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2011 Summer moving season

Posted 6/7/2011   Updated 6/7/2011 Email story   Print story


Personal Property Processing Office

6/7/2011 - GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- With the upcoming peak personal property movement season May 15 through July 30 here, there are a few very important things you can do to ensure your transition to your next duty station is as smooth as possible. Chief among them is to contact your local Personal Property Processing Office upon receipt of your orders. By seeking assistance immediately, you'll accomplish several key things: you'll increase the possibility of receiving your requested or alternate pack and pick up dates (added flexibility will allow adjustment if your preferred pack and pick up dates cannot be accommodated), provide the Joint Personal Property Shipping Office time to secure a Transportation Service Provider to conduct your move, and allow time for the selected TSP to arrange a pre-move survey and align the necessary manpower and equipment needed to meet your requirements.
Another very important thing you can do to ensure a smooth transition to your next duty station is to purge your household of those items you haven't used in the past 12 months or no longer need. Without a doubt, many of us accumulate things over the years. Some of these items we forget we have until it's time to move. Disposing of or donating these unneeded items will lessen the possibility of exceeding your household goods weight allowance which, in turn, will reduce the potential you'll be billed for expenses above your allowable limit. Your local PPPO can assist with determining your maximum cost for moving expenses.

Additionally, you should alert your PPPO if you haven't been contacted by a TSP 10 days prior to your first requested pack and pick up dates. Even though the business rules used to regulate personal property scheduling and movement require the TSP to contact you within 3 days of accepting your shipment to arrange a pre-move survey, making contact with PPPO will initiate the necessary inquiry to the JPPSO to ensure the move is on track and allow time for unavoidable adjustments. With nearly 50,000 personal property moves anticipated during the two and a half month peak personal property movement season, this is an added measure used to eliminate or mitigate any unforeseen complications with honoring your move requests.

Finally, a very important thing you can do to ensure a smooth transition to your next duty station is to arrange movement of your personal property before or after the peak household goods movement season, if possible. Understandably, many factors necessitate the need to move during the busiest time of the year (end of school year, summer vacation, etc.); however, if your schedule permits an adjustment, we recommend moving your property during an off peak period, typically before May 15 or after July 30.

For more information, contact your local Personal Property Processing Office POC Edward Ford (325) 654-4437 or visit the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution website.

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