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Interpretation Response #08-0280 ([Cerasis Inc.] [Mr. Frank Adams])

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

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: Cerasis Inc.

Individual Name: Mr. Frank Adams

Location State: MN Country: US

View the Interpretation Document

Response text:

January 30, 2009

Mr. Frank Adams

Cerasis Inc.

3200 Courthouse Lane

Eagan, MN 55121

Reference No. 08-0280

Dear Mr. Adams:

This is in response to your electronic transmission requesting clarification of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180) pertaining to shipping description requirements for bills of lading (shipping papers). Specifically, you ask whether both the shipping description requirements in § 172.202 and the National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) freight class description must be included on the shipping paper and whether it is acceptable to print the NMFC number and associated class for the hazardous material in a separate, specified field on the shipping paper.

Sections 172.202 and 172.203 specify the requirements for information that must be included on shipping papers, which includes the proper shipping name prescribed for the material in Column (2) of the § 172.101 Hazardous Materials Table. The HMR do not require the NMFC number and associated class to be included on the shipping paper. Additional information that is not required by the HMR, such as the NMFC number and associated class, may be included in a separate field on the shipping paper provided it is not interspersed in the required elements of the basic description (proper shipping name, hazard class/division number, identification number and packing group, if applicable) (see § 172.202(b)), is not inconsistent with the required basic description and is entered after the basic description (see § 172.201(a)(4)).

I hope this information is helpful. Please contact this office if you have additional questions.


Hattie L. Mitchell

Chief, Regulatory Review and Reinvention

Office of Hazardous Materials Standards

172.201(a)(4), 172.203

Regulation Sections

Section Subject
172.202 Description of hazardous material on shipping papers
172.203 Additional description requirements