USTRANSCOM J9 Non-Peak Season Call (9 Apr)

April 10, 2020

USTC staff held their monthly Non-Peak Season call Thursday (see slides). This call featured some new industry invitees as a way for J9 to continue to engage a broader audience.  Each of the attached slides were covered by the staff. 


Slide 2 shows the running pick-up summary.  Rose Lindsey mentioned that week 12 showed about 39% of the three year pick-up average; week 13 was at 31%; and week 14 (last week) showed 19%, but would continue to grow a little as the data continued to catch up.


Besides a rise in short fuse percentages, most other data on the slides show an expected drop from normal shipment averages. 


Rose mentioned that DoD is considering raising the Code 2 maximum weight this year to 10,000lbs from the current 7,500lbs; and hoping for a 15% Code 2 usage, up from the 10% goal last year.  A number of participants spoke up on potential concerns with raising the Code 2 max weight and percentage goal.  COL Gipson stated she would take back those concerns to the Services and discuss it with them for one more round of review before finalizing their decision.


When asked, J9 stated the start date for refusals would be announced in the Peak Season message.  They expect that message to be released next week.  It is in coordination/staffing now.


The Navy asked for USTC input on taking punitive actions for missed RDDs.  COL Gipson was reluctant to take a stand.  She stated USTC doesn’t have insight on the situation on the ground in every area of the country/overseas.  They key to getting through the crisis was over-communication; keeping everyone informed of impacts and challenges.  Her staff tries to stay engaged with the various shipping offices; but PPSOs have to use their best judgement so we can all make it through the crisis. 


J9 stated they were finalizing with Services, language on RDDs.  They stated that the enterprise is still governed by the current business rules.  But they were working with the Council of Colonels with the Services and USTC on RDD language. 


The issue of agents refusing to deliver shipments coming out of SIT or NTS was raised. Someone asked whether that should result in the normal suspension action.  Industry POCs mentioned that workers in some scenarios, were concerned with delivering shipments into known virus hotspots.  And that businesses couldn’t force people to take that risk.  COL Gipson stated both the TSP and customer have to be comfortable with having the shipment delivered. 


When asked about the significant issues TSPs are having moving Code 8 and 6, USTC acknowledged the difficulty; stated they had talked with Dept of State on how they were handling the situation, and were working through what their response would be.