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HM-215N

PHMSA is has issued a final rule to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to maintain consistency with international regulations and standards by incorporating various amendments, including changes to proper shipping names, hazard classes, packing groups, special provisions, packaging authorizations, air transport quantity limitations, and vessel stowage requirements. These revisions are necessary to harmonize the HMR with recent changes made to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, the International Civil Aviation Organization's Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air, and the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods--Model Regulations. Additionally, PHMSA is adopting several amendments to the HMR that result from coordination with Canada under the U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council.

https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-30/pdf/2017-04565.pdf

HM-215O Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) proposes to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to maintain alignment with international regulations and standards by incorporating various amendments, including changes to proper shipping names, hazard classes, packing groups, special provisions, packaging authorizations, air transport quantity limitations, and vessel stowage requirements. These revisions are necessary to harmonize the HMR with recent changes made to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, the International Civil Aviation Organization's Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air, and the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods--Model Regulations. Additionally, PHMSA proposes several amendments to the HMR that would allow for increased alignment with the Transport Canada, Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Regulations.

https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-11-27/pdf/2018-24620.pdf

HM-224I

PHMSA issues this interim final rule (IFR) to revise the Hazardous Materials Regulations for lithium cells and batteries transported by aircraft. This IFR prohibits the transport of lithium ion cells and batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft; requires lithium ion cells and batteries to be shipped at not more than a 30 percent state of charge aboard cargo-only aircraft when not packed with or contained in equipment; and limits the use of alternative provisions for small lithium cell or battery shipments to one package per consignment. This IFR does not restrict passengers or crew members from bringing personal items or electronic devices containing lithium cells or batteries aboard aircraft, or restrict cargo-only aircraft from transporting lithium ion cells or batteries at a state of charge exceeding 30 percent when packed with or contained in equipment or devices.

https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-03-06/pdf/2019-03812.pdf

UPS Hazardous Materials Customers

For Up-to-Date UPS Guide for Transporting Hazardous Materials, click here

https://www.ups.com/us/en/help-center/packaging-and-supplies/special-care-shipments/hazardous-materials.page

FedEx Hazardous Materials Customers

For FedEx Dangerous Goods Regulation Updates, click here

https://www.fedex.com/en-us/service-guide/dangerous-goods/regulatory-updates.html



Summary of Register Changes (CFR)

Rule Effective Date Mandatory Date
Lithium Battery Class 9 Label January 1, 2018 January 1, 2019
Lithium Battery Mark January 1, 2018 January 1, 2019
UN3480 - Cargo Aircraft Only March 6, 2019 March 6, 2019

Summary of Changes (International Air)

Rule Effective Date Mandatory Date
Lithium Battery Class 9 Label January 1, 2018 January 1, 2019
Lithium Battery Mark January 1, 2018 January 1, 2019

Summary of Changes (International Maritime)

Rule Effective Date Mandatory Date
Lithium Battery Class 9 Label January 1, 2018 January 1, 2019
Lithium Battery Mark January 1, 2018 January 1, 2019


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