• Compliance Bulletin Reminder: Shipping Paper Hazmat Sequencing Reminder

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    The U.S. DOT issued a final rule on December 29, 2006 that implemented a change to hazardous materials shipping papers beginning January 1, 2013. However, some petroleum marketers remain unaware of these important changes. The DOT’s final rule harmonized federal hazardous material regulations (HMR) with international standards but applies to domestic shipments as well. The rule is important to petroleum marketers because it changed the way shipping papers for hazardous materials are prepared. Specifically, the final rule changed the sequence of hazardous material product description that must be placed on shipping papers for petroleum products. Under the new requirement, the hazardous material identification number must be entered first, followed by the product shipping name. Until now, the HMR required that the product shipping name be entered first, followed by the hazard class then the hazardous material identification number. The U.S. DOT allowed for voluntary compliance with the new hazardous material sequencing beginning January 1, 2007 but it became mandatory in 2013. The following is a comparison of the old and new hazardous material product information sequence for shipping papers (Note: bold type face used for purposes of illustration only):

    INCORRECT SEQUENCING CORRECT SEQUENCING
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    • Diesel Fuel, 3, NA1993, PG III NA1993, Diesel Fuel, 3, PG III
    • Fuel Oil, (No. 1,2,4,5 or 6) 3, NA1993, PG III NA1993, Fuel Oil (1,2,4,5 or 6), 3, PG III
    • Gasoline, 3, UN1203, PG II UN1203, Gasoline, 3, PG II
    • Kerosene, 3, UN1223, PG III UN1223, Kerosene, 3, PG III
    • E-10
    • Gasoline, 3, UN1203, PG II UN1203, Gasoline, 3, PG II
    • Ethanol blends over E-10 including E-85
    • Ethanol and Gasoline Mixture, 3, UN3475, PG II UN3475 Ethanol and Gasoline Mixture, 3, PG II
    (Remember all product sequences must be preceded or followed by quantity ex: “1 cargo tank truck” or “500 gals”, etc.)

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