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Interpretation Response #00-0023 ([Cosco North America, Inc.] [John E. La Gorce])

Below is the interpretation response detail and a list of regulations sections applicable to this response.

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: Cosco North America, Inc.

Individual Name: John E. La Gorce

Location State: NJ Country: US

View the Interpretation Document

Response text:

April 5, 2000

John E. La Gorce                 Ref.  No. 00-0023
Manager, Hazardous Materials
Cosco North America, Inc.
100 Lighting Way
Secaucus, NJ 07094

Dear Mr. La Gorce:

This is in response to your letter dated January 19, 2000, regarding the practice of consolidators offering shipments of hazardous materials from several shippers under the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180).  Specifically, you ask if a cargo consolidator is required to create a new shipping paper that consolidates the individual consignments or if  he/she is allowed to offer the shipment with the shipping papers that were prepared by the original offerors.

The HMR do not require that a cargo consolidator create new shipping papers.  If the individual shipping paper documents are still active (i.e., the shipment has not reached its intended destination as shown on the shipping papers) they are still acceptable.  However, if the cargo consolidator elects to create new shipping papers they may rely on the previous certification when recertifying the shipment unless objective factors are present to cause the cargo consolidator to believe that the condition of the shipment have changed since offered by the original shipper (e.g., damage to the packages during transit, broken seal, etc.).

 I hope this information is helpful.  If you have further  questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thomas G. Allan
Senior Transportation Regulations Specialist
Office of Hazardous Materials Standards


Regulation Sections

Section Subject
172.204 Shipper's certification