What to Do in Case of Late Delivery of Mail – USPS Delayed Mail

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Is your mailpiece delayed or late? If yes, then you might be having this question of what to do next. Luckily, there are multiple options exist to help determine whether your mailpiece is delayed or not or where is your mailpiece in the mainstream.

Here are the three options:

  • Check Mail Delivery Standards
  • Track Your Package
  • Contact the Customer Service Department

Let’s understand each option in further detailing.

1) Check Mail Delivery Standards

First and foremost, you need to check the mail delivery standards. Each mail class has some delivery standards i.e. take particular days to reach the destination. The delivery standards vary from one mail class to another. That’s why it is always recommended to check the mail class delivery standards before assuming or jump to the conclusion that you mailpiece is delayed or late.

Check out the image shared below to see the delivery standards for various mail classes. Below provided data also indicate how long you should wait before you contact customer assistance with a concern:

Note:  *Except Alaska, Hawaii and US Territories – an estimate provided by the postage price calculator.

2) Track Your Package

USPS provides a service called USPS Tracking, which allows users to track their packages or check the delivery status of their mailpiece. To track your packages, you need a tracking number. A tracking number is a unique number which is assigned to each mailpiece which is shipped through USPS. This number let users track the current status of the package in the delivery mainstream.

Is there any way to track a package without tracking number? – Know the answer here

The number of letters and numbers vary depending on the class of mail or extra service being used.  The samples of tracking number for different mail class or service are shared below;

How to Track a Package through USPS.com?

  • Visit the official USPS Tracking page.
  • Enter the tracking number, make sure to enter the correct tracking number, check the samples from above.
  • Then Click on “Track” option.
  • The most recent tracking status of your package will appear on the screen.

If you can’t see any status or the tracking is not updating, then check back regularly throughout the day. If you can’t find any information through tracking then contact the customer service department.

3) Contact the Customer Service Department

If you have the tracking number then contact the customer service department.

  1. Email USPS
  2. Call at 1-800-222-1811.

Make sure to check the working hours of customer service before making a call.

    • Monday thru Friday: 8:00 am to 8:30 pm ET
    • Saturday:  8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET
    • Sundays:  Closed
    • Holidays:  Closed 

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Note: The call center does not accept inquiries about ineligible First-Class Mail International and First-Class Package International Service items.

If you’re a recipient who is notified by a shipper that a package has been sent and believe that a package has been delayed or possibly lost, then you need to contact the sender of the mail piece and request his/ her to track the package or contact the customer service department.

For more information: http://faq.usps.com/

Hopefully, now you know what options are there in case of late or delayed delivery of mail piece. If you have any other query or question then leave a comment below. Keep checking this space for more useful information related to United States Postal Service (USPS).

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