It’s been a busy summer for our A.I.R. ShipperTM authoring team. Rolling in the large number of changes developed by ICAO, the UN and the IAEA was a challenge made more difficult with very late changes for lithium metal batteries. In case you hadn’t heard, these will be banned aboard passenger aircraft per the ICAO Technical Instructions effective January 1st, 2015; this in addition to their already-forbidden status under the US 49 CFR HMR aboard passenger aircraft flying to, from, and through the United States. Continue reading
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Tagged Air Shipments, Air Transport, Compliance, FAA, Hazardous Materials Regulations, Hazmat/Dangerous Goods, ICAO, Lithium Batteries, Shipping, Transport, United Nations
In an action published in today’s Federal Register, the US Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced the retention of a “neutral convener” to explore with stakeholders the potential of entering into a negotiated rulemaking process regarding the upgrading of licensing requirements for holders of Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). Comments on this action are due no later than September 18th, 2014. Continue reading
Security information collection requirements for the rail shipment of hazardous materials is up for comment under a notice published in the Federal Register. A train of tank cars carrying such cargo passes through Deerfield, Illinois on August 16th, 2014. (©2014 by Paul Burgess, used with permission)
The Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today issued an extension of the comment period referencing an already approved and in-force Information Collection requirement affecting rail carriers and shippers by rail of certain hazardous materials. Passenger carrying rail operations are also affected. Under Docket TSA-2006-26514, the TSA extended for sixty days (until October 17th) the comment period on the requested renewal of the Information Collection requirement which among other things mandates that railroad and shipper “Security Coordinators” report to the Federal Government: Continue reading
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s new final ruling on the safe transport of lithium batteries was published today in the Federal Register. The adopted amendments in the final rule pertain to 49 CFR, Parts 171, 172, 173, and 175. Read the full text here. Continue reading
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Tagged Air Shipments, Air Transport, Compliance, DOT, Hazmat/Dangerous Goods, ICAO, IMDG Code, IMO, Lithium Batteries, PHMSA, Regulations, Transport
Today via the U.S. DOT PHMSA website, the agency announced the forthcoming issuance of a Final Rule regarding new regulatory requirements pertaining to the safe transport of lithium batteries. Specifically, the new ruling revises hazard communication and packaging provisions for lithium batteries and harmonizes the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) with applicable provisions of the United Nations (UN) Model Regulations, the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air (ICAO Technical Instructions) and the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code. The effective date, whereby compliance with the provisions of the Final Rule becomes mandatory, will start six months from the date the rule was published in the Federal Register.
Labelmaster will provide a full analysis of the final rule amendments following the official publication in the Federal Register. Formal publication should occur within the next 5-10 days.
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