What Does Out For Delivery Mean & What Happens Next?

The term out for delivery is common among various logistics companies such as FedEx, DHL, Amazon, USPS, and USP. This phrase routinely appears on the status page, mostly before packages are delivered.

But what exactly does this message imply? Does it mean the package has been delivered? If not, how much longer do you have to wait till you receive your package?

In this article, I will explain what the “out for delivery” message means, and answer other questions related to it.

What does “out for delivery” mean?

The “out for delivery” message is relatively one of the easiest messages to decipher. If you receive this message, it simply means that your package is already on a truck and en route to you.

Your package has left the shipping facility close to you and should arrive soonest. It is the final stage in the delivery process for most logistics services. So you can sit back and await your package’s arrival at your doorstep.

What is the difference between “in transit” and “out for delivery”?

If you receive the “in transit” message, it simply means that your package is on the move. That is, it is being moved from one shipping facility to another shipping facility that is close to its final destination.

Out for delivery, on the other hand, implies that the package has been received by a local shipping facility near you. After being processed, it has been sorted onto a truck to be delivered to the final destination.

How long after receiving this message will you get your package?

Well, the answer solely depends on the final destination. When packages are shipped out, the driver follows a stated route, delivering other packages along that route.

If your destination is very close to the shipping facility, it could take hours. In contrast, if your destination is a bit far from the sorting facility, it could take longer.

So in general, if you receive the message, you ought to receive your package before the end of the day or the following day.

Is “out for delivery” the last step?

Yes, it is. Usually, after a package has been ordered, the steps for delivery are as follows;

  • Shipped: Implies that the package has been picked up by the delivery service.
  • In transit: Implies that the package is being moved to a delivery facility near the final destination.
  • Out for delivery: Implies that the package has been processed and transferred to the truck for delivery to the final destination.
  • Delivered: Implies the package has been delivered and received successfully by the customer.

Note: While these are the common notifications, there are others that delivery services use that have various meanings. Examples include “in transit, arriving late,” and “no access to location.

Why is your package out for delivery and is yet to be delivered?

If your package has been out for delivery for more than two days and is yet to be delivered, then there may be a few unforeseen complications. It could be that the address was incorrect, or maybe the courier encountered some problems.

In cases like this, the best move is to contact the logistics company’s customer care. With that, you can get more information about your package. If possible, you can also visit the local facility near you for inquiries on your package. 


Does “out for delivery” mean your package will arrive today?

In most cases, yes. However, it could also arrive the following day if your location is far from the sorting facility.

Why does your USPS delivery status say “out for delivery” but is yet to be delivered?

It could be because of several reasons. Maybe your package was misplaced in the van or wrongly scanned.


After a package that is in transit arrives at the sorting facility close to its final destination, it is scanned and marked as out for delivery. The item is then placed on a truck and sent en route to the customer.

If you come across this message, then you should relax and expect your package to arrive soon. However, there are cases where packages are stuck in “out of delivery,” usually because of incorrect addresses or other issues encountered by the courier.

In such cases, the best thing is to contact customer care or visit the logistics company’s local sorting facility for inquiries.

I hope you found this article helpful. You should also see what held in customs means which is a common issue when it comes to packages being delivered.

Thanks for reading.