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What Does My USPS Tracking Status Mean?

While you start tracking your parcels on the website of USPS, you’ll be able to notice a considerable variation of the tracking statuses at specific time intervals. Following is a list of the most usual variations of such classes and also their meanings.

While you start tracking your parcels on the website of USPS, you’ll be able to notice a considerable variation of the tracking statuses at specific time intervals. Following is a list of the most usual variations of such classes and also their meanings:  


TRACKING STATUS – “PRE-SHIPMENT”


This status signifies that USPS has created the label of your package, although they haven’t scanned the brand into the system.


TRACKING STATUS – “IN TRANSIT”

“Arrival at Unit” :  the parcel has reached the Post Office near your destination on the expected day. Also, USPS has scheduled its delivery.


“Departed USPS Facility” : the package has been shipped from the sorting hub. USPS would mention the package’s ZIP code, city and state’s name as well.


“Arrived at USPS Facility” : the package has reached the sorting hub. USPS would mention the package’s ZIP code, city and state’s name as well.


“Processed at USPS Destination Facility” :  USPS has done the procedure to ship the package to the destination hub. Here also, USPS would mention the package’s ZIP code, city, and state’s name.


“Arriving Late”:  it would delay your package’s delivery than what was expected by USPS.

Moreover, if USPS hasn’t updated the status for at least seven working days, you should proceed with the missing mail for your package.

“Outbound  Out of US Customs” : US customs has provided the package to USPS. Hence, the box is all set to get transported internationally.


TRACKING STATUS – “OUT FOR DELIVERY”


If your tracking status suggests that your package is “Out for Delivery,” it means that – USPS has released the box for delivery. Hence, it would reach the destination on the specific and expected arrival date.


TRACKING STATUS – “DELIVERED”

Your tracking status may show “DELIVERED,” which means that – your package has been delivered without any issues. Besides, the delivery scan would indicate the date and time of your package’s delivery.


“Picked-Up”:  the receiver has collected the package from the post office at his/her locality.

“Delivered to Agent.” It suggests that – the delivery has been done by an agent whose residence is the same house or institution. Here, the agent’s address is the same as the address of your receiver. The institution can be a condominium, hospital, or college.

TRACKING STATUS – “ACCEPTED”

If the tracking status says “Acceptance at Destination,” it signifies that – the package has arrived at the destination Post Office/ the facility of USPS.


“Origin Acceptance” : USPS has made acceptance of the package at the sorting hub. USPS designates this hub to your package’s ZIP code. This ZIP code tells from where you’re shipping it.  

“Accepted at USPS facility” :  USPS has made the acceptance of the package at the USPS Processing hub. USPS designates this hub to your package’s ZIP code. This ZIP code tells from where you’re shipping it.  


“USPS in Possession of Item” :  USPS has collected the package. It is a part of a pickup program that was pre-scheduled by the sender.

TRACKING STATUS – “AVAILABLE FOR PICKUP”


If your tracking status shows ‘Available for Pickup”, it means that your receiver may collect the package from the specific USPS Facility or the Post Office.


TRACKING STATUS – “DELIVERY ATTEMPT”


“Held at the post office customer request”: USPS is keeping the package at the post office at your mentioned destination since the receiver has requested to do so.


“Receptacle Blocked”: some physical situations or issues block the road to the delivery destination.


“No Secure Location Available”: USPS found no secured location for the delivery of your package. Besides, there was no indication from the sender to leave the item without receiving the receiver’s response.

 “No authorized recipient available":  it knew none of the receivers to receive the packages. It is mainly relevant with services that ask for signature confirmations.


“No Access” : the workers of USPS were not able to access the specific delivery destination. For example, location access to the gated communities are often problematic because they ask for an access code.

TRACKING STATUS – “ALERT”


"Awaiting Delivery Scan”: the process of acceptance of the package hasn’t been confirmed or notified within 14 hours of releasing the box for delivery.


“Refused” : the receiver hasn’t accepted the package during delivery.


"Unable to Deliver Problem with Address” : USPS has failed to deliver the package because the mentioned address was wrong.


“Forwarded” : The receiver has forwarded the order. Also, USPS has delivered it to the new mentioned address.


“Dead Mail/Sent to Recovery Mail”: USPS was not able to deliver the package. Also, it couldn’t forward or return it. Hence, it has sent the box to the Mail Recovery Center. The center is situated in Atlanta, GA.

TRACKING STATUS – “RETURN TO SENDER”


“No Such Number ”: some portions of the address were invalid or missing—for example, an incorrect building number.


“Insufficient Address”: USPS doesn’t have sufficient information in the given address required to deliver the package.

“Moved, Left no address” : the receiver has shifted recently. Besides, s/he hasn’t provided a new address to forward the package.


"Forward Expired”: the receiver’s order to forward the package has been expired and invalid now.


“Addressee Unknown”: the receiver isn’t recognized at the delivery destination.


“Vacant” : the house, building, or institution is vacant as it has no receivers.


“Unclaimed/Unspecified’": USPS is returning the package to the sender. Although, the reason is not specific. It occurs if the receiver is no more.


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