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October 2003 Newsletter
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Check your training records -

Our next Initial Dangerous Goods by Ocean training class is October 21-22-23. The new IMDG Amendment 31-02 three-volume set of books will be distributed at that class. 31-02 can be used as an option for the balance of 2002. It is mandatory effective 1-1-04. As required by U.S. Regulations, security awareness training has been added to this class.

Upcoming Dangerous Goods by Air training programs:
Recurrent Training - Tuesday, November 25, 2003 and Monday, December 29, 2003.
Initial Training - Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday, December 2-3-4, 2003. Also, as required by U.S. Regulations, security awareness training has been added to these classes.
The air classes will feature the new IATA 45th Edition which will go into effect on 1 January 2004.

Our 2004 training schedule will be issued in November.

Cautions for 2004:

All modes of transportation - new "Limited Quantity" markings.

All modes of transportation - retention of shipping documents for 375 days - went into effect on May 31, 2002.

Air mode - Air Eligibility mark required for air shipments effective 1-1-04.

If you pre-print this mark on packages that will be shipped by surface and air be very, very careful. Once the mark is on the package it must comply with all of the additional air regulations, including such important items as internal pressure requirements, absorbent materials and cushioning, whether it was intended to be shipped by air, or not shipped by air.

This means that shippers who use the same outer package can not reduce the packaging to save costs when they ship by highway, rail or vessel. U.S. Shippers of consumer commodities, ORM-D and limited quantities will be particularly affected by this requirement.

Air mode - Effective 1-1-04 dangerous goods packages must be marked with the net quantity within the package when net quantity limitations are indicated in columns H, J, or L of the Dangerous Goods List in IATA. If a gross mass is indicated in those columns the weight marked on the package must be the gross mass (kgs G) of the package.

Examples:
In Column H the maximum net quantity of a PG II flammable liquid indicates 1.0 L. The shipper is actually shipping .6 L. in the package. The ".6 L" must be indicated on the package adjacent to the Proper Shipping Name and ID Number.

In column L the gross mass of a package containing lithium batteries indicates 35 kg G. The shipper is actually shipping 22.3 kgs. of batteries and the components of the packaging equal another 6.1 kgs. The marking should indicate "28.4 kg G" adjacent to the Proper Shipping Name and ID of the dangerous goods in the package. (The Gross Weight).

Security, Security, Security, Security, Security.....and other important things..

How do we cope with it? It's rough out there in the real world. Reminder to shippers, forwarders, and carriers - your written formal HAZMAT cargo security program was supposed to be finalized last month. Refer to previous newsletters concerning U.S. RSPA, HM-232. Did you finish it up on time? We have been distributing copies of the DOT/RSPA's HAZMAT Security Awareness program to our training program attendees. But, in most cases, that is not sufficient. If you are confused, welcome to the club and refer to the DGAC Conference at the end of this Newsletter.

Undeclared Dangerous Goods -
Food for thought about air freight in particular.....

The new-fangled electric powered scooters for children! They have batteries? Yes? They are regulated just like battery-operated wheel chairs, forklifts, electrically powered vehicles and golf carts.

If it is a gasoline (petrol) powered scooter (or motorbike) it probably was tested to ensure that the engine operated correctly. Since the fuel tank and fuel lines were not likely to have been purged it would be regulated just like automobiles, forklifts, gasoline-powered golf carts, power generators, chain saws, lawn mowers, hedge clippers, snow blowers, and other machinery, apparatus, and equipment that operate with gasoline powered motors.

If you ship an automobile that has anti-theft, radio communications systems, or navigational (GPS) systems they must be disabled before shipping the vehicle by air.

Tongue-in-cheek Comment for October -
How many of you feel like I do? I'd swear that the lawyers who dream up the regulations took a secret oath in law school that the regulations will be written in such a way as to guarantee work for other lawyers. By the way. How many of those attorneys ever worked in a shipping department or physically handled cargo for a trucker or other carrier?

Dangerous Goods Advisory Council Annual Meeting

"Navigating the Maze of Dangerous Goods Regulations"
2003 DGAC Annual Conference and Hazardous Materials Transportation Exposition, November 13 & 14, 2003, Arlington VA
The events of September 11, 2001, had a dramatic impact on the regulations that govern the transportation of hazardous materials. The publication of the US Department of Transportation's Security Requirements for Offerors and Transporters of Hazardous Materials has given the hazmat transportation industry cause for concern regarding their implementation. Regulators and industry representatives from all modes will be on hand to discuss the impact on new security/safety issues. The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington VA 22202, 702/418-1234.

This conference is open to members and non-members alike.

We are proud and active members of DGAC. If you feel obligated to read these newsletters for assistance in complying with the dangerous goods regulations then your company should also belong to DGAC. For information on becoming a member company click on www.dgac.org

We hope to see you at the conference. Please look us up if you do attend.

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