Prime Shipment Unit Data
You must ensure that this data appears on all DD Forms 1384, regardless of the
commodity being shipped. It provides activities with information on what, where,
when, and how the shipment was sent.
When reviewing the top portion, keep in
mind the following information:
a. Blocks 1 through 17 and blocks 22, 23, and 24 are always referred to as
the heading of the form or header data.
b. Blocks 18 through 21 are used when the TCMD functions as a highway
c. Blocks 25 through 27 contain transshipment data, which is required when
changing the carrier or mode while the cargo is en route to destination.
d. Blocks 28 through 31 are used by the receiving activity to receipt for
When reviewing Blocks 1 through 17 and Blocks 22 through 24, ensure that your
personnel have entered the correct information. You must also ensure that your
personnel have used the correct codes and control numbers. If in doubt, refer to
Appendixes A, B, and C of this subcourse, and parts of DOD Reg 4500.32-R, Volume
II. Appendixes A, B, and C are partial extracts of DOD Reg 4500.32-R, Volume I;
the sections in Appendix A are referenced below.
Doc Id (Document Identifier)(3 characters). The document identifier
(see Section I) should identify how the TCMD is used. TCMDs can be
transshipments, tracing actions, and for other purposes where certain
shipment data is required. This code is required on all TCMDs.
2 - Trlr/Cont (Trailer/Container)(5 characters).
identify the trailer/container being used (see Section II).
3 - Consignor (6 characters).
This code should identify the shipping
4 - Comm-Spec Hdlg (Commodity and Special Handling)(5 characters, water;
2 characters, air).
This code should identify the commodity being
shipped and should tell whether any special handling is required (see
Section III for water shipments and Section XII for air shipments).