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Smooth move: Members contribute to PCS success

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy -- As Aviano members gear up for PCS season, it’s important to keep a few things in mind.

As soon as orders are received, departing members should stop by the Transportation Management Office. There, members can be scheduled for a household goods briefing which is when they’ll sign shipment documents and confirm desired pack and pick-up dates.

Dates chosen can be as soon as seven days after attending the briefing. If a member waits until the week prior to his or her departure date to come to TMO, they will be required to obtain a Power of Attorney to designate someone to ship property.

A successful move depends largely on how much the individual gets involved and how well they are prepared when the movers arrive. Here are some tips for getting ready:

• Someone must be home when the movers arrive. If you are not at home between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m., you will be charged an attempted pickup or delivery charge.

• After arrangements have been made, it’s recommended to not change them. Changing moving dates, especially during summer months, can mean a lengthy delay in getting your move rescheduled, and requires a letter from your commander.

• Disconnect and prepare all electronic components (i.e. stereos, DVDs, TVs, etc.) before the movers arrive. Copy the make, model and serial number and provide this to the carrier so each item can be placed on the inventory, and keep a copy for your records.

• Dispose of food and unauthorized items to avoid having your shipment held up by U.S. customs.

• Ensure personal property items are free of soil and pest infestation. Additionally, to meet customs requirements, all outside items such as rakes and lawnmowers must be clean.

• Dismantle outdoor play equipment and outdoor structures, like sheds, playhouses, swing or gym sets.

• Separate professional items. Be sure they are identified on the inventory as PBP&E, or “Pro Gear” and the items are weighed separately.

• Do not leave cash, jewelry, purses or wallets unattended. If they are erroneously packed, you are responsible for paying the movers to have them unpacked.

It is illegal for American citizens to possess a firearm in Italy. You were not authorized to ship them into the country, possess them in the country or ship them out of the country.
The local household goods carriers are not permitted to pack or move firearms, therefore TMO cannot establish the shipment without local law enforcement coordination.

Ignoring this prohibition can cause serious legal problems including fines or imprisonment, appearance before Italian court and weapon confiscation.

For more information, call TMO customer service at Ext. 5933 or go to the Move Web page at http://afmove.hq.af.mil/default.asp.