This document is the revised Defense Transportation Regulation (DTR) 4500.9-R, Part V, Department of Defense Customs and Border Clearance Policies and Procedures. It is issued under the authority of Department of Defense Directive (DODD) 4500.09E, Transportation and Traffic Management. It implements Department of Defense (DOD) policies governing the use of DOD-owned and -controlled aircraft and sealift/airlift and establishes criteria for customs, agricultural, and other border clearance requirements for entry and exit of selected countries of the world in support of United States Forces. In accordance with DODD 5158.04, United States Transportation Command, the Commander, United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) is the DOD single manager for transportation (for other than Service-unique or theater-assigned transportation assets). As the DOD Distribution Process Owner, USTRANSCOM oversees the overall effectiveness, efficiency and alignment of DOD-wide distribution activities, including force projection, sustainment and redeployment/retrograde operations, establishes the concepts and operational framework relating to the planning and execution of DOD transportation operations, maintains liaison with the DOD Logistics Executive, and develops and maintains a DOD Distribution Process Instruction defining authority, accountability, resources, and responsibility for distribution process management. Strict adherence to the provisions of this regulation is essential to maintain the integrity of the DOD transportation system.
Use of the Defense Transportation System (DTS) is specified as policy in DODD 4500.09E and DOD 4515.13-R, Air Transportation Eligibility. The Under Secretary of Defense for cquisition, Technology and Logistics has authority to grant exceptions to DODD 4500.09E. Requests for Exceptions to Policy for air eligibility will be submitted IAW DOD 4515.13-R, Chapter 10, Special Actions and Procedures.
This change is effective immediately. To ensure uniformity, there is no provision for supplemental or unilateral modifications to this regulation, and all DOD Components will distribute it for use at the operating level. The DOD Components may publish more detailed guidance if needed and must provide a copy to the USTRANSCOM/TCJ4-PT. Proposed changes to this regulation must be sent to USTRANSCOM/TCJ4-PT after staffing through DOD component customs channels. No changes to this regulation may be made without prior coordination with the Military Services and other Defense Agencies.
The DOD Components may obtain copies of this regulation through their own publication channels and it is approved for public release, distribution unlimited. It is also available on the USTRANSCOM Web at http://www.transcom.mil/.