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What type of tracking number is this: LJO14137785US?
December 8, 2009 1:17 PM   Subscribe

What type of tracking number is this: LJO14137785US?

I've got a bunch of tracking numbers that all start with "LJ" and end in "US" but so far can't figure out who the carrier is or how to get tracking information.
posted by JPigford to Shopping (20 answers total)
 
A: Google recognizes tracking numbers as such and can query them for you automatically.
B: Google doesn't recognize "LJO14137785US"
C: Google finds others asking this same question in a few other spots. Very odd.

Answer: It's not a major shipping tracking number.
posted by unixrat at 1:21 PM on December 8, 2009


D: Okay, one question on Yahoo Answers from you asking this same question and one aggregator has picked it up. (C) isn't that odd, I guess.
posted by unixrat at 1:23 PM on December 8, 2009


It's not UPS, FedEx, USPS, or DHL.
posted by Comrade_robot at 1:23 PM on December 8, 2009


Needle in the haystack there. Have you started going down the lists of companies here (there are many more beneath the search boxes)?
posted by Burhanistan at 1:24 PM on December 8, 2009


C: Google finds others asking this same question in a few other spots. Very odd.

It was asked on Yahoo! by the same JPigford. The other link was an bot-driven aggregator.
posted by Burhanistan at 1:25 PM on December 8, 2009


Definitely not a major confirmation number in the US. Contact whoever gave you the numbers.
posted by Rendus at 1:27 PM on December 8, 2009


In your situation, would it make sense to be a Customs declaration number? I've seen those numbers used when shipping via USPS overseas.
posted by alynnk at 1:33 PM on December 8, 2009


It could be USPS. If that's a zero, not an O.
posted by mrsshotglass at 1:35 PM on December 8, 2009


It looks like either a customs declaration or maybe a certified / registered mail tracking number... Something of that nature.

In either case, I am going to say that i am fairly sure that it is USPS. It may not be all that useful to you.
posted by Geckwoistmeinauto at 1:36 PM on December 8, 2009


Yeah, it's a valid USPS code if O->0 (oh is zero)
posted by unixrat at 1:45 PM on December 8, 2009


Looks to me like you have yourself a UK Post Office tracking number or something similar, although their Track & Trace doesn't seem to be able to find that particular tracking number.
posted by brambory at 1:53 PM on December 8, 2009


* Assuming the 'O' is really an '0', that is.
posted by brambory at 1:55 PM on December 8, 2009


There are some references to LJ-prefix USPS tracking numbers on the eBay forums. It's not clear what it is, but everyone seems to agree it's not trackable.
posted by smackfu at 2:11 PM on December 8, 2009


Googling the 'default' tracking number LJ123456789US brings up a bunch of foriegn language sites (probably) talking about buying stuff from the US. This makes sense since that US on the end indicates country (New Zealand tracking numbers have the same layout but NZ in that place). So it's possibly a USPS international shipping code. This site indicates the same thing. International stuff can't always be tracked because it goes out of the USPS system, which might explain all the ebay questions, although I don't know if this is relevant for your packages? I looked through the USPS International Mail Manual but it wasn't helpful so this is all conjecture.
posted by shelleycat at 2:29 PM on December 8, 2009


Oh, actually part of my conjecture got left out. The L may stand for letter, i.e. an envelope rather than a parcel, and those aren't tracked (from USPS: Note: Tracking is not available for Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes or Priority Mail International Small Flat Rate Boxes.).

Examples to back this up: this one says it's a letter ("Package Size: Flat Rate Envelope ") and this guy was told it's "normal mail" and not tracked.

So yours might not be international but is probably an envelope hence the lack of tracking.
posted by shelleycat at 2:36 PM on December 8, 2009


That's a zero. Google recognizes it as a valid number. However, it may not be trackable—it could be something like a customs form (I sent one last week, and its number was LCxxxxxxxxxUS).
posted by one more dead town's last parade at 2:44 PM on December 8, 2009


(Just out of curiosity, I plugged it into Chronopost and Colissimo in France. Got nothin'.)
posted by gimonca at 4:24 PM on December 8, 2009


I think it's registered mail from USPS.
posted by feste at 5:54 PM on December 8, 2009


That is a customs declaration number for the USPS. If you look at this picture, you will see under the barcode a similar string of numbers and letters.

It is not trackable online. However, if you go to your post office and ask sweetly, they can look it up in their system. Last time I did this for a package which I had sent to Canada, they told me it had safely crossed the border and was on its way to its destination.
posted by Ugh at 8:56 PM on December 8, 2009


I have three of these on the go right now, all as a result of orders from Canada to small US based retailers (electronics and hiking gear). They are USPS according to the email confirmations I received. When I put them in Google it comes up with a link to the USPS website.

Priority Mail International Small Flat Rate Box
USPS First Class Mail International Package
First Class Mail International Package (this one starts with LN not LJ)
posted by stp123 at 9:00 PM on December 8, 2009


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