USA Banner

Official US Government Icon

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure Site Icon

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

U.S. Department of Transportation U.S. Department of Transportation Icon United States Department of Transportation United States Department of Transportation

Interpretation Response #04-0207 ([Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.] [Ms. Genette Fields-Smith])

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

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

Individual Name: Ms. Genette Fields-Smith

Location State: PA Country: US

View the Interpretation Document

Response text:

Sep 27, 2004


Ms. Genette Fields-Smith                 Reference No. 04-0207
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
7201 Hamilton Boulevard
Allentown, PA 18195 -1501

Dear Ms. Fields-Smith:

This is in response to your September 3, 2004 letter requesting clarification of the shipping paper requirements contained in § 172.201 and 177.817(e) of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180).  Specifically, you ask if you may use on-board vehicle computing devices to maintain electronic versions of shipping papers, in place of hard copies of shipping papers, while in transit.

The answer is no. Electronic versions of the shipping papers, including those in devices that allow viewing on a computer screen or printing of a paper copy, are not acceptable as shipping papers while in transportation. When in transportation, a shipping paper must be legible and printed (manually or mechanically) in English (§ 172.201 (a) (2)).

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



Hattie L. Mitchell
Chief, Regulatory Review and Reinvention
Office of Hazardous Materials Standards

172.201, 177.817(e)(2)

Regulation Sections

Section Subject
172.201 Preparation and retention of shipping papers
177.817 Shipping papers