ASTM-D3951 › Standard Practice for Commercial Packaging
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1.1 This practice establishes minimum requirements for packaging of supplies and equipment, exclusive of ammunition, explosives, or hazardous materials, as covered in Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
1.2 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.
1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
1.4 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.
This practice covers the requirements for the commercial preservation, packaging, packing (exterior container), unitization, and marking for supplies and equipment.
FYI: ASTM D3951 is applicable to Department of Defense shipments for:
1) Items intended for immediate use,
2) Items for not-mission-capable supply,
3) Items intended for depot operational consumption,
4) Small parcel shipments (CONUS), not-for-stock, and
5) Direct vendor deliveries (CONUS ONLY).
All other Department of Defense shipments should use MIL-STD-2073–1.
Significance and Use
4.1 This practice covers the requirements for the commercial preservation, packaging, packing (exterior container), unitization, and marking for supplies and equipment. It provides for multiple handling and shipment by any mode, and storage periods of a minimum of one year in enclosed facilities without degradation or damage to the product within the container. It also provides for package quantities suitable for redistribution without additional repackaging or marking. Planned storage that exceeds one year requires more than minimum requirements for physical and mechanical protection.
4.2 This practice is applicable to Department of Defense shipments for:
4.2.1 Items intended for immediate use;
4.2.2 Items for not-mission-capable supply;
4.2.3 Items intended for depot operational consumption;
4.2.4 Small parcel shipments (CONUS), not-for-stock; and
4.2.5 Direct vendor deliveries (CONUS ONLY).
4.3 All other Department of Defense shipments shall be in accordance with MIL-STD-2073–1.
commercial packaging; intermediate; packaging; preservation; unit package;; ICS Number Code 55.020 (Packaging and distibution of goods in general)
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