How to track parcels of Deutsche Post
Deutsche Post is one of the world's oldest and most storied mail and parcel delivery firms, with a history that dates back more than 500 years. Today, people in Germany and around the world rely on Deutsche Post to get mail and packages delivered with trademark Teutonic efficiency.
Deutsche Post consists of a domestic service in Germany under the Deutsche Post name, which works by primarily delivering mail and packages. Globally, Deutsche Post operates the well-known DHL brand, which focuses on express deliveries of packages for businesses and consumers. DHL is one of the world's top logistics companies, competing in global markets with firms like FedEX and UPS.
Tracking Deutsche Post Mail and Parcels
Tracking mail and parcels is easy with our tracking service, which is able to find packages around the world and give you an immediate update on their location.
To do this, our service relies on tracking information direct from Deutsche Post and allows us to provide you with the most up to date information on where your package is located and how soon it will arrive.
Deutsche Post also makes the easy-to-use tracking service for mail and parcels available for use on their website, deutschepost.de.
To use our tracking service or to navigate the Deutsche Post website, you must have the tracking number (sometimes referred to as the shipment number) for your order. You can find that easily using the resources below on tracking numbers for Deutsche Post mail and parcels.
Understanding Deutsche Post Tracking Numbers
Deutsche Post tracking numbers vary widely in their format, the number of letters, and the type of numbers included in the tracking number.
For Registered Items, Deutsche Post shipment numbers consist of two letters at the front (usually RM or RF), followed by nine numbers and concluding with a DE. For instance, a Registered Item shipment number might be RM109811627DE or RF 9835 7885 9DE.
For Prio products (the priority mail system that includes tracking), the number is even more intricate. It consists of a letter and number, followed by four numbers, followed by one letter with a number and two additional letters, followed by two numbers, then an additional four numbers, and concluding with a final four numbers. For instance, a Prio label may be A0 0120 C64B 00 0000 1615 or A00134E5AB0000000645.
For COD products (where the Deutsche Post deliverer requires the recipient to provide a cash payment on delivery, and the cash payment is subsequently transferred to the sender's account), the shipment number consists of two letters, followed by two numbers, followed by three numbers, an additional three numbers, then a number and two letters, and a concluding three numbers. For instance, a COD receipt may read NT 12 316 351 2DE 300 or RT983751453DE090.
For WERT National (loosely translated as Value National, where customers can send money or other valuables through Deutsche Post and insure the product up to 500 euros or 100 euros for cash), Deutsche Post is particularly proud of its real-time tracking service. WERT tracking numbers consist of two letters, followed by four numbers, followed by four numbers, followed by a number and two letters. For instance, a WERT tracking number might be RK 0652 6084 9DE or RT983578828DE.
For WARENPOST (Deutsche Post's next-day shipping service that is geared particularly to small businesses that are spending small-sized goods), the tracking number consists of a letter and number, two numbers, a letter, and a number, two letters and two numbers, two numbers, four numbers, and concludes with four numbers. For instance, a WARENPOST label might be A0 01D1 EB41 00 0000 0029.
Finally, for tracked international shipping, Deutsche Post uses country codes to allow customers to easily track goods that they are mailing internationally from Germany to foreign countries. A label for a tracked international shipment consists of two letters, nine numbers, and a DE for Germany. For instance, a shipment being sent from Germany to Los Angeles might consist of the code LX 996 540 097 DE.
More about Deutsche Post
Deutsche Post boasts a very long history as a going concern providing mail and parcel services to people in Germany and around the world.
The company dates its history back to the founding of the modern postal system by Franz von Taxis in 1490. Considered the founding father of postal systems, von Taxis set up a courier system that covered much of the land area controlled by the Habsburg family.
By the middle of the 16th century, this system had grown to cover all of Western Europe. It was based on the idea of permanent post offices that were built about one days' journey apart from each other. These post offices helped catalyze trade and commerce, often becoming the hub of growing towns that might also include inns and pubs.
While the postal system was initially privately controlled, Elector Friedrich Wilhelm changed all that in 1646 by issuing a decree establishing regular postal service between some of Germany's largest cities - Berlin, Münster, Osnabrück, Kleve and Königsberg.
The system, which Wilhelm created to stay abreast of fast-moving developments in the Thirty Years' War, also included a provision that allowed merchants and other private individuals the right to use the postal system for a set fee. The state postal service of Prussia was born.
As time went on and technology advanced, private competition to state owned postal services was reinvigorated and transcontinental communication expanded. As one example, Marie Mathias Nicolas Louis Danzas established Danzas, a company that transported mail and parcels internationally using rail travel and steamships, in 1815.
With the profusion of mail and parcel services around the globe, the Universal Postal Union was established by Heinrich von Stephan in 1874. von Stephan, General Director of Posts in the North German Confederation, created the agency to ensure that mail would be reciprocally collected and delivered in participating countries across the world.
In keeping with this standardization of mail and parcel services, Otto von Bismarck united the German Empire's post and telegraph operations in 1876. The resulting entity, known as Reichs-Post und Telegraphenverwaltung, was led by the ubiquitous von Stephan, and was designed to ensure that all mail and parcel services, as well as the emerging telegraph market, were operated to a high standard and reached all Germans.
After World War I, the German government formally established Deutsche Reichspost as an independent enterprise - although one that was essentially a state-owned corporation under the auspices of the Ministry of Posts. This structure, which was common throughout Europe at the time, effectively continued through World War II.
In 1950, the West German government formally replaced Deutsche Reichspost with a new entity, the forerunner of today's Deutsche Post, an agency named Deutsche Bundespost. The agency was responsible for postal services as well as telecommunications, and it provided savings banking services to Germans through its large network of physical locations.
While this structure worked well, and Deutsche Post became highly regarded in much of the world, the need for reform was evident by the late 1980s. In keeping with the laissez faire deregulatory spirit of the age, Germany passed a postal reform law that separate Deutsche Bundespost into three different divisions: postal services, telecommunications services, and banking.
The next year, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany led to a particularly momentous event in Deutsche Post's history. The incorporation of East German Deutsche Post, which had existed in East Germany during the Cold War, once again allowed all of Germany to operate under the same postal service.
Rapid change continued in the 1990s, as the second phase of postal reform resulted in the creation of standalone Deutsche Post business in 1995. This rump entity remained fully owned by the German government, but services like telecoms and banking were hived off.
Growth was encouraged under full German government ownership, and Deutsche Post purchased Danzas - the Swiss logistics company that had been founded in the 1800s and had grown to be one of the world's largest parcel management businesses.
In 2000, the German government officially took Deutsche Post public in a massive initial public offering. The IPO of the business capped off years of privatization effort and paved the way for a new global posture for Deutsche Post.
Just two years later, Deutsche Post made its biggest ever acquisition. Taking over DHL International firmly planted Deutsche Post in the upper echelon of global mail and parcel businesses, competing on the global stage and enhancing the opportunities of German firms to ship products to remote corners of the world.
The years that have followed have continued to see sustained growth from the firm now known as the Deutsche Post DHL Group. Acquisitions have included Exel and UK Mail, both of which have further positioned the business to thrive.
Today, the business has revenue of more than 60 billion euros a year, and employs more than 540,000 people around the world. Through DHL, it has a presence in nearly every country.