“USPS in Possession of Item” Status Defined

If you’ve ever tracked a shipment through USPS, you may have seen the status “USPS in possession of item” on your tracking information. But what exactly does this mean, and how does it impact the delivery of your package?

When USPS is in possession of your item, it means that the package has been received by USPS and is now in their network. This status is typically updated when the package is scanned at a USPS facility or when it is handed off to USPS by another shipping carrier, such as FedEx or UPS.

Once USPS is in possession of your item, it will begin moving through their network to reach its final destination. This process can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the distance the package needs to travel and any potential delays that may occur along the way.

During this time, you can continue to track your package usng the tracking number provided by USPS. You may see additional updates such as “in transit” or “out for delivery” as the package moves through USPS’s network.

If you need to make any changes to the delivery of your package, such as requesting a hold or redirecting it to a different address, you can do so through USPS’s website or by contacting their customer service team.

It’s important to note that while USPS is in possession of your item, they are responsible for its safe and timely delivery. If your package is lost or damaged while in their care, you may be eligible for reimbursement or compensation through USPS’s claims process.

Seeing the status “USPS in possession of item” on your tracking information simply means that your package is now in the hands of USPS and on its way to you. While the delivery process may take some time, you can rest assured that USPS is working hard to get your package to its final destination.

What Does Received Into UPS Possession Mean?

“Received into UPS possession” refers to the moment when UPS takes physical possession of a shipment from the sender. At this point, UPS will scan and document the shipment, and it will begin to move through the UPS network twards its destination. The status of the shipment will be updated to reflect that it is now in the possession of UPS and is being processed for delivery. It is important to note that this status update does not indicate that the shipment has been delivered or is on its way to the final destination yet, but rather that it is now in the care of UPS and is being handled according to its shipping instructions.”

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What Do I Do If USPS Holds My Package?

If USPS holds your package, you have a few options to retrieve it. You can visit your local Post Office pickup location based on the information on the back of your Redelivery Notice. You can also go to the Post Office to pick up the item on or after the date and time indicated on the PS Form 3849 delivery notice. Additionally, you can schedule a redelivery online or by phone. It is important to note that USPS may hold packages for a variety of reasons, such as incomplete or incorrect address information, a request to hold the package, or an issue with the package itself. If you are unsure why your package is beig held, contact USPS customer service for assistance.

What Is A Possession Scan?

A possession scan is a type of scan performed by FedEx when they have received a package or volume from USPS and accepted it for delivery. It serves as proof that FedEx is now in possession of the package and is responsible for its delivery. This scan is an important step in the tracking process as it updates the status of the package and allows the sender and recipient to monitor its progress. Typically, possession scans are performed at the time of pickup or delivery, and can be viewed by the sender or recipient online or though other tracking methods.

How Do I Know If USPS Intercepted My Package?

To know if USPS has intercepted your package, you can contact USPS customer service by phone or email. They will be able to provide you with the status of your package and whether it has been intercepted or not. Additionally, you can check the tracking information of your package on USPS.com using the Track & Confirm tool. If your package has been intercepted, you may see a scan event labeled as “Package Intercepted” or “Customer Recall”. It is important to note that package interception may require additional fees and may not be possible in certan situations, such as if the package has already been delivered or is in transit to its final destination.


When USPS is in possession of an item, customers can expect updates on the status of their shipment once it has entered the USPS network. Customers who need to pick up their mail can do so at their local Post Office pickup location based on the information provided on their Redelivery Notice. The possession scan indicates that FedEx has accepted volume from USPS, and customers can track the status of their request using the Track & Confirm tool on USPS.com. USPS strives to provide reliable and efficient service to its customers, and bing in possession of an item is just one step in ensuring that mail and packages are delivered safely and on time.

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William Armstrong

William Armstrong is a senior editor with H-O-M-E.org, where he writes on a wide variety of topics. He has also worked as a radio reporter and holds a degree from Moody College of Communication. William was born in Denton, TX and currently resides in Austin.