In Transit to Next Facility, Arriving Late USPS: The Complete Guide

If you regularly use the United States Postal Service, chances are high that you have seen the dreaded USPS “In Transit to Next Facility, Arriving Late USPS” status on your tracking page. 

What does it mean? How long will my package be stuck on this update? For this and more details, read on for the finer details. 

What Does “In Transit to Next Facility, Arriving Late” Mean USPS? 

This USPS tracking status means that your package has left a USPS origin or destination facility heading to the next store for processing and sorting, but it will arrive to the recipient later than it had been scheduled. 

In Transit to Next Facility, Arriving Late USPS

There are different reasons that make a package that is moving through the USPS network to arrive later, and we will look at these in a short while. 

When you look at the Latest Update when your package is still under the “In Transit to Next Facility, Arriving Late,” USPS tells you that “Your package will arrive later than expected, but is still on its way. It is currently in transit to the next facility.”

That is an assurance that even though the package will arrive later than you had anticipated, it may not necessarily be lost. We have an entire guide on why your USPS package will arrive later than expected and you can refer to it for more details. 

Your package will arrive later than expected, but is still on its way. It is currently on transit to the next facility

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5 Main Reasons for the USPS “In Transit to Next Facility, Arriving Late” Status

Bad Weather

In the event that there are inclement weather conditions such as floods and hurricanes, ice storms, et al., you can expect the delivery to be delayed. 

That would be understandable as it’s impossible for USPS delivery staff to move packages from one facility to the next one when it’s risky for them. 

High Volume of Goods

Delays due to high volumes of goods mostly occur during the Holiday seasons. 

At such moments, third-party courier companies such as UPS are also overwhelmed, which is why they sometimes decline USPS to outsource some of their deliveries to them. 

We usually recommend that you plan your shipments earlier during peak times to avoid the inconveniences that come with package delays. 

This is especially true for packages meant to be holiday gifts to yourself or your loved ones. After all, there is no need for the gift in the first place when the celebratory mood is already over. 

Shortage of Staff

Several times, the USPS has been in the headlines due to staff shortages as they battle with massive backlogs. 

During moments like these, you can expect it to take longer for packages to be processed and sorted from one station to the next facility, which in turn, makes the package arrive to the recipient later than expected. 

An issue to do with staff shortage affects most of the stations, making it hard for USPS to ‘borrow’ staff between facilities. 

With at least 23.8 Million packages processed daily by the United States Postal Service, you can see why it’s easy for them to be overwhelmed by packages no matter how many staff they employ. 

The Package is Missing

Packages go missing every other time and when you see the status stuck for several days, the staff may be doing their level best to retrieve it before they end up marking it as lost. 

The problem is that it might even take a month before USPS says that the package is missing or was lost or stolen and let the status stay stuck on “In transit to next facility, arriving late.”

If the weather is clear from the facility the package is departing from, you can rest assured that the problem could be a result of a missing item. 

Surprisingly, when packages go missing, USPS staff sometimes use phantom scans, which are fake scans to make the recipient think that the package is moving, as they buy more time to get a clue where it is. This is disappointing as it sounds that they are basically lying to an already anxious client.

Incorrect Tracking

USPS staff may forget to update the status of your package, where, it may still be saying that it’s in transit, but it could actually be making its way to you. 

This happens frequently and some fellow USPS users claim that their packages actually showed up when the tracking page was still stuck on the “In Transit to Next Facility” update. 

Scanning failures or the delivery staff forgetting to properly update the tracking page might be the reason why your package isn’t moving and waiting for it a little further might be the antidote to the delay. 

What Can I Do When a Package is Stuck on “In Transit to Next Facility, Arriving Late” for Long?

USPS In Transit to Next Facility, Arriving Late

Call USPS 

Calling USPS in relation to your delayed package is one sure way to make the process a little faster for you. 

If the delay isn’t as a result of something beyond control such as inclement weather, a simple phone call may make the difference between how faster or how slower you will have your package with you. 

Fill in the Help Request Form

If your package has been delayed more than you expected but it’s not a time-sensitive one, you can fill in the Help Request Form, where, USPS will get in touch with your local post office to start looking into the missing item. 

USPS recommends that you use a desktop computer when filling in this form to make the process more seamless. 

If a business week ends without USPS reverting to you with an update, you can then open a missing mail request as we illustrate below. 

Open a Missing Mail Request

If your package is stuck on the “Arriving Late” status for long and say it was a time-sensitive one, you can open a missing mail request

After all, it may not be as beneficial to you when it reaches you later than you expected it to. 

To make this request, provide the: 

  • Shipper’s mail address
  • Your mail address 
  • The type and size of the envelope or container that was used
  • Tracking Number, Mailing date, and/or Click-N-Ship label receipt
  • The contents’ description
  • Relevant images that can make identifying how your package appears easier. 

FAQs about “In Transit to Next Facility, Arriving Late”

What Does Moving Through Network – In Transit to Next Facility, Arriving Late Mean USPS?

It means that a package has departed an origin or destination USPS facility and is still moving through the USPS network to the next sorting facility before it gets delivered to the recipient, albeit late. 

So, when USPS says Moving Through Network – In Transit to Next Facility, it means the package will eventually reach you even if it’s past the scheduled delivery date. 

How Long Does In Transit to Next Facility Take?

Depending on the reason leading to the delay, the USPS “In transit to next facility” takes anywhere between one day to a month to be solved. 

Issues to do with inclement weather conditions and package backlogs during the holiday season take more time to be solved compared to missing packages or even incorrect tracking.