[Federal Register Volume 59, Number 1 (Monday, January 3, 1994)]
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[FR Doc No: 93-32092]

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[Federal Register: January 3, 1994]


Department of the Army


Military Traffic Management Command, Defense Transportation 
Tracking System

AGENCY: Military Traffic Management Command, DoD.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: Since its inception in February 1989, the Defense 
Transportation Tracking System (DTTS) has been expanded to cover a 
large number of shipments involving more Security Risk Categories (SRC) 
of munitions. The DTTS provides electronic tracking of shipments while 
enroute and increases security and response capability in the event of 
accident or incident. It is Department of Defense policy to track all 
SRC I through IV munitions shipments using Satellite Motor Surveillance 
Service (SM). Shipments of Uncategorized Division 1.1 through 1.3 
munitions will use SM at the option of the DOD shipper service 
headquarters. The rates charged by munitions carriers for SM will be 
expressed as a separate accessorial charge and considered along with 
linehaul ratend other accessorial charges to determine the overall low 
rate for rating and routing purposes under Chapter 17 of the Defense 
Traffic Management Regulation (AR 55-355); NAVSUPINST 4600.70S; AFR 75-
2; MCO P4600; DLAR 4500.3).

DATE: The effective date for this notice is 1 January 1994.

ADDRESS: Headquarters, Military Traffic Management Command, 5611.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. John Piparato, (703) 756-1094. 
Columbia Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-5050.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: HQMTMC published notice of proposed policy 
change describing Phase III and the Final Phase of the DTTS expansion 
in the Federal Register on July 6, 1993, 58 FR 36188. Comments were 
submitted by the Munitions Carriers Conference, Inc., on behalf of its 
    Munitions carriers conference comment: Carriers should not be 
required to incorporate SM charges into linehaul rates. All services 
that are not an ordinary or normal incident of the linehaul service, 
require a separate tariff or schedule provision.
    MTMC response: The proposed expansion of the DTTS envisioned a 
final phase beginning on 1 January 1994 which would have required SM 
for every DOD munitions shipment. Because the requirement for SM was to 
be an indivisible or essential element from origin to destination for 
every category of munitions being shipped, MTMC believed the rate for 
SM service should be included in the linehaul rate. In view of the fact 
that MTMC has been unable to fully implement the DTTS expansion within 
established program guidelines, SM will continue to be regarded as an 
accessorial service to be used on all SRC I through IV shipments. It 
will be used for ``Uncategorized'' munitions shipments when DOD shipper 
service headquarters so dictate. MTMC will continue to receive rate 
tenders listing SM as a separate accessorial service instead of 
requiring its incorporation into the linehaul rate.
    Munitions carriers conference comment: MTMC's proposal to include 
SM charges into the linehaul rate unreasonably discriminates against 
munitions motor carriers. Rail carriers provide rail surveillance 
service (RS) as a separate accessorial service.
    MRMC response: MTMC's proposal to expand the DTTS was done in 
recognition of evolving satellite tracking technology and shipping 
requirements. By seeking to integrate SM service into the linehaul rate 
and to consider SM as an integral part of transporting munitions 
shipments, MTMC was departing from past practices within the motor 
carrier industry. MTMC does not believe that RS is the same as SM. RS 
includes Military Traffic Expediting Service and inspection of a 
conveyance at major terminals by rail personnel for evidence of 
tampering with seals or security devices. SM provides DTTS with truck 
location reports, in transit truck status changes, and emergency 
situation notification. Therefore, in view of the difference in the two 
types of Transportation Protective Services, continuing RS as a 
separate accessorial service would not have constituted unreasonable 
discrimination against motor carriers in favor of rail carriers. 
However, because MTMC's initial SM program objectives have not been 
completely implemented, MTMC has decided to continue SM as a separate 
accessorial service.
    MTMC's policy for determining accessorial charges and linehaul 
rates on munitions shipments is through free and open competition. Once 
rates are submitted, DOD's policy is to procure transportation services 
that meet its requirements at the lowest overall cost to the 
Government. Carriers participating in the transport of DOD munitions 
are advised that this provides final notice on all phases and concludes 
the DTTS expansion program.
Kenneth L. Denton,
Army Federal Register Liaison Officer.
[FR Doc. 93-32092 Filed 12-30-93; 8:45 am]