Military Packing Requirement Codes

Listed below are the compiled Military and Minimal Packing Requirement Codes within MIL-STD-2073-1D.   E-mail your questions or comments to: DSCC.packaging@dla.mil.

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Military Packing Requirement Codes
CODE DESCRIPTION
A Packing shall be accomplished using fiberboard boxes, weather resistant class, fabricated in accordance with ASTM-D5118, or triplewall, corrugated fiberboard boxes, Class 2, conforming to ASTM-D5168.
B Packing shall be accomplished using panelboard wood cleated boxes, Class 2, conforming to ASTM-D6251, or wirebound wood boxes conforming to PPP-B-585, Class 3.
C Packing shall be accomplished using cleated-plywood wood boxes, PPP-B-601, Grade A, or nailed and lock-corner wood boxes, PPP-B-621, Class 2, or covered crates conforming to ASTM-D6039, or lumber and plywood sheathed wood crates conforming to MIL-C-104, or loading-bearing base skidded wood-cleated boxes conforming to MIL-B-26195, Type II.
D Packing shall be accomplished using open wood crates conforming to MIL-C-3774, or open wood crates conforming to ASTM-D6039.
E Packing shall be accomplished to meet the performance test requirements of ASTM-D4169, Distribution Cycle 18, Assurance Level 1.
F Packing is not required; the unit container shall also serve as the shipping container. Closure, sealing and reinforcement shall be in accordance with applicable specification for shipping container.
H Packing shall be accomplished using boxes fabricated in accordance with ASTM-D5118, class weather-resistant. When size and weight limitations are exceeded, a suitable container shall be selected from Table C.II.
M Packing shall be accomplished using Class 1, domestic wood cleated panelboard boxes conforming to ASTM-D6251 or wirebound wood boxes conforming to PPP-B-585, class 1, or load-bearing base, skidded, wood-cleated boxes conforming to MIL-B-26195, Type I.
N Packing shall be accomplished using cleated plywood wood boxes, domestic type, conforming to PPP-B-601, or nailed and lock-corner wood boxes, PPP-B-621, Class 1, or covered wood crates, domestic class, conforming to ASTM-D6039, Style B, or nailed and bolted sheathed, lumber and plywood wood crates, non-weather-resistant/domestic class conforming to MIL-C-104.
P Packing shall be accomplished using open wood crates conforming to ASTM-D6039, Style B, or open wood crates, non-weather resistant, domestic class conforming to MIL-C-3774.
Q Packing shall be accomplished in accordance with Table C. II, for packing level specified. Closure sealing and reinforcement shall be in accordance with applicable specification for shipping container.
R Packing shall be accomplished to meet the performance test requirements of ASTM-D4169, distribution Cycle 18, Assurance Level 2.
T Packing shall be accomplished by use of fiberboard containers fabricated in accordance with ASTM-D5118, weather-resistant class, or ASTM-D5168, Class 2; or whenever practicable, by means of shrink-film conforming to A-A-3174.
Z Special requirement. See specific instructions or drawings provided.
2 Packing shall be accomplished using cleated-plywood boxes, overseas type, conforming to PPP-B-601 or nailed wood boxes conforming to PPP-B-621, Class 2, Style 4.
4 See method of preservation.
5 Packing shall be accomplished using cleated-plywood boxes, domestic type, conforming to PPP-B-601 or nailed wood boxes conforming to PPP-B-621, Class 1, Style 4.
7 Packing shall be accomplished using cleated-plywood boxes, domestic type, conforming to PPP-B-601 or nailed wood boxes conforming to PPP-B-621, Class 1, Style 4 or wirebound wood boxes conforming to PPP-B-585, Class 3, Style 2 or 3, or fiberboard boxes conforming to ASTM D5168, Class 2, Style E.
0 Blue triangle, go to the top of the pagePacking not authorized.

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Minimal Packing Requirement Codes2
CODE DESCRIPTION
F Packing is not required; the unit container shall also serve as the shipping container. Closure, sealing and reinforcement shall be in accordance with applicable specification for shipping container.
L Packing shall be accomplished using fiberboard boxes fabricated in accordance with ASTM-D5118, Class domestic or ASTM-D5168, Class 1.
U Items or packages that require packing for acceptance by the carrier shall be packed in exterior type shipping containers in a manner that will ensure safe transportation at the lowest rate to the point of delivery and shall meet, as a minimum, the requirements of the following rules and regulations, as applicable to the mode(s) of transportation to be utilized:
  (a) Postal Regulations
  (b) Department of Transportation Regulations
  (c) Civil Air Regulations
  (d) Uniform Freight Classification Rules
  (e) National Motor Freight Classification Rules
  (f) American Truckers' Association Rules
  (g) Other applicable carriers' rules
  (h) Military Air Regulations for Dangerous Materials

Dangerous goods shall be prepared for shipment according to applicable Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations and/or international regulations in effect at time of shipment.

Shipments by parcel post must comply with Postal Regulations.
Y Packager's option provided all other contractual requirements are met.
6 Packing shall be accomplished to meet the performance test requirements of ASTM D4169, Distribution Cycle 18, Assurance Level 3.
REFERENCES: MIL-STD-2073, Appendix J, Table J.IX1, Table J.IXa2, and paragraph J.4.12.13]



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