What does “Arrival at Inward Office of Exchange” mean? This is a tracking update you will often find when waiting for an international shipment to arrive.
Does this alert mean that the package is close? Let’s take a look.
Arrival at Inward Office of Exchange – Meaning
“Arrival at inward office of exchange” means that the package has arrived at the destination country’s import customs facility. Once the package has passed custom clearance it will be handed over to the destination country’s postal service company. In the U.S, this is USPS.
How far away is my package when I receive an “Arrival at Inward Office of Exchange” alert?
The good news is that the package is close. It has arrived in the destination country, which is the country of the recipient.
Assuming there are no issues with the customs clearance process, the package will be handed to USPS (or whichever courier is being used for final delivery), and from there will be transported to the nearest facility for sorting.
After this is it will be delivered to the closest regional facility to the recipient and finally, to the destination address.
All of this can take between 2 and 7 days depending on the level of service used.
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My package is Stuck on “Arrival at Inward Office of Exchange”
In some cases, a package may end up being stuck on the “Arrival at Inward Office of Exchange” status update.
There are a number of reasons this can happen.
One is that there is a delay in customs at the destination air or seaport. A hold-up here means it can take several days for your package to go through the customs clearance process.
Another reason your package might be stuck on “Arrival at Inward Office of Exchange” is problems with the customs clearance process, i.e missing paperwork or tax duty owed, etc.
That being said, any such issues are normally shown via updated scans on your tracking page.
In other words, you and/or the shipper will be informed if there are problems at customs.
Which tracking number should I use after receiving an “Arrival at Inward Office of Exchange” update?
Because you now know that the package has arrived in the destination country and will very soon be handed over to the local postal service (USPS or other couriers if used), it means that you can begin using the relevant associated tracking details to check on progress.
Essentially, as soon as the local postal or courier service has the package, it will be scanned into its system.
This will enable you to use the local tracking details to keep updated on potential delivery dates and some instances manage the delivery too.
If you are not sure which tracking number details to use, type the number you have into a universal tracking website for more information.
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When you receive the “Arrival at Inward Office of Exchange” update, you are being informed that the international transit of your package is over.
The item is now in the destination country and is awaiting customs clearance. Once that is passed, the local postal/courier service will take over the delivery.
Hopefully, your package is now merely days away from arrival.
I’m a 25 year veteran of USPS. I’m retired now, but as the editor of Mailbox Master, I can’t quite remove myself from the carrier industry just yet. 🙂