What Does It Mean When Your Package Is Shipped?

From the point your order is made to the point it is delivered, you get relevant updates on the current status of your package. But lately, customers have been confused with the update “package is shipped.”

What does it mean when your package is shipped? Does it mean that your package is coming today? Is this term the same as “delivered”?

You’re in the right place if you’ve found yourself asking any of the above questions and other related ones. This article will answer all your questions with detailed explanations.


The process it takes for an order to be fulfilled has always confused customers. After the order has been made, it will have to be labeled and packaged appropriately.

After it has been prepared for shipping, it will be delivered to the courier. Some of the top delivery couriers in the United States are Amazon, UPS, USPS, DHL, and FedEx.

Once the package has been shipped to the delivery courier, it is transported to the destination address. Although, depending on the courier used, it could be done themselves or handed over to another courier for final delivery.

This courier will deliver it to the final destination, termed a last-mile delivery.

What does it mean when your package is shipped?

This implies that your package has been handed over to the delivery courier. To further explain, it implies that the seller has transported your package and delivered it to the courier.

This courier will then have to transport the package directly to you or hand it to another courier for last-mile delivery.

Is shipped the same as delivered?

After receiving an update that your package has been shipped, you may assume the package has been delivered. Well, that is not the case.

Shipped implies that your package has been handed over to the delivery courier. This courier will be the one to complete the second (transit) and maybe the third phase of delivery (last-mile delivery).

Delivered, on the other hand, implies that the package has been handed over to the recipients.

How long does shipping take?

When you order an item, you want it as soon as possible. If it were up to me, I’d want it immediately after placing the order, but that is not the case.

Shipping time may take anywhere from a day to seven days. Larger items may even take longer, depending on the shipping option used by the seller. Other factors may cause shipping time to be long, such as

  • Distance from the seller to the courier used
  • Weather conditions
  • Natural disaster

How long after shipping till you receive the package?

There is no straight answer to this question, as it depends on certain factors. This could be the shipping option (ground or air shipping), the distance to your location, and the in-transit process.

But generally, once a package has been shipped, it should take anywhere from 2 to 5 days to receive it.


What does “delayed not yet shipped” mean?

This update means that an error occurred while your package was being prepared for shipment. It is nothing serious and should be handled shortly.

Is “shipping” the same as “out for delivery”?

No, it is not. The two updates send different messages to the customer. Shipping implies that the package has been labeled and packaged and is being transported to the delivery courier.

When a package is out for delivery, it means that your package has been loaded onto a truck heading to you.


So, in general, when your order has been shipped, it means your package has been handed over to the courier. Afterward, it is delivered directly to you or another last-mile courier, depending on the delivery service used.

It could take anywhere from 1 day to 7 days after receiving this update for your package to be delivered. But it may also take longer if an issue is encountered while en route to you.

You should also see what the USPS update “your package is on its way to a USPS facility” means.

Thanks for reading.