Packaging Guides: outer packages and inner packages

There are two types of packaging – outer packages and inner packages. Inner packaging will utilize container labels while outer packages will utilize master labels. An outer package is any container that contains multiple packages of single materials. Inner packages are the smallest shippable packaged units of a material. Examples are pallets (outer packages) of boxes (inner container), bins (outer packages) of bags (inner packages), etc.


Figure1 Group of packages with container labels and a single package labeled only with container labels. Pallet is not ready for shipment.

Two (2) labels should be attached to either inner or outer packages on adjacent sides or opposite sides depending on packaging. Additional label type may be required for Mixed loaded material.

These are described below: Mixed Load label format can be used for identification of materials of differing part numbers loaded within the confines of the same container or pallet. These can be of the same or differing quantities. On smaller packaging where the lid of the container covers the complete lower portion of the container, it will also be necessary to apply an additional label to the inner end of the container so that the material can still be identified when the lid is discarded.

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Figure 2 Pallet with master labels attached on shrink wrap, ready for shipment. Notice the multiple container labels on each individual inner package.

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