NNS Suppliers

Freight and Receiving

New Staging Area For VIS Gate/North
Yard Gate Effective Date Monday, April 2, 2018


ATTENTION: Freight Carriers and Suppliers serving Newport News Shipbuilding please be advised that we will shutdown for the Thanksgiving holiday starting at 4:00 PM Wednesday, November 21, 2018 and will reopen Monday, November 26, 2018 for normal business hours.

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We would like to announce the staging area for trucks entering the VIS Gate/North Yard Gate is moving to 68th Street and River Road near the VIS Gate/North Yard Gate on Monday, April 2, 2018.

Please reference pages 10-11 on the NNS Freight Routing Guide (Revision 03/29/2018) which can be access through the Routing Guide link listed below.

NNS Traffic has transferred the Transportation
Management System from Lane Balance Systems to A3 Transportation Management

We would like to announce a change to the NNS Transportation Management System (TMS). The TMS will be transferred from Lane Balance Systems to A3 Transportation Management on the effective date of Monday, January 29, 2018.

The new contact information is listed below.

Contact Information:

  • Email: nnstransportation@a3freightpayment.com
  • Website: www.a3tms.com
  • Phone: (901) 209-4932

A3 Transportation Management will be taking over all Lane Balance Systems functions. All systems utilized by Lane Balance Systems will now be operated through A3. Setting up shipments, barcoded packing lists, appointment scheduler and reports will all be run through A3 instead of Lane Balance Systems.

The transition between Lane Balance Systems and A3 Transportation Management will be made as seamless as possible. The Lane Balance Systems website and contact information (www.lanebalancesmc.com/877-879-7447) will be transferred to the A3 Transportation Management website and contact information (www.a3tms.com/901-209-4932).

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The NNS Freight Routing Guide has been updated and can be accessed through the Routing Guide link below.

Contact Information:

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

  • Call Option 1: Hours of Operation
  • Call Option 2: Prohibited Items
  • Call Option 3: Directions to Vehicle Inspection Gate (VIS)
  • Call Option 4: Directions to Main Receiving

Any additional questions can be emailed to NNSTrafficOffice@hii-nns.com or you can call:

  • 800-426-1910

Freight Shipping Requirements:

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
  • Other freight related requirements

Download the latest NNS Freight Routing Guide


Shipping Documents Requirements:

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.


A3 Transportation Management System (TMS):

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 links:

A3 Transportation Management User Guide for Suppliers


Import / Export:

Contact NNS International Logistics at NNSInternationalLog@hii-nns.com before making any Imports to NNS or Exports on our behalf.

Helpful Import / Export Information


Driver Requirements:

  • Access Requirements - Drivers entering the main NNS facility must be US citizens. Prior to delivery the shipping company must provide on Company letterhead certification that the driver is a US citizen. 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)
    • Pets - For a fee, VCA James River Animal Hospital will hold pets.

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