MTMC Streamlines carrier qualification.
In the immediate future, it will be easier to qualify to be a Department of Defense-approved freight carrier.
The Military Traffic Management Command A major command of the US Army, and the US Transportation Command's component command responsible for designated continental United States land transportation as well as common-user water terminal and traffic management service to deploy, employ, sustain, and redeploy US forces on a is streamlining the process of carrier qualification through the command's Web site.
What used to take several weeks may soon be accomplished in 24 to 48 hours.
"By doing this, we'll bring in more qualified carriers in a faster, paperless fashion," said Maj. Donna Johnson Donna Mae Johnson (born circa 1929 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is the maiden name of Donna Wold, who was Charles M. Schulz's inspiration for the character "the Little Red-Haired Girl," Charlie Brown's crush in the Peanuts comic strip. , Chief, Automation Branch, Operations Division.
"This will greatly reduce the bureaucracy a qualified carrier is confronted with when trying to haul Department of Defense freight."
A test is under way right now. Automation is expected to be in place within 90 days for full implementation.
Carriers in the following categories will qualify: common, hazardous materials, bulk fuel, shipper SHIPPER. One who ships or puts goods on board of a vessel, to be carried to another place during her voyage. In general, the shipper is bound to pay for the hire of the vessel, or the freight of the goods. 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 1030. agents, freight forwarders An individual who, as a regular business, assembles and combines small shipments into one lot and takes the responsibility for the transportation of such property from the place of receipt to the place of destination. , air freight air freight n → flete m por avión
air freight n → fret aérien
air freight air n → Luftfracht f forwarders, brokers, and transportation protective services.
The Department of Defense has required a qualification program since 1991.
The impetus for the change comes from the new technology available, said Johnson.
No longer will MTMC MTMC Military Traffic Management Command (US DoD)
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MTMC Middle Tennessee Medical Center (Murfreesboro, TN) maintain file cabinets filled with the qualification packets of MTMC's 600 carriers.
"It will be an entirely Web-based, automated au·to·mate
v. au·to·mat·ed, au·to·mat·ing, au·to·mates
1. To convert to automatic operation: automate a factory.
2. process," said Johnson, "working closely with the Department of Transportation."
To announce the changes, MTMC will begin briefing industry trade associations and organizations.
In the past, prospective carriers have complained about the difficulty of the qualification and the steps required for completion.
The streamlining includes reducing the steps and requirements for carrier qualification and the Web application.
Previously, the qualification required 13 individual forms and certifications. Now the qualification will require just three documents.
Among the steps that have been cut are duplicate requirements of both MTMC and the Department of Transportation. MTMC has now cut these steps from the Department of Defense qualification.
In addition to making qualification easier, the new program should attract more quality carriers interested in doing business with the Department of Defense, said Maj. Gen. Kenneth L. Privratsky, Commander.
"Simply put, we want quality carriers hauling the Department of Defense's freight," said Privratsky.
"This new qualification requirement will enhance that process."
MTMC tested the new system via a simple pilot with Landstar.
"It was on the Web page and easy to do," said Ashlyn Neil, Landstar Office Manager of Government Transportation Services, who coordinated the test.
Formerly, the process was laborious la·bo·ri·ous
1. Marked by or requiring long, hard work: spent many laborious hours on the project.
2. Hard-working; industrious. , said Neil.
She should know. Previously, Neil helped coordinate the qualification of several of Landstar's trucking organizations.
The carrier certification process will be published in MTMC Rules Publication 1-B. Formerly, the regulation was found in 32CFR CFR
See: Cost and Freight , Part 619.