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DLA Land and Maritime performs many functions in support of our warfighters. Below are just some of our FY 23 accomplishments.

9.0M requisitions per year

348K contracts per year

950+ contracts per day / $9M per day

2.5M items

1.9K weapon systems

21K customers

3.7K suppliers

20K+ suppliers registered to use VSM

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First Destination Transportation and Packaging Initiative (FDTPI)

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What is FDTPI?

  • Designed to reduce acquisition costs, this program unbundles the cost of packaging and transportation from the total acquisition cost.
  • FOB Origin freight terms
  • Packaging Initiative was implemented March 2013
  • Transportation Initiative was implemented October 2013
  • Participating Supply Chains are Land and Maritime, Aviation, Construction and Equipment, and Industrial Hardware
  • Class IX repair parts, and some Class IV construction materials and Class VII major end items

Packaging Overview

  • Incorporates American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM3951) for inbound new material procurement whenever possible.
  • Mil Standard packaging is still required in some circumstances. See solicitation and award documents to determine eligibility.

For detailed packaging information see the DLA Land and Maritime Master Packaging Website.

Become Registered as a Carrier for the Government

DLAD Part 47 - Transportation

  • Defense Logistics Acquisition Directive (.pdf) . Relevant sections are the First Destination Transportation (FDT), Government - arranged transportation (47.305-3-90) and FDT Program - shipments originating from outside the contiguous United States (47.305-3-91)

Transportation Overview

  • Changes transportation terms from FOB Destination to FOB Origin
  • Shifts Transportation responsibility from Supplier managed to DLA managed
  • Requires that Suppliers remove transportation costs from their bids
  • Requires that Suppliers register to use Vendor Shipment Module (VSM)
  • Eligible Supply Chains include Land and Maritime, Aviation, Construction and Equipment and Industrial Hardware
  • Eligible items are class IX repair parts, and some class IV and VII construction materials and major end items 


Supplier Benefits

  • Accurate shipment labeling and addressing
  • Negates transportation provider rates and contracts negotiation
  • Negates freight invoice auditing
  • Eliminates freight claim processing
  • Improves cash flow


DLA Benefits

  • Leverages large scale Government transportation contracts to improve overall freight rates
  • Improved In Transit Visibility (ITV)
  • Consolidation opportunities
  • Increased receiving dock productivity
  • Less frustrated freight at receiving
  • Reduced safety stock levels
  • Reduced carbon footprint


Vendor Shipment Module (VSM)

  • Web based at
  • VSM Process Flow (.pdf flow chart)
  • An instruction guide for processing shipments in Vendor Shipment Module (VSM) is located behind the “HOW TO” tab in the VSM toolbar.  
  • Accessed by Cage Code
  • Allows Supplier access for viewing all pending contracts
  • Offers printing access for MIL STD and interior and exterior packaging labels, packing lists, bills of lading, and small parcel tracking labels 
  • VSM Registration

Help Desk personnel are available Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Eastern at 800-456-5507 or email:

DCMA Help Desk personnel are available Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Central at 314 331-4940 or email:


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