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Appendix F

Classified and Protected Sensitive Cargo

Classified cargo is cargo that requires protection in the interest of national security. Classified cargo shipments have characteristics that require them to be identified, accounted for, secured, segregated, or handled in a special way to ensure their safeguard or integrity.
NOTE: Do not identify security cargo or classified cargo on the outside of the shipping containers.
Sensitive cargo is cargo that could threaten public safety if it is compromised. Sensitive cargo must be properly secured and identified to port personnel so sufficient security can be provided.


F-1. When transporting classified material, enclose it in two sealed containers, such as boxes or heavy wrappings. For detailed instructions when packing classified material, see your unit security manager and AR 380-5. In implementing this requirement, the following considerations apply:

  • The classified information inside a packaged item of equipment, the outside shell, or body may be considered as the inner enclosure if it does not reveal classified information.
  • If the classified material is an inaccessible internal component of a bulky piece of equipment that is not reasonably packaged, the outside body of the item may be considered a sufficient enclosure if it does not reveal classified information.
  • If the classified material is a piece of equipment that is not reasonably packaged and the shell or body is classified, conceal it with a covering that hides all classified features.
  • Specialized shipping containers may be used, including lockable cargo transporters, instead of following the above packaging requirements. In such cases, the container may be considered the outer wrapping or cover.
  • Packaging material must be strong and durable enough to provide security protection while in transit, to keep items from breaking out of the container, and to help detect any tampering with the container. The wrappings must conceal all classified characteristics.
  • Closed and locked vehicles, compartments, or cars will be used for shipments of classified material except when the appropriate authority authorizes another method.
  • When classified material is transported, it will not be stored in any detachable storage compartment, such as automobile trailers, luggage racks, aircraft travel pods, or drop tanks.
  • When transporting classified material across international borders, arrangements must be made to ensure that customs, border, or other inspectors (either US or foreign), do not open the material.
  • A serial-numbered seal will be placed on doors to containers, vehicles, or compartments that contain classified or protected cargo. The serial number must be entered on the shipment unit packing list.
  • The unit authorizing the transport of the classified equipment must notify the ITO and appropriate carrier in advance.

When traveling by motor convoy, escorts must ensure constant surveillance of classified material. Classified material must stay within the escort's personal possession and observation at all times. Larger pieces of secret shipments such as missiles may require outside storage. If so, take special protective measures to include constant and continuous surveillance by at least one or more escorts in the area.


F-2. For sensitive cargo, units must adhere to the following:

  • Remove crew-served weapons from vehicles. Place them in containers that are sealed and secured with an approved device.
  • Be sure packaging material is strong and durable enough to provide security protection while in transit.
  • Secure containers, vehicles, or compartments with an appropriate locking device as directed by the installation security officer. Also, place a serial-numbered seal on the door. Enter the serial number on the shipment unit packing list.
  • Identify sensitive items in the commodity code on the unit's AUEL/DEL.
  • Do not indicate on the outside of the container, vehicle, or compartment that it contains sensitive items. Identify this fact on the unit's AUEL/DEL.
  • When deploying units, ship sensitive/classified material by rail. Commanders may be required to provide guards/escorts. For shipments other than sensitive/classified material, guards/escorts will be provided at the commander's discretion. See Appendix G for rail guard duties.

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