Transportation Officer- Ms. Maxine Wilson (305) 278-6840
The outbound office is here to help you with all of your moving needs. Please contact a counselor to arrange for pack and pickup of your household goods. Outbound files are broken up by last name. Contact the counselor who will be working your shipment. We also recommend that you read the It's Your Move Booklet to answer many questions you may have.
To arrange a household goods shipment, please complete the following forms and fax to (305) 278-6802 or 6801 with a copy of your orders.
If you wish to change dates after you have submitted your paper work, contact your counselor and complete a ‘Date Change Request’.
There are things you can do before you move that will help minimize (or avoid) loss or damage of your personal property. If you do all of the things listed below, a fair and equitable settlement is likely.
Ship only personal property that you own – don’t ship anything for someone else that doesn’t belong to you.
Don’t ship cash, coins, furs, and jewelry. These items are highly susceptible to pilferage.
If you have items of great sentimental value that you cannot bear to lose, do not ship them - take them with you.
Don’t ship important documents such as passports, birth certificates, marriage licenses, or medical records. Arrange to take them with you.
If possible, don’t ship firearms. Try to take them with you. If you must ship them, ensure each appears as a line item on the inventory (including manufacturer, model, and serial number. Disable the firearm in some way, so it cannot be used.
Don’t ship corrosives (including bleach), flammables, or unsealed liquids. These items can destroy or ruin your entire shipment (and, perhaps, someone else’s) if the container(s) leak. In fact, the carrier will most likely refuse to load these kinds of things on their equipment.
Invest some time making a detailed, video inventory of all your property prior to your move. Do yourself a favor - go overboard on this one. Be sure to open up closets, dresser drawers, cabinets, entertainment centers, and buffet doors, etc – don’t forget the garage, back patio and outdoor shed. Do a running dialog during the video, read off model numbers, serial numbers, sizes, dates, etc. Turn on the television, microwave, and washing machine. In addition to a video inventory, prepare a written item-by-item inventory of your collections, such as coins, VHS tapes, albums, CDs, cassettes, baseball cards, sports memorabilia, dolls, and other collectible items. What’s the value of doing all this? First, it documents what you own. Second, if it’s done just few days before your move, it helps to document that major appliances were in working condition at the time of shipment. You should also make a list of the purchase prices and dates of major items, such as furniture, electronic equipment, and art objects, and gather the documentation to prove it: paid bills, credit card slips, canceled checks, pre-shipment appraisals, etc. Keep this information separate from your household goods. Carry it with you or mail it to your next duty station.
You are responsible for preparing most of your items for shipment. Disconnect all computer equipment. Remove ink cartridges from fax machines and printers. Disconnect and disassemble your stereo/home theatre/satellite television system. Disconnect and drain the hoses from your washing machine. Disconnect and drain garden hoses. Drain the gas and oil from your lawn mower.
Want to preclude problems when unforeseen events prevent your personal property from being packed and picked up at the scheduled time and you can’t delay your departure? Line up a good friend or a trustworthy co-worker to take responsibility for your goods and give that individual a power of attorney to act in your place. Be sure this is someone you trust and can rely upon to act in your best interests.
It’s up to you! It’s packing and pick up time.
In most cases, you are the government’s representative at the time packing and pick up of. If something is not being done properly, it’s up to you to call the transportation officer immediately.
Make sure the packers write adequate descriptions of the contents on the boxes themselves and later on the inventory. While the packers do not have to list every item, they should write the general category of the items on the outside of the boxes. The general category of each box (e.g., CD’s, toys, garage items, etc.) should also be written on the inventory.
Make sure that items that would not logically be packed in a certain box are specifically listed. Examples: tolls packed in a box marked clothes; a lamp packed in a box marked garage items. If you later claim for an item that would not reasonably expected to be found in a certain box, you may not be paid for it.
High-value items absolutely must be listed on the inventory. See the separate handout on high-value items.
Be sure the inventory the carrier prepares lists all of your property. If it gets late in the day, the carrier may want to load the items on their equipment and tell you they’ll complete the inventory back at the warehouse. Tell them NO! Things not listed on your inventory almost never arrive when your shipment gets delivered at destination. Further, chances are slim to none for getting paid on claim for an item that doesn’t appear on the inventory.
Before you sign the inventory and allow the carrier to depart, do a walk through of your residence (look in the closets, under the stairs, and in the basement) to be sure the carrier has taken all of your property.
Ensure all expensive items (e.g., VCRs, stereos, televisions, and cameras) are listed as separate line items on the inventory.
When the carrier prepares the inventory, they will list the condition of your property. You need to pay close attention to the codes they list which show things are scratched, dented, chipped, etc. If you disagree with what the carrier shows on the inventory, discuss it with the carrier and try to get them to change it. If the carrier refuses to change the condition, make sure you take exception on the inventory before you sign and date it (there’s usually space at the bottom of each inventory sheet).
Ensure that whoever prepares your inventory writes legibly. If you can’t read or understand their writing, it’s guaranteed that claim settlement personnel won’t be able to read it if you must file a claim. Also, insist that you get a readable copy of the inventory. Quite often, the carrier wants to stick you with the last copy, which may be impossible to read.
Insist that you receive a copy of the government bill of lading or service order that applies to your shipment. Don’t wait until the day of pickup, because the carrier probably won’t have a copy of it. If you didn’t get a copy when you set up your move, contact the office that made the arrangements and have them furnish you a copy. If you elected full replacement value insurance for your property, you need to be sure block 27 of the GBL is annotated. If it’s not, you won’t have the coverage and it is not something that can be added after the fact.
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