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Interpretation Response #09-0164 ([Cytec Industries Inc.] [Mr. Andrews Bethmann])

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

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: Cytec Industries Inc.

Individual Name: Mr. Andrews Bethmann

Location State: NJ Country: US

View the Interpretation Document

Response text:

September 16, 2009




Mr. Andrews Bethmann

Cytec Supply Chain

Cytec Industries Inc.

5 Garret Mountain Plaza

West Patterson, NJ 07424

Ref No.: 09-0164

Dear Mr. Bethmann:

This is in response to your June 4, 2009 letter requesting clarification of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR 171-180) as they pertain to securing hazardous materials within freight containers. Specifically, you requested a confirmation that your Cordstrap © load bracing system is excepted from the requirements of § 176.76(a) provided that the freight container is shipped internationally by vessel and the provisions of of the IMDG Code are met.

You are correct. As provided in §§ 171.22 and 171.25, a hazardous material that is packaged, marked, classed, labeled, placarded, described, stowed and segregated, and certified in accordance with the IMDG Code may be offered and accepted for transportation and transported within the United States subject to certain conditions and limitations. Since none of these conditions and limitations include specific compliance with § 176.76(a), a containerized shipment that is transported internationally by vessel may be packed and secured in accordance with of the IMDG Code instead of the specific requirements of § 176.76(a).

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


Hattie L. Mitchell

Chief, Regulatory Review and Reinvention

Office of Hazardous Materials Standards

171.22, 171.25, 176.76(a

Regulation Sections

Section Subject
171.22 Authorization and conditions for the use of international standards and regulations
171.25 Additional requirements for the use of the IMDG Code
176.76 Transport vehicles, freight containers, and portable tanks containing hazardous materials