Transport labels STILL and STE
The transport sector has agreed to use the international standard for transport labels, the Standard International Logistic Label – STILL. The label has been developed by GS1 in cooperation with international transport companies and their customers. STILL is a variant of the GS1 Logistics Label.
The Swedish transport label, STE, has been used for many years in Scandinavia. STILL corresponds to STE which means that STE can be used for both domestic and international transports.
The transport label consists of three sections
- The upper section contains address information, i.e. from whom and to whom the unit is being sent.
- The middle section contains the barcoded information in plain text.
- The lower section contains the barcoded information.
The figure below gives an example of a transport label.
Example of a transport label.
Address information and transport instructions
The upper section of the transport label must contain the addresses of the sender and recipient of the logistic unit in plain text. Transport instructions, information for the haulier and, if required, information to the end customer can be included here.
Plain text information
The barcode on the label can sometimes become unreadable. The information in the barcode must therefore always be printed in plain text, too. The middle section of the label is reserved for this plain text information.
Standard descriptions (Data Titles) are used in the middle section of the label to show what information is printed in plain text. Examples of Data Titles are “SSCC” or “BATCH/LOT”.
The lower section of the label contains the barcoded information. The GS1‑128 barcode symbology shall be used on the label.
The barcode shall always include the logistic unit’s SSCC. When a transport label is used together with a pallet label and/or a store and customer label, the SSCC must be the same on each label or only printed on one of them.
GS1‑128 includes Application Identifiers (AI). These describe what type of information is in the barcode. An application identifier consists of two to four digits and is printed in parentheses below the barcode together with information it describes. For example, the application identifier for SSCC is “00”.