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December 18, 2012
Reminder: Time's up for shipping paper transition

As of January 1, 2013, shippers of hazardous materials must conform to the required order of basic DOT information on shipping papers. That order is:

  • The UN identification number of the material as shown in Column 4 of the Hazardous Materials Table (49 CFR 172.101);
  • The proper shipping name found in Column 2 of the table;
  • The hazard class or division number prescribed for the material, as shown in Column 3 of the table table;
  • The packing group in Roman numerals, as shown in Column 5 of the table.

PHMSA changed the order in 2006 to align with international standards. The 2006 final rule allowed for a transition period for using the shipping description sequences until January 1, 2013.

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