New Military Postal System Installation Aids Global Trade Compliance
YOKOSUKA, Japan – NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Yokosuka and Military Postal Service Agency (MPSA) personnel teamed together Aug. 8-26 to provide training on a recent mail processing system installation, which aids in meeting new federal Global Trade Compliance requirements.
The United States Post Office and MPSA announced these new requirements, effective Oct. 1, which will impact all packages mailed at Navy Fleet Post Offices (FPO).
The new Global Trade Compliance program requires the data on all customs forms for packages mailed to and from Navy FPOs to be entered into the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) database, similar to the way U.S. Postal Service (USPS) post offices are currently conducting business for international and military packages with customs forms.
In order to meet these new requirements a new system, which better interfaces with USPS and USCBP, was installed and postal clerks were trained on how to run it.
“We are updating the USPS dispatching system and procedures using a military system, which provides more transparency of U.S. mail for our customers worldwide,” said Larry Robinson, Chief, Internal Management Division, MPSA.
Postal clerks from the U.S. Navy, Army, Air Force as well as the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo were trained on Automated Military Postal System (AMPS), the newest military system for the tracking and accountability of military mail.
“The benefit of the initiative to our valued communities is greater visibility of mailed items as each mailed piece will now be nested to a receptacle at the local Military Post Office,” said Otilio Santos, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Regional Postal Manager. “This means that we now have awareness and visibility of exactly where each mailed item is even when turned over to the air carrier for transport to/from CONUS [continental United States].”
The MPSA has been the single point of contact between DoD and the USPS since 1980, said Robinson.
“The MPSA training team has been fantastic, providing onsite and classroom training as well as equipment setup,” said Santos, adding that the FPOs have what they need but it would save customers valuable time at the post office if they came in with their printed customs forms since USPS no longer accepts the handwritten format.
“We humbly request that our valued customers have patience through this major transition and highly encourage them to complete their customs form online at www.usps.com,” said Santos.
NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka personnel and many other DoD personnel across the region now have the updated skills and technology enabling them to continue providing around-the-clock postal services, ensuring timely delivery of mail across the Asia Pacific region.
NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka, one of eight fleet logistics centers under NAVSUP Global Logistics Support (GLS), is the Western Pacific region's largest U.S. Navy logistics command, headquartered just 26 miles due south of Tokyo, the enterprise networks more than 20 sites from Misawa, Japan, to Sydney, Australia; Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean to Guam with a mission to serve the Asia Pacific Region’s forward deployed maritime warfighter with around-the-clock logistics support.
The NAVSUP and Navy Supply Corps team as a whole shares one mission -- to deliver sustained global logistics and quality-of-life support to the Navy and joint warfighter. NAVSUP/Navy Supply Corps' diverse team of more than 25,000 civilian and military personnel oversee a diverse portfolio including supply chain management for material support to Navy, Marine Corps, joint and coalition partners, supply operations, conventional ordnance, contracting, resale, fuel, transportation, security assistance, and quality-of-life issues for our naval forces, including food service, postal services, Navy Exchanges, and movement of household goods. The NAVSUP/Navy Supply Corps team forms a vast network of professionals who deliver unparalleled products and services to customers in the fleet and across the world.
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