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Returning Mail Transport Equipment


Mail transport equipment includes the sacks, pouches, trays, wheeled containers, pallets, and other items used by the Postal Service™ and its customers.

We replace lost equipment every year so that both our carriers and our customers have what they need. Considering the approximate cost of sleeves, flat tubs, and pallets —it all adds up quickly. Pitch in and return any unused or extra items.

Businesses can return small quantities of equipment to local Post Offices™ or nearby processing and distribution facilities. For large quantities and bigger equipment like pallets or hampers, fill out a pickup request.

Equipment Pickup Requests
To request equipment pickup, please send an email to with "Equipment Pickup Request" in the subject line and be sure to include the following information in your email…

  • Company:
    Name of company 
    Address where the equipment is located
  • Mail Transport Equipment:
    Type of equipment
  • Requestor's Contact Information:
    Name of requestor
    Phone number
    Email address


Examples of Mail Transport Equipment
The following are examples of mail transport equipment.

A picture a short white pallet - a flat board on wheels designed for wheeling heavy things aroundPallets
Platforms on which mail is stacked to be moved as a single unit.
Size: 40" x 48"

A picture featuring a two foot tall cloth baskets on wheels and a three foot metal cage on wheelsRolling Stock (Hampers & Cages)
Equipment used to transport all types of mailbags and trays.
Size:  48” x 31” x 37”

A picture of a flat unpuffed plastic bag with 'Mail' written on itMailbags
Containers that are generally used to transport flat-shape mail, bundles, irregular parcel post, small parcels, and other small quantities of loose mail.
Size: 44" x 31"

A picture of a 1 foot by 2 foot white plastic tray with 'United States Postal Service' written on itTrays
Trays are used for dispatching and transporting letter mail.
Size: 24" x 11 1/2" x 5 1/4"

A brown 1 foot by two foot cardboard sleeve that looks like a box that is missing two sidesSleeves
Sleeves are used with trays for dispatching and transporting mail traveling by air.
Size: 24" x 11 1/2" x 5 1/4"

A white plastic tub with 'United States Postal Service' printed on it in blackFlat Tubs
Equipment used for dispatching and transporting flats and periodicals.
Size: 18" x 13" x 11"

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