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Interpretation Response #07-0188 ([Sun Chemical Corporation] [Ms. Amy Fishchesser])

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

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: Sun Chemical Corporation

Individual Name: Ms. Amy Fishchesser

Location State: OH Country: US

View the Interpretation Document

Response text:

Nov 5, 2007

Ms. Amy Fishchesser

Sun Chemical Corporation

5020 Spring Grove Avenue

Cincinnati, OH 45232

Ref. No. 07-0188

Dear Ms. Fishchesser:

This responds to your September 26, 2007 letter requesting clarification of the shipping paper requirements under the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180).  Specifically, you ask whether the following abbreviations are acceptable for compliance with the requirement to list the type of package(s) on a shipping paper:

Package Type Abbreviation
Drum DR
Pail PL

Section 172.202(a)(7) requires the number and type of packages to be indicated on a shipping paper.  That section permits the use of abbreviations to indicate package type provided the abbreviations are commonly accepted and recognizable.  It is the opinion of this office that the package type abbreviations that you provided in your letter are both commonly accepted and recognizable and are acceptable for describing the type of package(s) on a shipping paper.

I hope this information is helpful.  Please contact us if you require additional assistance.


John A. Gale

Chief, Standards Development

Office of Hazardous Materials Standards


Regulation Sections

Section Subject
172.202 Description of hazardous material on shipping papers