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08/19/2014

How Small Is Too Small for Hazmat Markings?

In 2013, domestic and international regulatory agencies (DOT, IATA, and IMO) implemented regulations to standardize the size of markings on packages of hazmat. Standardization across national borders, modes of transportation, and industry sectors streamlines compliance, reduces confusion, and increases the safety, security, and efficiency of international hazmat transportation. During this process, the one element that...

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06/13/2014

IATA Issues Addendum II to 55th Edition DGR

On June 6, 2014, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) published the second addendum to its 55th Edition (2014) Dangerous Goods Regulations. Compliance with the 55th Edition DGR has been mandatory since January 1 of this year. Below is a summary of some of the revisions made in this Addendum...

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03/18/2014

Shipping Limited Quantity Domestic vs. International

When shipped by ground, air, or ocean, a number of common household items are regulated as hazmat by the US Department of Transportation. Because they are common and largely low-risk materials, many household cleaners, medicines, and cosmetics are afforded certain reliefs when packaged as a limited quantity. When packaged in certain ways, these items are also sometimes referred to as consumer commodities...

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02/26/2014

New Online Hazmat Training Courses for Operations Personnel

With hazmat shipments coming under more and more scrutiny and fines for shipping mistakes as high as $75,000 per day, per violation, it’s critical that every employee at your facility is prepared to meet his or her compliance responsibilities.  
For convenient, effective online training options to satisfy your team’s...

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12/31/2013

IATA Addendum I 55th Edition

On December 23, 2013, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) posted the first Addendum to the 55th edition of its Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR).  Compliance with the 55th edition DGR is mandatory as of January 1, 2014.  Below is a summary of some of the revision made in this Addendum...

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12/17/2013

Preparing Your Hazmat Shipments for 2014

As we approach year’s end, it is critical to look ahead and prepare for the many new hazmat shipping requirements that will become mandatory in 2014 and beyond. Don’t be caught off guard when these updated 49 CFR, IATA, and IMDG rules go into effect—prepare your operations to comply now. Shipping mistakes can lead to injury to personnel and costly shipping delays...

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05/22/2013

Shipping Combustible Liquids Internationally

Shipping hazmat internationally can be a challenge, especially when the U.S. DOT’s hazmat regulations differ from international standards like the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations or the IMO’s IMDG Code. “Combustible liquids,” for example, are regulated as hazardous in the United States but are considered non-hazardous under international shipping rules. Because of this discrepancy...

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11/20/2012

What’s New for the IATA DGR 54th Edition?

On January 1, 2013, the 54th Edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations goes into effect. The 54th Edition of the DGR incorporates changes to the 2013-2014 edition of the ICAO Technical Instructions and other amendments made by IATA. A summary of significant changes and new provisions follows...

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10/29/2012

ORM-D-AIR Classification to Be Phased Out

The U.S. Department of Transportation is phasing out the ORM-D classification. The last day to ship packages properly classified and marked as ORM-D-AIR is December 31, 2012. Starting January 1, 2013, no new ORM-D AIR packages may be offered for transportation. Instead, shippers have to use...

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07/17/2012

What's so Great About Excepted Quantities?

Q. What are Excepted Quantity shipments? How do I prepare small packages as excepted quantity shipments by ground and by air?
 
A. Did you know there is a way to avoid almost all of the hazardous material regulations, to ship hazmat with no special packaging, no hazard labels, and no special shipping papers? There’s only one catch...

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