Meaning “the item is currently in transit to the destination.” | What does it actually mean?
Over the last 20 years or more, the United States Postal Service (USPS) has considerably improved its tracking information game.
Before roughly 2000, the USPS’ tracking information was usually a little erratic, unreliable, and not always the most accurate – or timely – data.
On the other hand, the USPS has invested a lot of time and money since then updating their tracking systems and shipping infrastructure.
The tracking data they provide is now highly accurate, always up to date, and immensely useful. When customers utilize their tracking number, they receive location information and a wealth of contextual information about their packages.
As a USPS customer, you may see alerts such as “The Item is Currently in Transit to the Destination.”
Because this isn’t the most straightforward message from the USPS, we’ve created this complete guide.
When you check your tracking information, you’ll understand precisely what the post office means when you get a status update that says, “The Item is Currently in Transit to the Destination.”
You’ll know what this means, how to figure out what will happen next with your shipment, and how to estimate when your delivery will arrive using this information.
Let’s get started.
What does “The Item is Currently in Transit to the Destination” mean in tracking?
We should warn you right away that you may see the “The Item is Currently in Transit to the Destination” status update a few times while tracking your shipment, but this notice will only show once somewhere along the line.
Whatever the situation may be, this change in status means that your package is currently en route to a different destination along with the USPS’s transportation infrastructure and should arrive shortly.
The item you’re expecting (or mailing) may arrive at the first processing hub before proceeding to the next step in the shipping process. When a package transfers from one central USPS region to another, it may be processed at a different facility.
And this status update could mean that your package is on its way to its final destination before being delivered to your neighborhood post office.
Keeping Track of Your Package As It Makes Its Way Through the Postal System
As previously stated, this tracking information can display at a few different points throughout your package’s actual delivery route.
Depending on where your shipment is on its path to its final destination, we’ll explain what this tracking status statement could mean.
Whether you believe it or not, the journey your box takes when the USPS transports it begins long before the USPS accepts or receives your cargo for delivery and instead begins with creating the shipping label.
It is called the “pre-shipment” stage of the process, and it is during this point you will most likely read this notice.
This notification may display after a mailing label has been printed and a USPS mail carrier has been dispatched to pick up the package, but only if the USPS mail carrier does not scan the parcel into the system immediately.
There’s a good chance you won’t receive this precise status update between when your mailing label is created and when the USPS scans your box into their shipping system.
The Package is Accepted
However, once the USPS has approved the cargo, the chances of receiving this status notification skyrocket.
In reality, the “The Item is Currently in Transit to the Destination” notification will generally appear immediately after the “Package Acceptance” status update or even a few hours (to a day) later in your tracking information.
It isn’t surprising, given that your package must leave the original post office or USPS acceptance facility and travel to a different site before being rerouted to its eventual destination.
This notification’s “in transit” section indicates that the product has already left one facility and is going to a new site.
Keep an eye out for the following notification, which will usually state “Package Arrived” or “Processed Through Facility,” suggesting that your packages are on their way to you.
Public Transportation Traveling
Many people mistakenly believe that an item in transit means it is moving at that precise moment, which is not always the case.
“In Transit” usually means that a product has left one facility. It is still on its way to the next or has arrived at the following site but has not yet been scanned.
This update may occur every time your package travels through another USPS station, skip a few USPS locations, or not occur at all, depending on how USPS staff scan parcels as they arrive at various facilities.
What are the possibilities for my package’s delivery?
During its journey, your shipment will pass through several facilities and sites, including:
- Regional Hubs
- Local Post Offices
- Processing Centers
A processing facility is usually the quickest “stopover for a USPS delivery.”
These facilities are designed to process large amounts of mail and packages as quickly as possible, with pallets of boxes delivered in the same general direction to the following “link in the chain.”
Regional hubs are more extensive processing facilities where items may stay for a little longer. Before being transported out for distribution, especially if they must be separated from their original pallet, Then re-combined with other shipments destined for different parts of the country — smaller processing facilities.
Finally, local post offices are in charge of delivering your packages to your PO Box or physical location for the “last mile.”
Before your item gets at any of those points along the road, you can get a status update that says, “The Item is Currently in Transit to the Destination.”
Suppose your tracking code receives a “The Item is Currently in Transit to the Destination” status update near a regional hub or facility near your item’s final destination. In that case, you can expect a “Package Out For Delivery” update to follow soon after – perhaps in a day or two (and sometimes even sooner than that).