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Many international and domestic Ebay sellers and buyers have been getting very confused about Ebay’s Global Shipping Program when it comes to tracking your package with that pesky UPAAA.

For example, if you buy a item from a seller in the United States and you live in Canada there will be a couple tracking numbers involved in the transacation and all this is handled via the Ebay Global Shipping.

Here is how it works and here is one way you can track your package without the help of Ebays slow tracking system.

For Example

You won an auction from a seller in the US and you live in Canada (or any other country).

  1. The seller will ship the item to Ebay’s designated global shipping location. In the USA it is most likely Erlanger, Ky.
  2. The seller will get their tracking number to Erlanger via UPS, USPS, FEDEX etc. However this is not useful for you since Ebay will then take over the shipment after they receive it in Erlanger.

At this point Ebay will issue their own tracking code. Most start with the prefix UPAAA however it might vary slightly depending on location.

Now is the tricky part. How do you track it? You can look in your purchase history in Ebay and they will give you the UPAAA tracking code. It does not update by the minute and can leave you feeling duped!

One method of tracking your package that has been helpful is to go to You can enter your UPAAA number and select a carrier from over 83 different shippers. For Canada you can select Canadian Post or try selecting one that is a common shipper for your country.

You may have to try selecting a bunch before you find the correct carrier.