New Transport Qualification Criteria by the Military

TRANSCOMRecently, there were news reports of the American Forces Press Service making some improvements to their Defense Personal Property System (DPS) through the U.S. Transportation Command (also known as TRANSCOM). It was all over the news not long enough when the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) released the list of new criterion for Transportation Service Providers (or TSP in short) approved by the Department of Defense.

The SDDC is the official agent for the new Defense Personal Property Program (DP3) created by TRANSCOM. The DP3 relies on the DPS software for running Department of Defense’s (DOD) latest revamped domestic goods transport-management program.

The SDDC annually carries out around 600,000 personal property movements for military personnel, civilian employees and families for both domestic and international destinations. This costs it over $2 billion every year.

Around a third of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) movements take place during summer, the peak season for the moving industry. Around 70,000 of these PCS movements consist of privately owned vehicles (POV) shipments.

However, the economic slowdown and the recession in the real estate market has caused over 30% decline in this industry in the last 4 years.

Even though the article by the American Forces Press Service was created for building confidence in the DPS, the new unanticipated rules targeting TSP’s by SDDC is going to bring dramatic changes to the capacity and working of the household goods transport industry.

Daycos is a reputed invoicing firm serving several military movers. The CEO of the company, Brandon Day recently published an outstanding analysis of the changes made by SDDC on his company blog.

The businesses that would be affected by these unanticipated changes must read the Draft thoroughly and share their views with the SDDC. The organization is currently open to the concerns of the industry regarding the changes. They can be reached through their email until January 18, 2013.

This gives the concerned businesses a good opportunity to register their professional, personal or group concerns. The SDDC canceled their annual training symposium that had been scheduled initially for March, 2013. Therefore, this method of feedback proves to be the only way the readers can register their concerns with the body. Other ways to participate are by leaving comments on the Daycos News website or enter online discussion in the DP3 forum.