- 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?