Postal Mail Tracking Codes: What Do They Mean?

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As soon as you buy something from an online store, no matter how far, you’re naturally interested in its tracking while it’s underway. So, how to track a package in case it is sent via the postal mail? And what are those fancy numbers and letters that the package tracking number and SMS updates contain? Here is a definitive guide from Pkge.net experts clarifying everything you need to know about the ways of deciphering the tracking codes. No more “how to track my package” problems – everything gets crystal clear after you study our pro instructions.

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Anatomy of a Tracking Number

Any postal shipment sent across the globe today receives a unique identifier helping the sender, recipient, and the postal service itself determine its location and track its route to the owner. With automation of the postal processes reaching literally every corner of the world, we have received much better transparency of the shipping process. Now every client may track his or her parcel in real-time by simply entering the tracking number in the corresponding “search” tab.

You may be surprised to learn that even without using the Internet search systems, you may find out much about your parcel by simply looking at its tracking number. Each part of the tracking ID contains some vital information about your shipment. For instance, the USPS Tracking ID is a 16-digit barcode that looks like: 6400 4000 0000 0000 0000 00. Here, USPS Tracking Code will have the first four digits 9400, the Priority Mail code starts with 9205, Certified Mail starts with 9407, while Global Express Guaranteed starts with 82, etc.

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FedEx uses letters as the identifying part of the tracking code. If you have sent the parcel with FedEx, then FXE in your code would stand for FedEx Express, FXSP – for SmartPost, FXG – for ground mail delivery, FXFE – for freight delivery, FXO – for office delivery, etc.

UPS also has some alphanumeric tracking code specifics to look out for. For instance, the trailer and railroad postal carrier methods are marked as UPGX, UPSC, NONZ, etc. in the tracking code, while the NMFTA SCAC identifying code of UPS deliveries can come in three main formats – UPSS, UPSN, and UPSC.

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Parcel Tracking Update Codes  

The track order process is quite complex, involving numerous transit points of your parcel as it crosses national borders and passes the customs checks and postal carrier’s sorting centers in numerous locations. Thus, to take the stress out of the process, the carriers provide status updates to clients via emails or SMS notifications. Examples of status updates from, for instance, Royal Mail, include:

  • “We’re expecting it.” This code is provided by the carrier as soon as it already has a notification about some pending parcel for dispatch but has not received it from the sender yet.
  • “We’ve got it.” The carrier has received and registered the parcel for dispatch.
  • “Internal exception occurred.” The code displays as soon as the carrier experiences any system problems.
  • “In transit.” The code is provided for the parcels that have been dispatched but have not yet arrived at the local receiving office.
  • “Pending.” This status is displayed in several cases: when the parcel is held at the carrier’s office because the recipient needs to pay the fee for it, when the item is redirected, when the parcel couldn’t be delivered to the recipient for some reason and awaits collection, and when the parcel is held at the local carrier’s office via its Keepsafe service.
  • “Ready for delivery.” The code is sent to the recipient as soon as the parcel arrives at the local sorting center and is issued to the courier for delivery.
  • “Delivered.” Once the recipient receives the parcel and signs the receipt form, the order is closed with the “delivered” status assigned to it.

The USPS service has a complex system of tracking codes from 001 to 983, each related to a specific status of your parcel and the specific method of its delivery. For example:

  • 001 stands for the first-class mail USPS tracking, while 019 is used for Priority Mail Return Service;
  • 023 is used to refer to the Parcel Return Service;
  • 040 stands for Priority Mail: USPS Tracking with SBP;
  • 058 stands for Priority Mail USPS Tracking and insurance of the parcel for the sum not exceeding $500, while 062 refers to the same features, but the insurance sum exceeds $500.

Trace a Tracking Number Hassle-Free  

Now that you are well-tuned to the fundamentals of the track shipment science, you might have no trouble locating your parcel, learning which carrier is handling it at any point in time, and identifying its current status. But if you still consider this information load too much to remember, why not make the task of order tracking less burdensome? With the convenient system of Pkge.net, all you need to do is go through a quick registration process and put your parcel’s tracking number into the system. Once it is there, the system will give you all the latest information about the parcel’s status and all the relevant updates without mind-cracking codes and abbreviations. With Pkge.net, you’ll always be perfectly sure where your shipment is and when it will arrive at your doorstep.

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Postal Mail Tracking Codes: What Do They Mean?
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Any postal shipment sent across the globe today receives a unique identifier helping the sender, recipient, and the postal service itself determine its location and track its route to the owner. With automation of the postal processes reaching literally every corner of the world, we have received much better transparency of the shipping process.

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