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Primary Container

A unit/primary container is considered anything which directly protects, conceals, and identifies a product for final handling and distribution.

Individual container selection should be made on the basis of part protection, package integrity, and optimum cube utilization. Suppliers also must ensure that parts and packages of all shipments are received in an acceptable (damage free) condition. Parts should also be efficiently and economically packaged for the method of transportation and type of handling planned for the final destination. The recommended unit package is specified on the Chrysler Mopar Packaging Specifications. If the chosen package is not a Chrysler approved container, Package Engineering requires that the supplier provide a sample package for approval prior to the first shipment. This submission will help assure that your packaging will be acceptable and that there will not be any delay in the movement of products.

All containers must be in compliance with one of the following requirements: 1. Received in a plain/kraft carton, provided an original Mopar label is used. 2. Received in a Mopar approved graphic container, with either a plain white label or appropriate Mopar label. Label information may be imprinted on the package The Package Engineering standards, A-01 and A-07 identifies all necessary graphics. Placement, size, type, style, and other general information pertaining to corrugated container and polybag graphics can be referenced: polybag (P-16) folding carton (A-02) Corrugated container (P-02).
Please note: Vendor logos, artwork, addresses, etc. on any container are not acceptable.
All products which require Mopar Merchandising Container Artwork must adhere to the Package Engineering Standard, A-02 Special artwork requirements are initiated through the Mopar Marketing Department and/or Package Engineering Department. The supplier/contractor must obtain written approval for the final Mopar container artwork from Marketing, Package Engineering, and other applicable departments.

All products sent to Mopar must be in compliance with the Package Engineering standard I-20 This standard describes content, label format, label size, graphics, types, and general label information.

  • Definition - Interior support or protection for the commodity packaged. Dunnage is considered anything used internally in a primary, secondary or bulk shipping container which improves the protection of a product.
  • Selection - All material used must have a minimum burst strength and wall thickness to adequately protect and withstand the distribution cycle from the point of manufacture through the final distribution location without failure. Following is a list of approved Mopar dunnage and its protective properties:
  • Polybag - used to contain oily parts to prevent carton soakage or used to eliminate part abrasion to Class "A" surface parts. Polybags must be heat sealed or tied in a manner to contain the part during distribution.
  • VCI paper - used as a rust inhibitor which draws moisture away from metal parts. Multiple formulations of VCI are available - minimum requirements for unit package dunnage is 1.5g/sqft VCI chemical content.
  • Bubble Wrap - used for its cushioning properties and helps eliminate part abrasions. Recommended size is 3/8" or 1/2" bubble.
  • Foam - used for its cushioning properties to suspend and protect fragile parts inside a container. Foam caps may also be recommended for parts requiring special protection.
  • Pad Pak - used for its cushioning properties, absorbs excess oil, and helps eliminate part abrasions.
  • Corrugated Die Cut Insert - used to isolate and/or suspend parts inside a unit container.
  • Chipboard Filler - used to protect and provide rigidity for fragile parts.
Master/Secondary Container

Definition - A master/secondary container is considered anything which protects and conceals multiple quantities of primary packages. Items requiring secondary packaging are generally items too small for normal shipping containers. Selection - A Master pack is required when it will prove beneficial in the handling and transportation of products. The master pack container specification must be submitted to Package Engineering. The same standard carton and pack quantity must be used for all shipments of that part. Recommended master packs include the following approved Mopar containers: KC103505 -21.125"x 9.875"x 9.125" (ID) 200# C-Flute. KC033550 - 10.375"x 9.875"x 9.125" (ID) 200# C-Flute. KC104544 - 10.375"x 9.875"x 4.313" (ID) 200# C-Flute.
The overall weight of the master pack must not exceed 30lbs.  All deviations must be reviewed and approved by Mopar Package Engineering prior to shipment.  If approved, the supplier MUST use a "Heavy Part" label to identify the load.  Please reference the "Labeling" section for more information.
Identification of Master Pack
When using a master pack, it is necessary to use a green triangle label on the outside of the container as stated in the I-20 Standard . This informs the user that the package contains multiple pieces.
If the master pack has a deviation to ship with a weight exceeding 30lbs, the supplier MUST use a "Heavy Part" label to identify the load.  Please reference the "Labeling" section for more information.
Shipping Container

For unit containers that cannot be stabilized on a pallet with banding, a standard size shipping container must be used to protect the parts through the distribution process. Shipping containers should be chosen in relationship to the container dimensions. Please refer to Mopar's P.O. Clause 90 for further details regarding load requirement, and standardized pallet foot prints.

  • Definition - Closures are considered anything used to fasten, seal or reinforce a primary or secondary container for the purpose of maintaining a closed position.
  • Selection -
  • Heat/Pressure Application - used to seal or close a polybag or polytubing. Glue Material capable of adhering one surface to another for the purpose of forming a manufacturing joint or closing a container.
  • Tape - A strip of plastic, paper, or cloth sometimes having a filler or reinforcement, coated on one side with an adhesive. It is used to form the joint on a fibre box or close and/or reinforce a container.
  • Banding/Strapping Application - used to close or reinforce a container. Generally, banding or strapping is used on heavier items or when staples/stitches may cause damages to Class "A" surfaces.
  • Staples - metal fasteners to form the joint of a fiber boxes or to close a container are only acceptable for non-Class “A” surface parts
J. Requirements

  • Polybags used as a primary container must be heat sealed with a 2-mil minimum bag thickness.
  • Stapling and/or unsealed bags are not acceptable and will be viewed as a non-conformance.
  • Corrugated cartons less than 10 lbs. in weight may be sealed with clear tape or glued closed.
  • Corrugated cartons greater than 10 lbs. but less than 70 lbs. in weight may be sealed using stitches, staples or reinforced tape. Sufficient amounts of material must be used to adequately prevent the part from falling out of its container.
  • Staples or stitches are not to be used when parts have a Class "A" surface.
  • Nonmetallic banding materials are to be used for items greater than 70 lbs.
  • Metal bands cannot be used unless prior written approval is obtained from the Mopar Package Engineering Department. Engines, transmissions, axles, and bare metals are excluded from the nonmetallic banding restrictions.
  • Cartons with one panel greater than 42" in length, width, or depth are considered oversized. 
  • Access holes are required for all containers greater than 35" to promote proper handling of large parts during the distribution cycle. Access holes must be a minimum of 2 inches from all edges of the container. Access holes should be centered left to right on side panels and top justified, where applicable. Location of the access holes must not hinder the protection of the part(s). Access holes should be cut on the bottom perimeter and scored on the top hinge to allow easy access. Any deviations from this requirement for oversized cartons must have written approval from the Package Engineering Department prior to the first shipment.