USPS Sees Increase in Delivery Speed

The U.S. Postal Service is experiencing less and less delays as we move farther from pandemic shut downs.

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The United States Postal Service announced a 2.4 day average time during its third-quarter call, and more than 93% of first-class mail arrived on time. The service measures arrival time against its USPS Service Standard guidelines. This performance of first-class mail was a jump of 5.7% from the second quarter. Additionally, more than 94% of marketing mail was delivered on time, an increase of 2.6%. 


  • For the third quarter to date, more than 93 percent of First-Class Mail was delivered on-time each week. For the past fifteen weeks, more than 93 percent of Marketing Mail was delivered on-time. Through the first eleven weeks of the third quarter, the average time for the Postal Service to deliver a mailpiece or package across the nation was 2.4 days.
  • 86.5 percent of Periodicals delivered on time against the USPS service standard, an improvement of 5.1 percentage points from the fiscal second quarter.
  • One of the goals of Delivering for America, the Postal Service’s 10-year plan for achieving financial sustainability and service excellence, is to meet or exceed 95 percent on-time service performance for all mail and shipping products once all elements of the plan are implemented. Service performance is defined by the Postal Service as the time it takes to deliver a mailpiece or package from its acceptance into our system through its delivery, as measured against published service standards.