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Fashion Magazine Authorized To Include Perfume Sample Inserts

January 10th, 2006 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, HazMat

Have you ever opened a fashion magazine and found a sealed insert containing a perfume sample? Knowing that the contents of perfume, in sufficient quantities, are classified as a dangerous good, one company chose to ask DOT for an interpretation regarding their magazine distribution quantities. Each vacuum-sealed packet in each magazine would contain 0.3 ml of perfume having a flashpoint of 55F-73F (depending on the perfume). The magazines are then packed 42 to a carton, and 24 cartons per outside shipping container. Based on the information supplied to DOT, it was their opinion that at that quantity, the inserts are covered by Special Provisions and are not subject to the requirements of the HMR, IMDG Code, or the ICAO Technical Instructions. The message I hope to impart is that it’s wise to have an official interpretation on any questionable item that might fall under dangerous goods regulations. Shipping a dangerous good incorrectly can endanger lives and lead to expensive fines.

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