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Consumable Goods Allowance
Frequently Asked Questions
Updated: 10/01/2014:

1. Where are consumable goods allowance and where are the regulations found?
2. What is the purpose of the consumable goods allowance?
3. How is a consumable goods allowance location established?
4. Are JTR and State Department consumable goods designated locations the same?
5. Who may be authorized consumable goods allowance transportation?
6. Can consumable goods be shipped after arriving at the new PDS?
7. How many consumable goods shipment are allowed?
8. Is it possible to increase the consumable goods weight allowance?
9. Is the consumable goods weight total exempt from the PCS weight allowance?


1.  Where are consumable goods allowance regulations found?

See JTR, par. 5274 for uniformed members and par. 5694 for DoD civilian employees.  See also, App A1 definition, and App F for the consumable goods criteria and designated lists. 

Consumable goods are expendable personal property because they are used up, as opposed to eroding or wearing out.  The three categories of consumable goods are foodstuff, personal, and household maintenance.  Consumable goods do not include items to maintain an automobile or other machinery, such as car batteries or tires, which are prohibited in consumable goods shipments.

2.  What is the purpose of the consumable goods allowance?

Consumable goods allowances were implemented in June 1980 for Uniformed Service members and DoD civilian employees.  The purpose is to provide eligible relocating members and employees with essential consumable goods when assigned to OCONUS PDSs where it is difficult to locally obtain essential consumable items due to lack of reliable access to adequate local food and other supplies.  

Consumable goods allowances are not authorized in CONUS locations as they are intended to provide similar quality-of-life for designated OCONUS assignments.

3.  How is a consumable goods allowance location established?

The senior officer of the OCONUS location submits a justified request via appropriate Service/Agency organizational channels to PDTATAC staff for review; and approval if all criteria is met.  If the command structure is unknown, contact the MAP or CAP representative for assistance on the DTMO website at: http://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/pdcContacts.cfm

4.  Are JTR and State Department consumable goods designated locations the same?

No, because the organization (State and/or Defense) determines if a consumable goods allowance is necessary for a specific location.  There may be Defense personnel at locations where there are no State Department (Do S) personnel, and vice versa.  The JTR applies to Uniformed members assigned to State Department locations, but Do S travel regulations apply to funded PCS travel of DoD civilian employees.

5.  Who may be authorized consumable goods allowance transportation?

Eligible DoD civilian employees and Uniformed Service members assigned to the designated locations in JTR , App F.  Consumable goods allowance transportation authority should be annotated on the official PCS travel order to the location.

6.  Can consumable goods be shipped after arriving at the new PDS? 

Yes, if authorized and the OCONUS PDS is a designated location for a consumable goods allowance shipment.  The eligible traveler must have more than one year remaining at the OCONUS PDS (one year from receipt of the consumable goods shipment
date).

7.  How many consumable goods shipments are allowed?

Two consumable goods shipments (totaling 1,250 pounds) per year are allowed if eligible, and the consumable allowance is authorized by the appropriate authority.

8.  Is it possible to increase the consumable goods weight allowance?

Yes.  A request for an increased consumable goods weight allowance must be justified, in writing, and sent through the appropriate Service/Agency organizational channels to PDTATAC staff for consideration .  The consumable goods maximum weight allowance is 2,000 pounds per year.

9.  Is the consumable goods weight total exempt from the PCS weight allowance?

Yes and No.  F or uniformed members, the consumable goods weight allowance is in addition to the authorized HHG weight allowance.   A DoD civilian employee’s weight allowance includes the consumable goods weight.

 

     
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