USA Banner

Official US Government Icon

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure Site Icon

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

U.S. Department of Transportation U.S. Department of Transportation Icon United States Department of Transportation United States Department of Transportation

Interpretation Response #99-0258 ([Express Transport by Air Inc.] [Ms. Angela Flynn])

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

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: Express Transport by Air Inc.

Individual Name: Ms. Angela Flynn

Location State: MJ Country: US

View the Interpretation Document

Response text:

November 2, 1999


Ms. Angela Flynn                           Ref. No. 99-0258
Express Transport by Air Inc.
2530 Polk Street
Union, NJ 07083

Dear Ms. Flynn,

This is in response to your letter dated September 6, 1999, regarding clarification on the marking requirements for non-­spillable batteries contained in equipment under the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180).  Specifically, you ask whether the outer packaging containing both the battery and equipment must be marked “NON-SPILLABLE” or “NON-SPILLABLE BATTERY.”

Section 173.159 (d) (2) requires each non-spillable battery and its outer packaging to be plainly and durably marked “NON-SPILLABLE” or “NON-SPILLABLE BATTERY” if the battery was manufactured after September 30, 1995.  If a product contains a non-spillable battery and is placed in an outer packaging (e. g.,fiberboard box), the battery and the outer packaging must be marked either “NON-SPILLABLE” or “NON-SPILLABLE BATTERY.”

I hope this satisfies your inquiry.



John A. Gale
Transportation Regulations Specialist
Office of Hazardous Materials Standards


Regulation Sections

Section Subject
173.159 Batteries, wet