Military personnel are permitted one free shipment of their POV (Privately Owned Vehicle) when they are ready to PCS (Permanent Change of Station) to their next duty station, as long as this is listed on their orders. But what are some important points that car owners need to bear in mind before shipping their POV?
Shipping Your POV
Depending on which branch of the Armed Forces you work for, you will have certain limitations on when to ship your POV. For example, if you are in the Navy or Marine Corps, you can ship your POV when you have at least 12 months still remaining at your overseas duty station by the time you drop your POV off at the loading port. Check with your transportation office to learn more about when to ship your POV to or from an overseas location.
Can I Leave Anything in My POV?
According to Military.com, household items and camping equipment cannot be left in your POV when you are about to ship the vehicle. Televisions, VCRs, accessories not permanently installed and flammable substances are also prohibited from being left inside a POV. However, you can leave some items in the POV. For example, you are allowed to leave tools which do not exceed $200 in value, first aid kits, jacks, jumper cables, one spare tyre as well as two snow tyres, luggage racks, and a fire extinguisher inside your POV.
It is important to follow instructions, regulations and procedures so that you do not violate the terms of shipping your POV. If you violate any of the regulations for shipping your POV overseas, your vehicle will be held at the port of discharge until all the prohibited equipment and goods have been removed.
How to Track Your POV
Once you have shipped your POV, you can track its progress through the American Auto Logistics website.To find where your POV is, enter your name, Social Security number and the order number. This will let you know where your POV is. This site will also give you information on where to pick up your POV.
Before you ship your POV, make sure you have followed all the necessary rules and regulations. Check to see if you can leave certain items in your vehicle. If certain items are prohibited, remove them immediately. Finally, check the status of your POV’s progress and learn more about where to pick up your vehicle when it arrives.
Shipping a Car (POV) Overseas