Royal Mail Tracking

Royal Mail trackingRoyal Mail is still a preferred option for many businesses’ postal needs, so it is important to understand the different options it offers in terms of tracking items and letters to their destinations.

Same-day services

For urgent paperwork, Royal Mail offers a same-day service that uses couriers to make delivery. These workers are tracked using real-time satellites, ensuring that the progress of the item can be checked at all stages. While this is certainly the quickest and most accurate tracked method of posting, there is a premium charged for this level of service.

Guaranteed delivery

The next level of service offered by Royal Mail is the Guaranteed Delivery service, where items are guaranteed to be at their destinations by the following working day. This service uses a system of checkpoints at each stage of an item’s progress to create an online tracking record that the sender can access at any time to check on delivery. This is available through Royal Mail’s website.


Other parcel services are provided through Royal Mail’s parcel delivery subsidiary, Parcelforce. This includes overseas tracked services, though these will often only track the item as far as its arrival in another country, rather than all of the way to the intended recipient. A map is provided on the Royal Mail website to show which countries facilitate proper tracking services and where this is not possible. These tracking services come with online confirmation of delivery, so customers will always know when their items have arrived if they need to check with the recipients.

For those countries where tracking is available, customers can access any tracking notes using the same service as for UK deliveries. This familiar process means that there is no additional difficulty in checking where parcels are across the world as long as the relevant destination participates in the tracking scheme. As with Royal Mail’s UK same-day services, fully tracked courier services with satellite feeds are available for an additional premium, however.