Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Packaging
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The following topics of FAQs are provided as a hot line for packaging related questions.

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A complete list of discrepancy codes can be found in DLM 4000.25, Volume 2, Chapter 17, Appendix 7.28, Supply Discrepancy Report Relevant Data Elements.  Packaging and marking discrepancy codes will begin with a “P”.

If you have questions, contact your contract administrator via the Post Award Request (PAR) on DLA Internet Bid Board System (DIBBS) and they will direct to the packaging specialist of record for a response.

A Unit of Issue (UI) is the unit by which a material is issued. The number of UIs bound or packaged in a unit pack is the Quantity per Unit Pack (QUP). A unit pack is the first tie, wrap, or container of an item.

The technical and quality requirements found in contracts are posted on the DLA Internet Bid Board System (DIBBS). Click on the link titled DLA Master List of Technical and Quality Requirements that was valid at the time contract was issued.

The technical and quality requirements found in contracts are posted on the DLA Internet Bid Board System (DIBBS).  Click on the link titled DLA Master List of Technical and Quality Requirements that was valid at the time contract was issued.
In addition, visit the DoD Hazardous Materials Packaging and Transportation Community of Practice.

All QUP change requests are routed to the Packaging Specialist (PKGS) of record for review.  The PKGS will determine if the request meets DLA and DOD requirements and either approve or deny the request.  No other personnel are authorized to change the QUP.

ASTM D3951 sets a standard and has specific requirements.  There is no set standard for vendor commercial packaging/best commercial packaging.  ASTM D3951 is DOD approved standard for commercial packaging.

Submit a Post Award Request (PAR) to the Contracting Officer to request the supplemental information for the “Z” packaging code.

MIL-STD-129R outlines the label and barcode requirements for material being shipped into the DOD supply chain. MIL-STD-129 provides illustrations and detailed requirements for the marking and labeling of packaging.

The Special Packaging Instructions (SPI) are identified as an engineering drawing located in cFolders technical documents. The SPI may have a different drawing number than the SPI number identified in the packaging requirements section. After thoroughly reviewing the technical documents in cFolders, if the SPI cannot be found, please submit a Post Award Request (PAR) to the Contracting Officer to inform them the SPI is not available.

DLA ASSIST Quick Search contains Military standards and specifications in PDF form ready for download free of charge. Industry specifications can be obtained through their respective organization.

DLA/DOD personnel will submit a DD Form 1359 request to the identified UI Coordinator.  Vendor requests should be submitted using the Post Award Request (PAR) request link on DLA Internet Bid Board System (DIBBS).  Once submitted, the request will be routed to the UI coordinator for the specified supply chain. It is important to note that a UI change request takes some time for review and, if approved, will not become effective for 90 days after final approval.  UI change requests require approval from the packaging specialist and product specialist, finance, and the UI coordinator.  The UI coordinator may reach out to the administrators of existing long term contracts to determine if those LTCs would be adversely affected.

Submit a Post Award Request (PAR) to the Contracting Officer for clarification.

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E-mail us at dla_pkg_sr@dla.mil for questions or additional interest in DLA Packaging.