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Interpretation Response #08-0080 ([Idaho State Police] [Mr. Thomas R. Wright])

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

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: Idaho State Police

Individual Name: Mr. Thomas R. Wright

Location State: ID Country: US

View the Interpretation Document

Response text:

September 17, 2008

Mr. Thomas R. Wright

Idaho State Police

5205 So. 5th Street

Pocatello, Idaho 83201

Ref. No.: 08-0080

Dear Mr. Wright:

This responds to your email regarding shipping paper requirements under the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180).

According to your email, the Chevron Pipe Line Company prepares shipping papers for truck drivers who are hauling gasoline and diesel fuel for several companies. You describe a situation in which a driver of a cargo tank motor vehicle consisting of two separate cargo tanks, one of which is compartmented, picks up three loads described on three separate shipping papers, as follows:

Load 1: 8,200 gallons of gasoline to be shipped to Chevron gas stations. The driver loads 5,000 gallons in the first cargo tank and 3,200 gallons in a compartment of the second cargo tank.

Load 2: 1,200 gallons of gasoline (a different blend) for Sinclair gas stations, which is loaded into in a separate compartment on the second cargo tank.

Load 3: 1,200 gallons of diesel fuel, consignee unspecified, which is loaded in a separate compartment on the second cargo tank.

The driver leaves the loading facility with three shipping papers. You ask how the number and type of packages should be shown on the shipping papers.

There are a variety of ways this shipment could be described. The three original shipping papers may be used, if there is some indication of the type of package on each shipping paper (e.g., "cargo tank motor vehicle", "cargo tank", or "cargo tank compartment"). Alternatively, the shipping information could be combined in a single document describing the shipment in any practical manner which includes a package type (i.e., "cargo tank motor vehicle", "cargo tank", or "cargo tank compartment") and the shipping descriptions for gasoline and diesel fuel. Since materials in bulk packages are excepted from requirements to identify the total quantity by mass or volume, it is permissible but not necessary to indicate the mass or volume.

Two examples of possible descriptions are as follows:

Description 1: 1 Cargo tank motor vehicle containing:

UN1203, Gasoline, 3, II

UN1202, Diesel Fuel, 3, III

Description 2: 1 Cargo tank: UN1203, Gasoline, 3, II, 5000 gallons

1 cargo tank: UN1203, Gasoline, 3, II, 4400 gallons

UN1202, Diesel Fuel, 3, III, 1200 gallons

I hope this information is helpful. If we can be of further assistance, please contact us.


Edward T. Mazzullo


Office of Hazardous Materials Standards


Regulation Sections

Section Subject
172.202 Description of hazardous material on shipping papers