What Does Departed From Local Distribution Center, Departed From Facility & Processed At Transit Facility Mean?

If you have been following this series of articles, you will agree that shipping companies like DHL, FedEx, USPS, and UPS all have so many different shipping statuses that it could easily be confusing to keep track of where your items are, what could be wrong with the movements and when you might be getting the packages you’re shipping. In this article, we will be talking about the “departed from local distribution center”, “departed from facility” and “processed at transit facility” shipping statuses, we’d see what they mean, and how soon you would be getting our packages.

Departed From Local Distribution Center

Whether you receive this shipping status from DHL, Amazon, USPS, UPS, or FedEx, it often means the same thing, and that is that your package has left the main hubs they have in your locale, and your package is either being sent to another post office that is closer to you, or is being delivered to you.

So the “departed from local distribution center” shipping status would mean a different thing depending on your location and how close you are to the main hub.

The main hub or distribution center serves as a port of sort for packages going to different ZIP codes in a hub. From here, the packages are separated based on the ZIP codes, so for areas that have local post offices in the ZIP code area, the packages will move to those for final delivery, while for ZIP codes that don’t have a local post office, most deliveries will be made directly to customers straight from the distribution hub, or from a closer post office.

Depending on where you live, you might expect the delivery on that day or the next business day. Generally, when you get the “departed from local distribution center” shipping status, your package will be delivered soonest. If you don’t get your package in a business day or two, we recommend either contacting the courier or seeing the tracking information on the website as these might give more information on the position and timeline for your package delivery.

We also like to mention that in few cases, the “departed from local distribution center” shipping status is followed by a transit delayed notification. What this implies is that your package was sent to the wrong post office, and would need to be sent back to the distribution hub for it to be sent to the correct post office.

We have seen way too many times that as 1000s of packages are being scanned and sent around daily, there are few cases of packages being sent the wrong way. In most cases, you would want to give it a day or two and you should get an update when it is rescanned. The main delay when items are missent is caused because the item is sent back to the main distribution hub instead of directly to the correct post office.

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Processed at Transit Facility meaning

The “processed at transit facility” shipping status you get when shipping with DHL, USPS, UPS, and FedEx is a fancy term to say that your package was processed, scanned at a transit facility and is on its way to another.

Shipping, companies like DHL, USPS, UPS, and FedEx have a bunch of packages moving in many different directions, and as the packages move, the direction in which they move will gradually change, hence the use of transit facilities to separate packages moving in different directions, and having all those moving in the same direction move together.

So if your package was processed at a transit facility, then you just have to cross your fingers as your packages are still moving towards you and you’ll be getting another notification as your package gets closer.

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Departed From Facility

The “departed from facility” shipping status shows up immediately after you get the “processed at transit facility” shipping status when you’re shipping with DHL, USPS, UPS, and FedEx. It means that the package has been processed, and is being moved to the next transit facility. You’ll typically get a new notification when it arrives in a facility closer to you.

In some cases, you’ll get this shipping status on international shipments, and it would mean the package is leaving a major country hub – either in China, France, Canada, United Kingdom, or the United States – and you’ll be getting an update when it arrives in your country.

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