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Reverse Logistics Requires Compliance To DOT Regulations

October 9th, 2007 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, HazMat

Most shippers recognize that when transporting a hazardous material (dangerous goods), there are regulatory requirements affecting the safe transport of the shipment. However, once the initial shipment is made, fillers and re-shippers often fail to comply with these same regulatory requirements, resulting in hefty fines. In addition, companies that have Return Logistic Programs, or Recall Programs, must convey to their customers the need to present packagings for shipment that are in compliance with the DOT, including continuing use of the packaging manufacturer‘s Closure Instructions. Only recently Home Depot was required to pay a fine of nearly $10 million dollars as a result of "aggressive cost cutting procedures, which lead to non-compliance" for 55 gallon drums in which hazardous waste was stored and eventually transported in a non-compliant mode. As a result of this widespread breech of shipper practice, DOT is aggressively looking at packagings that indicate a potential for non-compliance.

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