The United States Postal Service (USPS) is a stand-alone agency of the United States federal government that undertakes the postal service of the whole of the USA. The U.S Postal Service is the only delivery service that can deliver to every address in the nation, that is a staggering 160 million residences, business premises and Post Office boxes. Because they are independent, they receive no tax dollars to fund expenses and rely solely on the sale and use of their postage, products and services to fund their operations. They have over 34,000 retail locations and one of the top viewed websites in the whole of the federal government, they have annual revenue of $71 billion and deliver nearly half of the whole world's mail. To keep up with this task they have over 640,000 employees and are one of Americas biggest employers along with having one of the biggest computer networks in the world.
They have certain goals they like to adhere to they are:
The USPS started with American President Benjamin Franklin in 1775 where he instructed Congress to make a Postal Service a permanent fixture of the Federal Government. The Act that he enforced included the provision to facilitate freedom of the press, the privacy of personal correspondence and expand the nations physical infrastructure which supposedly was vital to the USA's growth and prosperity.
Their mission is to serve the American people through binding the nation together and maintaining their resilient infrastructure, also to provide a safe, trusted and secure communications network between the United States government and American citizens, businesses and business customers, along with serving all areas of the nation making full use of evolving technologies.
To meet their mission, they will do the following things:
USPS is one of the biggest postal services in the world, and internationally they deliver to over 180 countries these include Great Britain, Canada, Japan, Mexico and Australia to name a few, they also have many postage options available for international delivery and they include Global Express Guaranteed, Priority Mail Express International and Priority Mail International all of these delivery options include a tracking number for you to keep up to date with where your items are. You will find your USPS tracking number when you purchase something online and its chosen delivery method is USPS or if you were to take an item to a USPS postal office and send via that way, you will receive the tracking number either by a confirmation email or a physical receipt, your sales receipt, a shipping confirmation email you received from the online retailer or the bottom peel-off portion of your USPS tracking label. For example, if you are sending a parcel through the "Priority Mail Express International" service then your tracking number will look something like this:
To track, you can visit the USPS website to track your item but when it crosses international borders you may find that it is harder to find out where your parcel is, or have the most recent updates, because of this many customers use Ship24s free to use tracking service, simply visit our website at www.ship24.com and enter your tracking number or numbers into the system and it will bring up real-time information on where your package is, this is even if a customs or border agent has stopped your parcel because of issues out of your control you will be able to contact the relevant person to find out exactly what is happening with your items.
With the USPS there are several options of delivery for USPS international parcels, these range from 1-3 business days to more than 180 countries to 6-10 business days. The shipping options are as follows: