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United States Air Force
Traffic Management Office (TMO) / Passenger Transportation Office (PTO)
Okinawa City Japan 96368-5134
A permanent change of station or move can be overwhelming, especially if you have a lot of stuff. Breaking down your to-dos into more manageable pieces often helps. Here, you’ll find out how to handle household goods, manage your pet and guidelines on the shipping process. Your installation may have details on the documents you’ll need when shipping household goods. If available, your installation provides specific instructions on shipping your vehicle. Check transportation for additional information on your vehicle.
Review the U.S. Transportation Command booklet, "It's Your Move," for detailed information on weight allowances, the household goods shipping process, storage, automobile shipments, claims processes and the customer satisfaction survey.
For assistance on moving entitlements, reach out to:Navy personnel: firstname.lastname@example.org or 855-HHG-MOVE (855-444-6683)Marine Corps personnel: email@example.com or 703-695-7765Air Force personnel: firstname.lastname@example.org or 210-652-3357
The Defense Personal Property System is the online system you will use to request and manage your household goods shipment(s). For how-to guides to assist with your application, go to Move.mil.
Moving with your pet includes researching airline requirements and quarantine restriction laws in your new location. Many airlines have requirements for size, weight, breed, number of animals, kennel construction, documentation and seasonal limitations. Small pets may be shipped on military flights, but availability and regulations frequently change. Contact your local Personal Property Office to request specific country instructions. Military OneSource can make your move easier with helpful tips, resources and hands-on information related to moving with pets and more.
As soon as you receive to your permanent change of station, you can start getting your house and family ready. Clean up and get rid of junk. Hold a yard sale or donate serviceable items you no longer need. Gather important family records. Remember, in overseas areas, houses are generally much smaller than those in the United States and the electric current may be different.
If you are moving overseas, begin to plan what items will go in unaccompanied baggage, in your household goods shipment and in long-term, Non-Temporary Storage, or NTS, storage—check with your sponsor or overseas housing office to assist in determining what items to ship.
Because of strict Japanese laws, no vehicles manufactured after March 31, 1976 can be shipped to Okinawa unless they obtain a special waiver from the Commander US Forces Japan or component commanders. Keep in mind that the majority of requests to ship vehicles are denied. Even if you decide to ship a vehicle, plan on retrofitting your older vehicle so it can pass the Japanese inspection process. The costs associated with this process can easily exceed $1,000. Anyone considering shipping a vehicle should contact the Traffic Management Office for detailed information. The embargo on vehicle transportation does not apply to motorcycles.
For specific information on shipment of unaccompanied baggage and household goods for unaccompanied and accompanied personnel, refer to Personnel Weight Restrictions and Housing Policies.