Couriers·Oct 4, 2023

How to Easily Track Your Parcel with USPS: Step-by-Step Guide

USPS delivery truck on the roadArticle updated on Oct 7, 2023

Choosing a reliable and cost-effective shipping service becomes paramount when embarking on your international shopping spree from the United States. USPS, celebrated for its versatile shipping options, has become a preferred choice for numerous international shoppers and small businesses. Coupled with forwarding services like, your shopping and shipping experience promises to be seamless and economical.

Why tracking your parcel is important

There's a certain kind of wonder that comes with ordering an item online and eagerly awaiting its arrival on your doorstep. Like a child waiting for Santa on Christmas Eve, you may find yourself constantly peeking through the window, hoping to catch a glimpse of the delivery vehicle.

But thanks to modern technology such as USPS tracking, you no longer need to be left in suspense, wondering when your parcel will arrive. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you easily track your package with USPS, regardless of whether you're shipping items abroad from Forwardme, or having your packages delivered by USPS to your Forwardme address.

USPS website quick tools menu

Now that we've got the basics covered, let's dive into the actual process and navigate the USPS website. It may seem a tad bit overwhelming at first, with a barrage of options and clickable elements, but trust me, it's way easier than it seems. Before you know it, you'll be a pro at parcel tracking!

First things first, visit the USPS website. This is your one-stop shop for all things USPS, including services ranging from parcel tracking to shipping rates and postage purchases. And let me tell you, it's a pretty comprehensive platform! 

What to look For 

Once you're on the website, you'll see several menus. Here's what you need to focus on:

  • The "Track & Manage" menu: This is where all the tracking options live. This is your go-to place to check the status of your parcels.
  • The shipping rates menu: This is a handy tool where you can check the shipping rates.
  • Postage purchase: Looking to buy postage online? This is where you go.

Note to self: If you ever find yourself lost on the website, just remember that "Track & Manage" is your best friend!

USPS Website - Retail Postage Price Calculator

USPS Website - Retail Postage Price Calculator

Tracking your package with a tracking number

In the world of online shopping and international shipping, having control over the delivery of your purchases is key. One of the most convenient tools at your disposal when shipping through USPS (United States Postal Service) is the tracking number. 

What is a tracking number?

A tracking number is a unique set of digits and sometimes letters assigned to your parcel during processing. It serves as an identifier, enabling you to monitor the transit status of your package. 

An important note: Upon shipping with USPS, your tracking number will be provided to you. Make sure to keep it somewhere safe!

Using your tracking number to monitor your parcel 

When you have your tracking number on hand, tracking your package becomes a breeze. Here's a step-by-step guide to getting started:

  1. Go to the USPS' official website or download their application.
  2. Find the option to enter the tracking number on the website or app's homepage.
  3. Enter the tracking number exactly as USPS provided it to you.
  4. Click on the track package or similar button.

What can I see with my tracking number? By entering this number, you can view real-time updates on your parcel's whereabouts and get an estimated delivery date. So, not only do you get to stay informed about its transit status, but you can also manage your time and expectations accordingly

Understanding USPS tracking statuses

USPS provides various tracking statuses to inform you of your parcel's journey:

  • Pre-Shipment: Awaiting a parcel from the sender.
  • In Transit: The parcel is traveling through the postal network.
  • Out for Delivery: The parcel is in your local area and will be delivered shortly.
  • Delivered: The parcel has arrived at its destination. Additional statuses may indicate any issues or actions required of you.
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International USPS shipping services

Navigating through international shipping can be a breeze with USPS and USPS often emerges as a wallet-friendly option for sending packages globally. Below, explore the array of international shipping services and exclusive savings that USPS extends, especially when paired with Forwardme's forwarding services.

First Class Mail International

First Class Mail International stands out as the most cost-effective method to ship internationally, especially with items capped at 4 pounds (64oz). When using this service through, you can:

  • Enjoy affordable international USPS services.
  • Expect delivery within 1-4 weeks.
  • Opt for insurance as an additional safeguard.
  • Receive tracking in developed countries.
  • Benefit from 35% savings when paired with Forwardme's forwarding services.

Priority Mail International

Priority Mail International provides a quicker, premium delivery service, particularly beneficial for items weighing 1 pound (16oz) or less. Utilize this service with to:

  • Opt for an economical choice for packages under 1 pound.
  • Anticipate delivery within 6–10 business days.
  • Avail of the included $200 insurance.
  • Ensure free tracking.
  • Unlock a 25% discount using Forwardme's services.

Priority Mail Express International

Priority Mail Express International is your go-to for speedy delivery of international shipments over 1 pound. With, this service guarantees:

  • The fastest delivery is for items weighing 1 pound or more.
  • A delivery timeframe of 3-5 business days.
  • inclusion of $200 in insurance
  • Complimentary tracking.
  • A notable 26% savings when utilized.

Priority Mail Flat Rate International

Priority Mail Flat Rate International offers an economical method to ship large, hefty items to distant countries, charging a fixed fee for any shipment under 70 pounds. When managed through

  • It’s the most economical for items below 70 pounds.
  • Delivery is accomplished in 6–10 business days.
  • $200 in insurance is incorporated.
  • Free tracking is provided.
  • Enjoy a 25% discount via ForwardMe’s forwarding services.

Priority Mail Express Flat Rate International

Priority Mail Express Flat Rate International emerges as the most cost-efficient method to expedite large, heavy items, imposing a fixed fee for any shipment under 70 pounds. When utilized with

  • It offers the most affordable rush delivery for items under 70 pounds.
  • Deliveries are managed in 3–5 business days.
  • It comes with an insurance cover of $200.
  • Tracking is provided at no extra cost.
  • Customers can avail of a 25% discount with Forwardme’s exclusive offerings.

Note: Engaging with for your USPS international shipments can not only ease the transit of your packages but also allow you to maximize the utility of USPS's diverse shipping options, ensuring your parcels reach their international destinations securely and timely.

USPS service offeringDelivery timeDomestic or international?Weight restrictions
Priority Mail ExpressOvernightDomestic service onlyMax 70 lbs
Priority Mail1-3 business daysDomestic and InternationalMaximum 70 lbs
First Class Mail1-3 business daysDomestic and International3.5 oz
Retail Ground2-8 business daysDomestic service onlyMaximum 70 lbs

Troubleshooting common tracking issues

Sometimes, tracking might present issues such as no updates, unclear statuses, or even misdelivery. In such instances:

  • Verify that the tracking number is accurate.
  • Check for any alerts or issues in your area that might delay delivery.
  • If a package is marked as delivered but not received, check with neighbors or contact USPS directly.

Tracking packages shipped to Forwardme

Forwardme is a parcel forwarding service, and when using it, it's critical to track your USPS package to the Forwardme facility.

Upon arrival, Forwardme takes responsibility for your package's onward journey, and tracking may continue through their platform or another courier, depending on the forwarding method chosen.

Estimated USPS charges for shipments to certain countries

Courier serviceDestinationEstimated delivery timeShipping fee
USPS First-Class Package InternationalCanada10-15 days$37.35
USPS First-Class Package InternationalUnited Kingdom15-20 days$45.89
USPS First-Class Package InternationalGermany20-30 days$43.01
USPS First-Class Package InternationalAustralia20-30 days$59.22
USPS First-Class Package InternationalSaudi Arabia20-30 days$55.07
USPS First-Class Package InternationalSingapore20-30 days$44.77
USPS First-Class Package InternationalNorway20-30 days$49.79
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Tracking packages shipped internationally

USPS also allows you to track packages sent internationally, though the level of detail in tracking might vary based on the destination and service chosen. Ensure you’re using a service that includes international tracking, and be aware that once the parcel leaves the US, it may be handed to a local carrier in the destination country.


USPS parcel tracking ensures you remain informed and in control throughout your package's journey, from dispatch to delivery. Whether you're shipping domestically, to parcel forwarders like Forwardme, or internationally, understanding how to navigate the USPS website, interpret tracking statuses, and troubleshoot common issues is vital to a smooth and worry-free delivery experience.

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Volkan Haslak

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