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Interpretation Response #98-0239 ([Ms. Donna J. Buckinger])

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

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name:

Individual Name: Ms. Donna J. Buckinger

Location State: WA Country: US

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Response text:

JUN 1, 1999


Ms. Donna J. Buckinger                     Ref No. 98-0239
8512 SE Middleway
Vancouver, WA 98664

Dear Ms. Buckinger:

This is in response to your letter requesting clarification on how to determine a proper shipping name in accordance with the hazardous materials regulations.  You state that you have a different opinion than the manufacturer of your product concerning the marking of cartons and proper shipping name assignment.  Specifically, you state that the manufacturer of your product prefers your company use the proper shipping name "Coating solution” whereas your company prefers using the name "Paint UN1263." You asked which name is most appropriate under the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180).

Based on the information you provided, it is our determination that this material may be properly described by the generic proper shipping name "paint” or "coating solution." Both of these shipping descriptions include a wide range of products and we defer to the manufacturer's or subsequent shipper's judgement in the selection of the most appropriate proper shipping name.

I hope this satisfies your request.



Thomas G. Allan
Senior Transportation Regulations Specialist
Office Of Hazardous Materials Standards


Regulation Sections

Section Subject
172.101 Purpose and use of hazardous materials table