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Shipping lithium batteries by mail: 3 things you must know

Shipping lithium batteries by mail: 3 things you must know

If you’re in the hazmat business, you’re no stranger to Publication 52 from the United States Postal Service. Affectionately referred to as “Pub 52,” this public document (a.k.a. “Hazardous, Restricted, and Perishable Mail“) outlines the do’s and don’ts for the safe transport of Dangerous Goods via the U.S. mail. One of the thorniest topics in

DG Digest: USPS to require triple packaging for most liquids

The St. Patrick’s Day holiday found regulatory activity at moderate pace.  Perhaps the biggest news?  The US Post Office released its long awaited updated to the rules for shipping liquids in the mail.  See that, and all the latest news, right here: PHMSA The agency published three sets of special permit actions.  As is typically

DG Digest: PHMSA Issues Pair of ICRs, USPS to Hold Webinar on LiBat Shipping, and BNSF Seeks O.K. to Use Drones

This morning’s blog finds our nation reeling from yet another senseless and horrific act of gun violence.  As we mourn the most recent wave of victims, let us all hope that someday, peace and reason and hope will replace fear and ignorance and anger as the way that all of us choose to relate to

DG Digest: IATA Previews Changes to the 59th DGR and USPS Updates Pub 52 Lithium Battery Requirements

Summer continues to drift towards its end, with many school districts across our country either back in session last week, or heading back this week—let’s be sure we all do our part to keep both eyes open for our nation’s children as they once again appear on our streets and sidewalks during the morning rush. 

DG Digest: PHMSA Seeks Input for U.N. Geneva Meeting and USPS Revises Lithium Battery Rules

The end of July finds the Federal Register having roared back to life after a period of relative quiet; most of the action revolves around information requests versus rulemaking, but still, given how slow things have been in the US regulatory world, the activity is significant.  See all the action below. PHMSA The nation’s DG

DG Digest: PHMSA addresses ICAO and IMDG Code issues surrounding regulatory freeze

February wraps up with the “regulatory freeze” still in effect in the United States. As such, new US regulatory activity remains low.  Rumors continue to swirl regarding imminent release of the USDOT/PHMSA HM-215N UN Harmonization; however, as of press time Monday morning it has not appeared and it is not presently on the schedule for

Lithium Battery Regulations: Are Retailers Getting Their Shipments Together?

On Friday, August 7, 2015, the US Department of Transportation’s new lithium battery shipping rules went into effect. In the weeks since, retailers have handled the challenges of the new regulations as best they can. Many are still scrambling, as they adapt their shipping operations to rules that never applied to their business before. The

US Postal Service Changes Certain DMM Hazardous Materials Regulations to Harmonize with USDOT Rules

Shippers of hazardous materials who ship products using the US Postal Service (USPS) may be pleased with a new ruling from that agency.  In a response letter dated 31 January 2014 and addressed to the Council On Safe Transportation of Hazardous Articles (COSTHA) in reference to a September 2013 inquiry made by that body, USPS

US Postal Service Prohibits International Shipments of Lithium Batteries

Effective yesterday, the United States Postal Service (USPS) amended its mailing standards, the Domestic Mail Manual (DMM), to incorporate provisions prohibiting the outbound international mailing of lithium batteries and devices containing lithium batteries. The move brings the USPS international mailing standards in line with recent actions by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the

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