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Interpretation Response #10-0068 ([FedEx Express Corporation] [Mr. David Littlejohn])

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

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: FedEx Express Corporation

Individual Name: Mr. David Littlejohn

Location State: TN Country: US

View the Interpretation Document

Response text:

June 2, 2010




Mr. David Littlejohn

FedEx Express Corporation

3670 Hack Cross Road

Building G, 2nd Floor

Memphis, TN 38125-8800

Reference No. 10-0068

Dear Mr. Littlejohn:

This is in response to your e-mail and telephone conversation with a member of my staff requesting clarification of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180) regarding shipping paper formatting of identification number entries.  Specifically, you asked whether a UN identification number, for example, UN1263, may be split into two lines in the identification number column on shipping papers. 

You provided the following example:



We recommend that the designated column be of sufficient width to accommodate the identification number on a single line.  However, the identification number may be entered on two lines, split between any of the numerals, when placed in a column captioned to clearly identify the contents and the entry is easy to read and not run together with other text or numerals.  The entry shown in the above example is acceptable.                           

 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


Regulation Sections

Section Subject
172.204 Shipper's certification