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Interpretation Response #08-0163 ([ACCO Brands Corporation] [Mr. Darren Lenox])

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

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: ACCO Brands Corporation

Individual Name: Mr. Darren Lenox

Location State: IL Country: US

View the Interpretation Document

Response text:

June 25, 2008

Mr. Darren Lenox

Customs Compliance Manager

ACCO Brands Corporation

300 Tower Parkway

Lincolnshire, IL 60069

Ref. No. 08-0163

Dear Mr. Lenox:

This responds to your May 30, 2008 letter requesting a determination on the applicability of Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180) to a divided chamber dry-erase board marker, which your refer to as "Enduraglide". Specifically, you ask if markers that contain 5 ml of a Packing Group II flammable liquid ink are subject to the HMR.

Under the small quantity exception prescribed in § 173.4, high-integrity packagings containing small amounts of hazardous materials that are packaged as specified are not subject to regulation under the HMR. Class 3 materials that qualify for this exception meet Packing Group II or III; contain no more than 30 milliters (1 ounce) of flammable liquid; and are placed in a strong outside packaging. The inner packagings must not be liquid full at 55 °C (131 °F) and must have removable closures held securely in place with wire, tape, or other positive means. Cushioning and absorbent material that will not react chemically with the hazardous material and is capable of absorbing the entire contents must surround either each inner packaging or the inside of the outer packaging. The completed package must be capable of completing without leakage or a substantial reduction in effectiveness the drop tests prescribed in § 173.4(a)(6) from a height of 1.8 meters (5.9 feet). The gross mass of the completed package must not exceed 29 kg (64 pounds). A shipper certifies the package complies with the small quantity exception by marking the outside of the package with the statement "This package conforms to 49 CFR 173.4."

It is the opinion of this Office that the Enduraglide marker described in your letter, is eligible for the exceptions provided in § 173.4.

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


Susan Gorsky,

Acting Chief, Standards Development

Office of Hazardous Materials Standards


Regulation Sections

Section Subject
173.4 Small quantities for highway and rail