OHASIS Transportation
OHASIS Transportation

Department of Defense - Humanitarian Assistance Transportation Programs

Denton Program

The purpose of the Denton Program is to allow U.S. based non-governmental sources to transport humanitarian aid at little or no cost to the donor, while simultaneously putting the extra space on U.S. military transport assets to good use. This program is jointly administered by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Department of State (DOS) and Department of Defense (DOD). Transportation is generally available to close destinations such as Latin and South America; however, the availability of transportation to particular countries is affected by current military and political situations. Transportation can neither be scheduled nor guaranteed; and therefore, cannot be used to meet urgent needs or deadlines.

The Denton Program provides transportation for approved humanitarian assistance commodities destined for approved countries. Approved countries include those that are supported by DoD transportation services, and where civil systems, local infrastructure and the supply chain will support immediate onward distribution of the commodities. Generally, the program is not designed or intended for the transport of private sector commodity donations to disaster areas -- where civil systems, local infrastructure or logistics resources may be compromised due to a natural or civil disaster. In such cases, USAID, DOS and DOD will review the circumstances in the destination country, and the application, to determine whether or not a commodity donation should be transported by the Denton Program to the area of the disaster.

Mode of Transportation: Space-Available on military assets (ex. cargo aircraft and sea vessels)
Port of Embarkation/Debarkation: Nearest U.S. Military Base/Destination Country Air or Sea Port
Weight Minimum/Maximum: 2,000 lbs./100,000 lbs. (Some Countries may have lower limits)
Eligible Commodities: Commodities must be humanitarian in nature, such as Agricultural Equipment, Medical Items, Educational Items, Vehicles, Canned Food, Clothing
Prohibited Commodities: Hazardous Items, Time-Sensitive Cargo, Live Cargo, Religious Items, Perishable Items, Food (if not canned), Items that do not meet a Legitimate Humanitarian Need
Applicant Responsibilities: Storage, Cargo Preparation, Local Transportation (U.S. and Destination Country), Duty-Free Clearance, Beneficiary Description and Distribution Plan, Consignee Identification
Average Application Processing Time: 4-6 weeks
Transportation Time: Varies – 2 weeks to several months
Eligible Countries: Varies Depending Upon Space-Availability

Funded Transportation Program

The Funded Transportation Program is funded by the Department of Defense and provides worldwide ocean transportation of privately donated humanitarian aid originating in the United States at little or no cost to the donor. The donor must be able to fill at least a 20' container (1,1000 cu. ft.) and meet all requirements as outlined in the guidelines. Donors are responsible for arranging the loading and unloading of the container(s). This program is ideal for bulky and/or sensitive commodities such as medical equipment and school furniture and for shipments going to far-off destinations such as Romania and countries in Africa. Potential shipments are reviewed for appropriateness and feasibility on a case-by-case basis.

Mode of Transportation: Sea Container
Port of Embarkation/Debarkation: Door/Port
Volume Minimum/Maximum: 1,100 Cubic Feet (One 20’ Container Load)/five 40’ Containers
Eligible Commodities: Commodities must be humanitarian in nature, such as Agricultural Equipment, Medical Items, Educational Items, Food (Dry Goods), Clothing
Prohibited Commodities: Vehicles, Religious Items, Live Cargo, Items that do not meet a Legitimate Humanitarian Need
Applicant Responsibilities: Storage, Cargo Preparation, Loading and Unloading Container, Local Transportation (Destination Country), Duty-Free Clearance, Beneficiary Description and Distribution Plan, Consignee Identification
Average Application Processing Time: 4-6 weeks
Transportation Time: Varies – 2 weeks to several months (Depends Upon Location of Destination Port)
Eligible Countries: Worldwide