What does USPS awaiting item mean?

What does USPS awaiting item mean

What does USPS awaiting item mean?

USPS hasn’t scanned the shipping label for your package yet, although you know a label has been purchased since there is a tracking number available. Either the seller hasn’t dropped off your package at the post office yet, or it is waiting for pickup at some collection site.

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If a customer has paid for the purchase (on eBay for example) I can purchase and print a USPS shipping label to paste on the package.

eBay sends the buyer the tracking number immediately, but I still have to get the package to the post office or in a mailbox on my end.

This feels like a lot of pressure sometimes, as I don’t like having to race to the P.O. as soon as I print a label.

But until it’s been scanned by a postal worker, you can assume the seller still has your item, and hopefully, they have not snapped under the pressure.

The USPS has a scanning system. Every parcel is scanned with every move it makes, i.e. when it is purchased online it will show ‘awaiting item’ (or something like that) until the online postal service buying guy actually gets it to the p.o.

Then it gets scanned showing that its there and gets scanned showing when it’s leaving ( for delivery).

We scan everything as they come, get sorted and go. It’s all just to let you’ll know where your package is.

Typically, when the scan reads USPS awaiting item, it means that the seller has notified them of a pending shipment, but it has not yet been picked up or taken to the post office. Check your estmated delivery date on your summary page, if it has passed you can open a case for “item not received”.

What does USPS awaiting item mean in 2021?

The person sending it has not put the item in the system yet, or it is being delivered to the individual Post Office by FedEx or UPS. They have the best method of getting the parcel to a city (they own jets which the USPS is forbidden by law to own) but the USPS has what is called the” last mile.”

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They deliver to every address every day. Something that FedEx and UPS could never achieve. The companies and the Postal service work together now saving both time and money.

When you get a notice saying waiting for arrival, the package has not been delivered to the post office by one of the other delivery companies so no scan has been done by the USPS.

What does USPS mean when it says “shipping label created, USPS awaiting item”?

A shipper using a USPS delivery service through an online shipping application has created a shipping label for an envelope or package shipment.

The USPS shipping application records this event in the tracking history for the shipment; in this case, the message notifies anyone requesting a status of the shipment that the shipper has created the shipping label, and the USPS is waiting for the shipper to tender the shipper to the USPS.

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USPS Does not have the item Yet, and may never get the item. Just someone went on to there system and created and paid for the label.

When USPS (or one of their partners) has it in there possession, they will scan the bar code, and it will get updated information.

It means whoever you bought something from, or ordered something, has created the label with the addresses (from & to) and a tracking number.

That’s all. Doesn’t mean they’ve even put it on the pkg or dropped it off at a post office. They’ve just created the label.

“USPS Awaiting Item” What’s the hold Up?

Looking for input from those with experience….


  • 10/11 – Package labelled for Parcel Select Ground (Package A), along with a second package going to a different destination but also Parcel Select Ground (Package B), picked up by carrier
  • 10/12 – Package A shows only “Shipping label created, USPS Awaiting Item” via tracking, while Package B shows received as well as movement along the way.
  • 10/13 – Package B still merrily along its way, Package A still shows the same “Shipping label created, USPS Awaiting Item”
  • Package origin zip code of MIA package is 71115 and destination zip code is 75081
  • Tracking number of MIA package is: 9461209699938846904686 for those interested

What’s the issue here? Two packages handed over at the same time, both approximately the same size, and both going out Parcel Select Ground yet one shows no updates?

Local Post Office shrugs their shoulders and says it may be lost, or it may still show up. Thing is, it’s their word against mine as to whether or not they actually got it, and guess who wins that one?

Has anyone seen something like this, and the package still actually arrive on time?

How concerned should I be at this point, and, based on that origin and destination zip code when should I expect the recipient to have received it assuming it’s actually still en route?

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First, always keep your receipt until the tracking shows up. That is the only proof you have that you handed the package to USPS.

I work for USPS but I also sell on eBay. I have had a package or two just not show up in the system until it reached the destination office.

Chances are that it’s moving to its destination, but something is preventing updates. Maybe the label is damaged or there was a glitch.

I know it’s not easy, but try to relax and remember to always get and keep a drop off receipt until you see tracking upload.

Ah, yes, we carriers don’t have receipts to provide when we pick up packages. This is one of the main reasons that I take everything to the counter at the nearest PO to me.

It’s not that I don’t trust my own mail carrier, I simply want proof in case I ship something, the tracking doesn’t upload and the customer does not receive it in a timely manner.

You may be able to request that they are accepted at the PO so that you get a receipt and then have the carrier deliver the receipt to you – that, of course, is up to your local PO.

Can my package be in the mail if the tracking number tells me the USPS shipping label has been created USPS awaiting the item?

At one time USPS had “delivery confirmation” numbers, and tracking was a hit-or-miss thing. That time passed years ago. Packages with tracking barcodes are scanned at entry, and multiple points along the way, including delivery.

But many sellers don’t actually “mail”, or “post” their packages themselves, but use third-party courier services to move packages as bulk freight over the long-haul, and then “mail” or “post” the package at a USPS acceptance point closer to the destination.

When a third-party logistics company is used, sometimes USPS is notified that they are in possession of the package, but often that does not happen. So while your package is taking a long journey, all USPS can tell you is that no one has given it to them yet.

Most sellers will give you an estimated delivery window. If that window has not yet closed, sit tight. Your package, for all intents and purposes, is on its way, even if you don’t see any tracking. If that delivery estimate window has closed, and there is still no tracking, that would be the time to contact the seller.

What does USPS awaiting item mean

yes your package could be in the mail stream getting ready to be delivered it could have missed it scans. When it says they’re waiting for the package at the ups that means that the delivery label was generated but either the package hasn’t been mailed yet or missed being scanned as accepted by the post office but there should be more scans after that I can’t believe they would have missed them all.

The business creates a shipping label and attaches it to the package prior to shipping it out. Once the package is received by the postal service and entered into the system you will be able to track where the package is using the tracking number the business gave you.

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