Since you are usually on the receiving end of
material movements in the supply system, the job of
shipping may not seem to apply to you as an SK.
However, when stationed at shore activities, you may
find yourself becoming more concerned with the
problems involved in the shipment of material.
In addition, on sea duty you will encounter instances
where your shipment of material can have an impact on
the material availability for other fleet and shore units.
This chapter provides information and guidance on
shipping material by various means. It also explains
those organizations that are available to help you
accomplish material movements.
SCOPE FOR SHIPPING
This chapter explains how you will make outgoing
shipments of general cargo, hazardous material, and
unaccompanied baggage. It is important for you to
become knowledgeable about shipping. The shortages
of repairable coupled with the increased emphasis on
repairable management place more responsibility on
you and the supply officer to make sure the material is
shipped without any complications. The preferred
method of shipping most of the material is through the
mail. You must plan and prepare the material for
Shipment planning is a necessary element in
assuring a successful shipment. Answers to the
following three basic questions are required to make the
transportation system work
. What is the item?
l Where is it going (destination)?
l When must it arrive at the destination?
Without this information, the shipment could be delayed
en route or never arrive at the destination. The initial
documentation, or other source documents, must
provide the shipper with information to answer those
three basic questions. If not, you should not ship the
material until such answers become available. Mail is
the preferred means of moving material to or from the
ship. However, mail should not be used for high-priority
shipments with project codes ZV2, ZR5, or
PREPARATION FOR SHIPMENT
Material should be prepared and packaged to
minimize damage during shipment. NAVSUP
Publication 484 illustrates basic packing and labeling
methods and explains how to prepare reusable
containers for shipment. This publication provides
actual do-it-yourself packaging procedures designed for
ships or stations having only limited packaging material.
Some points to remember when preparing material for
shipment are as follows:
1. Remove or block out all old transportation or
shipping markings on reusable containers. Item
nomenclature markings should not be removed from the
2. Overpack materials only when it is necessary.
When you use the reusable containers overpacking is
3. Deliver shipments to the fleet unit designated to
handle transshipment material or to the nearest shore
installation when you do not have the adequate
packaging facilities available. Mail is the primary means
of moving material from one activity to another except
where restricted by size or weight. When this happens,
you must forward the material within the Defense
Transportation System (DTS).
4. When you ship by multipack, make sure all the
material is going to one activity under the same priority.
When packaging the material, you should make sure the
heavy items are packed on the bottom.
SHIPMENT BY MAIL
The most convenient method of shipping parcels is
through the mails. Mailable matter includes any papers
or materials that are required in conducting official
government business and that meet U.S. Postal Service
standards relative to weight, size, and physical
properties. Materials specifically unauthorized to be
mailed and special instructions for mailing controlled