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10/22/2020

ORM-D Phase-out Ends Dec. 31, 2020

The last day to use the ORM-D classification for hazmat consumer commodities shipped by highway is December 31, 2020.

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09/08/2020

New Hazmat Special Permit Allows Smaller Limited Quantity Marking

A new hazmat special permit allows for the use of a limited quantity marking as small as 25 mm on each side when shipping hazmat limited quantities by highway, rail, or vessel in the US.

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05/08/2020

Small Quantities, Big Differences

The reliefs and requirements for shipping hazardous materials/DG in limited quantities vary greatly from one mode of transportation to another. Here we break down what's required if you ship limited quantities by ground (49 CFR), air (IATA DGR), or vessel (IMDG Code). 

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05/20/2019

USPS Raises Penalties for Hazmat Postal Violations

The US Postal Service raised its civil penalties for violations of mailability and consumer protection provisions, including violations for shippers of hazardous materials by post.

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01/28/2019

Amazon to Add Dangerous Goods Fees for Sellers

Amazon has introduced new fees related to dangerous goods shipped using the Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) program, which apply to flammable or pressurized aerosols and items containing lithium ion batteries.

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11/09/2018

PHMSA Updates and Amends Hazardous Materials Regulations

US DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published a Final Rule on November 7, 2018 to update, clarify, streamline, and provide new relief from certain hazmat rules.   

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02/04/2016

New Hazmat Limited Quantity Exception Effective Feb. 22

In January, US DOT gave hazmat shippers more flexibility by incorporating 96 hazmat special permits into the text of the Hazardous Materials Regualtions (HMR). In doing so, it allowed all hazmat shippers to capitalize on exceptions and reliefs previously reserved for those approved to use these special permits. 

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09/15/2015

Shipping Hazmat Limited Quantities by Ground, Air, and Vessel

When shipped by ground, air, or vessel, small quantities of hazardous materials (or dangerous goods)—referred to as "limited quantities"—are granted relief from certain hazmat shipping requirements.

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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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06/18/2013

Labeling Small Limited Quantity Shipments

Over the next few years, the Department of Transportation is phasing out the old ORM-D classification for consumer commodities and replacing it with an expanded universe of limited quantity authorizations. In most cases, the only difference for the end-user will be...

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