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Interpretation Response #01-0035 ([Polar Air Cargo] [Mr. Paul J. Zinza])

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

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: Polar Air Cargo

Individual Name: Mr. Paul J. Zinza

Location State: CA Country: US

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Response text:

MAY 4, 2001


Mr. Paul J. Zinza                       Ref. No. 01-0035

Manager/Instructor Dangerous Goods
Polar Air Cargo
100 Oceangate, 15th Floor
Long Beach, CA 90802

Dear Mr. Zinza:

This responds to your letter regarding the emergency response telephone number requirements under the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 'CFR Parts 171-180) and the ICAO Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods By Air. Specifically, you ask whether the emergency response telephone number may be in the form of a toll-free (e.g., "800H) number. You state that U.S. toll-free telephone numbers are inaccessible from outside the United States.

As specified in § 172.604(a), a person offering a hazardous material for transportation must provide an emergency response telephone number for use in the event of an emergency involving the hazardous material. State Variation US12 in the ICAO Technical Instructions requires that for shipments to, from, within, or transiting the U.S., emergency response information including an emergency telephone number must be provided. The emergency response telephone number must include all necessary area Godes needed to complete the call from within the u.s.

The use of a U.S. toll-free emergency response telephone number would satisfy these requirements. When dialed from outside the U.S., a U.s. toll-free telephone number may be accessed by contacting any U.s. operator. The procedures used to contact a U.S. operator may vary by country and calling charges may apply.

I trust this satisfies your inquiry. Please contact us if we can be of further assistance.



Edward T. Mazzullo
Director, Office of Hazardous Materials Standards


Regulation Sections

Section Subject
172.604 Emergency response telephone number