Since Oct 1, 2015, USPS stopped providing visibility of incoming registered letters for virtually all countries (with a bunch of exceptions).
What on earth is happening?
International Registered Mail
Tracking Suppression of Import Registered Mail
Effective October 1, 2015, the Postal Serviceâ„˘ will no longer offer visibility for international import Registered Mailâ„˘ items unless International Posts have upgraded to offer their customers U.S. Postal ServiceÂ® products that come with visibility.
The International Posts which have upgraded to offer their customers Postal Service products that offer visibility are listed here: http://faq.usps.com/?articleId=1437076354655
If tracking and delivery information features are important to customers, the Postal Service encourages International Posts to offer their customers postal products that offer visibility and other value-added services, including:
n ePacket or PRIME Express â€” service alternatives with visibility on http://usps.com;
n Import Priority Mail Express InternationalÂ® (PMEI) or Priority Mail InternationalÂ® (PMI or Parcels), which offer:
n End-to-end scanning and tracking (also known as â€śproduct visibilityâ€ť);
n Online customer service assistance and support; and n Delivery and Signature Confirmation for import PMEI, and Delivery Confirmation for import PMI.
As International Posts upgrade, they will be added to the list of countries providing tracking and delivery information for import Registered Mail items sent to the United States.
This is horrible and absurd. A weird list of countries are compliant with USPS tracking.. How on earth is Togo registration more compliant than Australian Registration??
Beginning October 1, 2015, U.S. customers will be able to obtain tracking and delivery information for inbound registered items on usps.com from the countries listed below:
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
TANZANIA (UNITED REP)
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Why canâ€™t I get USPS tracking and delivery information on registered mail items sent from every country in the world?
Each countryâ€™s ability to perform barcode scanning and to provide those scans electronically to the Postal Service is unique to that country. Many countries are unable to provide this service or prefer not to provide it.
Is there anything the Postal Service can do to encourage other countries to provide scanning information?
Yes, and we are doing it. The Postal Service participates with groups of international postal operators to share tracking and delivery information for registered items. By doing this, we hope this will motivate other foreign, postal operators to join so that tracking and delivery information will eventually be available to and from every country.
So, the countries listed above are the only foreign partners that currently provide the Postal Service with tracking and delivery information on inbound registered items?
Yes, this list represents all the countries where postal operators participate, along with the Postal Service, in the groups committed to providing tracking and delivery information. This participation improves the quality of the worldwide postal network.
This is how my current USPS tracking looks like.
There has been some petition online for USPS to stop doing this.