DOT Provisions for Sequence of Shipping Description Required as of January 1, 2013

In January 2007, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) put in place a number of revisions to better align the DOT requirements with international requirements for shipping hazardous materials. Some of these requirements were effective as of January 1, 2007 and others had delayed compliance deadlines.

The requirements regarding the sequence of the information in a proper shipping description on a shipping paper used to ship hazardous materials regulated by the DOT had a delayed compliance deadline of January 1, 2013.

As of January 1, 2013, the proper sequence of information in a shipping description on a shipping paper is as follows:

-UN/NA number -the proper shipping name (from the Hazardous Materials Table) -the hazard class -the packing group

For more information, refer to the federal register at, the DOT regulations 49 CFR 172.202, or contact Linda Swift at (508)970-0033 extension 119 or via email at

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