AND SHIPMENT OF MATERIAL
Material movement, as discussed in this chapter, is
the shipping of material from one geographical area to
another. It does not include local deliveries to and from
A lot of material moves daily in support of naval
operations. This represents a substantial en route dollar
value. Many of the en route items affect to some degree
the operational capabilities of naval activities. Material
movement is an essential link in the chain of supply
support. As a result of improper documentation and
marking, shipments are delayed, misrouted, or lost.
Man-hours are lost tracing these delinquent shipments.
More important, the lack of critically needed parts may
reduce the operational readiness of the intended
You may become involved in material movement
when assigned to the shipping section of a supply
Also as a member of the supply
department duty section, you may be required to ship
an urgently required item to a requisitioner. You should
be aware of the procedures for documenting and
assembling material for shipment. This chapter
discusses the procedures for shipping material using the
Department of Defense Transportation System
(MILSTAMP) commercial carriers, and mail. Packing
and marking of material for shipment and safety
requirements are also discussed.
This chapter contains tams about the shipment of
material with which you may not be familiar. These
terms are found in the glossary of this TRAMAN.
SHIPPING ACTIVITY RESPONSIBILITIES
The DOD MILSTAMP prescribes the shipping
activitys responsibilities and procedures for
preparation, documentation, and clearance of
shipments. In general, the shipping activity is
responsible for the following:
Planning the shipment.
Determinating and assigning a transportation
priority in accordance with the Uniform Material
Movement and Issue Priority System
(UMMIPS) and selection of the mode of
Accomplishing the functions required in the
offering and acceptance procedures for the
movement of material.
Selecting the applicable Transportation Account
Preparing shipment documents.
Maintaining records of the shipment of material.
Shipments of material may be made using DD Form
1348, DD Form 1348-1, or DD Form 1149 covering the
material. You as the shipper, must maintain a log in the
shipping office as your formal record of shipment
The shipping date must also be placed on the
transfer document and filed.
The invoice is a very important document. This is
because it actually transfers accountability from your
ship to the receiver. It lists the items contained in the
shipment and shows the price of each item, external
markings, weight, and cubic capacity of the package.
One copy goes with the shipment and another is sent to
the receiving activity.
The Transportation Control and Movement
Document (TCMD) is used for shipments made by
other than parcel post.
NAVSUP Manual, paragraph 52100, authorizes
only transportation officers to select the mode of
carriage. This authority is restricted to Navy properly
being transported within the United States. Also, under
this authority the transportation medium to whom a
Navy shipment will be tendered for transportation. As
used herein, the term transportation officer applies to
any individual performing traffic management
functions at military activities whether or not that is the
organization title of the individual. It is not expected
that activities will be reorganized to reflect the term
The officers assigned as