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United States Army
Transportation Office - Household Goods Inbound
St-Stevens-Woluwe Belgium 1932
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.
For comprehensive information on military moves, check out the Moving Guide section at Move.mil. The Moving with the Military Overview provides information about household goods shipping and storage, automobiles, and pets. Information on moving allowances and special items can be found under Entitlements/Guidelines. There are also links for retiring and separating members, specific service branch information and more.
You may also want to check out the Tools and Resources section for other valuable information on privately owned vehicles, weight estimators and locators, household goods insurance and ideas for helping children cope with the moving process.
As soon as you receive your permanent change of station orders, it’s important to coordinate your move immediately by following the 7 Steps to Make Your Household Goods Move a Smart Move.
In addition to planning your move, 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.
You’ll also want to log onto the Defense Personal Property System, the online system you 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. For additional information see Pet Information under the Moving Guide tab on Move.mil.
The Defense Personal Property System is the online system you can use to request and manage your household goods shipment(s). For how-to guides to assist with your application, go to Move.mil.
Installation Specific Information
As soon as orders are received, go to the nearest Personal Property Processing Office to request HHG/UB/POV shipment at Government expense.
Army, Navy & Air Force personnel assigned to SHAPE & Brussels are entitled to the full Joint Travel Regulation (JTR) weight allowance if they are authorized an accompanied tour (with dependents) or if they are E-7 and above even unaccompanied (without dependents)
Single/unaccompanied E-6 and below are limited to HHG transportation of 2500lbs or 25% net of the full weight allowance, whichever is greater. This weight includes UB and is regardless of tour length.
There is no storage at Government expense in Belgium. There is no NON-Temporary storage in Belgium authorized for HHG shipped in excess of what will fit.
All personnel are Authorized one tax-free registered vehicle. Registration is annual and cost is based on the engine size. All vehicles older than 4 years must go through an annual technical control. Estimated cost is 50 dollars per year.
Motorcycles / Mopeds
Should be shipped as part of the HHG shipment. They must meet Belgian technical control requirements and be registered annually. Registration and road tax depend on the engine size.
TV / ELECTRONICS
Armed Forces Network (AFN) broadcasts around Brussels and SHAPE may be received by US television sets, but access is limited to certain area. Multi-system or European consoles are required for local cable and satellite.
All electrical sources are 220-240 volt, 50 Hz. Ensure electrical appliances conform, or are dual voltage/frequency.
Government and economy living quarters are generally smaller than those in CONUS.
Narrow doorways and tight stairwells cannot accommodate furniture that would fit easily into an American home. Service members shipping large items such as king/queen size box springs and mattresses, oversized sofas, or other large furniture items that cannot be disassembled, may encounter problems. Washers, dryers, refrigerators and wardrobes may be borrowed for the duration of the entire tour.
Personnel contemplating retirement, separation or relocating dependents to Belgium should be counseled that all customs entry requirements to include payment of duties and taxes remain the responsibility of the member and is a personal matter between the member and the Government of Belgium. Separatees/retirees have to custom clear their personal property.
For more specific information pertaining to personal property shipments please refer to this link.