“Shipping Label Created, USPS Awaiting Item” Meaning

If you are expecting a package that is getting shipped via USPS, chances are that you have seen the tracking status show “Shipping Label Created, USPS Awaiting Item”. 

What could this update mean? Is there anything you ought to do to necessitate faster delivery? Read on.

What Does It Mean When Tracking Shows, “Shipping Label Created, USPS Awaiting Item?”

The status “Shipping Label Created, USPS Awaiting Item” means that a shipping label for a package has been generated, but the package has not yet been handed over to the United States Postal Service (USPS) or scanned into their system.

This status is commonly seen when a sender creates a shipping label online but has not yet dropped off the package at a USPS facility or handed it over to a mail carrier for shipping. Until the USPS receives the actual item and scans it into their system, the status will remain “Awaiting Item.”

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Why is My USPS Package Stuck On Label Created?

I have had this status update for more than 5 times in a span of 6 months. 

In most of these instances, the “Label Created” update lingered for several days. While at that, you might be also wondering why your package status is stuck on this update for several days or weeks. 

The Package Is Not Yet Shipped

While a shipping label might have been created, it doesn’t mean that the shipper will send the package to USPS that day or the following. 

Just so you know, a USPS shipping label is a postage label that contains essential information for shipping a package through the United States Postal Service (USPS). It is typically generated by the sender, whether an individual or a business, when preparing a package for shipment.

Under most circumstances, the status will only move when the shipper hands over the package to the United States Postal Service. 

Technical Glitches

Due to technical glitches within the USPS tracking system, you might find that there were delays in updating the tracking information. 

Due to such glitches, I ended up receiving my package within the scheduled delivery date even when the tracking page still showed “Shipping Label Created, USPS Awaiting Item”.

Longer Processing Time

Even after the package has been handed over to USPS, it may take some time for the status to be updated. The package needs to be scanned and processed at a USPS facility before the tracking information is updated.

Various reasons such as understaffing and backlogs especially during the Holiday seasons lead to longer scanning and processing time. 

Typically, your package might have been handed over to USPS, but then due to longer processing times, end up getting stuck on that “USPS Awaiting Item” update for long. 

Inclement Weather

Inclement weather conditions such as deluge, hurricanes, or snow might lead to the package getting stuck on “Shipping Label Created, USPS Awaiting Item”. 

See, it’s impossible for the shipper to make it to the nearest USPS facility when the weather is bad. 

In all those moments, the package status won’t move until USPS receives the package from the sender. 

Sender’s Delay

While the shipper might have actually created the shipping label, they might end up delaying sending the package to a USPS facility due to issues such as forgetfulness. 

Again, and one of the most common occurences we see today with some senders such as online sellers is that they let the recipient know that what they need is in stock and it’s ready for shipping. 

What we have gathered is that some of such sellers only work on shipments when customers have already pulled the trigger on what they need. 

Let’s take an example where you are buying an electric bike from an online seller. Unscrupulous sellers will indicate that the bike you are interested in is in stock. When you place your order, they will create a USPS shipping label to give the recipient hope that their order is in the way. 

With the recipient having paid for their e-bike, such sellers then begin assembling the components or manufacturing the entire ride. Depending on the complexity, it might take several days or weeks before they hand it over to USPS. 

In all these tedious instances, the package status will still show, “Shipping Label Created, USPS Awaiting Item”. It can be easy to blame USPS for the delay, when it’s indeed the shipper liable for the delay. 

What Do I Do When My Package Status Is Stuck On Shipping Label Created? 

Be More Patient

Unless it’s past the scheduled delivery date, we recommend that you be more patient whenever you see,  “A shipping label Has been prepared for your item. A delivery date will be provided when USPS receives the package; contact the shipper or shipping partner with any inquiries.”

Packages have ended up showing the following day after the tracking page showed this status, so it would be best for you to stay calm and wait until the shipping time provided by the sender or USPS. 

Contact the Sender

We usually recommend contacting the shipper when the tracking status is stuck on an update for several days or weeks. 

As you know, you are the shipper’s client, but not USPS’s. As such the sender is responsible for ensuring that you get your item within the estimated delivery date. 

As you can even see from the USPS tracking page, they show under the “Additional Information Tab” that “A shipping label Has been prepared for your item. A delivery date will be provided when USPS receives the package; contact the shipper or shipping partner with any inquiries.” This is an indicator that you should deal with the sender for finer details.

What’s Next After USPS Receives a Package?

After the sender creates a shipping label and hands over the package to USPS, the United Postal Service scans it as having accepted the package

An accepted package by USPS starts transit within a short time and should be delivered within the estimated delivery date. 

After the shipper hands over the package to USPS, it can also be refused and sent to the shipper depending on its contents or issues to do with the wrong address. 

So, even after a shipping label has been created and your package handed over to USPS, it might end up getting refused and sent to the shipper, or get the acceptance scan.