By Rudi WilliamsAmerican Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Feb. 8, 2001 Plan early. Get copies of your orders. Visit your transportation office early. Estimate the weight of your household goods.
This is just some of the advice Military Traffic Management Command officials offer military and civilian personnel and their families who are on the move. The weight of your household goods, stored items and unaccompanied baggage is important in a move because you pay all charges connected with the excess -- possibly hundreds to thousands of dollars, officials said.
The only way to avoid excess weight charges is to stay within your authorized weight allowance by estimating early and disposing of unnecessary possessions -- you may not know for months how much your shipment officially weighed, and then it's too late.
Download a copy of the Army "It's Your Move" pamphlet at www.usapa.army.mil/pdffiles/p55_2.pdf. It's the first listed link on the page. The pamphlet should be useful to members of all the services, with its weight allowance charts and wealth of other information about moving.
Your authorized weight allowances is also available at the end of this news article.
Weight allowances are established under provisions of the Joint Federal Travel Regulations and are the maximum weight you can move at government expense. Officials emphasize that weight estimates are planning tools only and in no way binding. You can't use an estimate to refute excess weight charges, for instance.
A successful move requires early planning and hard work, officials noted. Members must understand their entitlements and responsibilities concerning shipment of household goods, unaccompanied baggage, boats and firearms. Other tips of interest:
PCS WITHOUT DEPENDENTS
PCS WEIGHT DEPENDENTS
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