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Interpretation Response #98-0168 ([Yellow Freight System, Inc.] [Mr. Robert A. Maberry])

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

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: Yellow Freight System, Inc.

Individual Name: Mr. Robert A. Maberry

Location State: KS Country: US

View the Interpretation Document

Response text:

AUG 5, 1998


Mr. Robert A. Maberry III                     Ref. No: 98-0168
Chemical Transportation Administrator
Yellow Freight System, Inc.
P.O. Box 7270/66207
Overland Park, KS 66211

Dear Mr. Maberry:

This is in response to your letter dated June 30, 1998, requesting clarification on shipping paper requirements pertaining to net weight and gross weight under the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR parts 171-180).  Specifically, you ask whether an overpack containing one package of hazardous material and one package of unregulated material may be described with the gross weight of the entire overpack.

The answer is yes.  In accordance with § 172.202(a)(5), the total quantity for each hazardous material description may be indicated as net or gross weight, capacity, or as otherwise appropriate.  If gross weight is indicated, net weight is not required.  Net weight is the weight of the contents within the packaging (i.e., 5 pounds).  As defined in § 171.8, gross weight is the weight of the packaging plus the weight of its contents (i.e., 60 pounds, where 5 pounds is the hazardous material and 55 pounds is the packaging).

I hope this satisfies your request.



Delmer F. Billings
Chief, Regulations Development
Office of Hazardous Materials Standards


Regulation Sections

Section Subject
172.202 Description of hazardous material on shipping papers