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Interpretation Response #00-0185 ([Overnite Transportation Company] [Mr. Garry Howell])

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

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: Overnite Transportation Company

Individual Name: Mr. Garry Howell

Location State: SC Country: US

View the Interpretation Document

Response text:

August 3, 2000

Mr. Garry Howell                Ref No. 00-0185
Overnite Transportation Company
PO Box 246
Gaffney, SC 29342

Dear Mr. Howell:

This is in response to your letter dated June 29, 2000, regarding units of measurement required in a shipping paper entry under the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180).  Specifically, you ask if the quantity of a material listed on a shipping paper must include units of measurement, or if the units of measurement may appear at the top of a column as a heading.

Section 172.202(a)(5) requires that the total quantity, including the unit of measurement, of the hazardous material covered by the description to appear on the shipping paper.  Displaying the unit of measurement at the top of a column as a heading, rather than by each entry, is an acceptable method for compliance.  However, the unit of measurement listed at the top of a column must apply to every entry below it and must appear on every page of multi-page shipping papers.

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


Delmer F. Billings
Chief, Standards Development
Office of Hazardous Materials Standards


Regulation Sections

Section Subject
172.202 Description of hazardous material on shipping papers