Being one of the major shipping providers worldwide, the US Postal Service – or USPS in short – offers national and international parcel delivery services to millions of users every year. Get the answer to some of the most popular questions about USPS international deliveries, such as who carries USPS packages in Europe, how to avoid USPS customs delays and are USPS packages scanned.
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USPS offers international courier services with different delivery time options so users can choose the solution that serves them best. Some of the options provided include a money-back guarantee if the package does not arrive by the defined date. However, it is important to notice that the USPS international delivery times have a direct dependency on the type of shipping service chosen. Premium services such as expedited or guaranteed deliveries always come at a cost.
Note: Some of the urgent USPS international delivery services are offered in partnership with FedEx Express.
Below you will find the average delivery time of each USPS international shipping service available for shipping a package from the USA to the UK.
|USPS International service||USPS Delivery time|
|Global Express Guaranteed (GXG)||1-3 business days|
|USPS GXG Envelopes||1-3 business days|
|Priority Mail Express International||3-5 business days|
|Priority Mail International||6-10 business days|
Although USPS packages are not routinely scanned or x-rayed, the company is entitled to scan parcels and may do so in certain circumstances. In practical terms, most packages shipped to large cities are scanned. USPS international parcels sent across borders are always scanned since they have to go through customs procedures. If your USPS package is scanned or x-rayed and there seems to be a problematic item inside, USPS or the customs officers may open it to revise its contents.
Media Mail is a specific USPS service to ship books, films, DVDs, videotapes, recorded media, CDs, music sheets and other media. These USPS packages will be scanned and x-rayed, and the workers will likely open and inspect them.
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|USPS service||Countries with tracking|
|Priority Mail International||Limited tracking|
|Priority Mail Express International||Limited tracking|
|First Class International Package Service||Tracking available for Australia, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Hungary, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta,Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, and Switzerland.|
|Global Express Guaranteed||Tracking to all destinations|