• Project Title:
  • The U.S. Postal Service's Transportation Cost of Mail Transport Equipment
  • Start Date:
  • Thursday, February 21, 2019
  • Estimated Report Release Date:
  • August 2019

The Postal Service uses mail transport equipment (MTE) -- containers, sacks, trays, flat tubs, sleeves, and pallets -- during processing or to transport mail between USPS facilities, customers, or contractors. The mail transport equipment service center (MTESC) network comprises 14 independent contractor operated facilities that are responsible for processing, repairing, storing, and distributing MTE to Postal Service processing and distribution centers (P&DCs) and business mailers. P&DC personnel and mailers can order MTE using an online application called mail transport equipment ordering system. This system also allows Postal Service personnel to check the status of orders, review order history, and manage local mailer MTE requests.

MTE is moved by rail and highway contract routes (HCR). The Postal Service may contract with railroads when it is more economical than other modes of transportation. The service, frequency, and points served by rail carriers and HCRs are specified by the Postal Service and set by contract.

  • How can the Postal Service save costs when moving MTE between P&DCs and MTESCs?
  • What challenges exist with transporting MTE by rail or HCR?
  • What delays exist with receiving MTE to meet operational needs?

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  • anon

    I believe to Postal Service could save money by once again repairing empty equipment at P&DC , NDC's and other Postal Facilities as in the past. It would save both time and money as there would be no need to transport broken equipment to get repaired. For the first 15 to twenty years of my employment I repaired APC's, hampers , wire cages and other rolling stock. First as a General Mechanic then as a MPE these repairs were performed after the completion of other routes and duties. The parts needed for these repairs were keep in stock and reordered as needed. In our facility were replaced wheels, springs, safety latches, and welded broken welds as needed. This would end the need to transport empty equipment for repair. And would reduce the need to wait on repaired equipment for the transport of the mail

    Mar 09, 2019
  • anon

    Hi Kenneth, Thanks so much for your response. You mentioned that you used to perform repair of MTE equipment. Could you share what type of facility (e.g. P&DC or NDC) you were at when you made these repairs? Also, do you know why the Postal Service moved the repair of MTE to the MTESC?

    Mar 11, 2019

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