Nation’s Mail Delivery Time Averages 2.7 Days

WASHINGTON, DC — The United States Postal Service reported new delivery performance metrics showing the average time to deliver a mailpiece across the postal network continues to average 2.7 days. Through March 11, performance for Marketing Mail and Periodicals was consistent with performance from the fiscal first quarter. The Postal Service continues to focus on operational precision across the postal network to improve First-Class Mail performance.

Second quarter service performance scores covering Jan.1 through March 11 included:

  • First-Class Mail: 86.3 percent of First-Class Mail delivered on time against the USPS service standard, a decrease of 2.8 percentage points from the fiscal first quarter.
  • Marketing Mail: 91.9 percent of Marketing Mail delivered on time against the USPS service standard, consistent with performance from the fiscal first quarter.
  • Periodicals: 81.0 percent of Periodicals delivered on time against the USPS service standard, consistent with performance from the fiscal first 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.

The Postal Service generally receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.


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That average delivery time for 1st class letters is a lot of bull. When I personally put my mail in a mailbox or physically place my mail in a receptacle, I note when I put in these containers and wait to see how long it takes to get cross town and I tell you it’s ridiculous , 2 to 3 weeks before it arrives to its destination. That’s ludicrous. I live in Baltimore and there has been more from my fellow citizens. Dejoy needs to go. As a former letter carrier I’ve never seen the job I loved suffer so… Read more »

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