A Guide to Avoiding Stopped Shipment

A Guide to Avoiding Stopped Shipments

One wrong label may not seem like much. But it can create a disastrous chain reaction all the way down your supply chain. Your business can lose time, money – and even customers. Fortunately, no one's got more ways to keep things moving smoothly than Labelmaster. From labeling and packaging, to documentation and training, we'll take you through it all – detail by detail – until you're put at ease. And your shipment is put in the right place.

Frustrated shipments can have a much larger impact on your business in more ways than you might realize. Stay one step ahead and find out what they are and how to avoid them. Try our interactive Frustrated Shipment Cost Calculator.


Guide Table of Contents

  1. Top 10 Essentials to Avoid Stopped Shipments
  2. Stopped Shipment Cost Calculator
  3. Take the DGIS Challenge
  4. Lithium Battery Advisor
  5. Labelmaster Consulting Services
  6. Labelmaster Products
  7. Product Resources
  8. Hazmat Industry Resources

Top 10 Essentials to Avoid Frustrated/Stopped Shipments

Labelmaster offers the essential software, products, and services to help you avoid frustrated shipments. See how these essentials can benefit you and your company.

  1. Dangerous Goods Information System (DGIS)Top 10 Essentials to Stop Frustrated Shipments
  2. Labelmaster Services
  3. 49 CFR Early Edition, MasterRegs, and Government Edition
  4. Online Hazmat Training
  5. Hazard Class Labels with Tabs for Proper Shipping Names
  6. Regulated Markings and Labels
  7. Placards and Placarding Systems
  8. Variation Two Boxes and Specialty Shipping Boxes
  9. Obexion — Lithium Battery Packaging
  10. Shipper's Declaration for Dangerous Goods

Read more about these Top 10 Essentials to Avoid Frustrated Shipments.

Check Frustration Off Your List

Prevent frustrated shipments before they happen. When shipping a dangerous good, check each of these tasks off your list to ensure smooth shipping.

  • ✅ Properly train DG employees on all documentation, labeling, marking, and packaging requirements.
  • ✅ Properly complete all shipping papers by identifying material, quantity, and emergency contacts.
  • ✅ Properly package shipment to prevent impediments or damaged cargo.
  • ✅ Properly mark/label and/or placard shipments before shipping.
  • ✅ Refer to our Top 10 Essentials for products and services that best help you avoid frustrated shipments.
  • ✅ Reference the Labelmaster blog as a resource for questions you may have about the DG shipping process.

Relax. We've Got Your Back.

  • It's simple. Labelmaster takes the complexity out of DG transportation. To make the world a safer, more efficient place when it comes to shipping.
  • We provide software and services that deliver customized solutions for our customers.
  • With over 178 years of combined experience, the Labelmaster team is comprised of multiple capable, highly qualified leading experts in the DG shipping industry.

Shipments Get Frustrated

Frustrated shipments create redundancy in the supply chain, and require additional time and money to document, mark, and/or re-package. In addition, they can cost tens of thousands of dollars in fines, shipping charges, and costs associated with logistics delays and service implications. Fortunately, Labelmaster's comprehensive suite of solutions sends problems packing and shipments moving forward.

If your shipment has become frustrated, relax. Follow these steps to alleviate the situation:

Properly Train All DG Employees

Properly Train All DG Employees
Train all DG employees with general awareness, function specific, safety and security training, as well as how to properly document, label, mark, and package all shipments.

Check Your Shipping Papers

Check Your Shipping Papers
Search for any missing shipping papers, contact shippers, customers, and vendors to locate necessary information.

Check Your Packaging

Check Your Packaging
Research and document the cause of a frustrated package. Investigate any damaged or missing items. Could Obexion lithium battery packaging or other UN packaging have helped?

Repair and Repackage

Repair and Repackage
Repair and repackage any damaged or incorrect packing. Re-mark or re-label containers.

Check Out Labelmaster Software

Check Out Labelmaster Software
To stay ahead of ever-changing regulations and avoid the costs and stress of downtime, let Labelmaster Software help you.

Check Out Labelmaster Services

Check Out Labelmaster Services
For customized advice and personalized service, choose Labelmaster Services. A wealth of DG information and expertise is at your disposal.


Stopped Shipment Cost Calculator

Frustrated shipments can affect your business in more ways than you may realize. The financial impact can be substantially more than just the fine of not shipping compliantly. The time and money spent on correcting frustrated shipments can be disastrous to your business. Interact with the Labelmaster Stopped Shipment Cost Calculator to see how much frustrated shipments could be costing you.

Labelmaster's Stopped Shipment Cost Calculator

Calculate What a Stopped Shipment Could Cost You


All numbers produced by this calculator are estimates and are intended for illustrative purposes only. Resolving a frustrated shipment could cost you more or less depending on the type of product you are shipping, where you are shipping it from and to, and a multitude of other factors. Regulations are the final authority.



Take the DGIS Challenge

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As the industry's most robust, flexible, and advanced hazmat shipping software, DGIS gives you a huge advantage every day. We want to show you how. Validating shipments against the current regulations and preparing DG declarations takes valuable time to do manually, and mistakes can be costly.

DGIS speeds through those processes so quickly, you can handle more shipments every hour, serve more customers, and make sure your customer's shipments arrive without delay due to mistakes.

Not only can you use our calculator to determine how much you can save shipping hazmat, we also offer you a choice of prepared videos to show you how a shipment of your commodity is prepared in DGIS. So don't delay...

» Take the DGIS Challenge!


Stay Up-to-Date on the Latest Industry Regulations with DGIS

DGIS Solutions

Lithium Battery Advisor

Our Lithium Battery Advisor is the first tool of its kind, developed to simplify the complicated process of shipping lithium batteries. We know that regulations help ensure the safety of the process, but we also know those regulations tend to be somewhat difficult to navigate.

The Lithium Battery Advisor is thorough in its guidance and easy-to-use. All you have to do is just answer a few simple questions about your battery or device, such as what type of lithium battery is being shipped o whether the battery is contained in equipment. The Lithium Battery Advisor will then produce a guidance document for your shipment that contains useful, relevant information, including:

General InstructionsRequired Packaging and LabelsSample Shipping DocumentationLabeling and Marking Diagrams

Labelmaster Consulting Services

Our consulting team has a combined 178 years of experience to help customers seamlessly navigate the ever-changing terrain of the DG shipping world. Members of our team can assist customers with audits and assessments, training, policy and procedures, and regulatory interpretations. Let us help keep your cargo safe and compliant and on the path to its final destination.

Services include:

  • Audits and Assessments
  • Policy and Procedures
  • Training
  • Regulatory Interpretations
  • Special Permit Applications
  • Penalty/Remediation Support
  • Regulatory Surveillance
  • Legal Term Advisory
  • Expert Witness in Legal Proceedings
Labelmaster Services ExperienceLabelmaster Services TrainingLabelmaster Services Support
178 Years ExperienceCustomized Hazmat TrainingAdvisory Support

Labelmaster's Products Can Help You Avoid Stopped Shipments

For all the products you need to keep supply chains moving, there's one place to turn: Labelmaster - because no one offers a more comprehensive selection of training, packaging, and DG transportation supplies. From the most durable labels and placards to custom product solutions, all Labelmaster products have been designed, tested, and certified in accordance with the latest shipping regulations.

Lablemaster Regulatory PublicationsLabelmaster DG Shipping PapersLabelmaster Hazmat Labels and Markings
Regulatory PublicationsShipping PapersLabels and Markings
Labelmaster UN PackagingLabelmaster DOT Placards and MarkingsLabelmaster Spacemaster Placarding Systems
UN PackagingPlacards and MarkingsPlacarding Systems



More Labelmaster Product Related Resources

Labelmaster continues to develop invaluable product related resources to help you learn how serious we take our jobs. Compliance is really everything to us. Learn more about these Labelmaster products.

Placard and Placarding Systems Product Resources

Don't Let Your Hazmat Placards FailLabelmaster's Placard FinderWhat are Flip Placards?What are UN Numbers?
Don't Let Your Hazmat Placards FailLabelmaster's Placard FinderWhat are Flip Placards?What are UN Numbers?

Regulatory Publications Product Resources

Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG)IATA DGRIMDG Code49 CFR
Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG)IATA DGRIMDG Code49 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations)

Hazmat Labels Product Resources

Hazmat Labels for Extreme ConditionsCHEMTREC Labels and MarkingsLabelmaster's Hazmat Label FinderInnovative Label Solutions
Hazmat Labels for Extreme ConditionsCHEMTREC Labels and MarkingsLabelmaster's Hazmat Label Finder(SM)Innovative Label Solutions

Dangerous Goods Packaging Product Resources

Obexion Lithium Battery PackagingUN Markings GuideCustom Aluminum Case Battery PackagingCOVID-19 Vaccine Packaging
Obexion - Lithium Battery PackagingUN Markings GuideCustom Aluminum Case Battery PackagingCOVID-19 Vaccine Packaging

Additional Labelmaster Hazmat Industry Resources

Labelmaster is always developing content to help your company stay compliant and keep your shipments moving. Visit these pages to learn more.

Total Value of Compliance
Move hazmat compliance from a cost center to a growth driver. Find out how leading shippers combine reduced costs with increased revenue to create a positive contribution to earnings.

What is Reverse Logistics?
Compliance doesn't end when you ship your product. Almost one in ten of U.S. retail purchases get returned, so any retailer who sells electronics has to know how to handle reverse logistics. That means dealing with lithium batteries — and all the rules, restrictions, provisions, and exceptions that come with them. Labelmaster can help streamline your reverse logistics processes for lithium batteries and the devices they power.

HazMatters - The Dangerously Good Hazmat Podcast
Listen to Hazmat experts discuss the latest issues facing the Dangerous Goods industry.

Total Value of Compliance
Move hazmat compliance from a cost center to a growth driver. Find out how leading shippers combine reduced costs with increased revenue to create a positive contribution to earnings.

What is Reverse Logistics?
Compliance doesn't end when you ship your product. Almost one in ten of U.S. retail purchases get returned, so any retailer who sells electronics has to know how to handle reverse logistics. That means dealing with lithium batteries — and all the rules, restrictions, provisions, and exceptions that come with them. Labelmaster can help streamline your reverse logistics processes for lithium batteries and the devices they power.

HazMatters - The Dangerously Good Hazmat Podcast
Listen to Hazmat experts discuss the latest issues facing the Dangerous Goods industry.

How Does Hazmat Affect Your Industry?
When you compete in an industry that ships Dangerous Goods, every day can bring a new challenge. Because businesses worldwide depend on what you produce, we focus our products and services on helping industries like yours. For keeping your shipments safe, compliant and on-time, no one understands your shipping challenges like Labelmaster.

Hazmat Source and the DOT Hazmat Guide
Labelmaster's Hazmat Source provides important industry information to help hazardous materials shippers stay compliant with hazardous materials regulations. Our DOT Hazmat Guide explains why DOT Hazmat Labels, Placards, and other Markings are so important.

Lithium Battery Resources
If you ship lithium batteries, you know that the rules are complex and ever-changing. Labelmaster's Lithium Battery Resources help you navigate the complexities, no matter if you ship stand-alone lithium ion or lithium metal batteries, batteries packed in equipment, or damaged lithium batteries for reverse-logistics.

The Dangersous Goods Supply Chain
Moving dangerous goods (DG) safely and in compliance takes the coordinated efforts of everyone involved at each step in the DG supply chain. More than half a billion shipments of hazmat cross the country every year with 1.4 million hazmat shipments per day in the U.S. These shipments are touched in the supply chain by shippers, carriers, and receivers.

Compliance is…
If you ship hazardous materials, compliance is a big part of your world. But have you ever stopped to think about what compliance really is? Compliance is... EVERYTHING!

Carrier Shipping Policies
UPS, FedEx, USPS all have similar but different dangerous goods/hazmat shipping policies. "Different" being the key term. Get the latest on key shipping rules from each carrier.

Shipping Container Security Seals Guide
One tool often used in supply chain security programs is security seals. There are two primary types of shipping container seals indicative and barrier. Learn more with this very informative guide.



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