MHI Announces the Withdrawal of Two MH10 American National Standards

Monday, June 18, 2018

MHI and its MH10 committee for Unit Loads and Transport Packages announces the withdrawal of two American National Standards in order to encourage adoption of equivalent ISO standards. The original MH10 standards served as the basis for the guidance and development of the recently approved ISO international standards.

The MH10 committee serves as the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for ISO Technical Committee (TC) 122, Packaging, and has advised that the international standards include guidance for American national standards, which means that the equivalent national standards are no longer required.

The withdrawn national standards are:

  • ANSI MH10.8.1-2005, Automatic Identification and Data Capture Techniques Used in Shipping, Receiving, and Transport Applications, which can be replaced by ISO 15394:2017, Packaging – Bar code and two-dimensional symbols for shipping, transport and receiving labels.
  • ANSI MH10.8.7-2005, Labeling and Direct Product Marking with Linear Bar Code and Two-Dimensional Symbols, which can be replaced by ISO 28219:2017, Packaging -- Labelling and direct product marking with linear bar code and two-dimensional symbols.

“The publication of the ISO international standards and the withdrawal of the ANSI national standards aligns with a strategy of the MH10 committee to utilize the guidance from American national standards in international standards so that the practices in the standards can be globally adopted,” said Patrick Davison, Director of Standards at MHI. “The MH10 working group did a great job in promoting the United States’ position during the development of the ISO standards.”

Entities still using ANSI MH10.8.1 or ANSI MH10.8.7 are encouraged to utilize the equivalent ISO standards, which are available at the ISO Store at:

For more information on the adoption of the international standards, or the activities or membership opportunities of the MH10 committee, contact Patrick Davison at 704-676-1190 or

About the MH10 Committee
MHI serves as the secretariat for the accredited standards developing committee MH10: Unit-Loads and Transport-Packages. The scope of the committee effort is to facilitate freight movement within transportation and distribution systems by providing standards for transport-packages and unit-loads, including their dimensions, definitions, terminology, coding, labeling, and performance criteria; and to represent the United States' interests within the scope of ISO/TC 122 - Packaging.

About MHI
MHI offers education, networking and solution sourcing for members, their customers and the industry as a whole through programming and events. The association sponsors trade events, such as ProMat and MODEX, to showcase the products and services of its member companies and to educate manufacturing and supply chain professionals on the productivity solutions provided through material handling and logistics. MHI is an ANSI accredited standards developer and is the U.S. TAG secretariat for ISO TC 122, Packaging; TC 51, Pallets for unit load method of materials handling; and TC 104, Shipping containers.