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The drop-off and pick-up point for servicemembers shipping vehicles in England has moved to Mildenhall as a result of a new contractor taking over the service. Two other vehicle locations in England closed as a result of troop reductions.

The drop-off and pick-up point for servicemembers shipping vehicles in England has moved to Mildenhall as a result of a new contractor taking over the service. Two other vehicle locations in England closed as a result of troop reductions. (Adam L. Mathis/Stars and Stripes)

RAF MILDENHALL, England — Servicemembers planning to ship vehicles as part of a permanent change of station should check the location of pick up and drop off points, as some locations around the world are changing and a few are closing.

The location change is due to the hiring of a new contractor.

U.S. Navy Capt. Aaron Stanley, a director with Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, said most of the new locations will be in the same city as the old pick-up and drop-off points.

International Auto Logistics, the new provider, had to “identify locations where they could conduct operations,” including securing lease or purchasing facilities, Stanley said.

The previous contractor, American Auto — which, according to a company spokesman, was outbid for the $304.5 million contract — will continue to deliver vehicles it has already picked up to the old locations, Stanley said.

Locations owned by the government — mainly in Germany and Italy — will be closed on May 1 and 2 while the two contractors’ switch employees; they will, however, accept emergency vehicle drop-offs, according to officials. These sites will reopen for all business on May 5.

American will continue limited operations to deliver vehicles already shipped to these locations until Aug. 1, Stanley said.

Troop reductions have led the government to close eight locations, most in the U.S. and England, officials said. Seven of them will close on May 1, and one in Mannheim, Germany, has already closed.

International has established a website, pcsmypov.com, for customers to find information about shipping a vehicle and tracking its progress.

Besides the change in locations and new website, Stanley said, there are virtually no other differences between shipping a vehicle with the old and new contractors.

The Defense Department previously used several contractors to ship vehicles, so different vendors could have been responsible for the ocean and land shipments of vehicles, according to a DOD release. This changed in 1998, when American won the contract and became solely responsible for all aspects of transporting a vehicle, the release says.

New U.S. VPC addresses for IAL vehicle processing centers effective May 1

Atlanta: 3025 Sylvian Road, Atlanta, Ga. 30354 Baltimore: 17079 Midway Road, Odenton, Md. 21113 Charleston, S.C.: 3601 N. Meeting St., North Charleston, S.C. 29405 Dallas: 957 Heinz Way, Grand Prairie, Texas 75051 Los Angeles: 14611 S. Broadway St,, Gardena, Calif. 90248 Norfolk, Va.: 1215 Executive Boulevard, Chesapeake, Va. 23320 Seattle, Wa.: 840 Industry Way, North Algona, Wa. 98001 St. Louis: 13918 St. Charles Rock Road, Bridgeton, Mo. 63044 San Diego: 11433 Woodside Ave., Santee, Calif. 92071New overseas VPC addresses for receiving vehicles effective May 1:

Anchorage, Alaska: 300 LaTouche St., Anchorage, AK 99501 Fairbanks, Alaska: 5250 Airport Industrial Road, Fairbanks, AK 99709 Bahrain: Al Musaskar 940, East Riffa Industrial Area, Bahrain Brandon, UK: Field Road, Mildenhall, Suffolk IP28 7AL, UK Aviano, Italy: Via dei Longobardi 49, 33080, San Quirino PN San Juan, Puerto Rico: 45 Calle 1 Parque Indust., San Miguel, San Juan, PR 00936 Rota, Spain: Calle Dr. Pariente, 11500 El Puerto de Santa Maria, (Cadiz) Spain Incirlik, Turkey: Yenimahalle 33 Sokak No. 31 TR-01340 Incirlik, Turkey Izmir, Turkey: Doganlar Mah. 1417 Sokak TR-35040 Bornova, Izmir, TurkeyEight of the current 46 VPCs will permanently close on May 1 in both U.S. and overseas locations.

VPCs slated for closure in the U.S.

Edison, N.J. New Orleans Orlando, Fla Oakland, Calif.VPCs overseas that have closed, or are slated for closure

Mannheim, Germany (closed) RAF Croughton, England RAF Menwith Hill, England Seville, Spainmathis.adam@stripes.com Twitter: @AMathisStripes

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