The United States Postal Service (originally called the U.S. Post Office Department, when it was completely managed by the U.S. Government before 1971) also known as the Post Office, U.S. Mail, or Postal Service is an independent agency of the United States federal government responsible for providing postal service in the United States. It is one of the few government agencies explicitly authorized by the United States Constitution.
All mail collected by the USPS are sorted through over 250 Processing and Distribution Centers located across the United States. Individual centres are responsible for sorting mail in a given region, typically within a radius of about 320 kilometres or 200 miles. Each centre is connected with the USPS’s national network. Mail is typically sorted using an automated system, although physical inspection and sorting may be needed when an address cannot be identified by the system. All mail is printed with a bar code that is used to determine the destination as the item moves through the USPS system.
USPS tracking provides the status of parcels and other mail items with a label or receipt number. Items shipped with Priority Mail Express will include point-by-point tracking details, while mail and parcels sent with other services will only show when an item went out for delivery. Services with label numbers include Certified Mail, Collect on Delivery, Global Express Guaranteed, Priority Mail Express International, Priority Mail Express, Priority Mail International, Priority Mail, Registered Mail, Signature Confirmation.
To check on the delivery status of your mailing, enter your tracking or confirmation number in the field above.
When you handover parcel to local USPS counter they will give a 16 digit receipt which you should keep safe until the item gets delivered meanwhile you can check the status of an item via text or mail.
You can also check details by sending a text message to 28777 with your tracking number.
Enter your 16 digit USPS tracking bar code in the below box to know about transit or delivery information.
This is also quick delivery USPS service but compares to priority mail express it takes 1 to 3 business days depending upon the location with flat rate charges starts from $6.65 and very on destinations.
This is one of the quickest mail delivery services of USPS for urgent documents, student letters etc. In most of the states, they can deliver overnight before 10 AM.
USPS Tracking® service provides end-to-end item tracking and is available for most domestic mail products that are large enough and that are addressed to domestic locations, including to limited Army Post Offices (APOs), Fleet Post Offices (FPOs), Diplomatic Post Offices (DPO) destinations and to ZIP Codes in U.S. territories and possessions or Freely Associated States.
Entering the tracking number associated with a mailpiece into the USPS Tracking page gives you the current status of an item along with other tracking information. That info includes, if available, delivery and/or attempted delivery information, including date and time of delivery as well as the delivery location of the item (mailbox, reception desk, neighbor, etc.).
USPS Tracking does not expedite or guarantee delivery. There is no additional cost for the tracking mechanism on products that automatically include USPS Tracking. Basically, you pay for that product’s postage, and tracking is included, unless you are shipping USPS Marketing Mail® parcels. Adding USPS Tracking to that commercial mailing service requires paying a fee.
First, please check the delivery standard for the mail class of your domestic item. You can find out the mail class by entering the USPS® Tracking number and looking up “Product Information.” Then compare your mail class and progress to what is found in the Mail Delivery Standards chart located in Delayed mail and packages?. The delivery standard chart indicates when your item should be delivered by and when we suggest you could email or call Customer Service regarding your item. Also, if your item has a status of “Alert,” a delay could have occurred because of weather-related and other natural disasters or events. In this case, please check USPS Service Alerts first.
When checking the status of your item, you may see a message about the Expected Delivery Window (ExDW). This window is a 2-hour slot of time when you can expect your package to arrive. Delivery within that time is not guaranteed, however, you may still receive your item by the end of the day if it does not arrive within the expected time slot. Check USPS Tracking® for updated information.
The label of your trackable item is scanned several times throughout the mailstream, whether we possess it or one of our shipping partners does. Tracking can start as soon as the item’s sender or our shipping partner notifies us electronically that we should expect a package. It continues with USPS accepting the package for transit and ends when the item is delivered or picked up by the recipient or the recipient’s agent. Throughout this process, you can access this tracking information in a variety of ways through the USPS Tracking number associated with the item.
The USPS offers both domestic and international services. The rate for sending a First Class Mail within the United States is $0.49 for the first ounce, as of 2014. Each additional ounce is charged $0.21. For large envelopes or flat parcels, the rate is $0.98 for the first ounce and $0.21 per additional ounce. Parcels and packages are charged $2.32 for the first three ounces and $0.18 per additional ounce. In addition to First Class Mail, the USPS offers Priority Mail Express for guaranteed overnight delivery to most locations and Priority Mail for non-guaranteed day-specific delivery within one to three days. Priority Mail is also available for First Class Mail and Standard Post for larger mail items and parcels.
While delivery within the U.S. is handled by the USPS, delivery outside the country is generally carried out by local mail services. For example, in the United Kingdom delivery of items sent with the USPS will be delivered by the Royal Mail. USPS’s international services include First Class Mail International, which was formerly known as Airmail. This class of service includes small packages weighing up to 1.8 kilograms or 4 pounds. First Class Mail International rates start from $1.15 for sending postcards, envelopes and flat mail items. Rates for sending an item with USPS’s First Class Package International Service for parcels start at $6.55. Actual rates depend on the destination, dimensions and weight of the item. Delivery times vary depending on the destination.
Other international services offered by the USPS include Priority Mai International, Express Mail International and Global Express Guaranteed. Priority and Express services can be used for sending items to almost every country in the world. Customs forms are generally required when sending all international mail, depending on the service level and the value of the item.
If a shipment is “in-transit” then that means that carrier has scanned the package upon pickup and it is now en route to the end customer.
If a shipment stays ‘in transit’ for a prolonged period of time, it is possible it may have been delayed. There are many things that can delay an order past its original expected delivery date - poor road conditions, weather, and deliverability of the location are a few examples.
This status indicates that the package has left the carrier’s facility and is on its way to the end customer’s destination address.
This status indicates the package has been delivered to the end customer. The package will have been dropped off and the tracking should note the delivery date/time.
If for any reason any package is unable to be delivered, one of the below statuses may be encountered:
This status is essentially the same as the domestic one, but it is important to note that packages sent back from foreign countries may incur duties and taxes for the return (vendors are responsible for any duties or taxes incurred for a return). Depending on the fees, it may be beneficial to have the package disposed of at the destination country and another one sent in its place - this is of course up to the vendor’s discretion.
There are some uncommon tracking statuses that may be seen when checking a package’s tracking. A few examples include the following:
Damaged in transit - This indicates that the package was damaged while being delivered. For this, a claim would be filed through the carrier to receive some type of compensation.
Uncontrollable customs delay - This occurs when a package routed internationally is held up at customs for some reason. Typically there is not much that can be done in this scenario, except for having the end customer pay any outstanding duties or taxes.
Missed “In Transit” pickup scans (applies to USPS international) - Sometimes an internationally routed package sent via USPS can stay stuck “in transit” for a long period of time and then all of a sudden update to “delivered.” It is important to note that since USPS does not guarantee international tracking, packages sent out at this service level can lose tracking updates once it hits the destination country
Your tracking number can be found in the following places:
Priority Mail International is an affordable option when sending letters and parcels to more than 180 countries around the world. Delivery is typically within six to ten business days, depending on the origin and destination. Transit time between rural or remote areas may be longer. The service includes USPS Tracking and free package pick-up where available. Insurance cover may also be purchased to protect items for up to $5,000, depending on the destination country. Rates start from $29.25 at Post Office locations. The exact price will depend on the dimensions, weight and destination of the item being sent. The maximum weight for sending an item by Priority Mail International is 70 pounds.
A Flat Rate service is also available for Priority Mail International. Free shipping supplies including envelopes and boxes may be ordered online or picked up at a Post Office location. When ready, the item can be dropped off at a mail box or at a local Post Office. Flat Rate Priority Mail International is available for large and medium boxes weighing up to 20 pounds. Flat Rate Envelopes and Small Flat Rate Boxes are also available for consignments weighing up to four pounds.
Items send with Priority Mail Express International are generally delivered within three to five business days in most major markets. The exact delivery time will depend on the origin and destination of the item. Priority Mail Express International is available from $35.25 at Post Office locations.
The service includes a variety of features, including free shipping supplies. Boxes, envelopes and other shipping supplies can be ordered online or at a Post Office. The service also includes USPS Tracking at no additional cost. Priority Mail Express International also includes up to $100 insurance cover for documents and up to $200 for merchandise, as well as free package pick-up where available. Additional coverage may be purchased for up to $5,000, depending on the destination country. Guaranteed date-certain service and money-back guarantees are offered when sending items to Australia, China, France (excluding Corsica), Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Spain (excluding the Canary Islands) and the United Kingdom.
The Priority Mail Express Flat Rate option includes free envelopes and boxes for sending items to more than 180 countries. In addition to free shipping supplies, the service is available with no weighing or rate calculation when sending individual items. The envelope or box can be dropped off at a blue UPSP mail box or at a Post Office location. Priority Mail Express International Flat Rate Boxes are used for sending consignments weighing up to 20 pounds, while Priority Mail Express International Flat Rate Envelopes may be used for items up to 4 pounds.
Global Express Guaranteed is the USPS’s fastest international service. Delivery is typically within one to three business days, depending on the destination. Items send with Global Express Guaranteed are delivered in partnership with FedEx Express. Rates start at $51.50, and prices depend on the size of the item and the destination. Global Express Guaranteed includes free package pickup, where available. The service includes USPS Tracking and $100 insurance cover, although additional cover may be purchased.
The USPS provides a range of services to businesses, including cost-effective shipping services and bespoke business solutions. Business may purchase mail products including stamps and shipping services with free USPS Tracking at discounted rates from USPS.com. Where available, free package pick-up and Saturday delivery in addition to free shipping supplies delivered directly to businesses. The USPS also offers Direct Mail services, which is targeted and customised to individual businesses.
Most domestic and international services are available at discounted prices for businesses. The USPS provides three levels of service for businesses. A Negotiated Service Agreement offers the highest levels of discounts and is designed for companies that ship more than $1 million each year. The agreement creates tailored rates and services based on individual needs and requirements. Commercial Base and Commercial Plus pricing is available to high volume senders of lightweight packages. Commercial Base Pricing offers businesses basic discounts without a qualifying volume amount. Businesses simply register with the USPS. Commercial Plus Pricing is designed for shippers who send up to 5,000 First Class parcels or up to 50,000 Priority parcels each year. These senders qualify for discounted prices above Commercial Base Pricing.
The United States Postal Service headquarters is located at 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, DC, 20260-0004, United States.
To find a local USPS location, visit www.usps.com/locator. The locator provides address details and contact information for Post Office locations and authorised service providers.
The United States Postal Service delivers to nearly 153 million addresses across the country. Approximately 40 per cent of the world’s mail volume is handled by the USPS, which processed 158.4 billion pieces of mail in 2013. The agency also manages more than 31,000 retail offices and a fleet of over 211,000 vehicles. Each year, USPS mail carriers and truck drivers drive approximately 1.2 billion miles. The USPS receives no tax dollars for its operations and is not a government-owned agency. Rather, the USPS acts as a quasi-government agency with the exclusive legal right to deliver first-class and third-class mail. It also has special privileges afforded to government agencies, including sovereign immunity, eminent domain powers and powers to negotiate international postal treaties.
The USPS traces its roots to 1775 during the Second Continental Congress, where Benjamin Franklin was appointed the first postmaster general. The cabinet-level Post Office Department was created in 1792 from Franklin's operation and transformed into its current form in 1971 under the Postal Reorganization Act.
The first independent postal services in the United States were formed in the North American colonies of Massachusetts and Virginia. The first centralised postal service was created in 1691 with the North American Postal Service, although the USPS traces its roots to 1775 when the first postmaster general was appointed and the United States Post Office was created.
The USPS employed 626,764 workers (as of January 2014) and operated 211,654 vehicles in 2013. The USPS is the operator of the largest civilian vehicle fleet in the world. The USPS is legally obligated to serve all Americans, regardless of geography, at uniform price and quality. The USPS has exclusive access to letter boxes marked "U.S. Mail" and personal letterboxes in the United States.
The USPS has the largest civilian vehicle fleet in the world — about 260,000 vehicles (mainly Chevrolet / Grumman LLV, as well as new Ford / Utilimaster FFV). In an interview for National Public Radio, a USPS spokesman officially stated that while increasing the cost of gasoline by one cent, the US Postal Service spends an additional $ 8 million on fuel for its fleet . This means that the park requires about 800 million gallons (3.03 billion liters) of fuel per year, which, in turn, entails costs of $ 3.2 billion, with an average gasoline price of $ 4 per gallon. Some rural postmen (Rural Letter Carriers) use private cars to operate.
FedEx and UPS compete directly with the US Postal Service in the area of fast mail and parcel delivery. Because of the postal monopoly, these companies are not allowed to deliver non-urgent (regular) letters, as well as use private and commercial mailboxes to the United States. These services also deliver packages that are usually larger and heavier than the USPS can accept, and, unlike regular mail, they put trace numbers on each package or package. DHL Express was the third major competitor until it stopped servicing domestically in February 2009.
With Parcels app, you can easily find out the exact location of your packages or shipments delivered by USPS.
|Processed Through Facility|
|Arrived at USPS Facility|
|Pre-Shipment Info Sent to USPS|
|Arrived at Facility|
|Shipping Label Created|
|Departed USPS Facility|
|Accepted at USPS Origin Facility|
|Customs clearance processing complete|
|Departed Post Office|
|Arrived at USPS Origin Facility|
|Departed Shipping Partner Facility|
|Shipment Picked Up|
|Arrived Shipping Partner Facility|
|Attempted Delivery Abroad|
|Arrival at Post Office|
|Arrived at Unit|
|Arrived at post office|
|Attempted Delivery - Item being held, addressee being notified|
|Departed USPS Destination Facility|
|Delivered, Parcel Locker|
|Arrived at USPS Destination Facility|
|Delivered, Front Desk/Reception|
|Notice Left (No Authorized Recipient Available)|
|Inbound Out of Customs|
|Incorrect Address - Addressee's address being verified|
|Released from US Customs|
|Delivered, To Mail Room|
|Collect for Pick Up|
|Delivered, In/At Mailbox|
|Accepted at USPS Destination Facility|
|Tendered to Military Agent|
|Addressee requested later delivery - Item being held at addressee's request|
|Delivered, To Agent|
|Addressee not available - Will attempt delivery on next working day|
|Unclaimed/Max Hold Time Expired|
|Picked Up by Shipping Partner, USPS Awaiting Item|
|Missed delivery - Scheduled for another delivery attempt today|
|Incorrect Address - Item returned to sender|
|Departed USPS Origin Facility|
|Moved, Left no Address|
|Shipping Label Created, USPS Awaiting Item|
|Incorrect Address - Item forwarded / redirected|
|Does not meet customs requirements - Return to Sender|
|Return to Sender|
|Delivered, Garage or Other Location at Address|
|Addressee requested later delivery - Will attempt delivery on next working day|
|Undeliverable as Addressed|
|Pre-Shipment Info Sent to USPS, USPS Awaiting Item|
|Addressee not available - Scheduled for another delivery attempt today|
|Processing Exception, Regional Weather Delay|
|Held at Delivery Depot/Delivery Office|
|No Such Number|
|Departed Shipping Partner Facility, USPS Awaiting Item|
|Delivered, To Original Sender|
|Delivered, PO Box|
|Addressee cannot be located - Scheduled for another delivery attempt today|
|Return to Sender Processed|
|Available for Pickup|
|Arrived at Hub|
|Unclaimed - Item returned to sender|
|Arrival at Pick-Up Point|
|Held in US Customs|
|Held in Customs|
|Addressee requests own pick-up - Item being held, addressee being notified|
|Notice Left (No Secure Location Available)|
|Origin Post is Preparing Shipment|
|In Transit to Destination|
|Dispatched from USPS International Service Center|
|Missed delivery - Will attempt delivery on next working day|
|Item refused by addressee - Item returned to sender|
|Depart From Transit Office of Exchange|
|Payment of charges - Item being held, addressee being notified|
|Accepted at USPS Facility|
|Held at Post Office, Retrieved from full parcel locker|
|Item wrongly directed - Item forwarded / redirected|
|Arrival at Transit Office From Exchange|
|Delivered, Individual Picked Up at Post Office|
|Delivery status not updated|
|Attempted Delivery - Scheduled for another delivery attempt today|
|Tendered to Postal Service|
|Delivered, Left with Individual|
|Item damaged - Item not delivered - Item being held, addressee being notified|
|Delivered, Individual Picked Up at Postal Facility|
|Arrived Shipping Partner Facility, USPS Awaiting Item|
|Held at Post Office, At Customer Request|
|Delivered, Front Door/Porch|
|Attempted Delivery - Item forwarded / redirected|
|Out for Delivery|
|Pre-Shipment Info Sent to USPS, USPS Awaiting Item. The U.S. Postal Service was electronically notified by the shipper on August 24, 2017 to expect your package for mailing. This does not indicate receipt by the USPS or the actual mailing date. Delivery status information will be provided if/when available.|
|In Transit to Destination. The item is currently in transit to the destination as of September 1, 2017 at 9:52 am.|
|Departed USPS Regional Facility|
|Arrived at USPS Regional Facility|
|Delivered, Front Door/Porch. Your item was delivered at the front door or porch at 4:39 pm on August 17, 2017 in PINOLE, CA 94564.|
|Arrived at Post Office|
|Arrived at USPS Regional Destination Facility|
|Arrived at USPS Regional Origin Facility|
|Accepted at USPS Regional Origin Facility|
|Item Accepted/Picked Up for Initial Processing|
|Departed. Your item departed a transfer airport in DOMODEDOVO, MOSCOW, RUSSIAN FEDERATION on September 25, 2017 at 3:46 pm. The item is currently in transit to the destination.|
|Picked Up by Shipping Partner, USPS Awaiting Item.|
|Shipping Label Created, USPS Awaiting Item. A shipping label has been prepared for your item at 12:56 pm on September 29, 2017 in JOSHUA, TX 76058. This does not indicate receipt by the USPS or the actual mailing date.|
|In Transit to Destination. The item is currently in transit to the destination as of October 9, 2017 at 9:18 am.|
|Sorry - we don't recognise that reference number. Please check your reference number or try again later – it takes 24 hours for them to appear in our system.|
|In Transit to Destination. The item is currently in transit to the destination as of October 2, 2017 at 9:55 am.|
|Processed Through Facility. Your item has been processed through a facility in FUZHOU EMS, CHINA at 3:40 pm on September 29, 2017.|
|Sent from Fuzhou to next destination|
|Despatch from Sorting Center|
|Sent from Fuzhou速递国际(站台) to 福州市邮件处理中心|
|Accepted at the post office|
|Arrived at Hub. Your item arrived at the Hub at 6:39 am on October 9, 2017 in LUBBOCK, TX 79408.|
|Arrival at Delivery Office|
|Arrival at Sorting Center|
|Shipping Label Created, USPS Awaiting Item. A shipping label has been prepared for your item at 7:38 pm on May 29, 2017 in ARLINGTON, VA 22203. This does not indicate receipt by the USPS or the actual mailing date.|
|Delivered, Left with Individual. Your item was delivered to an individual at the address at 11:43 am on July 18, 2017 in ST THOMAS, VI 00802.|
|USPS in possession of item|
|Pre-Shipment Info Sent to USPS, USPS Awaiting Item. The U.S. Postal Service was electronically notified by the shipper on August 2, 2017 to expect your package for mailing. This does not indicate receipt by the USPS or the actual mailing date. Delivery status information will be provided if/when available.|
|Delivered, Left with Individual. Your item was delivered to an individual at the address at 11:52 am on August 29, 2017 in ST THOMAS, VI 00802.|