USPS - tracking packages and shipments

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USPS - Tracking number format

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The US postal service

You probably know that there are a variety of mail and package carriers in the United States. You might have had something delivered to your door by FedEx, or sent a gift to a loved one via UPS (United Parcel Service). One of the biggest postal services in the United States is USPS (United States Postal Service). As a service run by the federal government, USPS ensures that all American citizens, even those in remote areas, can receive mail efficiently. Here, we'll look at the history of USPS, as well as how to track packages you've ordered or sent.

How Do I Track My Package?

If you're the seller of an item, chances are that you want to make sure your product arrives safely at its destination. If you're a buyer, you probably want to ensure that your purchase is safely on its way, and that it's still on schedule to arrive on time.

Luckily, USPS has kept up with the speed of modern technology. There are several ways you can keep track of a package in transit, whether you're the one who sent it or the one expecting it. Here's how you can track your package:

1. By tracking number online. If you mail something from a US Post Office, you'll be given a receipt with your 16-digit tracking number. You can visit the USPS website or any number of online services that offer tracking information. When you type in this number, all available tracking information will appear. However, it may take some time for the number to be entered into the USPS system, so don't panic if no information shows up at first.

2. By text. If you aren't near a computer, you can simply send a text to 28777 (USPS2). The content of your text needs to be your tracking number. You'll get an automated text back with your most recent tracking information (you also can sign up for automated text updates, which makes it so you don't have to repeatedly type in and send your tracking number).

3. By app. Whether you have an iPhone or an Android, you can download the USPS app in order to track packages you're sending or expecting. The app is free and easy to install. It also can send notifications when your package is delivered, or once it's scanned at a new destination.

Of course, if you're busy throughout the day or just don't want to constantly check for updates, you can also sign up for text and e-mail notifications on the USPS website. The site allows you to choose which updates you want to receive. Whether you only want to know when your package is delivered or want to know each time it's scanned at a new destination, signing up for notifications may be able to save you some time and worry.

What's the USPS Tracking Number Format?

To the uninitiated, tracking numbers often just look like a nonsensical jumble. But there's a definite method to this number madness. One of the most important parts of the tracking number is the first four or five digits. This can tell you what type of tracking the package has. For example, your standard USPS Tracking number begins with 9400. If the package sender has chosen Priority Mail, the tracking number will start with 9205. Most tracking numbers are 20 digits, although some tracking options have more or fewer digits.

What is the USPS, Exactly?

While it isn't the only postal carrier out there, USPS is the only postal carrier associated with the US government. FedEx and UPS, which we mentioned in the first paragraph, are privately owned parcel carriers. These carriers are competitors of USPS.

You might be surprised to hear that the USPS was formed fairly recently. This nationwide mail service was founded in 1971. However, its predecessor, the Post Office Department, was founded much earlier. After Benjamin Franklin became the nation's first postmaster general, Franklin and his colleagues started the Post Office Department in 1792.

This organization ended up gaining more independence from direct government control when it was reorganized in 1970. Then, in 1971, the USPS as we know it was formed. This reorganization was partially caused by a strike of postal workers. In 1970, workers in the Post Office Department in New York went on strike. Their reason? Low wages, undesirable working conditions, and sub-par benefits. Soon, workers in different states heard news of the strike, and it began to spread across the country. In total, over 200,000 postal workers participated. Once the USPS was formed, workers were given the right to unionize. The new USPS complied with most of the union demands.

Is the USPS a Big Operation?

Since it's responsible for delivering mail to just about every United States citizen, the USPS is a fairly sizable organization. Currently, it has well over half a million employees. And since many of these employees have to transport mail, USPS also owns over 200,000 vehicles. In fact, this organization is the third-largest civilian employer in the nation. (The largest civilian employer is the federal government, and the second-largest is Walmart.) For the sake of comparison, FedEx and UPS have fewer employees than USPS, with each having under 500,000.

In terms of organization and layout, USPS is somewhat like a web. There are over 250 distribution centers in the US, and each center is responsible for sorting and sending out all mail from a given region. Usually, each center covers a radius of a few hundred miles. These interconnected centers allow mail to be sent efficiently, whether you're mailing something across the country or just a few miles away. Much of mail sorting at distribution centers is done by machines. This is especially true of business reply mail and other types of mail with a barcode. In some cases, a machine cannot read handwritten addresses. When this happens, the unreadable piece of mail is sent to a human employee to decode. In total, once it reaches a mail carrier, 95% of mail has been successfully pre-sorted by machine. USPS is working to improve sorting mechanisms to increase that percentage and cut down on labor costs.

In order to cut down on mail being sent to the wrong address, large USPS centers have a Computerized Forwarding Service. When a customer moves and files a change of address card, their new information goes into a database. Then, if a piece of mail has the person's name with the old address, a machine re-labels the mail and sends it to the correct address.

While it's true that much of the mail handled by USPS is sent within the United States, the organization also handles international mail. However, in order to make sure it can handle the volume of international mail, the USPS contracts with FedEx to ship much of its mail overseas. FedEx has a large fleet of planes designed to deliver mail internationally, while most USPS vehicles are vans and small trucks designed for land delivery.

How Does USPS Keep Track of Parcels and Letters?

Given that each piece of mail travels through several distribution centers, mail could easily be lost in a less-organized system. USPS gives each piece of mail either a label or a receipt number, making it possible to track the location and estimated delivery date.

However, not all tracking is created equally. Depending on the level of tracking selected, you may be able to get more detailed information on the status of a package. Generally, more detailed tracking costs more. The USPS offers Priority Mail Express for those who want detailed information on the package whereabouts at all times. Certified mail and Registered Mail also offer similar benefits.

It wouldn't be practical for USPS to keep package data forever, but depending on the tracking service you choose, they'll store package data for a certain period of time. Basic tracking items have their information stored for 120 days, while most other services keep data for two years. Different services may be needed depending on the type of mail being sent. If you aren't sure which shipping and tracking method is best, local post office employees may be able to help you select one.

In short, while its workings may be complex, and its tracking numbers may be somewhat confusing, the USPS is an organized system designed to deliver letters and packages quickly. Buyers and sellers alike can keep track of their mailings.

USPS - information about carrier

The United States Postal Service (USPS; likewise known as the Post Office, U.S. Mail, or Postal Service) is an independent firm of the executive branch of the United States federal government accountable for supplying postal service in the United States, including its insular locations and associated states. It is one of the couple of federal government companies explicitly authorized by the United States Constitution.

The Post Office Department was produced in 1792 with the passage of the Postal Service Act. It was elevated to a cabinet-level department in 1872, and was changed by the Postal Reorganization Act of 1970 into the United States Postal Service as an independent firm. Considering that the early 1980s, lots of direct tax subsidies to the USPS (with the exception of subsidies for expenses associated with handicapped and abroad voters) have been minimized or removed.

The USPS, as of 2019, has 469,934 profession employees and 136,174 non-career employees. The Postal Service is legally obliged to serve all Americans, no matter location, at consistent rate and quality. The Post Office has special access to letter boxes marked "U.S. Mail" and individual letterboxes in the United States, now has to compete against private bundle shipment services, such as United Parcel Service, FedEx, and Amazon.

On March 18, 1970, postal workers in New York City - upset over low salaries and bad working conditions, and emboldened by the Civil Rights Movement - organized a strike versus the United States federal government. The strike at first involved postal workers in only New York City, but it ultimately gained support of over 210,000 United States Post Office Department employees across the nation. [8] While the strike ended with no concessions from the Federal federal government, it did ultimately enable postal worker unions and the government to work out a contract which offered the unions many of what they desired, in addition to the signing of the Postal Reorganization Act by President Richard Nixon on August 12, 1970. The Act changed the cabinet-level Post Office Department with a brand-new federal company, the United States Postal Service, [9] and took result on July 1, 1971.

The United States Postal Service employs 633,188 employees, making it the third-largest civilian company in the United States behind the federal government and Walmart.

USPS - Parcel tracking statuses

USPS in possession of item
Accepted at USPS Facility
Out for Delivery, Expected Delivery Between 9:00am and 12:00pm
Departed USPS Regional Facility
Arrival at Delivery Office
This scan indicates that the item was scanned at the final postal unit where delivery of the item will take place.
Article has been delivered with a recorded time, location and date of delivery. We apologize if you have not received your item as indicated. If your tracking information shows that your package was delivered but you can't find it, Carrier may have placed it in a safer location, please check Mailbox, Porch, Garage, Any area out of potential weather hazards, Exterior doors and any locations where the package could be placed.
Accepted at USPS Regional Facility
Available for Returns Agent
Departed USPS Facility
Delivered In Mailbox
Item refused by addressee - Item returned to sender
Arrived at Facility
Customs Clearance Processing Complete
Processing Exception, Regional Weather Delay
Redelivery Scheduled
Departed USPS Destination Facility
Unclaimed/Max Hold Time Expired
Arrived at USPS Facility
Arrived at Post Office
Arrived at USPS Regional Destination Facility
Arrived at post office
Arrival at Pick-Up Point
Out for Delivery, Expected Delivery by 9:00pm
Accepted at USPS Origin Facility
Dispatched from USPS International Service Center
Delivered, Parcel Locker
Processed Through Facility
This scan indicates that the item has processed through and left a Postal Service processing facility. The item is currently in transit to the destination.
Incorrect Address - Item returned to sender
Customs Clearance
Shipment Received, Package Acceptance Pending
Delivered, Front Door/Porch
Picked Up
Arrived at USPS Regional Facility
In Transit to Destination
The item is currently in transit to the destination. Item is being processed or transported to your delivering Post Office™ facility. Additional tracking information will be available when it arrives at unit and is out for delivery. This scan may appear multiple times from the same facility and/or on different days as it is processed or in transit. Be assured that we are working to get this to you as soon as possible. If your item is running late, we apologize for the inconvenience.
Arrived at USPS Regional Origin Facility
Attempted Delivery - Scheduled for another delivery attempt today
Accepted at USPS Destination Facility
Delivered, Front Desk/Reception
Arrived Shipping Partner Facility, USPS Awaiting Item
Departed Post Office
Accepted at USPS Regional Origin Facility
Delivered, Front Desk/Reception/Mail Room
Customs clearance
Delivered, Individual Picked Up at Postal Facility
Addressee cannot be located - Scheduled for another delivery attempt today
Tendered to Military Agent
Delivered, Garage or Other Location at Address
Awaiting Delivery Scan
Picked Up by Shipping Partner, USPS Awaiting Item
Delivered to Agent for Final Delivery
Departed USPS Regional Destination Facility
Picked Up by Shipping Partner, USPS Awaiting Item.
Held at Post Office, Retrieved from full parcel locker
Out for Delivery, Expected Delivery by 8:00pm
Undeliverable as Addressed
Shipping Label Created, USPS Awaiting Item
Held in US Customs
Arrived at USPS Origin Facility
Return to Sender Processed
Receptacle blocked
Carrier did not have access to mailbox to complete delivery.
Preparing for shipment at the point of departure
Business Closed
Addressee not available - Scheduled for another delivery attempt today
Delivery status not updated
Item arrived for delivery; however, it has not yet been processed for delivery.
Arrived at Unit
Does not meet customs requirements - Return to Sender
Return to Sender
Held at Post Office, At Customer Request
Processed Through Regional Facility
Departed Facility
Delivered, To Original Sender
Picked Up by Shipping Agent
Addressee requested later delivery - Item being held at addressee's request
USPS picked up item
Payment of charges - Item being held, addressee being notified
Label Cancelled
Delivered, To Agent
Released from US Customs
Incorrect Address - Addressee's address being verified
No Such Number
Shipment Picked Up
Out for Delivery
Unclaimed - Item returned to sender
Attempted Delivery - Item forwarded / redirected
In Transit to Destination. The item is currently in transit to the destination.
Arrived at Regional Facility
Moved, Left no Address
Delivered, Front Door/Porch. Your item was delivered at the front door or porch
Departed USPS Regional Origin Facility
Acceptance (SSK)
Tendered to Postal Service
Out for Delivery, Expected Delivery Between 12:45pm and 3:45pm
Notice Left (No Authorized Recipient Available)
An unsuccessful delivery attempt was made by your carrier today.
Departed Shipping Partner Facility
Processing Exception
Notice Left
This scan indicates that the item is ready for pickup at the Post Office. If it is unclaimed after a certain number of days it will be returned to the sender.
Held at Delivery Depot/Delivery Office
Out for Delivery, Expected Delivery by 4:15pm
Item damaged - Item not delivered - Item being held, addressee being notified
Departed. Your item departed a transfer airport in Domodedovo, Moscow, Russian Federation.
Delivered, Individual Picked Up at Post Office
Out for Delivery, Expected Delivery Between 12:30pm and 4:30pm
Incorrect Address - Item forwarded / redirected
Delivery Attempted - No Access to Delivery Location
Addressee not available - Will attempt delivery on next working day
Departed USPS Origin Facility
Addressee Unknown
Customs clearance processing complete
Arrived Shipping Partner Facility
Notice Left (No Secure Location Available)
Pre-Shipment Info Sent to USPS, USPS Awaiting Item
Attempted Delivery - Item being held, addressee being notified
Addressee requests own pick-up - Item being held, addressee being notified
Missed delivery - Will attempt delivery on next working day
No Access
Your carrier was unable to deliver to your address.
Held in Customs
Collect for Pick Up
Merchant Order Receipt Notification, USPS Awaiting Item
Depart From Transit Office of Exchange
Arrival at Sorting Center
Attempted Delivery Abroad
Inbound Out of Customs
In Transit, Arriving Late
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.
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.
This scan indicates that the shipper has notified the Postal Service that they intend to submit the item for processing and delivery.
Insufficient Address
Shipping Label Created
Delivered, Left with Individual
Available for Pickup
Delivered, To Mail Room
Item wrongly directed - Item forwarded / redirected
Out for Delivery, Expected Delivery by 6:45pm
In Transit to Next Facility
Sorting Complete
Departed Shipping Partner Facility, USPS Awaiting Item
Delivered, PO Box
Item Accepted/Picked Up for Initial Processing
Arrival at Post Office
Pre-Shipment Info Sent to USPS
Addressee requested later delivery - Will attempt delivery on next working day
Arrived at USPS Destination Facility
Arrived at hub
Shipment Accepted
Arrival at Transit Office From Exchange
Out for Delivery, Expected Delivery by 7:45pm
In Transit, Arriving On Time
This scan indicates that a Postal Service employee has accepted the item at a Post Office and/or that the carrier has picked up the item at a customer's residence/business.
Missed delivery - Scheduled for another delivery attempt today