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Table of contents

  1. Interesting facts about USPS
  2. How package tracking works with USPS
  3. The USPS shipment history in detail
  4. When does USPS deliver? The delivery times at a glance
  5. The most common delivery statuses from USPS
  6. Help, my USPS package is lost, what now?
  7. What happens when you are not at home

Interesting facts about USPS

Did you know that USPS is over 200 years old? The United States Postal Service was founded in 1775 by Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the United States. Since then, USPS has continued to pursue its mission of delivering mail to the people.

Post Riders

So-called "Post Riders" were the first letter carriers on horseback. Smaller post offices were located along the streets, where people sometimes lined up to pick up their mail. By 1789, there were 75 post offices serving 4 million people in the United States.¹

By the end of the 18th century, stagecoaches then replaced mail riders. A few more years later, the mail was transported by steamships and the railroad.

A Rural Delivery Wagon, est 1901
A Rural Delivery Wagon, est 1901, © Foto: USPS
Postal worker in front of a postal station 1894
Postal worker in front of a postal station 1894, © Foto: USPS

From Pony Express to today

In 1860, USPS worked closely with the Pony Express, a private service that delivered urgent mail from east to west in just 10 days (which otherwise took the Postal Service nearly 20 days). Delivery riders rode special horses, which were changed every 10-15 miles to make 100 miles per day. However, the Pony Express USPS was only under contract for a few months, as the service was discontinued when the Transcontinental Telegraph Line was completed in 1861.

Today, USPS employs more than 550,000 people and operates the largest civilian fleet, with nearly 260,000 vehicles. Did you know that in some USPS vehicles, drivers sit on the right side so they can put mail in the mailbox right out the car window? Neither did we!

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How package tracking works with USPS

Also with USPS you can of course track your shipment online. A package is usually between 1-3 weeks on the road - For domestic shipments USPS promises a shipping time of 3-5 business days. Please note that for international shipments, you will not receive your package directly from USPS. USPS will take care of your package in the US, but once it arrives in Germany, DHL will take care of further transport and delivery.

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The FedEx shipment history in detail

USPS Tracking
USPS Tracking, © Bild USPS

A tracking number or shipment tracking number called consists of 22 digits in most cases with USPS. On your package is a sticker on which the tracking number can be found. This is scanned several times during its journey - and that's when you'll get more information about where your package is.

On the official USPS page for tracking, on the DHL page for tracking or simply on parcello.org you can then check which stations your package has already passed through.


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When does USPS deliver? The delivery times at a glance

Since USPS in Germany has DHL as a delivery partner, of course the same times apply for delivery times - from Mondays to Fridays 07:00 - 18:00 and Saturdays from 08:00 - 18:00.

For a more accurate time window, wait for the arrival forecast of the time from DHL, or look directly on Parcello.

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The most common delivery statuses from USPS

The respective delivery status can give you information about where exactly your USPS shipment is at the moment. Here we have compiled a small list, so that you have a clue, which status messages there are at USPS package tracking at all. Please note that our list may not be complete. Errors excepted.

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Help, my USPS package is lost, what now?

If it should happen that your USPS shipment got lost during its journey, you should contact USPS as soon as possible. Before contacting the customer service, we recommend you to check the current status of your package via tracking.

Within the next few days, USPS will start tracking and notify you by mail with updated information. If your package is found, it will be forwarded to the recipient's address.

If your USPS package is lost in the recipient country (e.g. Germany), you should contact DHL directly, as they have taken over the transport and delivery in Germany as a partner. You can find more information here.

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What happens when you are not at home

If you are expecting a shipment with USPS, but unfortunately you will not be home on the day of delivery. If you live in Germany, your USPS shipment was handed over to the shipping partner DHL. So if you were not found by the DHL delivery person, your shipment was either left with a neighbor, it was forwarded to a parcel store or a post office branch, or it was left at your specified desired location (if you have one with DHL).

You will receive a notification card on which you can read exactly what happened to your shipment.

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Individual references:

  1. https://www.history.com/news/post-office-mail-delivery

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