How Late Does USPS Deliver Packages—Secrets Behind USPS
Are you awaiting your package impatiently and wondering whether United States Postal Service (USPS) can deliver it late at night or after hours? How late does USPS deliver packages? When can you file a complaint? We’ll answer all of those questions, and more!
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When your USPS package will arrive depends on the type of mail class you chose. Packages will sometimes be rerouted or delayed due to unexpected circumstances. Before you decide to contact the courier and jump to the conclusion that your package is missing, check which mail class you picked and see the delivery standard for it.
To save you from searching the internet trying to find the delivery standard for the mail class you chose, we provide you with a table containing the specifics you need.
|Mail Class||Delivery Standard|
|First-Class Mail||1–3 business days|
|Priority Mail||1, 2, or 3 business days|
|Priority Mail Express||1–2 calendar days|
|USPS Retail Ground||2–8 business days|
|Media Mail||2–8 business days|
|Bound Printed Matter||2–8 business days|
|Parcel Select parcels||2–9 business days|
|Parcel Select Lightweight parcels||2–9 business days|
|USPS Marketing Mail||3–10 business days|
The normal working hours for USPS are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Deliveries can be delayed in cases of unexpected circumstances, such as:
- Severe weather
Priority Mail Express and Amazon parcels are the only ones that can be delivered on Sundays.
On Saturdays, the USPS mailmen work the same hours as during the weekdays (9 a.m–5 p.m.). They make the deliveries during that time regardless of the delivery service.
Most packages get delivered by 2 p.m. on Saturdays, but you can expect them as late as 6.30 p.m.
The Priority Mail Express packages should arrive a bit earlier and get delivered by 10:30 a.m.
If you’re worried there are additional fees involved for getting your package on a Saturday, don’t be. USPS doesn’t charge extra—they treat Saturdays as any other weekday.
If you have been waiting for longer than five days from the mailing date for First-Class and Priority Mail or longer than 14 days for other mail classes, you should contact the courier. It’s possible that your USPS package got lost or another issue occurred.
You can contact the USPS customer support on your own by:
- Calling the USPS customer service reps—Dial 1-800-275-8777 and explain your issue. Provide the details the rep asks for and follow the instructions they give you
- Visiting a post office—Go to your local post office and fill out a request for your missing parcel
What if USPS says your parcel has been delivered, but there’s no package in sight? Filing a claim is likely the first thing that comes to mind.
If you want to file a claim, you should know that USPS doesn’t accept claims for late deliveries. Your package has to be either damaged or missing for your claim to be accepted. You should hold off on filing a claim and let them try to locate your missing parcel first. If they don’t succeed in doing so, your package will be considered lost, and you will be able to file your claim within 60 days from the mailing date.
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