DOT Basic Descriptions: Shipping Papers vs. Marks and Labels
- Proper Shipping Name,
- Identification number, and
- Either the consignee’s or consignor’s name and address, i.e., the “to” or “from” address.
- Durably placed on the surface of the package,
- Printed in English,
- Displayed on a contrasting background,
- Un-obscured by labels or attachments, and
- Located away from other markings (such as advertising) that could substantially reduce their effectiveness.
- 6 mm (0.24 in.) wide and 100 mm (3.9 in.) high for rail cars,
- 4 mm (0.16 in.) wide and 25 mm (1 in.) high for IBCs and portable tanks, and
- 6 mm (0.24 in.) wide and 50 mm (2.0 in.) high for cargo tanks and other bulk packagings.
- Packages with a maximum capacity of 5 L (1.3 gal.), or 5 kg (11 lbs.) or less “…must be marked in a size appropriate for the size for the package.”
- Packages with a maximum capacity of 30 L (8 gal.) or less, or 40 kg (66 lbs.) maximum gross weight, or cylinders with a water capacity of 60 L (16 gal.) or less must be marked with characters at least 6 mm (0.24 in.) high.
- Larger packages must be marked in characters at least 12 mm (0.47 in.) high.
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