Arranging Household Goods Shipments
As soon as you are alerted to your upcoming Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move, you can start getting your house and family ready. Clean up and get rid of junk. Hold a yard sale or take serviceable items you no longer need to a thrift shop or donate to charity. Get important family records together in one place.
If you are going overseas, you should begin to plan what items you will take in your unaccompanied baggage, in your household goods shipment, and what might need to go into permanent storage. Remember, in overseas areas, the electric current is different and houses are generally much smaller than U.S. standards and cannot handle large furniture.
Household Goods Shipping Process
The Defense Personal Property System (DPS) is the online system you will use to manage your household goods shipment. Move.mil explains this new process and provides access to DPS.
Planning for shipment of your pet includes researching airline requirements and quarantine restriction laws in your new location. You will need to check with the airlines on the requirements for size, weight, number of animals, kennel construction, documentation and season of the year limitations. Occasionally, small pets can be shipped on military flights but availability and regulations are always changing, as well as fees. Search Move.mil for general information on shipping pets.
Many international locations have strict importation laws including extended quarantines and restrictions on breeds or types of animals that can be brought into the country. Carefully research these rules as they could impact your moving schedule. Not only do overseas locations have strict rules but many locations in the United States have restrictions on certain breeds as well. Review your destination installation’s Shipping Pets article for details found on the left hand tool bar on MilitaryINSTALLATIONS.
“It’s Your Move” Armed Forces Members
Review “It’s Your Move” Armed Forces Members, Part IV, Attachment K1 for detailed information on weight allowances, valuable tips, household goods shipping process, storage, shipping your automobile (POV – Privately Owned Vehicle), arrival and delivery of household goods shipments, claims process, and the customer satisfaction survey.
Installation Specific Information
This narrative is current and applies to most military personnel and federal civilians being assigned to Andersen AFB, Guam. Refer to the contact list for more information. Review the attached document for detailed information about the Shipment of Firearms to Guam.
Eligible members stationed in the contiguous United States may arrange for the pack out of their full weight allowance upon receiving orders. The carrier or agent can then move the shipment to Guam immediately. It is recommended members stationed overseas arrange for the immediate shipment of household goods upon receipt of orders, because of the lengthy transit time from some overseas-to-overseas locations. Members are also entitled to an unaccompanied baggage shipment or express shipment.
The estimated shipping time for household goods and privately owned vehicles from both the U.S. East Coast and West Coast is 45 to 60 days. This is the reason to make sure the unaccompanied baggage shipment has enough materials in it to set up a temporary residence.
Inbound members should leave their gas stoves and dryers in storage in the U.S. because government quartes and private rentals are equipped with electrically operated appliances. However, most private rentals do not provide washers and dryers. Storage in government quarters is very limited, so people should leave all major appliances they will not use on Guam, such as an extra refrigerator or large chest type freezer, in temporary storage in the U.S.
Air Force members should call the traffic management office at 671-366-4227 and leave their phone number and address. For information about privately owned vehicles, call 671-339-2205.