The United States Post Office Delivery Times From A to Z
Whether you’re sending or receiving mail, you might be curious about the United States Post Office delivery times. Read our guide to find out when you can expect your letter or package to arrive. We will also explain what to do in case your USPS package is late or missing.
An estimated USPS delivery time depends mostly on the mail class the sender chooses. Consult the following table to find out what the expected shipping time for your package is:
|Domestic Mail||Delivery Time||International Mail||Delivery Time|
|First-Class Mail||One to three business days||First-Class Mail International||Not specified|
|Priority Mail Express||Overnight to two days (including weekends and holidays)||First-Class Package International Service||Not specified|
|Priority Mail||One to three business days||Priority Mail Express International||Three to five business days|
|Media Mail||Two to eight business days||Priority Mail International||Six to ten business days|
|USPS Retail Ground||Two to eight business days||Global Express Guaranteed||One to three business days|
|–||–||Airmail M-Bags||Not specified|
USPS usually delivers packages by 5 p.m. local time (Monday–Saturday).
The shipping might take longer in the following situations:
- Bad weather—Poor weather conditions—such as storms, hurricanes, freezing rains, and similar—can cause postal service disruption
- Holiday rush—During each holiday season, there’s an increased delivery volume, which means that shipping usually takes longer
- Pandemic (such as the COVID-19)—Due to a higher number of online orders, USPS has a lot of packages to deliver, and this can cause delays
- Lost packages—Sometimes, a package can get lost. If you don’t get the package seven days after the estimated delivery date, report the issue to USPS
- Incorrect addresses—The package can be delivered to the wrong address, which results in a delivery delay
- Unusual circumstances—Unforeseen events—such as accidents, natural disasters, and truck breakdowns—can be the reasons for late delivery
Estimated delivery times for Priority Mail depend on the ZIP code of the sender. Use the USPS Priority Mail Delivery Map to check when your package will arrive based on the area you’re sending it from.
If your mail doesn’t arrive after the estimated delivery time, your first step should be to track its status to check for updates. You can do so by:
- Visiting the USPS tracking page and entering the tracking number of the parcel
- Contacting USPS via an online form
- Dialing 1-800-275-8777
USPS issues refunds for late packages if the delay is their fault. You can apply for a refund no later than:
- 30 days from the mailing date for mail sent via Priority Mail Express
- 60 days from the mailing date for mail sent via:
- Priority Mail Express with an extra service
- All other classes of mail
- All other classes of mail with extra service(s)
Does the status of your mail say ‘delivered’, but your mailbox is still empty? If you think that your package got lost in transportation or delivered to the wrong address, you should file a complaint.
You can report the issue to USPS and request a refund in two ways:
|Ways To Request a Refund||
|Online||To request a refund online, you need to:
|In person||If you’d like to request a refund in person, you need to complete Form 3533 and submit it to the nearest post office|
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