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When a HazMat shipment is Rejected!

October 26th, 2021 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: Associations, DOT/UN, HazMat, Skolnik Newsletter

Rejected shipments are classified dangerous goods shipments that did not meet the regulatory requirements of the Code of Federal Regulations. A rejected shipment can be the result of incorrect shipping papers, damaged packagings, non-compliant packagings, wrong markings and labels, or other mistakes. International and national regulations are frequently changing and thus, it is increasingly difficult for an organization to be sure they are compliant with all the legal shipping requirements. An incorrect shipping label can stop your shipment for days or even weeks. This simple mistake can cost your business thousands of dollars in fees, repackaging expenses, and costly delays. There a also the risk of compromising your customer’s trust. Therefore, once your shipment is rejected, what should you do?

First, the shipper must inform their shipping agent of the rejection. At that point, the shipping agent should contact the companies that will provide assistance for compliance. If the shipping agent is not able to offer a corrective action, then the Council on the Safe Transport of Hazardous Articles (COSTHA) has member specialists that can help via telephone or travel on-site and run your rejected shipment through a dangerous goods checklist to ensure your shipment complies with the regulations. Depending on the reason for rejection, the goal is to properly prepare your rejected shipment and get it back into transportation!

Click HERE to contact COSTHA.

US Air Carrier Violates Tarmac Delay Rule

October 19th, 2021 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, Skolnik Newsletter

Recently. the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) fined a major US airline $1.9 million for violating federal statutes and the Department’s rule prohibiting long tarmac delays. The airline was also ordered to cease and desist from future similar violations. This is the largest fine issued by the Department for tarmac delay violations.

An extensive investigation by the Department’s Office of Aviation

Consumer Protection (OACP) found that between December 2015 and February 2021, the airline allowed 20 domestic flights and 5 international flights at various airports throughout the United States to remain on the tarmac for a lengthy period of time without providing passengers an opportunity to deplane. The tarmac delays affected a total of 3,218 passengers.

Under the DOT tarmac delay rule, airlines operating aircraft with 30 or more passenger seats are prohibited from allowing their domestic flights to remain on the tarmac for more than 3 hours at U.S. airports. International flights are prohibited to remain on the tarmac for more than 4 hours at U.S. airports without giving passengers an opportunity to leave the plane. The rule took effect 2010 and was expanded to include international flights in 2011. An exception exists for departure delays if the airline begins to return the aircraft to a suitable disembarkation point in order to deplane passengers by those times. An exception to the time limit is also allowed for safety, security, or air traffic control-related reasons. The rule also requires airlines to provide adequate food and water, ensure that lavatories are working and, if necessary, provide medical attention to passengers during long tarmac delays.

DOT’s aviation consumer protection website makes it easy for travelers to understand their rights. The page on tarmac delays can be found HERE.

Dangerous Goods Questions That You Should be Able to Answer!

September 28th, 2021 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, HazMat, Skolnik Newsletter

As shippers of Dangerous Goods, there is an endless necessity of learning the proper protocol and regulations for packaging and shipping classified contents. The DOT published a list of questions that all packagers and shippers should be able to answer. The questions appear below, you can find the answers here:

  1. Why is the classification of a hazmat so important?
  2. How do I classify a product as hazmat?
  3. Are there any exceptions to hazmat transportation regulations?
  4. What is a hazardous material (hazmat)?
  5. Who is required to be trained?
  6. How do I get training?
  7. What kind of shipping documentation do I need to prepare?
  8. How can I obtain the correct hazmat packaging and markings and labels?
  9. What is emergency response information?
  10. What is an emergency response telephone number?
  11. Do I need to develop a safety and security plan?
  12. Do I need to keep records of hazmat shipments?
  13. What are the penalties for not complying with hazmat transportation regulations?

It’s up to you to find, and know, these answers!
Click here for answers to these questions.

DOT Appoints Port Envoy to Address Supply Chain Disruptions

September 21st, 2021 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, Skolnik Newsletter

In August 2021, the White House and the U.S. Department of Transportation announced that John D. Porcari will be the Port Envoy to the Biden-Harris Administration Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force. Envoy Porcari will work closely with DOT Secretary Buttigieg and the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) as well as the National Economic Council to address congestion at U.S. ports. Disruptions in global shipping and rapid shifts in demand have led the cost of shipping containers between China and the West Coast to grow more than 90% compared to 2019. Containerized cargo volumes rose 40% in the first half of this year compared to the same time last year at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which together handle the largest share of containerized cargo moving through U.S. ports. Envoy Porcari will address the backlog and associated delivery delays and product shortages being experienced by American consumers and businesses.

In addition to the Task Force’s work, USDOT’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is also working to address supply chain disruptions at ports. FRA made nearly $362 million of funding available through its Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Grant Program. CRISI funds projects that can help reduce congestion by enhancing multi-modal connections and improving service integration between rail and other modes at port facilities. These grants will help build resilience across the American supply chain.

Click here to read the full announcement.


August 24th, 2021 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, Safety, Skolnik Newsletter

The Department of Transportation plays an active part in the United States Government’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19). DOT helps support the Administration’s efforts to contain and mitigate the spread of the virus, and ensure continuation of critical infrastructure support and relief for the American people. The safety of our transportation networks is vital to maintaining economic durability and the free flow of essential supplies, food, fuel, and medical equipment.

We urge everyone to help us get the pandemic under control. By getting your vaccination, you reduce the chance of getting, and spreading, the virus and ultimately, you will be saving lives. At this link, just enter your zip code to see a nearby facility that is able to give you the vaccine within hours. Plus, you can see the vaccine product that you will receive.

In English: www.vaccines.gov

En Español: www.vacunas.gov

PHMSA Announces Solicits Concepts for Improving Safety

July 27th, 2021 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, HazMat, Safety, Skolnik Newsletter

The Office of Hazardous Materials Safety (OHMS) in the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials (HM) Safety Administration (PHMSA), a U.S. Department of Transportation agency, solicits concepts which could eventually lead to contract awards. PHMSA is looking for innovative ideas for leading-edge research and innovative techniques to advance the safe transportation of hazardous materials (HM). This BAA is published in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) 35.016 and 6.102(d)(2).

OHMS carries out a national safety program to protect against the risks to life and property inherent in the transportation of HM in commerce by all transportation modes. To minimize the threats posed by HM transportation, OHMS develops regulations and standards for the classifying, handling, and packaging of over 1 million daily shipments of HM within the United States. The OHMS’ Research and Development program directs basic and applied research for the purpose of minimizing risks associated with the transportation of HM.

This BAA is soliciting a variety of basic and applied research projects that will improve the safety of HM in commerce. OHMS is interested in the following five areas as research priorities:

  1. Hazard Comparison of Aerosols
  2. De Minimis Quantities of Explosives
  3. Development of New Standards for Bulk and Non-Bulk Packaging
  4. Understanding the Hazards Posed by Dissolved Gases in Liquids
  5. Deregulation of Certain Types and Quantities of Hazardous Materials

The Government intends to make multiple awards from this BAA. Awards may be of any dollar value between $250,000 and $2,000,000. It is anticipated that Fixed Price contracts will be awarded to successful Proposers.

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