What does USPS in transit arriving late mean?

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asked Nov 28, 2020 in USPS by rindeed (950 points)
What does USPS in transit arriving late mean?

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answered Nov 28, 2020 by Essmann (42,860 points)
When USPS says in transit arriving late it means that the package is gonna arrive a day or two later than expected.

The date of delivery for USPS packages is an estimate as to when they think your package is gonna be delivered but it's not a guaranteed date.

Some packages may arrive sooner and some later.

Most times when the package is arriving late it will just be a day late.

The package may have got put on the wrong truck or not loaded into a truck on time after being sorted.

When USPS tracking says status not available it just means there's something wrong on the USPS tracking website.

If you wait a few seconds and try reloading the tracking information again then the tracking should work.

It's nothing with your computer or device and it can be caused by the USPS servers being overloaded with people tracking their packages.

Try waiting a few minutes and check the tracking again and it should work which it does for me.

In transit on USPS does not mean the package is coming today.

In transit on USPS tracking means the package is traveling through the USPS network and is usually traveling down the road or on an airplane.

Semi Trucks haul packages down the Interstate through the day and night to get packages to the sorting facilities where they are sorted again.

Once the package gets to your local sorting facility then it's put on another truck to go to your local post office and then the USPS that delivers your mail loads it onto their truck or delivers the package to your post office box.

When the tracking information says out for delivery today or out for delivery then the package will be delivered today.

USPS packages stay in transit for 1 day to 3 days depending on how far the package has to go.

In Transit means the package is traveling down the road in a semi truck or on an airplane to reach your destination.

Mail or packages can stay in Transit through USPS for 2 days or even 3 days before the tracking updates.

In Transit means the package is traveling down the road or on an airplane to reach the destination and so the package will not be scanned again until it reaches a sorting facility.

Once the package reaches a sorting facility the package has to be unloaded from the truck or airplane which has thousands of packages.

Then when your package gets off the truck and onto the sorting machine it is then sorted and scanned automatically and then your tracking information should update again.

When the USPS tracking says out for delivery today then the package should reach you that day.

When a USPS package is in Transit it means that the package is on a truck or plane being transferred to a different sorting facility.

That new sorting facility could be 20 miles away or it could be 100 miles to 1,000 miles away so it can vary as to the time it takes for the package to be in transit.

Some packages may stay in transit for one day and then some packages that are traveling farther may stay in transit for a few more days.

When the package is in transit the tracking will not update until the package reaches the sorting facility and then gets off the truck or plane to be handled and then scanned.

When it gets to your location then the tracking info for USPS should update to say it's arrived at your local post office.

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