New York
(This post was last modified: 08-28-2021, 05:02 PM by mrdoug.)
So there's an item on eBay that I bought, and I got the shipment notice 3 days ago. Unfortunately, it's still being listed as,"Shipment Received, Package Acceptance Pending". This started to really bother me, as I figured it meant the label was printed but not brought to the post office. For a listing marked as 3-day shipping, it seemed it little relaxed.

However, the wording struck me as weird, so I went and looked it up. The details I found, on a Reddit thread, we're so well explained I felt I should share in case anyone else has a package "stuck" in this perpetual state:


"This answer comes to you from someone who has been shipping over 10,000 packages a year for the last 10 years. This answer is long, so for faster service skip to my last line Wink

USPS allows large shipments to be scanned in at once with a Scan Form... a sheet of paper bearing a barcode that represents up to 50 individual pieces of mail.

The moment that shipment is created (online), the USPS tracking reads: "Pre-Shipment Info Sent to USPS, USPS Awaiting Item". At this point, the shipment has not yet been received by USPS.

Once the shipment has been picked up or dropped off at the post office and the Scan Form has been scanned, the tracking changes to: "Shipment Received, Package Acceptance Pending" on each of the individual tracking pages for all of the up to 50 items.

It is likely that USPS does not mean physical "acceptance" of the item is pending.

They likely mean the -->"Package Acceptance" scan <-- is pending and this scan may or may not never happen. Even without that scan, the item is about 100% sure to simply enter into postal transit anyway.

If not for the Scan Form, the postal worker would have to scan each of the items individually... causing postal worker frustration and actually slowing down the delivery process. The truth of the matter is that not all postal workers are adequately trained as to how to set their scan guns and screens to to do a --- "Package Acceptance" scan --- or a "Scan Form" scan. Bringing a "Scan Form" to the post office often results in the postal clerk huddling over the paper with their manager or a colleague hopefully to figure out what to do with it.

In the end the postal clerk always processes the piece to the extent that their training informs them to do and when in doubt that clerk simply puts the item into transit.

And you can best believe that if the postal clerk has managed to scan the Scan Form and has a long line, the last thing they are about to do is hold up the line for another 20 minutes while they run 50 or so "Package Acceptance" scans on each of the items individually at that point. So generally... they don't do it and simply put the items into transit.

After the shipment is received and Scan Form scanned and the "Package Acceptance" scan done or not, the mail pieces are in transit. These items in transit may not be held up so another scanning can be done. If the scanning did not happen on receipt at the post office they simply move on. Even if they are not scanned as 'accepted' they will continue on their journey. Many pieces of mail end up being scanned as 'Delivered' without having ever being scanned as 'Accepted'.

So "Shipment Received, Package Acceptance Pending" pretty much means the item is in transit."

Hope this helps someone else. Happy Saturday DFS!

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San Diego, Cal., USA
Thanks for this bit of information. While I have definitely had my issues with the USPS, for the most part I find them quite reliable, especially considering the amount of mail/packages they deal with each year. If you are fortunate to have a great letter carrier, as I do, then sometimes you can get just that little bit extra help or explanation.

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New York
Fyi - Changes to delivery for some pieces of mail. Not well documented, but I believe this includes packages. Funny thing is, they say it'll make it more reliable. I've got two packages MIA right now, right after the change. Lol. Growing pains, I guess.


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Seattle, WA
And a tracked package never arrives, apparently. I have a Wolfman razor coming, and it went through US Customs at Los Angeles, CA on the morning of September 2. On September 4 it arrived and then departed Carson, CA. As of today, September 9, it arrived BACK in Los Angeles. So with their typical level of efficiency, the USPS moved my razor from Los Angeles to Los Angeles over the course of one week.

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New Brunswick, Canada
Here's my horror story for one USPS/Canada Post shipment, in reverse chronological order:
Quote:2018/06/15 Received in Sackville, NB

Date 2018/06/14
Time 16:27
Location DIEPPE
Description Item processed

Date 2018/06/14
Time 13:36
Location DIEPPE
Description Item arrived

June 11, 2018, 11:30 am 
Processed Through Facility 
Your item was processed through a facility in CANADA on June 11, 2018 at 11:30 am. The item is currently in transit to the destination. 

June 11, 2018, 1:30 am 
Customs Clearance 

June 7, 2018, 12:33 pm 
Your item departed a transfer airport in DORVAL, MONTREAL, CANADA on June 7, 2018 at 12:33 pm. The item is currently in transit to the destination.

June 5, 2018, 6:33 pm 
Your item departed from an intermediate transfer airport in INTERNATIONAL, WEST PALM BEACH, UNITED STATES on June 5, 2018 at 6:33 pm. The item is currently in transit to the destination.

June 5, 2018, 3:45 pm 

May 31, 2018, 5:36 pm 
Your item departed a transfer airport in METROPOLITAN AREA, LOUISVILLE, UNITED STATES on May 31, 2018 at 5:36 pm. The item is currently in transit to the destination. 

May 31, 2018, 2:36 pm 

May 29, 2018, 8:55 pm 

May 29, 2018, 8:55 pm 

May 29, 2018, 11:49 am 

May 26, 2018, 8:50 am 
Processed Through Regional Facility 

May 26, 2018, 8:50 am 
Arrived at Regional Facility 

May 25, 2018 
In Transit to Next Facility 

May 24, 2018 
In Transit to Next Facility 

May 23, 2018, 9:15 pm 
Arrived at USPS Regional Facility 

May 23, 2018, 8:00 pm 
Accepted at USPS Origin Facility 
ELKIN, NC 28621 

May 22, 2018, 3:41 pm 
Shipping Label Created, USPS Awaiting Item 
ELKIN, NC 28621
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