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Consumable Goods Allowance
Frequently Asked Questions
Created: 11/22/10

1. Where are consumable goods allowance regulations found?
2. What are consumable goods?
3. What is the purpose of the consumable goods allowance?
4. How is a consumable goods allowance location established?
5. Why is a consumable goods allowance not authorized within CONUS?
6. Are JFTR/JTR and State Department consumable goods designated locations the same?
7. Who may be authorized consumable goods allowance transportation?
8. Can consumable goods be shipped after arriving at the new PDS?
9. How many consumable goods shipment are allowed?
10. Is it possible to increase the consumable goods weight allowance?
11. Is the consumable goods weight total exempt from the PCS weight allowance?

Q1: Where are consumable goods allowance regulations found?

A1: Refer to JFTR (Vol. 1), par. U5310-D for uniformed members; par. C5154-D of JTR (Vol. 2) for DoD civilian employees; JFTR/JTR, APP A1 (definition), APP F for the consumable goods criteria and designated lists.

Q2: What are consumable goods?

A2: Consumable goods are expendable personal property because they are used up, as opposed to wearing out. The three categories of consumable goods are foodstuff, personal and household maintenance. See the JFTR/JTR, Appendix A definition. Consumable goods do not include items to maintain an automobile or other machinery.  Items such as car batteries and tires are not consumable goods and are prohibited in consumable goods shipments.

Q3: What is the purpose of the consumable goods allowance?

A3: Consumable goods allowances were implemented June 1980 for the Uniformed Services’ members and DoD civilian employees. The purpose is to provide eligible relocating members and employees with essential consumable goods when assigned to OCONUS PDSs at which it is difficult to locally obtain essential consumable items due to lack or reliable, adequate local food and other supplies.

Q4: How is a consumable goods allowance location established?

A4: The senior officer of the OCONUS location submits a justified request via the appropriate organizational channels to PDTATAC for review; and approval if the criteria are met. If the command structure is unknown, contact the Uniformed Services or DoD Agencies/Components MAP or CAP representative for assistance found at DTMO website, http://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/pdcContacts.cfm

Q5: Why is a consumable goods allowance not authorized within CONUS?

A5: No need. Consumable good allowances are intended to provide similar quality-of-life for designated OCONUS assignments.

Q6: Are JFTR/JTR and State Department consumable goods designated locations the same?

A6: 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 at which there are no State Department personnel, and vice versa.

Q7: Who may be authorized consumable goods allowance transportation?

A7: Eligible DoD civilian employees and Uniformed Services’ members assigned to the designated locations found in JFTR/JTR, APP F. Consumable goods allowance transportation authority should be annotated on the official PCS travel order to the location.

Q8: Can consumable goods be shipped after arriving at the new PDS? 

A8: 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).

Q9: How many consumable goods shipment are allowed?

A9: Two consumable goods shipments (totaling 1,250 pounds) per year are allowed if the consumable allowance is authorized.

Q10: Is it possible to increase the consumable goods weight allowance?

A10: Yes. A request for an increased consumable goods weight allowance must be justified in writing and sent through the appropriate organizational channels to PDTATAC for action. The consumable goods maximum weight allowance is 2,000 pounds per year.

Q11: Is the consumable goods weight total exempt from the PCS weight allowance?

A11: Yes for uniformed members, the consumable goods weight allowance is in addition to the authorized HHG weight allowance. However, the DoD civilian employee’s weight allowance includes the consumable goods weight.

 

 

     
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