Packaging Misuse

There are regulations you must pay attention to regarding the misuse of packaging for shipments. The violations in packaging can include using incorrect packaging and using packaging that is not code compliant. To see more specifics violations as well as their solutions, see below.


Offeror Requirements

All hazardous materials

Failure to close a UN standard packaging in accordance with the closure instructions:

Cite: 173.22(a)(4).

Baseline assessment: $500 - $5,000

Overfilling or underfilling a package so that the effectiveness is substantially reduced:

Cite: 173.24(b).

Baseline assessment: $3,700 - $11,200

Offering a hazardous material for transportation in a packaging that has been successfully tested to an applicable UN standard but is not marked with the required UN marking (including missing specification plates)

Cite: 173.32(d), 173.24(c)

Baseline assessment: $4,500

Offering a hazardous material for transportation in a self-certified packaging that has not been subjected to design qualification testing:

Cite: 178.601, Various.

Baseline assessment: $7,500 - $13,500

Offering a hazardous material for transportation in an unauthorized non-UN standard or non-specification packaging (includes failure to comply with the terms of a special permit authorizing use of a non-standard or non-specification packaging):

Various.

Baseline assessment: $6,200 - $11,200

Offering a hazardous material for transportation in an improper package:

Cite: Various.

Baseline assessment: $3,000 - $8,000

This website is designed to provide accurate information regarding the subject matter covered. The violations listed can be found in the Code of Federal Regulations 49-Parts 100-185, revised as of 10-1-13. Early Edition published by Labelmaster. Pages 41-54. Every effort has been made to provide a simplified guide consistent with the various applicable regulations. However, if there is a discrepancy, the regulations are the final authority.