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What Hazmat Material Packaging Requirements Should I Know?

If you plan on shipping any kind of hazardous chemical or other material, there are some hazmat material packaging requirements you’ll need to be aware of. Failure to follow these regulations from the Department of Transportation (DOT) and International Air Transport Association (IATA) can result in issues with timely package delivery or even hefty fines. This guide from LPS Industries reviews some important hazmat material packaging requirements you should know.


1. Shippers Are Responsible for Package Integrity and Safety

You, the shipper, are responsible for package integrity and safety – the carrier such as UPS or FedEx does not hold responsibility. You must do everything in accordance with DOT and ITA requirements and meet ISTA (International Safe Transit Association) Procedure 3A test protocol requirements.


Specification packaging may be required for some types of hazardous materials. This is a package that includes markings that certify that all regulatory requirements have been met when packaging the material. Typically, these must have both inner packaging, a primary container for the hazardous material, as well as strong outer packaging, an exterior layer that helps protect the inner container from damage during transit.


2. Performance-Oriented Combination Packages are Ideal for Hazmat Shipping

We highly recommend the use of certified Performance-Oriented Combination Packages when shipping with FedEx and UPS. Specialized manufacturers design these packs around a primary container that holds the hazardous material. This type of packaging uses a strong outer layer of packaging as well as an inner layer of packaging that cushions and stabilizes the primary container. They meet all applicable hazardous packaging requirements, making it easy for you to ship hazardous materials.


3. General Guidelines for Shipping Hazmat Materials

These general guidelines typically apply for shipping any kind of hazmat material and are useful to know:


  • New Packaging – New packaging is always required for regulated items. Used or reused packaging is not allowed.

  • No Mixing – Regulated items of different hazard divisions or classes cannot be mixed in the same outside container, unless specifically permitted by applicable regulations.

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