NNS Supplier fReight & Receiving


Thanksgiving Holiday Shutdown

To: Freight Forwarders – Suppliers

From: Newport News Shipbuilding Freight Traffic Office

Please be advised that Newport News Shipbuilding will be closed for Thanksgiving starting on Wednesday, November 22, 2023 at 3:30pm and will re-open on Monday, November 27, 2023 at 7:00 am for normal business hours. Additionally, all security escort services will cease at 1:00 pm on November 22, 2023.

Thank you,

Kathy Alexander
Traffic and Transportation Manager

To view full letter, click here.

NNS Tobacco Free Policy Notification

Effective Date: 07/11/2022
To: Freight Forwarders – Suppliers
From: Newport News Shipbuilding Traffic Office
Subject: Notification of Tobacco-Free Policy

We believe that open communications with our suppliers regarding significant events that could affect either of our businesses is an important part of maintaining an effective customer-supplier relationship.

Accordingly, we would like to inform you that, effective July 11, 2022, Newport News Shipbuilding will be a tobacco-free facility. This means Newport News Shipbuilding will prohibit the use of tobacco products on company property. Violations of this policy could result in denied access to our facility.

To view full letter, click HERE.

To view Tobacco Free Policy FAQ, click HERE.

The NNS Freight Routing Guide was updated on Monday, April 27, 2023 and can be accessed through the Routing Guide link below.

Call the Traffic Information Line at 757-380-3030 for information on the following

  • Call Option 1: Receiving Location Information (Hours of Operation and Directions)
  • Call Option 2: Prohibited Items
  • Call Option 3: Drive Access Requirements
  • Call Option 4: Contact Traffic Representative
  • Call Option 5: Return to the Main Menu

Any additional questions can be emailed to [email protected] or you can call: 800-426-1910.

It is MANDATORY when shipping material to NNS that the requirements of the NNS Freight Routing Guide be followed unless otherwise specified in the NNS Purchase Order. The requirements must be flowed down for third party shipments as well. The NNS Freight Routing Guide provides the requirements for shipment of material to NNS. It includes:

  • Contact information
  • How to setup a shipment to NNS
  • Access to the A3 Transportation Management System
  • FedEx shipment requirements
  • Shipping label bar-coding requirements
  • Delivery location hours
  • Directions to NNS primary delivery locations
  • Import/Export requirements
  • Citizenship validation requirements for drivers entering the main NNS location
  • Prohibited items that cannot be with the driver if delivering within the main NNS location

All shipping documents for material shipped to NNS must have the information identified in the NNS Freight Routing Guide and specific information must be also bar-coded on Shipping Label and Packing List. Bar-coding can only be bar-coded documents from the A3 Transportation Management system or bar-coding approved by NNS. Refer to the NNS Freight Routing Guide for specific bar-coding detail.


Suppliers must use the A3 Transportation Management System (TMS) for shipments 150 pounds or greater. A3 Transportation Management will select the appropriate approved NNS freight provider given location and weight of the material being shipped. Suppliers delivering to Main Receiving with their own trucks must schedule timeslots with A3 Transportation Management for ALL deliveries. The NNS Freight Routing Guide provides detail on requirements and directions on access to the system. Training on use of the system can be found at the following link:

A3 Transportation Management System (TMS) Update

On Monday, March 27, 2023, a new A3 Transportation Management website was implemented. It supports the transportation scheduling for material entered in the A3 TMS system. 

The change/upgrade was necessary in order for A3 to increase compatibility with modern browsers, such as Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. 

Starting Monday, March 27th, the A3 website at www.a3tms.com will provide a link to the new A3 website at https://a3smc.com/ and will only last during the transition period.    

Please contact the A3 Transportation Management or the NNS Traffic Office if you need assistance with scheduling shipments in the A3 TMS System.

Contact NNS International Logistics at [email protected] before making any Imports to NNS or Exports on our behalf.

Helpful Import/Export Information

Access Requirements – Drivers entering the main NNS facility must be US citizens. Prior to arrival the shipping company must provide on Company letterhead certification that the driver is a US citizen, the delivery location, and the delivery location contact information. Additional information on this requirement can be found in the NNS Freight Routing Guide.

NNS Prohibited Items – Given the nature of NNS’ business we have very stringent Security requirements. That includes the prohibition of certain items when entering the NNS facilities. These prohibited items include:

  • Cameras
  • Camera Phones
  • iPads / Tablets with Cameras
  • Weapons of any kind including firearms and knives
  • Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Laptops (unless permanently attached to the vehicle)
  • Passengers (unless other drivers)

Newport News Shipbuilding is NOT permitted to hold the above mentioned items for the driver.

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