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Marking and Packing Guide

There are two levels of standards for packaging items purchased by DLA

DLA provides a great deal of information on marking and packaging at DLA Packaging

The solicitation document will specify which standard applies. From 40 to 50% of solicitations use the commercial option.

In the case of MIL-STD -2073, you can comply with in-house resources or use the services of a commercial MIL Spec packaging service. Google "mil spec pack ship" to search for commercial providers.

For MIL-STD -2073, the coded requirements might look like the following:

PRES MTHD: 11
CLNG/DRY: 3
PRESV MAT: 21
WRAP MAT: CA
CUSH/DUNN MAT: AH
CUSH/DUNN THKNESS: A
UNIT CONT: A3
OPI: A
INTRMDTE CONT: ZZ
INTRMDTE CONT QTY: ZZZ
PACK CODE: 7

Leidos provides a code lookup utility HERE that is quite handy. Using the example codes above, your requirements would be:

Method of Preservation 11 MIL-STD-2073-1B/2C Code: Method 20 (formerly Method I) - Must have preservative coating (greaseproof wrap, MIL-B-121,as required.
Cleaning &Drying 3 MIL-STD-2073-1B/2C Code: Two-step petroleum solvent.
Preservative Material MIL-PRF-16173, Grade 5, corrosion preventive, solvent cutback, water displacing
soft film, low pressure steam removable
Wrapping Material CA  A-A-203, kraft wrapping paper.
Cushioning Material AH MIL-STD-2073-1B/2C Code: MIL-F-81334, foam, plastic, flexible, open cell, polyester-type, poly-urethane grades 1 and 2
Cushioning Thickness A 1/4 inch thick.
U/I Container A3 MIL-STD-2073-1B/2C Code: Bags made of material conforming to MIL-B-121. Closure shall be by heat seal only.
Packing 7 Packing shall be accomplished using cleated-plywood boxes conforming to ASTMD6251,
Type III, Class 1 (domestic), or nailed wood boxes conforming to PPP-B-
621, Class 1, or wirebound boxes conforming to PPP-B-585, Class 1.
Unit Container Level B Unit container provides level B packing protection.
Optional Procedures A Packaging is in accordance with a procedural specification or a SPI. The appropriate specification number will be shown in-the-clear in the supplemental data area.
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