Finished Vehicle Logistics Oversight Committee


Finished Vehicle Logistics Oversight Committee
The FVL Oversight Committee is made up of key seasoned finished vehicle logistics professionals and leaders from automotive OEMs, vehicle transportation service providers (Ocean, Rail and Haul-Away), Marine Terminal managers, railroads, port authorities and port processors.  This committee, works with the FVL leader to raise awareness in the industry of the AIAG FVL initiatives, objectives, and successes.  They provide an oversight for the prioritization of certain initiatives that are designed to improve visibility and management of the finished vehicle supply chain. 

Current members include:  SSA Marine, Auto Warehousing Corporation, FiatChrysler, Volkswagen Group of America, General Motors, Infor (GT Nexus), FAPS Inc., BNSF and CN Railroads, Cassen Transport and United Road Services, and Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics.

Program Consultant: Trish Zarik - AIAG

FVL Workgroups and Products available for purchase:

E-21 EPOD Electronic Proof of Delivery Business Process Guidelines

AIAG’s Electronic Proof of Delivery (EPOD) created an industry standard for real-time electronic reporting of the automotive vehicle delivery process with verifiable data and integrity. The project has defined industry standards and electronic protocols for reporting information for the delivery of finished vehicles to U.S. dealers, including Subject to Inspection (STI) deliveries. The standard has streamlined all processes related to dealer delivery, including the expediting of claims recovery, liability payment accruals, and the real-time accuracy of delivery data.

The current guideline covers the EPOD process for Rail and Haul- Away.  Marine Terminal handling import and export are currently under development.

M-22 FVL Transportation Damage Standards and Claims Reporting

In order to expedite the claims handling process, a set of standards and guidelines was developed to provide

the necessary information for inspecting, recording, and transmitting vehicle damages. Contained within the M-22

are several documents and guidelines, all adopted by the FVL industry including but not limited to:

  • Global Damage Code Standard
  • Similarity Matrix Standard
  • Non-Transportation Damage Standard
  • Inspection Type Location Guideline

The AIAG was selected as the standards group to expand the scope of the codes and push for global
recognition. These standards have also been adopted by the American Association of Railroads, are now considered the global standard through our European partner, the European Car Transport Group (ECG).

DMG-1 Global Vehicle Transportation Damage Codes

Laminated 6” x 3.5” pocket size cards were created to support the vehicle inspector as he/she performs the vehicle inspection during transportation.  It is meant as a quick/easy reference tool to identify the correct code for each specific damage found on a vehicle during inspection. The card provides the relevant damage code, type and severity for reporting. They are offered in increments of 50 per order, and do not include the associated M-22 Damage Reporting Standards document (available separately).

M-24 Port Quality Assessment (PQA) Tool

Improve quality, prevent damage, and utilize a common standard with the Port Quality Assessment (PQA) tool. The PQA tool was developed to offer Finished Vehicle Logistics personnel a process to identify, record, and improve vehicle quality issues as the vehicle moves through any given port. Logistics service providers and manufacturers sharing common quality standards improves operational efficiencies by reducing duplication, which leads to a reduction in the damage rates and a more rapid and effective handling of the vehicles.

M-21 Common Visibility Event Definitions

This document provides the basic structural and process definition required to form the basis of industry vehicle visibility tools and services. The adoption and adherence to these recommended business practice guidelines will, over time, facilitate the exchange of key supply chain data in a more common format that can be used by all parties to the supply chain to more effectively communicate among one another, improve capital planning, promote network efficiencies, and reduce overall barriers to entry to the industry. The Standardized Electronic Messaging and Visibility (SELM-V) committee’s efforts were meant to standardize the physical event definitions and nomenclature, as well as identify the minimum data elements required to qualify as standard electronic messaging content. As the automotive industry continues to evolve, participants should endeavor to adopt the established standards in order to take advantage of the many benefits afforded by industry standardization.The jointly developed guidelines provide all carriers, manufacturers and dealers a common template with the same structure and protocol that can be adapted and enhanced to fit into all processes.

At-A-Glance Documents

At-A-Glance documents are meant as a resource/educational tool providing a snapshot of individual FVL processes. These are available online and as a printed laminated document for posting.

  • Map of Mexico to USA Rail Inspection Process- Coming Soon! 
  • FVL Rail/Haul-Away Process – Coming Soon!