FedEx Scheduled Delivery Pending: What Does it Mean?

Many times when using the courier services of FedEx, I have come across a status in their tracking info, which reads “scheduled delivery pending.” In the beginning, it made me worry as to the implication of this statement.

This was because the first time this had happened; I was expecting a valuable shipment. So what does it mean when someone asks this question? That implies that the scheduled delivery of your package is not yet ready- it is delayed.

FedEx Scheduled Delivery Pending

Why does it say FedEx Scheduled Delivery Pending?

I tried to get in touch with the helpline numbers. Most of my initial attempts went in vain as I could not interact with their customer care personnel. After several attempts, at last, I got through.

I was informed that if it encounters a delay, they may not be able to inform me of the exact date when I can expect to receive It. I was informed that many efforts were being taken to execute the order fast.

You cannot pinpoint any one particular reason for the scheduled delivery pending of your package; there can be very many reasons for such alterations-

  • It could imply that your package is at the station and is awaiting its turn to get scanned into a vehicle and then dispatched.
  • It could also face some issues while in transit. It could be a flight or vehicle delay. It could also face hold up in transit with the trucks. That is one of the most probable reasons for a scheduled delivery date being delayed.
  • It could also be because of some weather hindrances. If the climatic conditions are not suitable, it won’t be possible for it to be delivered.
  • Most importantly, because most of the areas worldwide are under quarantine, many routes have been suspended indefinitely. If this is the case, then the package will be delivered as soon as things get back to normal.

It is to be kept in mind that the FedEx tracking system is automated. So when the shipment misses the estimated time, it is automatically changed to ‘pending.’ FedEx is under no legal obligation to meet their promised date.

FedEx Scheduled Delivery Pending: Where is your package?

The good thing is your package is almost at its destination, but on the flip side, it is not yet dispatched.

The package is in the safety of a warehouse, with proper labeling, and set to be dispatched. Once it is scanned, the order status will be changed to shipped.

An unsettled shipment expires within 10 days after you have created them, also on a future date that you can choose while creating a shipment. You can save up to 100 shipments and ship up to 10 shipments at a time.

In this situation, you won’t be billed for a delayed shipment until you process it and print its label. You can choose to process them and print labels at any time.

Is FedEx scheduled delivery time accurate? 

Yes for most of the time. But recently there has been a downfall in the accuracy according to some of the users. Now, as you already know that the deliveries are usually made by trucks which can undergo a breakdown in the middle of the way, which can affect the time of delivery. Moreover, different drivers take different routes and have completely different styles of driving which also determines the time of delivery.

All these factors can significantly impact the scheduled delivery time and can cause a delay. But in most situations, FedEx tries to maintain its accuracy by delivering the parcel on the estimated day if not early.

If it says FedEx scheduled delivery is pending, can you do anything? 

There is not much you can actually do about it. The only thing which you can do is have patience and wait for the next update. You know that your package is in safe hands and so there is no need to panic. However, if even after waiting for a long time the package still has the same status then you should try to contact FedEx Customer Care and ask them about your package.

Nothing to worry about as we already know that FedEx is quite reputed because of its safe and secure delivery process. So your package is not going anywhere and it will reach your place sooner or later. For further assistance, you can always contact customer care for reliable information about your package.

“FedEx Scheduled Delivery Pending”: Customers’ Experience 

Customers have often been found to have put forward their grievances of not getting their packages on the due time. They complain of the fact that all of a sudden it changes from shipped to scheduled delivery pending.

In such cases, when they try to reach the helpline numbers, they are mostly met with even more dissatisfaction. Mostly the response that they receive is quite vague, which includes the explanation of the packages not being ready for shipping. Though they promise to quickly provide accurate dates, this is hardly ever met.

FedEx Schedule Delivery Pending: A Quick Summary

• What is a delayed shipment?

It is a shipment record saved to be processed later. This allows you to enter the shipment information ahead of time and print the labels when your packages are ready to be shipped.

• What does it mean when FedEx changes the status ‘scheduled’ to delivery ‘pending’?

When a shipping status is delayed, it means that the shipping courier company is processing it. FedEx uses this status to begin its logistic functions to get a package from the location to the intended destination.

• What is the money-back policy of FedEx?

The FedEx Express international packages are supported with a money-back guarantee policy. It applies to all kinds of postponement items.

Guide for Tracking & Managing Deliveries – FedEx

Tracking is made easy with FedEx with the following steps:

  • Visit the tracking web application of the company
  • Download the FedEx mobile app. Then enter your number or scan the barcode on the door tag. This will give you all the information you need about your missed shipment and other available delivery options. 
  • You can also text your door tag number with the message “follow” to 48773 to get an update about your package 
  • Call 1.800.463.3339 and select the “track package” option

Package management:

If you are expecting deliveries at your home, you can now manage them effectively, thanks to the FedEx Delivery Manager. Using this service, you can check for upcoming deliveries to your address, get notified, change the recipient’s address reschedule the delivery, and do a lot more. 

The delivery manager offers the following services for free:

  • Redirecting the package to the thousand FedEx offices nearby
  • A package can be held for a week
  • You can use the temporary hold option to keep the package held for two weeks more for free at a given address
  • Get tracking information and notifications to see the status of your package throughout the delivery process
  • Pick your location for the delivery person to leave the package
  • Sign for the package even when you are not at home through your smartphone 

Custom Clearance Process for Scheduled Delivery Packages:

Mostly while shipping with FedEx Express services, customs clearance is included, and FedEx clears the shipment. However, when the shipment has certain goods, it needs special clearance. Thus you need to ask for special processing from a FedEx customs broker. FedEx then applies the services and bills the charges incurred. 

In some countries, there is a fee for standard custom clearance. The same applies to certain FedEx subsidiaries as well. An ancillary clearance service fee also applies to some international shipments to be served towards FedEx destinations. All the ancillary free and custom charges incurred are listed under separate items in the tax invoice. 

FedEx Scheduled Delivery Pending: FAQS

What does it mean that “Pending Shipment” and through FedEx?

This means that if your delivery misses the date, the status is changed to “delayed”.

What is a reason that a FedEx package did not arrive on the estimated date and now says no estimated date available and status is still not clear?

This means that the Scheduled for your package is not yet ready, and it is pending.

Why my FedEx shipment is stuck at “In Transit” even after the expected date?

This means that the package is no more showing any enhancement towards its destination. It is either kept in the courier company’s depots or stuck in customs.

How accurate is FedEx’s scheduled delivery time?

The answer to this question has mixed responses. While the FedEx delivery time has been accurate for some, for others, the experience was bad. As per many, FedEx is often unable to deliver in the scheduled time, and the situation gets worse during the holiday rush. Priority shipping customers also face the issue. Additionally, the driver’s route also has a part to play in determining the delivery time.

Is FedEx scheduled delivery guaranteed?

This again has mixed reviews. While for some, the scheduled delivery was on time, others did not enjoy the same benefits. When you receive a notification on Scheduled Delivery, it means FedEx is doing everything in its power to get your package delivered. Mostly the estimated time of delivery is between 1-3 days; however, there might be some delay.

Why is FedEx taking so long to deliver?

Apart from internal issues (driver routes, heavy internal traffic), multiple other reasons can delay your package. Bad weather conditions, holiday rush, poor carrier performance, incomplete documentation, incorrect address are a few reasons for a delayed package.

I have been taking the FedEx courier’s services for quite some time now and have come to endure certain circumstances that have added much to my misery.

Hence, whenever I see the status is being changed from scheduled to delivery pending, I try to track my package’s status online using the tracking number. If you don’t have a tracking number to check the status of your package then you can check this guide.

This helps in accessing the shipment’s most up to date information. Moreover, one can’t do much under such situations except to wait.

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2 thoughts on “FedEx Scheduled Delivery Pending: What Does it Mean?”

  1. Thank you. Good information. I have had the worse time with FedEx. I miss appointments. Have to reschedule things only for my packages to get reschedule. When I find out my shipment will be with FedEx I expect there to be a problem and it is. I was getting a next day that took 10 days from a place 5 hrs away. I prefer UPS. My God. They let me know how many stops they are away in the map so I can be aware of my exact delivery time. If I’m not home I know they left it. If I’m in another room, I know when to go check. Today I have important work to do in a place where I won’t hear the door to sign for a package. Fedex went from by 2:50 till end of the day now pending. I’m ok with delays and changes. I understand, however. I have not yet experienced this 50 deliveries from UPS, yet every single time with FedEx except 1.


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