What does attempted delivery mean? why should you care?

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What Does Attempted Delivery Mean

This is a question that many people have asked, but not many know the answer. Attempted delivery is what happens when an email or package is sent to someone, but it’s not successfully delivered. There are a few different reasons why this might happen, such as the recipient’s mailbox being full or the package being returned to the sender. In this blog post, we will discuss what attempted delivery is and why you should care about it.

What Does Attempted Delivery Mean?

When a package is attempted to be delivered, it means that the package was delivered to the address on the package, but no one was there to accept it. The delivery person will then try to leave the package at the address, but if there’s no safe place for them to leave it, they will bring the package back to the post office.

How Attempted Delivery Affects You?

Most people have experienced being turned away from a store until a later date, or being told that their delivery was attempted, but failed. If your home address is entered incorrectly into the system, you will probably find yourself dealing with this problem often because it is quite a common issue. Whether a package fails to be delivered by UPS, FedEx, DHL, USPS, Canadian Post, etc., there are many reasons why this happens. Here are 5 reasons as to how an attempted delivery can affect you:

1. You will not receive your package

You purchase an expensive item online and eagerly await its arrival at your doorstep by whatever shipping company you chose. Unfortunately, the package never arrives and it leaves you wondering what could’ve happened. It is possible that the package was turned away due to attempted delivery.

2. The item you purchased may get sent back or lost

If you are constantly having problems with your packages either arriving late or never arriving at all, then it is likely that your issues will more than likely cause some of your items to be returned to the retailer. Even if this does not happen, there’s always a chance that some of your items could get lost in transit and never arrive at their intended destination.

3. You may have to pay for return shipping

If an item gets returned because it was attempted to be delivered twice yet still failed, you will probably face additional costs when trying to re-ship the package, especially if you live in Canada and your package is shipped via Canada Post.

4. You may be in danger of receiving a bad reputation

If you are the kind of person that has to rely on e-commerce for many things, then you may have experienced being turned away from businesses because they cannot deliver your items to you. If this happens enough times, say goodbye to any future business transactions with that particular company.

5. Your package could get destroyed or stolen along the way

Unfortunately, there’s always a chance that an attempted delivery can result in your package getting either destroyed or stolen before it reaches its final destination. Although this is not likely if your item is sent by courier service, it can still happen so do think about this when ordering packages online.

What To Do If An Attempted Delivery Occurs?

  • Every attempted delivery is important! If there is nothing known about the sender, it’s usually OK to ship up to 1 kg per month. Also, if the weight of all fills you receive in one month is below 2kg (per destination country), then your customs office should not take any action against you.
  • If you can’t print labels for whatever reason (like a disability), then don’t forget about LBC! They do charge a small fee based on weight, but it shouldn’t be much, and parcels are delivered straight to the receiver’s doorsteps. The drawback is that they only ship by land, which takes longer than airmail/couriers etc.
  • With EMS, there’s no real workaround for this other than DHLing your parcels separately with your own account.
  • If you’re still running into problems, then try to be more creative – think outside the box! You’ve got plenty of options šŸ™‚ Some possibilities are using a forwarder’s address, an agent, etc. This article is already quite long, so I won’t go into further details now.
  • The last resort would be just sending whatever you can afford at that point in time per month (the cheapest option is usually via SingPost smartpac at $1.60). You can still ship a bit more than your budget allows, as long as you ensure the recipient signs for it and pays any fees, etc. Alternatively, if your supplier agrees on splitting costs of those parcels up with you, then that’s even better!.


The attempted delivery means that the carrier tried to deliver your package but was unable to do so. It often happens because a customer wasn’t home or there were no safe pickup points for packages, such as on an apartment balcony. If you’re still waiting for your package and it’s been more than 1-2 days since the attempted delivery date, contact us at 800-821-5222. We’ll investigate why there hasn’t been any progress with your order and take steps to get things back on track!

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