Hazardous Materials – USA & Canada

Questions and answers about HAZARDOUS MATERIALS – USA & Canada

  • DGN/MSDS

    QUESTION: We recently imported shower gel and perfume and when the container arrived at the US port our trucking company alerted us that a hazardous material placard was on the container. They refused to pick up the container until a Dangerous Goods Notice (DGN) and Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) were provided. We were never […]

  • HAZMAT SPECIFIC LANGUAGE

    QUESTION: Does anyone have guidance/language that would go in a Bill of Lading (for both domestic and foreign) whereby the product is HazMat?  EPA specific language? ********** Answers: Hazmat are regulated by IMO, IATA  and DOT depending on mode of transportation. What you are referring to is Proper Shipping Name and is specific to each […]

  • HAZMAT TRAINING REQUIREMENTS

    QUESTION: Concerning Hazmat General Awareness training, is there legal language in the hazmat regulations that stipulate any requirements for this type of training? I understand there are requirements for multi-modal (IATA, DOT, and IMDG) training, but have not been able to locate anything on “General Awareness” training. If yes, can you please specify the exact […]

  • DANGEROUS GOODS PROCESSING

    Question: Hoping someone can provide some guidance to the following questions regarding Hazmat / Dangerous Goods materials/shipping? 1)      I have heard in the past that any physical warehouse containing Hazmat/DG must have all of this material physically separated from the rest of the inventory.  Can anyone point to a regulation which addresses this? 2)      I […]

  • MANAGING HAZMAT GLOBALLY

    Question: Recently we had a US export where the HazMat requirements for French groundtransport differed from that of US-DOT and IMDG. A placard change is legally required when is arrives in France. The placardscannot be affixed before arrival. The French importer insists that we the US exporter must ensure the French-required placards are affixed at […]

  • Hazardous Materials – USA & Canada Q&A 4

    We have a general question regarding WHERE in a large multi-billion$ global organization does the Hazmat responsibility for DOT, IATA and Maritime fall. Does the responsibility for corporate hazmat compliance reside in EHS, Logistics-Supply Chain or Trade Compliance (Imports-Exports) We realize it could fall into numberous functions but what is best practice.

  • Hazardous Materials – USA & Canada Q&A 5

    We have a general question regarding WHERE in a large multi-billion$ global organization does the Hazmat responsibility for DOT, IATA and Maritime fall. Does the responsibility for corporate hazmat compliance reside in EHS, Logistics-Supply Chain or Trade Compliance (Imports-Exports) We realize it could fall into numberous functions but what is best practice.