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Basic Packaging Specifications and Standards

The following are the basic specifications and standards for the development, decoding, and utilization of Military Packaging requirements:
  1. MIL-STD-2073 1D, 'Standard Practice for Military Packaging Requirements.' (15 December 1999)Blue Info icon: MIL-STD-2073 1C replaces MIL-STD-2073 1C and 2B, MIL-P-116, and MIL-STD-1510. A must-have document when doing business with the government. To order your copy of MIL-STD-2023-1C on-line at DoDSSP, Click here for details!
    Purpose: This document outlines standard processes for the development and documentation of military packaging, as distinct from commercial packaging. This standard covers methods of preservation to protect material against environmentally induced corrosion and deterioration, physical and mechanical damage, and other forms of degradation during storage, multiple handling, and shipment associated with the military distribution system.

  2. MIL-STD-129R, Military Marking for Shipment and Storage (18 February 2014) This document replaces MIL-STD-129M - A must-have because of the significant changes! To order your copy of MIL-STD-129 On-line at DoDSSP, Click here for details!
    Purpose: This standard provides the minimum requirements for military marking for shipment and storage. Additional marking may be required by the contract or the cognizant activity.

    NOTE: Visit the DLA Packaging Specifications, Standards, and Manuals web page to review the major changes of this document.


Two Dimensional (2D) Bar Code & Linear Bar Code Documents:

  1. ISO/IEC 15434, 'Information Technology - Transfer Syntax for high Capacity ADC Media.' (1999)Get this bar code document!
    Purpose:This specification is the new reference symbology standard for two dimensional (2D) bar coding. This international Standard specifics a transfer structure, syntax, and coding of messages and data formats when using high capacity ADC media between trading partners, specifically between suppliers and recipients, and where applicable, in support of carrier applications, such as bills of lading and carrier sortation and tracking; The data encoded pursuant to this International Standard includes:
    • That which may be used in shipping, receiving, and inventory of transport units.
    • That which may be contained within supporting documentation, in paper or electronic form, related to unit loads or transport packages.
    • That which may be used in the sortation and tracking of transport units.
    This International Standard does not supersede or replace any applicable safety or regulatory marking and labeling requirements. This International Standard is to be applied in addition to any other mandated labeling requirements.

  2. ISO/IEC 15438, 'Information Technology - Automatic Identification and Data Capture Techniques - Bar Code Symbology Specifications - PDF417' (2001-09-15)Get this bar code document!
    Purpose: This specification is the new reference symbology standard for two-dimensional (2D) bar coding. This International Standard specifies the requirements for bar code symbology known as PDF417. It specifies PDF417 symbology characteristics, data characteristics, data character encodation, symbol formats, dimensions, error correction rules, decoding algorithm, and a number of application parameters.

  3. ISO/IEC 15418, 'Information Technology - EAN/UCC Application Identifiers and Fact Data Identifiers and Maintenance' (1999)Get this bar code document!
    Purpose: This specification is the new reference symbology standard for two dimensional (2D) bar coding. This International Standard: specifics sets of data and application identifiers for the purpose of identifying encoded data; and identifies the organizations responsible for their maintenance.

  4. ISO/IEC 15394, 'Packaging - Bar Code and Two-Dimensional Symbols For Shipping, Transport and Receiving Labels' (2001-04-01)Get this bar code document!
    Purpose: This specification is the new reference symbology standard for linear and two-dimensional (2D) bar coding. This International Standard specifies the minimum requirements for the design of labels containing linear bar code and two-dimensional symbols on transport units to convey data between trading partners;
    • provides traceability of transported units via a unique transport unit identifier (license plate);
    • provides guidance for the formatting on the label of data presented in linear bar code, two-dimensional symbol, or human readable form;
    • provides specific recommendations regarding the choice of linear bar code and two-dimensional symbologies, and specifies quality requirements;
    • makes recommendations as to label placement, size, and the inclusion of free text and any appropriate graphics;
    • provides guidance in the selection of the label material.

  5. ANSI MH10.8.1, 'Linear Bar Code and Two-Dimensional Symbols Used in Shipping, Receiving, and Transport Applications' (2000)Get this bar code document!
    Purpose: This specification is the new reference symbology standard for linear and two-dimensional (2D) bar coding. This American National Standard:
    • specifies the minimum requirements for the design of labels containing linear bar code and two-dimensional symbols on transport units to convey data between trading partners;
    • provides traceability of transported units via a unique transport unit identifier (license plate);
    • provides guidance for the formatting on the label of data presented in linear bar code, two-dimensional symbol, or human readable form;
    • provides specific recommendations regarding the choice of linear bar code and two-dimensional symbologies, and specifies quality requirements;
    • makes recommendations as to label placement, size, and the inclusion of free text and any appropriate graphics;
    • provides guidance in the selection of the label material.

  6. ISO/IEC 16388, 'Information Technology - Automatic Identification and Data Capture Techniques - Bar Code Symbology Specifications - Code 39' (1999-10-15)Get this bar code document!
    Purpose: This International Standard specifies the requirements for the bar code symbology known as Code 39; it specifies Code 39 symbology characteristics, data character encodation, dimensions, tolerances, decoding algorithms and application-defined parameters.


Bar Code Print Quality Documents:

  1. ANSI X3.182, 'Bar Code Print Quality - Guideline' (1990)Get this bar code document!
    Purpose: This guideline covers the optical characteristics of a printed bar code symbol. This documents shall be used with the appropriate application specifications, or symbology specifications, or both, shall take precedence over this guideline. It establishes procedures for measuring quality parameters of printed bar code symbols.

    NOTE: AIM USA offers a 'Layman's Guide to ANSI X3.182', visit http://www.aimglobal.org/technologies/barcode/verify/x3182.pdf to download your copy.


  2. ISO/IEC 15416, 'Information Technology - Automatic Identification and Data Capture Techniques - Bar Code Print Quality Test Specification - Linear Symbols' (2000-08-15)Get this bar code document!
    Purpose: This International Standard specifies the methodology for the measurement of the specific attributes of bar code symbols; defines a method for evaluating theses measurements and deriving an overall assessment of symbol quality; gives information on possible cause of deviation from optimum grades to assist users in taking appropriate corrective action. This International Standard applies to those symbologies for which a reference decode algorithm has been defined, and which are intended to be read using linear scanning methods, but its methodology can be applied partially or wholly to other symbologies.


  1. ASTM D3951-10, 'Standard Practice for Commercial Packaging.' DSCC is utilizing best commercial packaging for direct vendor deliveries and for many stock shipments. To order your copy of ASTM D3951 on-line at ASTM or DoDSSP, Click here for details!
    Purpose: This practice establishes minimum requirements for packaging of supplies and equipment, exclusive of ammunition, explosives, or hazardous materials, as covered in Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations. This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


A GUIDE FOR PRIVATE INDUSTRY: HOW TO OBTAIN SPECIFICATIONS AND STANDARDS FROM THE DOD SINGLE STOCK POINT

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Upon receipt of your specifications and standards, if you require assistance in decoding or understanding DLA Land and Maritime packaging requirements, please contact the Packaging Team by any of the following mediums:

  1. Call our DLA Land and Maritime packaging corporate phone numbers: (614) 692-3345, 4227, or 3757;
  2. Fax your questions with a copy of the purchase order, solicitation, or contract to: (614) 692-1901 or 1664;
  3. E-mail your questions to our corporate e-mail address:DSCC.packaging@dla.mil
  4. If your question is in regard to another DLA Center's packaging requirements, we advise you to contact the managing Packaging Specialist at that Center (i.e. DLA Aviation, DLA Troop Support). For a contact listing, visit our DLA Packaging Contacts web page for assistance.
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