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Shipments To Government Consolidation Points

This notice is being issued to ensure complete and accurate address markings are used on all shipments routed through the Government Container Consolidation Points (CCPs) which are listed below. Shipments to these locations are being consolidated for onward movement overseas. Lack of complete and accurate address markings are causing frustrated, lost and misdirected shipments for our overseas customers.

W25N14/SW3123 - New Cumberland, PA
BLDG 2001 CCP DOOR 135 THRU 168

W62N2A/SW3225 - Tracy, CA
TRACY CA 95376-5000

Shipments to these locations must meet the Mil-Std-129 requirement for a bar-coded Military Shipping Label. In addition, a packing slip must be placed in a water-resistant envelope securely attached to the outside of the shipping container/exterior pack. The Mark For and/or TCN must be clearly visible on all documentation to ensure accurate and prompt identification by the CCP.

Do not pack several boxes, going to different overseas customers into one large box addressed to the CCP. The CCP does not open packages, and has no way of knowing if shipments to multiple locations are packed together. Only the outside markings are used to determine the destination. For example: Three shipments are placed in one box (one for W81W4C Kuwait, one for FB5682 Germany and one for FB5612 Italy), and the Mark For and TCN on the outside reads W81W4C21930009, all the contents go to Kuwait! That one customer in Kuwait will receive their shipment plus shipments intended for our troops in Germany and Italy.


  1. Only consolidate when the ultimate consignee DoDAAC, the Transportation Priority (TP), and the project codes are identical,
  2. The Mark For (M/F) and TCN must be clearly visible on the outside of the container (Military Shipping Label) as well as on the paperwork inside the container.
Importance of Packaging and Marking Supporting OCONUS Shipments
Packaging, marking, and labeling are more important now, due to the deployment of troops overseas. High priority shipments to deployed troops may be misrouted and delayed due to improper packaging, marking, and labeling. Contractors should make sure their shipments meet the requirements in Section D of their contracts to avoid damaging material and misrouting shipments. Shipments routed through the Defense Transportation Service are considered OCONUS and require a Military Shipping Label in accordance with MIL-STD-129. This includes shipments going through the Consolidation and Containerization Points (CCPs) at Defense Distribution Centers in New Cumberland, PA (W25N14/SW3123) and Tracy, CA (W62N2A/SW3225), Aerial Ports of Embarkation (APOE) at Dover, DE; Charleston, SC; Norfolk, VA; Travis, CA; and McGuire AFB, NJ, and the Containerization Freight Station (CFS) at Norfolk, VA, and any Government water ports of entry (WPOEs).  

Five of the most common packaging, marking, and labeling errors:

  1. No Military Shipping Label:   The Military Shipping Label should be prepared in accordance with MIL-STD-129R, paragraph 5.2.2 (pages 28-36).
  2. Missing TCN and Mark For (M/F) information:   These markings are necessary as they identify the ultimate consignee to the transshipment points (CCPs, APOEs,etc) and are used for overseas routing.
  3. No Bar Code Markings:   Bar code markings are required on all containers and loose or unpacked items. The National Stock Number (NSN) shall be bar coded on all unit packs and intermediate containers. The exterior container must be bar coded with the NSN and the contract or purchase order number. When shipments are destined for OCONUS locations and are shipped through the transshipment points listed above, address markings must be placed on a bar coded DD Form 1387.
  4. Wrong Method of Preservation:   When material is being shipped OCONUS the Method of Preservation is very important. If using the wrong or inadequate Method of Preservation for the item, the material may be damaged by corrosion, contamination, deterioration of the item, etc.
  5. Inadequate Shipping Container:   If the level of shipping container is inadequate for OCONUS shipments the items and containers may be damaged by environmental elements, multiple handling of the containers, outside storage, etc.

Should you have any questions regarding these requirements, please either e-mail or call our staff at: