In order to ship military goods, it’s important to comply with MIL-STD-129, a standard of shipping that requires you to use certain labels—and a standard we’ve been approved to handle at Platinum Moving. But understanding how military shipping labels work can be confusing to many. What exactly do these labels mean and why are they necessary? We’ve outlined the basics of the required military shipping labels so you can better understand the process.
Understanding MIL-STD-129 Labels
Several different labels are used in compliance with MIL-STD-129, typically to describe the contents of the packaging and help military personnel track their equipment. They include:
- Unit Container. These labels are used to describe the innermost packaging of your shipment. They contain barcode markings that define the following characteristics of your military shipment: Part Number, Quantity, Unit of Issue, Contract number, Preservation Method, Date of Preservation, NSN, and CAGE.
- Intermediate Container. Intermediate labels carry the same markings as unit container labels, but are only used when you’ve packed three or more layers in your shipment.
- Exterior Container. These markings define the exterior packaging of your shipment. These markings show contract and content data, as well as several Code 39 barcodes.
- Military Shipping. Known as MLS, these labels provide information that signifies “ship from” and “ship to” data, a PDF417 2-D barcode, and several Code 39 barcodes.
For certain locations, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags are required as well, and they are used to track the location of the military packages, assist with inventory management, and provide content level detail. These labels are used for various classes of supply, including Class I, II, IIIP, IV, VI, VIII, and IX—which covers operational rations, clothing, individual equipment, oils, medical materials, and more. They are usually embedded into exterior container labels and on the pallet level of your package.
The Department of Defense (DOD) also requires that an Advanced Shipment Notice be sent to the WAWF with the RFID numbers of each case and pallet bearing RFID labels. They also maintain an up-to-date list of destinations that require RFID tags. Click here to learn more about RFID and supply chain logistics.
Military Movers in Maryland, Washington, DC, and Northern Virginia
Are you looking for military movers that can handle all of your military shipping needs? Platinum Moving can help. We’ve recently registered as a “Manufacturer and Exporter of Defense Articles and Services” with the U.S. Department of State, allowing us to ship military equipment in the Washington, DC area, nationally, and internationally. We understand how military shipping labels work and we’re authorized to use them to meet your needs.