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How to Decipher MIL-STD-2073 Codes

To help you understand military packaging better, we have provided a packaging code cross reference to military packaging and marking standards, a link to the SAIC Code Lookup web page, three illustrations of DLA Land and Maritime's most common contract packaging requirement formats, and links to applicable information throughout our DLA Packaging web site. This information will help you decode and understand the packaging requirements in your contract. If you still need help, please contact the Inventory Control Point which issued the purchase order, solicitation, or contract or use our feedback form.


Container weight & dimension information

Code Lookup - Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) MIL-STD-2073 Packaging Code Lookup website.

NOTES:
1. As of April 4, 2003, the Navy has conducted a completed review of the packaging codes listed in this database. All descriptions are MIL-STD-2073-1D compliant. Any discrepancies or access difficulties should be directed to: webmaster@icptarp.net.

2. Some descriptions are truncated to not include the entire unbridged MIL-STD-2073-1D description. To review the entire description, the user can simply select the title of the code (located to the left of the code description) and the user will be directed to the full code description.


The following table is an interpretation and cross reference for MIL-STD-2073-1D packaging requirements.  

MIL-STD-2073 PACKAGING REQUIREMENT SEQUENCE FORMAT INTERPRETATION
DESCRIPTION CODE STANDARD LOCATION
Quantity Unit Pack (QUP) 001 MIL-STD-2073-1D Appendix B, Paragraphs B.3 - B.4.2
MIL-STD-2073-1D Appendix J, Paragraph J.4.3
Preservation Method 41 MIL-STD-2073-1D Appendix J, Table J.I or J.Ia
MIL-STD-2073-1D Paragraphs 5.2.3 through 5.2.4.8
Cleaning and Drying Procedures 1 MIL-STD-2073-1D Appendix J, Table J.II
MIL-STD-2073-1D Paragraph 5.2.1
Preservative Material 00 MIL-STD-2073-1D Appendix J, Table J.III or J.IIIa
MIL-STD-2073-1D Application: Paragraphs 5.2.2.1 through 5.2.2.3
Wrapping Material CA MIL-STD-2073-1D Appendix J, Table J.IV or J.IVa
Cushioning and Dunnage Material JC MIL-STD-2073-1D Appendix J, Table J.V or J.Va
Cushioning and Dunnage Thickness X MIL-STD-2073-1D Appendix J, Table J.VI
Unit Container D3 MIL-STD-2073-1D Appendix J, Table J.VII or J.VIIa
Optional Indicator Code (OPI) O MIL-STD-2073-1D Appendix J, Table J.VIIIa
Intermediate Container EC MIL-STD-2073-1D Appendix J, Table J.VII or J.VIIa
Intermediate Container Quantity 024 MIL-STD-2073-1D Appendix B, Table B.I and Paragraphs B.5.1 through B.5.2
MIL-STD-2073-1D Appendix J, Paragraph J.4.11
Packing Code Q MIL-STD-2073-1D Appendix J, Table J.IX or J.IXa
Packing Level B MIL-STD-2073-1D Paragraphs 3.10b(1), 3.10b(2), and 5.4
Special Marking Code 00 MIL-STD-2073-1D Appendix J, Table J.X
MIL-STD-129P ALL
NOTE: Under the heading 'CODE' is a sample of a packaging requirement--for demonstration purposes only.   The following illustrations are the three most common contractual packaging requirement formats used by DLA Land and Maritime.

Format as it would appear in Section 'D' of a DLA Land and Maritime Contract
  J.I/J.Ia J.II J.III J.IV J.V J.VI J.VII J.VIIIa
J.VIIIa App J
J.VII
App B J.VIII J.IX J.X
MIL-STD
2073-1D
Preser-
vation
Method

Cln
and
Dry
Preser-
vative
Mat'l
Wrap-
ping
Mat'l
Cushion
and
Dunnage
Cushion
Thick-
ness
Unit
Container
Opt.
Ind.
Code
Qty Unit
Pack
Interm.
Cont.
Interm.
Cont. Qty
Pkg.
Lvl.
Pkg.
Rqmt.
Code
Special
Marking
Code
Digit
Position
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 9 20 21 22 23 24 25
Pkg.
Code
4 1 1 0 0 C A J C X D 3 O 0 0 1 E C 0 2 4 B Q 0 0
NOTE: The above packaging requirements is an illustration of a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) prep for delivery.

Format as it would appear in a DLA Land and Maritime purchase order
PACKAGING DATA - MIL-STD-2073-1D (15 DEC 99)
QUP= 001: PRES MTHD= 41: CLNG/DRY= 1: PRESV MAT= 00:
WRAP MAT= CA: CUSH/DUNN MAT= JC: CUSH/DUNN THKNESS= X:
UNIT CONT= D3: OPI= O:
INTRMDTE CONT= EC: INTRMTE CONT QTY= 024: PACK= U:
MARKING SHALL BE IN ACCORDANCE WITH MIL-STD-129.
SPECIAL MARKING CODE= 00 - NO SPECIAL MARKING.

DOD BAR CODE MARKING REQUIRED IN ACCORDANCE WITH
MIL-STD-129 (LATEST REVISION) MARKING AND BAR
CODING IN ACCORDANCE WITH AIM BC1
NOTE: The above packaging requirements is an illustration of a prep for delivery to stock locations (depots). No 'PACKING LEVEL' is specified for this type of delivery due to the changes in MIL-STD-2073-1D.

Format as it would appear in a DLA Land and Maritime Long Term Contract:

PREP FOR DELIVERY: MIL-STD-2073 1D Dated 15 Dec 99
Quantity Unit Pack (QUP) CODE 001
Preservation Method CODE 41
Cleaning and Drying Procedures CODE 1
Preservative Material CODE 00
Wrapping Material CODE CA
Cushioning and Dunnage Material CODE JC
Cushioning and Dunnage Thickness CODE X
Unit Container CODE D3
Optional Procedure Indicator CODE O
Intermediate Container CODE EC
Intermediate Container Quantity CODE 024
FOR DLA STOCK:
Pack CODE U
FOR OCONUS PRIORITY 9 THRU 15 AND FOREIGN MILITARY SALES (FMS):
Pack CODE Q
Packing CODE B
MARKING AND BAR CODE REQUIREMENTS:
ALL SHIPMENTS FOR DLA STOCK, OCONUS PRIORITIES 9-15, AND FOREIGN MILITARY SALES (FMS) SHALL BE MARKED AND BARCODED IN ACCORDANCE WITH MIL-STD-129P AND AIM BC1 (UNIFORM SYMBOLOGY SPECIFICATION CODE 39)
Special Marking Code: 00 (NO SPECIAL MARKING)
FOR NON-FMS AND NON-STOCK ORDERS FOR CONUS DELIVERY AND OCONUS PRIORITIES 1 THRU 8:
MARKED AND PACKAGED STANDARD COMMERCIAL IAW ASTM D 3951 AND BAR CODED IAW AIM BC1.
Wood Packing Material Notice
SUPPLEMENTAL DATA:

NOTE: Many packaging requirement sequences are possible within MIL-STD-2073-1D. The illustrations above are examples of such packaging requirements. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding contract packaging requirements, we highly recommend you consult the managing Packaging Specialist for assistance.