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Type A – 7A "packagings" Are Not "packages"

August 8th, 2006 by Dean Ricker

Filed under: DOT/UN

Yes, the word ‘packagings’ is correct. The US Department of Transportation (DOT) defines a packaging as “a receptacle or component necessary to perform its containment function. A ‘package’ is “a packaging plus its contents.” As a manufacturer and supplier of the packaging component of DOT Specification 7A – Type A packagings, Skolnik cannot offer a ‘certified’ Type A – 7A package. It is the position of the DOT and the Department of Energy (DOE) that only the ultimate shipper of the completed package (containing its contents) can make the final determination and declare the package to meet Type A – 7A compliance. To demonstrate the performance of these containers prior to actual filling, Skolnik offers Type A – 7A testing with surrogate contents. This testing is available for a fee and results in documented performance testing criteria, which can then be used to validate the packaging selection.

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