When your unit is tasked with loading hazardous cargo for overland
transport, it is your responsibility as a transportation officer to
ensure that the hazardous cargo is loaded correctly.
The nature of
hazardous cargo requires extra supervision on your part to ensure
that the cargo is handled safely and loaded securely.
PART A - DOCUMENT, LABEL, AND INSPECT FOR DAMAGE
When dealing with hazardous cargo, you must use strict accountability
personally inspect, account for, and handle each piece of cargo; but
you should make sure that your unit personnel know how to perform
these tasks properly.
Cargo Documentation on Transportation Control and Movement Document
or Government Bill of Lading
This part of the lesson describes the process of checking cargo and
documentation to ensure the shipment matches the paperwork.
officer, you must be able to instruct unit personnel on how to
perform this task.
The task starts with cargo documentation.
All cargo transported
overland has some sort of documentation that describes the cargo and
identifies the consignor and consignee.
The general name for this
documentation is "bill of lading" or "waybill." You will commonly
encounter two types of waybills: the Transportation Control and
Movement Document (TCMD) and the Government Bill of Lading (GBL).
Use the TCMD (DO Form 1384) when transporting cargo by government
units in government vehicles. Use the GBL (Standard Form 1103) when
transporting cargo by a commercial carrier. For this subcourse, you
must become familiar with specific blocks of information on these
documents that identify cargo types, status, and configuration.
Transportation Control and Movement Document
The TCMD uses codes from DOD Regulation 4500.32-R, Volume I, Military
Standard Transportation and Movement Procedures (commonly known as
MILSTAMP) to describe cargo. Five blocks of information are used on
the TCMD to identify hazardous cargo. Those blocks are keyed by
circled numbers in Figure 1-1 and are discussed below.