Understanding the Military Shipment Label (MSL) will help ensure that shipments are received accurately so that the contractor can get paid. The purpose of the MSL, as specified by Mil-Std-129R is to identify shipments to the DOD in a unique and immediately recognizable way.
While it may accompany small parcel labels, such as those for UPS or FedEx, it includes important address and contract information not found on commercial shipping labels. The MSL label is designed to improve efficiency and accuracy of the DOD’s transportation system, which ultimately improves efficiency in the payment process to suppliers.
The Military Shipment Label is used in addition to the Exterior Container and Unit Container labels required by Mil-Std-129R. The container labels identify the container contents, including details such as IUID or serial number, lot number, etc. The MSL provides for transportation to Ship-To or Ultimate Consignee, but may be separated from the items after that point.
For more information, read (What Is the) Military Shipment Label?