Royal Mail tracking packages and shipments
Keep track of Royal Mail parcels and shipments with our free service! All you need to do to track your parcel, is to enter the tracking number, and then the service will keep track of your parcel’s location in real time.
How do I track my Royal Mail parcel with 100Parcels.com?
- Find out the tracking number of your parcel;
- Enter the tracking number of your parcel in the field at the top of the page;
- Wait until the service checks the parcel data, it will not take long;
- View the search results and share them with your friends via social networking;
- If you enter your email address, we can notify you automatically of changes to the status of your parcel.
Royal Mail - Tracking number format
- A# *** *** *** GB
- F# *** *** *** GB
- G# *** *** *** GB
- J# *** *** *** GB
- K# *** *** *** GB
- L# *** *** *** GB
- M# *** *** *** GB
- N# *** *** *** GB
- Q# *** *** *** GB
- R# *** *** *** GB
- S# *** *** *** GB
- V# *** *** *** GB
- W# *** *** *** GB
- X# *** *** *** GB
- Y# *** *** *** GB
- Z# *** *** *** GB
# - letter; * - digit; ! - letter or digit
Royal Mail services
Royal Mail is the national postal service of England and Wales. It is a company based in London, although it was privatized in 2012 to become an independent British corporation. The Royal Mail provides services for delivering post (letters, packages) within Britain by land or airmail with international deliveries usually being sent abroad via other carriers like FedEx, TNT.
Royal Mail Standard Airmail tracking
Royal Mail will provide tracking information for Standard Airmail items when the customer provides a Royal Mail 'STANDARD AIRMAIL TRACKING NUMBER'. If customers want their letters to be sent, they must put in the information themselves before they post it or at the Post Office. If you are unsure where to find your parcel number you can call Customer Services.
Royal Mail tracking outside UK
Customers outside the UK may still be able to track their Royal Mail items, depending on whether or not they can find a Tracking Number.
Royal Mail's "Worldwide" tracking service will only track an item up until it leaves its destination country. Customers in countries where this is available should contact Customer Services for more information.
Royal Mail Tracked 24 and 48®
Royal Mail Tracked 24 and 48® are services that allow you to track the progress of a package (or mail) at any time from anywhere in the world. Royal Mail Tracked 24 is available for UK customers who want to know where their letter or parcel is whilst it's in transit domestically within the United Kingdom.
Royal Mail 1st Class parcels tracking
In the past, Royal Mail only had two different types of tracking. One was for First Class Parcels and another one for all other classes. They have now changed this to include Express Delivery too. The old system allowed you to track a package by entering its number on their website or calling them up on the phone when it had.
Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed tracking
How does it work? Simply enter the tracking number in our website or app and we will show you their delivery status. You can also track your outgoing Royal Mail shipments with us by entering both sender's and receiver's addresses, where applicable. If you don’t have a tracking number yet, dial us to find out.
Royal Mail Second Class Standard is for low-value parcels of up to 30kg in weight that are addressed within the UK, Europe, or Worldwide (excluding the USA). The service aims to deliver items within three working days from the date of posting with a 97% success rate. A typical case is when you need to send a Christmas present or other small item.
Royal Mail Second Class Standard is a cheaper way to send a package. That way, if your package gets lost or delayed, you will only lose the money you paid for them.
What is Princess Royal DC?
Princess Royal DC is a district of southwest London, England. The area covers the part of Hammersmith and Fulham that was not included in the creation of West Kensington and Chelsea or Kingston upon Thames; it includes Richmond Park which extends into Surrey. The name derives from Princess Frederica Charlotte Ulrike Alice Murielle
What does on its way to RDC mean?
Some of the packages in RDC are on their way there. The Royal Mail is a national postal service that covers the whole of the United Kingdom. It has two main services which are Recorded Delivery and Special Delivery, with both types of delivery tracking available via 100parcels.com. The service was founded in 1516 by Henry VIII to provide an efficient way for people at court to communicate with those who traveled into the countryside.
What SMS/email messages are sent to the parcel recipient?
When you track a Royal Mail Package or shipment, an SMS/email message will be sent to the parcel recipient. The messages are customizable and can include:
- Tracking Number
- Details of the sender's name and address
- Delivery date for delivery by the postman
- Estimated delivery time slot (Monday through Friday only) is available from USPS
Can I track Royal Mail International Standard packages?
No, Royal Mail does not offer to track for their International Standard service. However, they do have a limited free UK-only track and trace service available to some customers. You can find the link to this page on our site under "Royal Mail Package Tracking".
What tracking information will I see for International services?
For International services, you will see a shipment ID for the parcel as well as the date of dispatch and an estimate for when it is expected to arrive. You can find these details on your Royal Mail receipt.
Please note that because parcels are dispatched from various international locations, there may be some delay before we have visibility into their location about domestic delivery times. If this happens please contact us via email or phone.
Which Royal Mail package delivery options are the best?
Royal Mail offers three secure parcel delivery options for international deliveries. For the highest level of security, choose Registered Post International with Parcelforce Worldwide and take advantage of Royal Mail's signature service to give you peace of mind that your package has been delivered. Alternatively, if a tracking number is not required, then choose either Shipping Labels
What do I do if I have a problem with my Royal Mail package?
If you have a problem with your Royal Mail package, then please contact us and raise the issue. We will investigate the contents of your complaint to find out if it is an isolated incident or part on a wider scale which needs addressing by our Customer Service department. Your feedback helps us improve what we offer for customers.
What is the procedure used in the event of theft or loss of Royal Mail package or shipment?
The Security Officers at Royal Mail are obliged to investigate any reported incidents of theft or loss. This includes all items addressed and posted by Royal Mail, including Parcelforce Worldwide Express Services items. If it is confirmed that the item has been lost in transit, then a claim will be filed with our insurer to provide compensation for the individual
Does Royal Mail deliver on Sunday?
The majority of Royal Mail deliveries are made on a Monday to Friday basis. However, they do deliver some items every day:
- Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed will be delivered by 12 pm the next working day (ie Saturday) if ordered before midday;
- First Class post and Second Class Standard mail which is not needed to sign.
Additionally, if you need to have your Royal Mail package delivered on a certain day (eg Saturday), then the delivery will cost additional charges.
As soon as it becomes clear that an order is going to take longer than normal for any reason - such as product availability or other circumstances beyond our control - we'll let you know.
Meanings of Royal Mail tracking statuses
If you are told that your parcel is advised, then this means that your package has been sent into Royal Mail’s system. This means that your parcel is a part of the Royal Mail network and will soon be getting a tracking scan.
Once your parcel gets its tracking scan, its status will change to “In Progress”.
Advised to collect from a post office
If you track your package using our service and you get a message stating “Addressee advised to collect from a post office,” that means that your package could not be delivered and should be picked up at your local post office.
The delivery driver should have left a note behind at the location you wanted your package to be delivered.
The top reason why parcels are marked as not deliverable is because you or someone else was not around to provide a signature when one was needed.
To avoid having to pick your parcel up from the post office, then you should make sure that you or someone else is available to sign for your package.
If the parcel status that you receive states “Attempted Delivery,” that means a delivery driver tried to deliver your package but could not due to no one being present to sign for it.
This status is different from the “Addressee advised to collect from a post office” status because your package may not be taken to a post office if an attempted delivery fails.
Parcels that could not be delivered may be taken to the post office, but they can also be taken back to the Royal Mail depot or to the person who sent you the package.
If your tracking status says “Attempted Delivery,” then you should have been left a note by the delivery driver telling you where your package is and what you need to do next.
If your tracking status says “In Transit” your package is traveling through the Royal Mail network and is no longer sitting at its original location. You can get more information about the specific location of your parcels by typing in your reference number.
Delivered to your address or a neighbor
If your status says that your package has been “Delivered to your address or a neighbor,” this means that your Royal Mails parcels have either been signed for at your home and left behind for you to have, or it has been given to your neighbor to hold until you are able to pick it up.
If your package is left with a neighbor, then you should have a card titled “Something for you” left behind for you by your mail delivery driver. This card should tell you where your parcel is. You may also get this message even if your package was left at your place of work or your personal business.
If you cannot find your package or a card at your work location or your business location then you should check with your colleagues or the post room of your office to make sure your parcel has not been picked up by someone else or moved.
Returned to sender
This means that the shipment has been returned to the sender, but it is not clear as to why. If you would like more information about this condition, contact Royal Mail customer service (a phone number and opening hours are available on their website).
Reasons why you may not be able to track your package
There are a couple reasons why you may not be able to get information about your parcels when you try to track them with your tracking number.
One of the more common reasons why you may not get updates about your package is because enough time has not passed for information about your parcel to have been added to the system so updates are not ready yet.
Another reason why you may not be getting information about your package when trying to search for it is because you are typing your tracking number in wrong.
Make sure that your are typing in the correct tracking number in order to get the best results from our tracking service.
Royal Mail tracking not working or showing updates
So, you have just sent your package off and now you want to track it. You are doing this because the Royal Mail tracking number didn't work or show updates for a while. What can be done?
If the website says there is an error when you try to find information about your property then we recommend trying again. Perhaps not much time has passed since you sent it off, so there could be an issue with the Royal Mail website itself.
If this isn't your problem then maybe you can contact them. You will need to find which department handles how parcels are tracked to get more help: on the phone number or email address or the site.
The History of Royal Mail
In 1516, Henry VII created a position that he called the “Master of the Posts”. This position was later turned into the office of the Postmaster General. About a century later, in 1635, Charles I introduced the first public mail service.
This postal service was available to the public at a price that was paid by the recipients of mail.
About two decades later, in 1654, a monopoly over England’s mail delivery service was granted by Oliver Cromwell granted. This monopoly was given to the “Office of Postage”.
Fixed postal rates were introduced in 1657, and in 1660, the general Post office was created by Charles II.
Postage date stamps were used for the first time in 1661, and the first Postmaster General was also appointed.
1784 saw the introduction of the first mail coach. It traveled between London and Bristol. The first mail coaches were similar to the typical family carriages used at that time. The main difference between the two was the fact the early mail coaches bore the post office livery.
In 1793, postmen who wore uniforms first started delivering mail to English citizens, and in 1830, the first mail train made its first deliveries from Liverpool to Manchester Railway.
Rowland Hill, a Birmingham schoolmaster, invented the adhesive postage stamp in 1837. Rowland Hill was later knighted for his invention.
The post office money order system was first introduced in 1838, and in 1840, the Penny Black, the first adhesive postage stamp, was made available to the public nationally.
In 1969, following the Post Office Act of 1969, the General Post Office was changed to a nationalized industry so that it would no longer be a government department, and in 1986, Post Office Group was created.
Post office Group consisted of the letter delivery, the post office, and the parcel delivery sections of the mail service. Post Office Group separated them into three individual businesses.
In 2001, the Post Office Group was renamed as Consignia, and in 2002 it was again renamed as Royal Mail.
Royal Mail lost its monopoly in the postal service industry in 2006. This meant that competitors could then transport mail and give it to Royal Mail.
In 2015, the United kingdom government sold their last stakes in Royal Mail. This sale of the United Kingdom government’s 30 percent stake in Royal Mail marked the end of Royal Mail’s public ownership. Royal Mail was publically owned for 499 years previously to this sale.
Royal Mail Market Share
Since losing its monopoly, Royal Mail’s market share in the postal service industry in England has dropped significantly.
In 2017, Royal Mail held only 47 percent of the United Kingdom postal service market share, and in 2019, its percentage of shares in the market dropped to their lowest after a period of delivering fewer letter.
Royal Mail’s decline in market share is also the result of strong competition from our courier service businesses like TNT Mail and DHL Global Mail.
Royal Mail Company Size
Royal Mail currently employees approximately 162,000 people. 143,000 of these jobs ore based in the United Kingdom. 90,000 of Royal Mail’s employees are postmen and postwomen. Royal Mail also has 18,000 seasonal workers who are employed during high business times such as the Christmas season from November to December.
Royal Mail Branches
Royal Mail has 1,356 delivery offices, and its headquarters are in London at 100 Victoria Embankment. In 2016, Royal Mail had 38 mail centres that were operating, and they may still be active today. These mail centres are divided between five regions: East, West, South East, South West, and North.
The mail centres in the Eastern region are located in the following areas: Ipswich, Chelmsford, Sheffield, Peterborough, Norwich, South Midlands (Northampton), Nottingham, and Romford.
The mail centres in the Western region are located in these areas: Birmingham, Warrington, Chester, North West Midlands (Wolverhampton), Manchester, and Preston.
The mail centres in the South Eastern region are located here: Croydon, Greenford, Gatwick (Crawley), Jubilee (Hounslow), Mount Pleasant, Home Counties North (Hemel Hempstead), and Medway.
The mail centres in the South Western region are located in these 9 areas: Bristol, Plymouth, Exeter, Cardiff, Swansea, Dorset (Poole), Southampton, Truro, and Swindon.
The mail centres in the Northern region are located here: Aberdeen, Tyneside (Gateshead), Edinburgh, Inverness, Glasgow, Carlisle, Leeds, and Northern Ireland (Newtownabbey).
Royal Mail delivers parcels to more than 200 countries around the world.
Royal Mail - Parcel tracking statuses
|Item Despatched to Edinburgh East DO|
|Delivered by. Your item was delivered on 15-06-2021|
|Send item to next processing point (Inb)|
|Due to be delivered today by. Your Item was received by Yeovil DO on 12-07-2021 and is now due for delivery today|
|The shipment has arrived at the international logistics centre of the destination for delivery|
|Your item is currently with Customs in the destination country.. Your item has been presented to Customs on 02-02-2021 for assessment. More information will be available once the assessment is complete|
|Item Despatched to Edinburgh South East DO|
|Delivered by. Your item was delivered on 09-10-2021|
|Item Despatched to Guildford DO|
|Available for Redelivery or Collection. Sorry, we tried to deliver your parcel on 13-09-2021 but there didn\'t seem to be anyone in. Please choose an option below|
|Delivery Attempted - No Answer. Our delivery partner tried to deliver your parcel on 19-08-2021 but there didn\'t seem to be anyone in. They\'ve left a note about how to make further arrangements|
|Item Despatched to Wembley Highs DO|
|Sent At Post Office|
|Delivered by. Your item was delivered on 03-04-2021|
|Accepted at Post Office. Your item was posted at Post Office® branch, Acocks Green Post Office [B27 6RA] on 07-05-2021. More information will be available as it travels through our network|
|Delivered and Signed. Your item was delivered on 12-05-2021 Signed for by: GSP|
|Item Received. We have your item at Yorkshire DC and it\'s on its way|
|Unable to Attempt Delivery|
|Item Despatched to Biggin Hill DO|
|Item Despatched to Romford MC. Your item is due to leave Exeter MC to go to Romford MC. More information will be available as it travels through our network|
|Customs Charge Paid (in GBP)|
|Available for Redelivery or Collection. Our delivery partner tried to deliver your parcel on 11-06-2021 but there didn\'t seem to be anyone in. They\'ve left a note about how to make further arrangements|
|Item Received. Your item has been received at MILANO ROSERIO CSI, Italy. More information will be available as it travels through the network|
|On its way TO Minsk Belarus|
|Your item is currently with Customs in the destination country.. Your item has been presented to Customs on 19-05-2021 for assessment. More information will be available once the assessment is complete|
|Sender despatching item. This item is on its way to Royal Mail. The sender has advised they\'ve despatched your item to us|
|Delivered by. Your item was delivered on 29-07-2021|
|Item Despatched to Manchester North DO. Your item is due to leave Manchester MC to go to Manchester North DO. More information will be available as it travels through our network|
|Delivered and Signed. Your item was delivered on 21-04-2021 Signed for by: SA99 1YW. LY|
|Item Despatched to Hockley B DO|
|Awaiting for declarative procedures|
|Processing. Arrival at inward office of exchange|
|Item Despatched to Denton DO|
|Item Despatched to Sheffield South DO|
|Delivery Attempted - No Answer. Sorry, we tried to deliver your parcel on 20-07-2021 but there didn\'t seem to be anyone in. Please choose an option below|
|Delivered to PO Box by. Your item was delivered to your PO Box on 04-05-2021|
|Arrived at. Your item has reached Bracknell DO. More information will be available as it travels through our network|
|At delivery office - Newbury PDO|
|Sender preparing item. Your item was posted at Post Office® branch, Bletchley Post Office [MK2 2AA] on 26-06-2021. More information will be available as it travels through our network|
|Будет доставлено сегодня. Your Item was received by Brechin DO on 09-09-2021 and is now due for delivery today|
|Delivered and Signed. Your item was delivered on 22-03-2021 Signed for by: BARNES|
|Due to be delivered today by. Your Item was received by Wisbech DO on 17-08-2021 and is now due for delivery today|
|Delivered by. Your item was delivered on 07-10-2021|
|Item Despatched to Leyland DO|
|At delivery office - Swansea PDO (section A and B)|
|ARRIVED AT SWANSEA MAIL CENTRE|
|Item Received. Your item has reached Dorset MC and will now be sent to your local delivery office|
|Item Despatched to Preston MC. Your item is due to leave Preston MC to go to Royal Mail site. More information will be available as it travels through our network|
|Item Received. We have your item at Northern Ireland MC and it\'s on its way. More information will be available as it travels through our network|
|Item Despatched to North West Midlands MC|
|At delivery office - Ruislip PDO|
|Due to be delivered today|
|Due to be delivered today by. Your Item was received by Ferndown DO on 01-07-2021 and is now due for delivery today|
|Item Despatched to Hall Green DO|
|Delivered by. Your item was delivered on 13-09-2021|
|Arrived at. Your item has reached Manchester North West DO. More information will be available as it travels through our network|
|Delivered and Signed. Your item was delivered on 21-07-2021 Signed for by: HUTCHINSON|
|Due to be delivered today by. Your Item was received by Slough DO on 12-07-2021 and is now due for delivery today|
|Delivered by. Your item was delivered on 22-04-2021|
|Incorrectly addressed. Returned to sender.|
|Delivered by. Your item was delivered on 21-09-2021|
|ARRIVED ATLEEDS MAIL CENTRE|
|Принято. Your item has reached Croydon MC and will now be sent to your local delivery office|
|Delivery Attempted - No Answer. Our delivery partner tried to deliver your parcel on 09-09-2021 but there didn\'t seem to be anyone in. They\'ve left a note about how to make further arrangements|
|Delivered and Signed. Your item was delivered on 29-07-2021 Signed for by: CARNEY|
|Accepted at Post Office|
|Due to be delivered today by. Your Item was received by Spennymoor DO on 15-07-2021 and is now due for delivery today|
|Delivered and Signed. Your item was delivered on 03-09-2021 Signed for by: J BETTS YW|
|Delivered and Signed. Your item was delivered on 01-05-2021 Signed for by: PAVLOVA|
|Delivered by. Your item was delivered on 16-09-2020|
|Item Received. We have your item at Atherstone RDC and it\'s on its way|
|On its way to Swansea mail centre|
|Delivered. Your item was delivered on 29-09-2021|
|Arrived at Bradford Valley parcel delivery office|
|Accepted at Post Office. Your item was posted at Post Office® branch, Post Office on 26-08-2021. More information will be available as it travels through our network|
|Due to be delivered today by. Your Item was received by Manchester South DO on 02-06-2021 and is now due for delivery today|
|Delivered and Signed. Your item was delivered on 14-04-2021 Signed for by: SMITH|
|Отправлено в сортировочный центр Royal Mail. Your item is due to leave South Midlands MC to go to Royal Mail site. More information will be available as it travels through our network|
|Item Leaving the UK. Your item is now leaving the UK. More information will be available when it arrives in the destination country|
|Item Received. We have your item at National DC|
|Due to be delivered today by. Your Item was received by Holbeck DO on 29-07-2021 and is now due for delivery today|
|Item Received. Your item has been received at DUBLIN DELIVERY, Ireland. More information will be available as it travels through the network|
|Due to be delivered today by. Your Item was received by Hounslow DO on 27-08-2021 and is now due for delivery today|
|ARRIVED AT MANCHESTER MAIL CENTRE|
|Delivered by. Your item was delivered on 20-04-2021|
|Item Despatched to Halifax DO|
|Delivery Attempted - Address Inaccessible. Sorry, we were unable to deliver this item at 20-05-2021 as the address was inaccessible. We will attempt to deliver your item again on the next working day|
|Item Despatched to Anerley DO|
|Delivered by. Your item was delivered on 06-09-2021|
|Absent recipient. The shipment will be available for collection the next working day after the date of the notice in the relevant Post Office|
|Delivered and Signed. Your item was delivered on 24-09-2021 Signed for by: ELSTAR|
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