UPS shipment exceptions occur when a UPS package meets an unexpected occurrence, which could change the scheduled delivery day. Examples of exceptions include address unknown, damage to the shipment, or signature not received.
UPS Tracking Event Descriptions
Below is an explanation of some standard tracking events from when the label is created until the shipment is delivered.
UPS Arrival Scan
This scan indicates the shipment is at a UPS facility. Shipments may journey through several UPS facilities throughout their voyage.
This scan is an electronic record denoting that the shipment has cleared customs.
Clearance in Progress
This scan is an electronic record denoting shipment processing for customs clearance.
The shipment is at the destination,
The shipment has departed a UPS facility and is on its way to the following UPS facility.
The package has arrived at the local UPS facility responsible for final delivery.
Dropped off at a UPS Access Point Location
This is an electronic record denoting that the package is now in the control of a UPS Access Point location.
Dropped off at The UPS Store
This electronic record indicates the shipment is now in possession of The UPS Store.
Exception: Action Required
The shipment is currently within the UPS network. However, UPS requires more information regarding the delivery address, and the sender must supply the correct shipping address details to UPS.
Your shipment is currently within the UPS network; however, an unforeseen event could change the scheduled delivery date. UPS shipment exception examples, “A mechanical failure has caused a delay. We will update the delivery date as soon as possible.” Or “A mechanical failure has delayed delivery. We’re adjusting plans to deliver your package as quickly as possible.”
This scan note is an electronic record denoting that the item has cleared export in the origin country.
UPS Hold for Pickup Confirmed
The package is available for pickup, as per the receiver. Subsequently, pickup must occur within five business days.
This note is an electronic record indicating the shipment has cleared import procedures in the receiving nation.
Your shipment is moving within the UPS network and should be delivered on the scheduled date. However, a shipment can remain in this status until final delivery.
UPS Label Created
The shipper produced a label, but UPS has not obtained the package yet.
On Vehicle for Delivery/Out for Delivery
The package is at the local UPS facility responsible for delivery. And in possession of a UPS driver. UPS shipment exceptions can still occur at this point.
Order Processed: In Transit to UPS
The sender has processed the box. Once the shipment is within the UPS network, a scheduled delivery date will be available.
Order Processed: Ready for UPS
UPS has received the shipment details and billing information from the sender.
UPS Origin Scan
This scan is the initial electronic record indicating UPS has possession of the shipment.
Returned to Sender
The shipment was returned, and UPS returned it to the original sender.
Returning to Sender
UPS is returning this shipment to the sender. Reasons may include:
- A request by either the sender or the receiver to return the package.
- The package has a Return Service label.
- The ship-to address is a P.O. Box.
- Finally, the address is wrong.
Returning to Sender: On Vehicle for Delivery
The shipment is being returned and scheduled for delivery to the original sender. UPS shipment exceptions can still occur at this point.
Shipment Ready for UPS
UPS has the shipment details and billing information from the sender. Accordingly, the tracking status will update once the package is moving within the UPS network.
Shipment Information Voided
The sender voided the UPS tracking number, and the shipment was not given to UPS.
Transferred to Local Post Office for Delivery
As requested by the sender, the shipment has been assigned to the local post office for delivery to the final destination. This usually indicates an additional one to two days for delivery.
How long does a UPS shipment exception last?
The shipment exception period depends on the delay’s cause, but most exceptions are fixed in less than seven days. Contact UPS at 1-800-Pick-UPS if you experience a UPS shipment exception.