Best Way to Track Forwarded Packages Right up to Delivery

Posted on 12/06/21

After a parcel is shipped, tracking number which is unique to your package and website link to the tracking information are usually provided by Courier. Looking at the tracking information can be confusing. For example, DHL tracking shows ‘forwarded for delivery’ or simply ‘forwarded’, what does it mean?

How does tracking of a forwarded package works?


Each package either from retailers, or from forwarding company has a shipping label with shipping address details, sender’s address details and courier’s unique tracking number. Tracking a parcel involves a process of constantly localising packages and containers at different times and different locations by courier who handles it. Each courier company has its own parcel tracking system that helps them deliver the package to the destination within the required time frame.

What is the meaning of tracking status, for example forwarded for delivery?


Each courier has its own tracking system and the statuses largely the same, but not standardised. Here are some of the common tracking notifications you might see.

Forwarded package tracking notifications with DHL Express

  • Shipment pickup – package pickup by DHL delivery driver
  • Processed at local warehouse – sorting and processing of package getting it ready for shipping
  • Departed from local warehouse to departure airport – packages are consolidated and loaded up onto plane
  • Custom status updated – this is an indication of the clearance processing from the destination
  • Arrived at destination warehouse – packages arrive at destination
  • Clearance processing complete – the shipment of the package has been released from the Customs and now is ready to be forwarded ahead to the delivery partner for delivery
  • Departed from central warehouse to local warehouse – packages arrive at local warehouse and sorted according to local destination
  • Forwarded for delivery - great news, your package will shortly be delivered once you see this notification

Forwarded package tracking notifications with UPS

  • Pickup Scan - package pickup by UPS delivery driver
  • Warehouse scan - sorting and processing of package getting it ready for shipping
  • Departed from Facility, arrived at facility and export scan - packages are consolidated and loaded up onto plane ready for shipping to destination
  • Arrived at Facility, departed from facility and import scan - packages arrive at destination at central sorting facility
  • Your package is pending release from a government agency – the package is going through custom clearance
  • Your package is at the UPS distribution facility - packages arrive at local warehouse and sorted according to local destination, getting ready for delivery

What is the best way to track a forwarded package?


The best way to track a forwarded package is via the courier’s website. Alternatively, there are third party websites available. Here are the website links to track forwarded packages.

Third party tracking websites:

How to ship worldwide from the UK and forwarded to worldwide destination?


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