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Military Shipping Labels Explained: What Is MIL-STD-129R?

Transporting products to military destinations requires an intricate understanding of various standards and regulations. Among these is MIL-STD-129R, a military shipping label standard.

Established by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), MIL-STD-129R is a mandatory standard for the marking of all military property. It outlines the minimum requirements for labels and markings for military shipments, ensuring that every package can be accurately tracked and identified. The standard includes everything from the size and placement of labels to the type of barcode that should be used.

Understanding the Label

The MIL-STD-129R label consists of multiple components. Key elements include the Contract and Order Number, Stock Number, and National Stock Number (NSN), each offering unique item identification. The label also features a Military Shipment Label (MSL) and two-dimensional PDF417 barcodes for encoded shipping data, alongside a unique serial number for identification even beyond the original packaging.

The Implications of MIL-STD-129R

The correct implementation of MIL-STD-129R holds enormous implications for military supply chains. It ensures that military property is identifiable, traceable, and secure, reducing the risk of loss or misplacement. Moreover, it facilitates efficient and effective logistics, as each item’s exact location can be determined at any given time. For Export Corporation, adherence to MIL-STD-129R is not merely about regulatory compliance; it’s about contributing to the safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of our military’s operations.

Changes & Updates

The MIL-STD-129R standard continually evolves to keep pace with the dynamic nature of military operations and technological advancements The most recent update, for instance, integrated the use of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) and PDF417 barcodes for enhanced tracking capabilities. This means that companies must remain abreast of new information and constantly adapt their processes and procedures to stay in line with these updates. 

Learn More From Export Corporation

Export Corporation is an ISO-certified and SAM-registered industrial packaging company. We’ve been providing military packaging services since our founding in the mid-1940s. If you have questions about MIL-STD-129R or need help designing military packaging, contact us today to schedule a consultation.