Moving Through Network [USPS]: The Complete Guide

If you regularly use the USPS, you might have seen the common “Moving Through Network” update. 

What does it mean? Do I need to do anything when I see such an update? Our ultimate guide today is here to clear the air about the whole situation. 

USPS Moving Through Network Meaning

This status means that USPS is in possession of a package and they are moving it towards the recipient. When a package is stuck under this status, it mostly gets delivered later than it was scheduled. 

While at that, don’t worry too much as your package will still get delivered, albeit later than you had anticipated. You can refer to our guide on why your package may arrive later than expected.

The USPS Movement Network Process

USPS Moving Through Network

Before the package gets prepared for delivery, gets sent out for delivery, and then eventually gets delivered, there is a whole process of how it moves through the USPS Network. 

We are going to look into the different terms for you to have a better overview of how it is “moving through network” status update comes to be. 

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Step 1: Shipping Label Created, USPS Awaiting Item

While the package is in this status, it means that a shipping label and its postage have been generated, but the package hasn’t been received at the post office. While at it, USPS assumes that a package that is in this stage is still in the sender’s possession.

Step 2: Accepted at USPS Origin Facility

An origin facility is the initial post office that determines if it will accept to introduce a shipper’s mail into the processing stream. 

If the mail is accepted at the USPS origin facility, it means it’s ready to start being shipped to the recipient.

Step 3: Arrived at USPS Regional Facility

Moving Through Network Meaning USPS

When a shipper’s package is accepted, it first goes to a regional facility, sometimes referred to as a central hub. 

As of the moment, there are 22 USPS regional facilities, and it’s in these warehouses where packages get organized to be sent to the right final destinations

However, it sometimes happens that a package may go through different regional facilities before the final delivery happens, especially if there are several regional facilities between where the package was sent from and the destination.

So, don’t worry when your package status shows it’s in your hometown and then gets updated that it’s in another corner of the country. Some mishaps occur whereby a package isn’t sent directly from the original regional facility directly to the destination local post office. 

We have compiled an ultimate guide on “Arrived at USPS Regional Facility” for you to understand further about this update.

Step 4: Departed USPS Regional Facility

When a package departs a USPS regional facility, it means that it’s through with the sorting process and is being shipped toward the recipient’s destination. 

If the package passes through another regional facility, you will see more than one “departed USPS regional facility” update on your tracking page. 

Also Read: Delivered to Agent for the Final Delivery Meaning

Step 5: In Transit to Next Facility, Arriving Late

This status means that the package has gone through different regional facilities and the journey continues. Since more time is required for the package to go through more regional facilities, the package will end up arriving later than it was scheduled.

You can refer to our ultimate guide on “In Transit to Next Facility” to get a better understanding of what will make your package get to you later than scheduled. 

Why Does My Package Go Through So Many Regional Facilities?

It’s not uncommon for USPS clients to see their tracking page showing that their packages are near their destination facilities but then after a few refreshes see them in different facilities and far from where they are. 

This is somewhere USPS has to improve as when asked, they give generic responses such as “the package went somewhere where few packages go and so they have to be more for the process to go faster”. 

For us, this literally makes no sense. No need to take a package past the recipient’s nearest regional facility and then bring it later on when there are more packages heading to their local post offices. 

Your package is moving within the USPS network and is on track to be delivered to its final destination. It is currently in transit to the next facility

Again, this is another common USPS status update concerning packages that are “moving through network”. 

It means that your package will move from one regional facility to another, but still, it’s coming toward you. When you see this update, there is a higher chance of your package arriving later than it was scheduled, but don’t worry. It will be with you soon.

What Do I Do When My Package Is Stuck In USPS Moving Through Network?

We recommend that you stay patient at this point as your package will certainly be sent to you. 

From what we have noticed, there is no change that happens when you contact USPS over a package that is stuck under “moving through network.”