What does Departed FedEx Location mean?
Like all “good” FedEx tracking updates, this one is vague to the point of silliness. It’s clear that a package shipped via FedEx, will “Depart a FedEx Location” during its journey.
So which location are we talking about? Is the package close when you receive a “Departed FedEx Location” update?
Or is it merely the nearest FedEx facility to the shipper and still has a long way to go?
Unfortunately, it can mean either one. Let’s take a look.
Summary: Departed FedEx Location
The “Departed FedEx location” tracking update means that your package has left the FedEx facility where it was last processed and is now on the next step of its journey. Depending on the distance between the shipper and the delivery address, this update may occur several times on a package journey.
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Where is My Package After a “Departed FedEx location” Update?
There are two main scenarios for the location of the package when you receive this update.
In Transit to Another FedEx Facility
Because a FedEx package traveling from shipper to recipient has to go through various FedEx facilities, the most likely location of your package after a “Departed FedEx Location” update is in transit towards the next facility.
The FedEx tracking details can help provide information on this.
For example, take a look at the screenshot above. Here the recipient lives in San Diego and is expecting a package from Palmdale, CA.
The package has “Left FedEx Origin Facility” as marked. It then made its way to Bloomington.
At the Bloomington facility, a “Departed FedEx Location” update was created. In other words, the information line below the update provides the location.
In this case, the recipient knows that the package is now in transit, and as San Diego is still a relatively long distance away, the package will reach another FedEx facility before final delivery takes place.
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Out for Final Delivery to Recipient
The other scenario is that the package has “departed FedEx location” close to the recipient’s address.
Again, the tracking details will help here. If the information line below the update shows a location in the same area as the delivery address, out-for-delivery is the most likely outcome.
Using the same example above, this would be a FedEx location in San Diego.
True, FedEx will often display an “out for delivery” update if that is the case, however, this notification might just have been delayed.
Essentially, a “Departed FedEx Location” close to the delivery address, means that the package is close and final delivery is imminent.
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FAQ: Departed FedEx Location
Q. Are “Departed FedEx Location” tracking updates common?
Yes, “Departed FedEx Location” is a very common update that is used to notify customers that the package has left a facility and is on the move between one location and another.
Q. Is there anything I should do when I receive a “Departed FedEx location” tracking update?
There is nothing you have to do when you receive this update. You can continue to check your tracking number to see where your package is. The information on the location can be found beneath the actual updates.
Q. My package has been stuck on “Departed FedEx Location” for several days; what should I do?
This scenario can be frustrating. Depending on the FedEx service used it might take 24-48hrs for the package to reach its next destination after a “Departed FedEx Location” notification.
This means you will not see another update until the item is scanned upon reaching the next location. This can lead customers to think that the package is somehow “stuck” or delayed.
If the tracking information does not update for several days, and you believe that some issue may have occurred, the best course of action is to contact FedEx customer services for more details.
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