What do the USPS tracking status updates mean?

The following table is a list of the most common USPS tracking statuses and their meanings, according to the USPS website. You can also locate the tracking status for any USPS shipment at their website: USPS Track & Confirm

If the status has not changed after the shipment has been delivered, it could be that the parcel entered the mail stream before its postmark date.

While post-dating labels are okay, be aware that if you post-date the label, hand the parcel to the USPS before the postmark date and place it in the mail stream, the tracking will not be accurate.

Tracking in ShippingEasy:

ShippingEasy uses USPS tracking information to track USPS shipments on the SHIPMENT HISTORY page.

USPS Tracking Statuses Explained:

USPS Status Description ShippingEasy

Electronic Shipping Info Received

This scan indicates that the shipper has notified the Postal Service that they intend to submit the item for processing and delivery.

When a USPS service with delivery confirmation is purchased from ShippingEasy, this status is sent to USPS at 9 pm PST each night.

Before the tracking information is sent, the tracking page may show "Not Found." This is to be expected. Once the information is sent, you may notice the tracking page indicates "Pre-shipment" with a "Label Created" time.

Using a USPS SCAN form will initiate this status update sooner. Learn more about SCAN forms.




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.



Processed Through Sort Facility (or Post Office)

This scan indicates that the item has processed through and left a Postal Service processing facility. 



Departed from the USPS Facility

This scan indicates that the package has been processed and is currently in transit to the destination.



In Transit

This scan indicates:

  • In transit - arrive at sort facility
  • In transit - processed
  • In transit - depart sort facility

For these packages, tracking on the USPS website will show when a package is in transit and expected to arrive by the delivery date shown with: “In-Transit, Arriving On Time.”

If a package will be delivered later than expected, you will see this message: “In-Transit, Arriving Late.”



Arrival at Unit

This scan indicates that the item was scanned at the final postal unit where delivery of the item will take place. scanned_in_route_360.png  


This scan indicates that the item has been given to a carrier for delivery to its final destination or placed in the customer's Post Office Box.




This scan indicates that the item has been picked up by or delivered to the final recipient. Delivery Confirmation emails can be configured to automatically notify you and your customers that their order has been delivered. Learn more about delivery confirmation emails. delivered_360.png  


This scan indicates that the tracking cannot be identified correctly. Learn more about this tracking status


Processing Exception

This scan means that for whatever reason, employee, weather, or machine malfunction, mail has been delayed from its anticipated movement thru the mail stream.




This scan indicates that the item has been forwarded to a different address. This is due to forwarding instructions or because the address or ZIP Code on the item was incorrect.


Processing Complete This scan indicates, for Delivery Confirmation, Signature Confirmation, and Express Mail services, that the item has arrived at the Post Office for delivery.    

Notice Left

An unsuccessful delivery attempt was made by your carrier today.

You may:

  • Schedule a Redelivery, or
  • Use Postal Locator to pick up the item at the Post Office™ facility indicated on the notice beginning the next business day
  • If you did not receive a notice, the item can be picked up at the local Post Office™ facility with a photo ID.

If this item is unclaimed by the RETURN DATE, then it will be returned to the sender.




This scan indicates that the item was refused by the recipient at the final delivery address and will be returned to the sender.    


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