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Old Oct 22nd 2017, 4:05 pm
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I sent my passport off for renewal on the 19th with USPS. I've then read online how bad USPS is compared to something like UPS and FedEx.

I'm now a bit worried because I wish I would of looked into it first before sendin it with USPS. I've got some tracking. It departed Miami Int yesterday, and now it's saying in transit to destination. Not sure what that means.

Hopefully all goes well. But, who else has shipped with USPS?

Thanks!
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Old Oct 22nd 2017, 4:25 pm
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Originally Posted by stubbzj12 View Post
I sent my passport off for renewal on the 19th with USPS. I've then read online how bad USPS is compared to something like UPS and FedEx.

I'm now a bit worried because I wish I would of looked into it first before sendin it with USPS. I've got some tracking. It departed Miami Int yesterday, and now it's saying in transit to destination. Not sure what that means.

Hopefully all goes well. But, who else has shipped with USPS?

Thanks!

Not quite sure why you do not understand it. It means it left Miami (21st Oct) and is on its way to the UK.

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Old Oct 22nd 2017, 4:27 pm
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I run a business and only use USPS for shipping all over the US and the UK. It's very reliable in my opinion especially with tracking information. If it's left Miami, the next destination will be a Royal Mail depot somewhere in the UK and the tracking should update as it makes it way to the destination. Just keep checking every day or so for updates. I would say 6-10 days delivery to the UK is normal. The tracking number also works on the Royal Mail site.
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Originally Posted by Jerseygirl View Post
Not quite sure why you do not understand it. It means it left Miami (21st Nov) and is on its way to the UK.
Think you mean October 21st
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Originally Posted by CA-NY View Post
I run a business and only use USPS for shipping all over the US and the UK. It's very reliable in my opinion especially with tracking information. If it's left Miami, the next destination will be a Royal Mail depot somewhere in the UK and the tracking should update as it makes it way to the destination. Just keep checking every day or so for updates. I would say 6-10 days delivery to the UK is normal. The tracking number also works on the Royal Mail site.
Thank you guys!

It's now saying "Processed Through Facility". Not sure how much longer until it actually leaves the USA.

Again, thanks!
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Originally Posted by stubbzj12 View Post
Thank you guys!

It's now saying "Processed Through Facility". Not sure how much longer until it actually leaves the USA.

Again, thanks!
which level of speed did you buy? 3 days? 5 days? regular?

I sent our first passport renewal off several years ago using USPS and the system stopped tracking it upon arrival in the UK. Even when we got it back in the USA, the USPS system was still showing awaiting delivery. I now always send via UPS for $60.
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which level of speed did you buy? 3 days? 5 days? regular?

I sent our first passport renewal off several years ago using USPS and the system stopped tracking it upon arrival in the UK. Even when we got it back in the USA, the USPS system was still showing awaiting delivery. I now always send via UPS for $60.
Too be completely honest, I have no idea. The person who helped me, wasn't really helpful at all. I had no idea what I was doing, and was seeking help from her and she didn't give me any. She just basically 'chose'. I asked for tracking, only to find out I can't really track when it's out of the USA.

Anyway, I spent $33. She did say it can take up to 10 days.

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Default Re: Has anyone used USPS for passport shipping?

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Thank you guys!

It's now saying "Processed Through Facility". Not sure how much longer until it actually leaves the USA.

Again, thanks!
1-3 days on average from my experience tracking USPS international items.


Originally Posted by stubbzj12 View Post
Too be completely honest, I have no idea. The person who helped me, wasn't really helpful at all. I had no idea what I was doing, and was seeking help from her and she didn't give me any. She just basically 'chose'. I asked for tracking, only to find out I can't really track when it's out of the USA.

Anyway, I spent $33. She did say it can take up to 10 days.
Based on the time estimate and price sounds like you sent it Priority Mail which may or may not offer tracking once outside of the US, depends on the destination postal system.
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Originally Posted by stubbzj12 View Post
Too be completely honest, I have no idea. The person who helped me, wasn't really helpful at all. I had no idea what I was doing, and was seeking help from her and she didn't give me any. She just basically 'chose'. I asked for tracking, only to find out I can't really track when it's out of the USA.

Anyway, I spent $33. She did say it can take up to 10 days.
I think you must have used EMS Priority Express.

It takes an approx 7 to 10 days to reach UK.

USPS uses parcelforce to deliver stuffs within UK .

Try this with your USPS tracking number. (little bit extra info)
https://www.packagetrackr.com
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USPS conveniently lost a package worth about $500 i sent to the UK. glad i insured it, and got that back - but i won't use them again, except for crap mail, cards etc.
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Old Oct 24th 2017, 7:01 pm
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Default Re: Has anyone used USPS for passport shipping?

Originally Posted by MrGlasgow View Post
I think you must have used EMS Priority Express.

It takes an approx 7 to 10 days to reach UK.

USPS uses parcelforce to deliver stuffs within UK .

Try this with your USPS tracking number. (little bit extra info)
https://www.packagetrackr.com
Thanks for that website. It has more useful information.

It's not really updated. The last update was yesterday at 9:30am. It says it has departed "HEATHROW, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM". Call me paranoid, but shouldn't it have arrived or at least updated by now? It's going to be delivered by Parcelforce, but on there main website it says it hasn't even left the USA yet... On USPS, it says it departed Heathrow, London. Strange...

Anyone have any idea how long I'm looking for it to be received? I'm sorry if I'm really paranoid. Just want it to get there safe and sound.

Thanks a lot guys!
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You're still only on day 5 since mailing. USPS tracking seems to suggest it's making its way through the mail system just fine. After Heathrow the next destination will likely be a Royal Mail sorting office / depot near the delivery location. Several people here (including the person at your post office) have said it could take up to 10 days so I think you just need to be patient.
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Originally Posted by CA-NY View Post
You're still only on day 5 since mailing. USPS tracking seems to suggest it's making its way through the mail system just fine. After Heathrow the next destination will likely be a Royal Mail sorting office / depot near the delivery location. Several people here (including the person at your post office) have said it could take up to 10 days so I think you just need to be patient.
I'll be patient. Sorry!

Thank you!
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Thanks for that website. It has more useful information.

It's not really updated. The last update was yesterday at 9:30am. It says it has departed "HEATHROW, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM". Call me paranoid, but shouldn't it have arrived or at least updated by now? It's going to be delivered by Parcelforce, but on there main website it says it hasn't even left the USA yet... On USPS, it says it departed Heathrow, London. Strange...

Anyone have any idea how long I'm looking for it to be received? I'm sorry if I'm really paranoid. Just want it to get there safe and sound.

Thanks a lot guys!
I have some similar experiences with USPS, and very frustrating when they offer "tracking" yet when package gets to to a foreign country all of a sudden no more. I did find out there is a number which public cant call but post office from where you sent package, can call which will contact foreign post office to see what happened. It took a bit of doing for local post office to make the call, they did and and next day got information on where package was.

The "top of the line" USPS service is actually handled by FedEx, and works quite well but of course costs more.
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Originally Posted by stubbzj12 View Post
Thanks for that website. It has more useful information.

It's not really updated. The last update was yesterday at 9:30am. It says it has departed "HEATHROW, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM". Call me paranoid, but shouldn't it have arrived or at least updated by now? It's going to be delivered by Parcelforce, but on there main website it says it hasn't even left the USA yet... On USPS, it says it departed Heathrow, London. Strange...

Anyone have any idea how long I'm looking for it to be received? I'm sorry if I'm really paranoid. Just want it to get there safe and sound.

Thanks a lot guys!
I had a similar experience recently. The status, HEATHROW, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM", will be like that for a couple of days probably and then the status will be delivered.

It took 7 days for me.

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