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USPS tracking number

How do I get a USPS tracking number?

When you purchase any registered USPS service for parcel delivery, you will receive a tracking number directly from USPS either upon purchase or via a confirmation email. You will be able to identify this USPS tracking number as it will be around 10-20 characters long and contain a mixture of letters and numbers which are unique to your parcel.

Alternatively, if you have chosen USPS to deliver your package when purchasing goods from a business, distance seller, or online marketplace, you may receive the USPS tracking number from them instead of directly from USPS, as they will usually dispatch the order to USPS themselves once you have made the purchase.

Please note, if your parcel is being sent by a seller with USPS, you may need to allow time for the parcel to be picked up or sent with USPS by the sender before you receive a USPS tracking number. The seller or marketplace should let you know if an item will not be dispatched immediately, however, if you have still not received your USPS tracking number within 48 hours you should contact them directly to obtain your tracking number. USPS tracking numbers are similar to UPS, FedEx, DHL and other major couriers, all which can be tracked using Ship24 worldwide.

Where can I get step-by-step USPS tracking number information?

Using your USPS tracking number on Ship24 will ensure you get 100 percent of all the tracking information relevant to your USPS parcel, including each change in the parcel's location and status along its journey. Even if your parcel changes - such as if it is bound for an international destination and delivery is carried out by a third-party courier in the destination country - Ship24 can still deliver USPS tracking information on your package the entire way.

That's because Ship24 is a universal, multi-courier tracking system that will continue to scan the web for updates on your packages no matter which couriers it is being handled by, all through just your USPS tracking number. Millions of parcels are tracked with Ship24 every month because of this ability, as people look to consolidate all their tracking needs to one single website. Ship24 is the ultimate tracking one-stop-shop, which won't let you down when it comes to tracking a USPS parcel worldwide.

What does my USPS tracking number mean?

Every USPS tracking number will be unique to each parcel that is sent, with the characters in the tracking number being relevant to a number of different parts of the shipping process, such as details about the contents, whether VAT has been paid on the item, the destination, and so on.
An example of which is below a USPS tracking number for a parcel dispatch and to be delivered in America will look like the following:

  • IZ 123 AA1 05 9371 6931

However, you do not need to know what these numbers mean thanks to Ship24's autodetection system. In fact, you don't need to enter any information relevant to your parcel or personal information when tracking with Ship24, simply enter your USPS tracking number on the homepage and begin scanning 1,000's of couriers simultaneously, including the USPS, with just the click of a button. We are the shipment tracking experience and offer our service free of charge, twenty-four hours a day.

Do packages with USPS tracking numbers get delivered faster?

The speed at which your USPS parcel is delivered will not depend on whether it has a USPS tracking number but instead the USPS postage service you opted for or purchased (or which was purchased by the company or marketplace you ordered the product from). The cost of that service will depend on the following:

  • Size of the parcel: The size of a USPS size could mean it is shipped using different transportation methods, with larger and/or bulk shipments being sent by sea, which takes a lot longer than by air.
  • Weight of the package: The weight of your USPS parcel could also mean a variety of different shipping methods.
  • USPS service: Depending on the price you are willing to pay, there is a number of different USPS shipping services available which offer a variety of delivery turnarounds for customers.
  • Holidays: Holidays usually mean a larger amount of goods being bought and or sent which could affect the delivery time.
  • Natural disasters: Of course, sometimes unforeseen circumstances could affect the delivery of your package, which cannot be accounted for by couriers or merchants.

How do I track a USPS package using my USPS tracking number?

All registered shipments with USPS will include a USPS tracking number or code which you will receive when purchasing a USPS delivery service or purchase an item from a merchant or distance seller who will use USPS to deliver your parcel. Once you have your USPS tracking number, simply enter it into the Ship24 website (you don't need to provide any other information), and begin tracking your parcel end-to-end with the universal package tracking capability Ship24 provides.

With its inbuilt auto-detection system, it doesn't matter whether your parcel is handed over to a different logistics company or courier for part of its journey, you will still be able to track your USPS parcel from start to finish with Ship24. Find out why millions of parcels are being tracked every month all from the Ship24 website today, by finding out how easy it is to track your next USPS parcel with us.

What information will a USPS tracking number provide me?

When you use your USPS tracking number on the Ship24 website to track your parcel, you will get 100 percent of the tracking updates regarding the status and location of your parcel as it passes between points along its journey.

Some of these USPS tracking number updates could include:

  • Order received: The USPS parcel has reached a point along its journey. You will be able to see its location and the current status at this point
  • Processing: The parcel is being processed at a warehouse or dispatch point
  • Departure Scan: The parcel is ready for dispatch from its current location
  • Arrived at the nearby depot: The USPS parcel has arrived at the nearest depot to your destination
  • Out for the Delivery: Your package has been picked up by a courier and is only the final leg of its journey. If your parcel needs to be signed for, you should make sure someone is at the final destination in order to receive the package.
  • Returned: Damaged or otherwise and returned.
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