A package is a unit of goods that are bundled together for shipping. Instead of transporting individual items, the goods are combined on a pallet or other loading equipment to form a package.

In practice, a package is often referred to as a parcel. The outer packaging and loading aids are used to combine several packaging units into a finished package. Essentially, the package serves as the shipping unit.

Each package usually receives a unique identifier during transportation for traceability. A package could be a single item sent by a courier, or it could be a pallet containing various goods that remain unseparated during transport from the sender to the recipient.

How to track a package?

Customers are often eager to stay informed about the shipping status of their packages after placing an order. This is where the tracking system becomes invaluable.

There are various methods available for tracking a package, but if you're looking for a convenient and reliable third-party platform to monitor your package, our AfterShip Tracking Page is the ideal choice. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  1. Locating your tracking number: To find your tracking number, simply check your email or any confirmation messages you received when placing your order. Typically, the shipping company or online retailer will provide you with this number.
  2. Visiting the AfterShip Tracking Page: Enjoy a hassle-free tracking experience by entering our convenient AfterShip Tracking Page. With just one click, you can effortlessly track packages from numerous shipping companies.
  3. Entering your tracking number: Once you access the page, you'll notice a search bar where you can accurately enter your tracking number. After entering it in the designated area, click on the "Track" button to proceed.
  4. Reviewing tracking information: Shortly after, an updated page will display the most recent status of your order. You'll find valuable details such as the package's last known location and an estimated delivery date based on the available data.

What’s the difference between Package vs. Parcel?

The terms "parcel" and "package" are often used interchangeably, so the distinction between them is not entirely clear-cut.

Both parcel and package refer to an object or group of objects wrapped in paper that can be carried somewhere or sent by post. However, a parcel typically has a more regular shape compared to a package. For example, charities may send parcels of food and clothes to refugees.

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