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July 2004 Newsletter
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U.S./MEXICO Cross-Border Dangerous Goods Seminar -
The Dangerous Goods Advisory Council will conduct a two day seminar in San Antonio, Texas on October 25-26, 2004. The seminar will focus on the differences between the U.S. HAZMAT Regulations and the Mexican NOMS (Normas Para el Transporte Terrestre de Materiales y Residuous Peligrosos). The event will be held at Wyndham St. Anthony Hotel in San Antonio.
Additional information and registration forms will be available shortly on the DGAC Website - www.dgac.org

The program will cover all modes of transportation. Representatives of both governments and a large number of business entities will be in attendance. If you are experiencing delays and frustration this is your opportunity to straighten out problems on cross-border shipments in both directions. We suggest that you might want to have your Mexican or American business partners attend with you as well as a representative of your forwarder or customs broker.

The Research and Special Programs Administration of the U.S. Dept. Of Transportation revised the Hazmat Incident Report (F-5800.1) on 26 May 2004. If you are registered with the U.S. D.O.T. you should have received a copy of the new report and explanatory information on when and how to complete the form. Included in the report is a method for reporting undeclared dangerous goods.

If you have not received a copy in the mail you can download the comments and the form directly from the D.O.T. HAZMAT WEBSITE:

  1. RSPA-99-5013 (HM-229); Hazardous Materials: Revisions to Incident Reporting Requirements and the Hazardous Materials Incident Report Form; Correction; Final Rule, response to appeals and correction; Published 5/26/2004; Effective Date 1/1/2005; 69 FR 30113.
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Security Concerns vs. World Trade -
Only 37% of the world's large merchant vessels and 16% of ports have complied with the IMO Ship and Port Security Code according to the Financial Times. 1 July 2004 was the mandatory compliance date. The U.S. Coast Guard will require full compliance as of this date and this will lead to extensive delays or absolute refusal for vessels that are non-compliant.

In the United States, Placards lead to other responsibilities -
Truckers and drivers and shippers ought to understand that placards are required on trucks carrying any amount of certain dangerous goods and when carrying over 1000 lbs. of other types of dangerous cargo. A failure to placard the vehicle when required can trigger a fairly stiff fine.

When placards are required, the driver must have a Hazardous Materials Endorsement on his commercial driver's license (CDL).

Shipments that require placards also initiate a requirement to be registered under the U.S. D.O.T., RSPA HAZMAT Registration Program for both the trucking company and the shipper.

Added to those possibilities, the trucker and the shipper will both have a requirement for formal Hazmat Transportation Security programs that will also require formal training responsibilities in addition to the regular hazmat training requirements.

Happy Birthday, Vince!
Vincent Vitollo, President & Publisher of Hazmat Packager & Shipper, a technical journal for all modes of transportation, has just started his fifteenth year of publishing this valuable resource. We are proud to add that we were one of his early subscribers. HAZMAT PACKAGER & SHIPPER has set the standard for keeping their subscribers current on regulatory changes throughout the world. You can reach their website through our "Links" in the light blue box on the left hand side on the opening page of this website.

If you ship oxygen cylinders, oxidizing gases, or chemical oxygen generators there is a good briefing by Susan Murphy on U.S. RSPA proposed rules for shipping those dangerous goods by air in the May/June 2004 edition. Susan also wrote an article about the new Incident Reporting Requirements (accidents and spills) in the same issue.

There is also an informative article by Andy Altemos concerning the U.N. Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).

Important Dates -

September 1 and 2
Quarterly Meeting, Alexandria, VA
DGAC Members only

October 25 and 26
US/Mexico Seminar, San Antonio, TX
sponsored by DGAC - open to the public (fee)

November 17 – 19, 2004
DGAC Board and Committee Meetings
DGAC Annual Conference and Hazardous Materials Transportation Exposition, St. Louis, MO
Open to the public (fee)

March 17 and 18, 2005
DGAC Global Conference, Antwerp, Belgium
Focus on International Dangerous Goods Issues - All Modes
Open to the public (fee)

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