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How Much Does Going over PCS Weight Allowance Cost Per Pound?

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Dear Q&B,

We are worried about going over our weight allowance for our next move, but don't know what we'll be charged if we do.

One friend said they were charged $1 for each pound over the limit, but then someone else told me they were charged $4 per pound. That's a big difference. What's the truth?

Sincerely, Heavy

Dear Heavy,

It would be so awesome if things were simple. But no, this is the military -- and nothing is simple.

The short answer is that both of your friends might be correct. For one, it might have been $1 per pound, and for the other it might have been $4. But the short answer doesn't help you much, does it?

Why? Because there is no set overage charge if you go over your weight allowance. The cost per pound is determined by where you are going to and where you are coming from. That means the overage cost for you moving from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, to Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington state, for example, will be different than the overage cost for someone going to Washington, D.C., from Florida, or to Washington state from Florida, or from anywhere else to anywhere else.

So who can tell you how much you would pay per pound in overages? Officials at your base transportation office should be able to help you with that calculation.

But let me leave you with this totally free advice: If you think you're going to be overweight, have a big yard sale. You probably don't need all that extra stuff anyway.

Sincerely, Team Q&B

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