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​Global Harmonization System – GHS And Transportation

What is the Global Harmonization System? From this point forward called GHS, where did it come from? And what does it have to do with transportation?I’m afraid I have to go deep here to provide a background and better understanding. Ever wonder why we have UN Spec Packaging? What does that symbol, the UN with a [...]

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Electric Bicycles

Electric Bicycles, Lithium, Vehicles, Pedelecs, Power Bikes, E-Bikes, Mopeds,Motor Scooters, Motor Bikes, Motor Cycles, MoDe, HybridWhatever happened to my good ol-fashioned heavy duty Schwinn I used to deliver newspapers? The one I had to pedal with all my might. You’ve probably already seen hipsters and our tech savvy subculture buzzing all about town and in and out of traffic. [...]

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Materials of Trade Exception 49CFR

Materials of Trade exception is a species that lives only in the United States and only migrates by Ground. Materials of Trade is exactly what it sounds like. The whole idea is to provide relief to those trades who happen to use hazardous materials or dangerous goods while out on the road earning a buck.Swimming pool maintenance [...]

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​Lithium Batteries in Transportation

Lithium Batteries have quickly become one of the most popular forms of energy. We use them in every facet of our life. There are two types of Lithium Batteries, Lithium Metal Batteries and Lithium Ion Batteries. Both of them are regulated in transportation. Shipping them requires training. The myriad of shipping variables they present are [...]

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Ebola ​Infectious Substances Class 6.2

Infectious Substances Class 6.2EbolaThomas Eric Duncan arrived in the United States from Liberia, Africa. On September 30, 2014, the Center for Disease Control confirmed Mr. Duncan tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus. It is the first time in the United States a patient has been diagnosed with the disease.The Director for the CDC, Dr. Thomas Frieden, [...]

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Class 9 Label Revision - One Toke Over The Line

Here in America, the transportation of Hazardous Materials are governed by Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, commonly referred to as, 49CFR. This is our American law to which we must comply.49CFR is written by some really smart people who work at a department within the Department of Transportation, called, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration or PHMSA (pronounced Fimsa) [...]

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Do I Need Training?

Training for What? Hazardous Materials? Dangerous Goods?You show up for work one day and your warehouse manager is waiting at your desk. Says he received a shipment with a bunch of different labels on the boxes. They look like different colored diamonds with different symbols on them. Come to find out, they represent Dangerous Goods [...]

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Exceptions to the Rules – Do you know what they are? And how to use them?

Our first two sessions centered around Limited Quantities and Excepted Quantities. At this session, we’ll close the loop with, Consumer Commodity, ORM-D, Small Quantities Exceptions, Deminimis, and Materials of Trade Exceptions.Before we get there however, please remember there is an American way (49CFR) and the rest of the world way (IMDG, ICAO, IATA, ADR, TDG, etc…). For appetizers, [...]

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Exceptions to the Rules - Excepted Quantities

Exceptions to the Rules – Do you know what they are? And how to use them?During our last session we were lucky enough to get through the Limited Quantities. At this writing, we’ll focus on Excepted Quantities.Keep in mind we’re using The IMDG Code (Transport by Ocean), IATA (Transport by Air), and 49CFR primarily used for Transport [...]

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​Exceptions to the Rules – Do you know what they are? And how to use them?

Exceptions to the Rules – Do you know what they are? And how to use them? Consumer Commodity, ORM-D, Limited Quantity, (LTD QTY), Excepted Quantity, Small Quantity Exception, Deminimis, and Materials of Trade Wow! We’re looking at six possible exceptions from four different regulations; IATA, 49CFR, IMDG, and ICAO. How can there be so many exceptions based on quantity? Let’s [...]

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