Postal Service asks for return of postal-owned equipment

July 18, 2012

Staff Report

The U.S. Postal Service is asking customers to return postal-owned equipment, especially pallets and plastic mail tubs.

“The Postal Service has invested $120 million this year to restore our mail transport equipment (MTE) inventories to healthy levels for this fall. This is more than twice our investment last year,” said acting Rockford Postmaster Steve Webb. “This is a serious issue, and help is needed. We are in a financial crisis and simply cannot afford this type of unnecessary expense. The equipment is federal property, and its return would be appreciated.”

Anyone possessing Postal Service Mail Transport Equipment is strongly encouraged to return it.

Small amounts of equipment can be dropped off at local Post Offices or nearby mail processing and distribution centers. Arrangements can be made for the Postal Service to pick ;up large amounts of equipment and/or pallets by sending an e-mail to hqmte@usps.gov and including “Equipment Pickup Request” in the subject line and company name, address where the equipment is located, type of mail transport equipment and quantity, and contact information in the message.

There also is a mail transport equipment recovery hotline — (866) 330-3404 — that can be used to report the misuse of equipment, such as hoarding or recycling.

As information, the following message is printed clearly on all U.S. Postal Service equipment:

“WARNING: Maximum penalty for theft or misuse of postal property, $1,000 fine and 3 years imprisonment (Title 18 USC 1707).” Chapter 58 of the Postal Operations Manual (POM) and Title 18 Section 1707 of the Federal Criminal Code contain the policy and laws regulating use of all mail transport equipment.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

From the July 18-24, 2012, issue

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