Shipping Internationally via the United States Postal Service is often the most economical way to fulfill orders if you are based in the United States. Their First Class Mail and Priority Mail services are great options with reasonable pricing. The main problem with these services are their lack of tracking once the packages reach the postal service of each destination country. Once they are out of the USPS’s hands, it is up to the foreign postal systems to provide additional scan details.
One way to give you more visibility over your Intentional shipments is to track them using the websites belonging to the foreign postal services. Often additional delivery information can be determined based on the details found on these sites. You can enter the customs numbers or tracking numbers to look up details.
Here is an example of using the carrier site to track a package sent to Brazil:
USPS Tracking #CJ456880332US is a shipment to Brazil via the Priority Mail International service. As of today, 10/18/2011, The USPS website shows this package as “Missed delivery – Scheduled for another delivery attempt today” with the last scan on 10/5/2011.
The Correios website (Brazilian Post) lists the shipment as delivered on 10/8/2011!
That is just one example, but using the carrier websites can allow the shipper and recipient to have more visibility of the shipping process. Based on the USPS tracking, it looks like the shipment was not delivered, when it was delivered 10 days ago.
Below is a list of many of the carrier websites that you can use to track directly with. We suggest bookmarking the sites for the countries you ship to the most and using it as a tool for more accurate tracking.
* Note: You may need to us a translate service such as Google Translate once you visit these sites.