$180K in FAA Fines for 3 Hazmat Air Shippers

Posted on 8/5/2015 by Roger Marks

On August 4, an FAA press release announced that three shippers were fined a combined $180,000 for shipping hazmat out of compliance with the US DOT’s Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR).

FAA alleges that, in each case, the hazmat was “undeclared”—meaning it was shipped without following the HMR rules for classifying, naming, marking, labeling, documenting, and providing emergency response information for hazmat shipments.

Two $63K Fines for Flammable Paint

The press release states that in October 2014, a major paint company shipped ten cans of flammable paint—a Class 3 hazardous material—onboard a FedEx flight. FAA issued a $63,000 fine for the hazmat shipping violation.

In a second alleged hazmat violation, a fluids and environmental services provider for the oil and gas industry shipped 17-ounce cans of spray paint in checked baggage. Again, FAA issued a $63,000 fine for violating the HMR.

In mid-August, representatives of both companies will meet with FAA to discuss the alleged violations.

Fine for FAA hazmat shipping violation

$54K Fine for Flammable and Corrosive Materials

A Texas chemical company allegedly shipped six bottles of hazmat—five bottles of flammable liquids (Class 3 hazmat) and one of corrosive material (Class 8 hazmat)—aboard a FedEx flight from Midland, TX to Irving, TX. For this hazmat shipping mistake, FAA levied a $54,000 fine.

IATA Hazmat Air Training

To ship hazmat (aka dangerous goods) by air, shippers must know the International Air Transport Association (IATA) rules that apply in addition to the US DOT rules. The rules for hazmat -by-air are often more stringent than the ground rules, and function-specific training is required for any transport mode used to ship hazmat. Learn more about IATA dangerous goods shipper training here.

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