73
* Letter sorting machines: 155
* Automatic parcel sorting machine: 209
* Computerized postal offices: 20,000