Reckless shipping of dangerous goods can be costly to companies offering non-compliant shipments. Recently, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing civil penalties ranging from $54,000 to near $228,000 against six companies for allegedly violating Hazardous Materials regulations. In each case, the FAA alleges the shipments were not accompanied by shipping papers to indicate the hazardous nature of their contents and were not marked, labeled or packed in accordance with the Hazardous Materials Regulations. The FAA also alleges the companies failed to provide emergency response information and failed to ensure their employees had received the required hazardous materials training. The cases are as follows:
$54,000 against Saudi Chem Crete Co., Ltd. of Saudi Arabia. The FAA alleges that the shipper offered UPS two 1-gallon containers and two 1-quart containers of epoxy resin, a corrosive liquid, for shipment by air from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Elmendorf, Texas. Workers at UPS package discovered the shipment because the contents exceeded the maximum amount of epoxy resin that can be shipped on board cargo aircraft.
$54,000 against Passport Health of Scottsdale, Ariz. The FAA alleges that Passport Health offered UPS three 2.5-ounce containers of flammable, liquid hand sanitizer for shipment by air. Workers at UPS package sorting discovered the shipment.
$57,400 against International Dental Supply (IDS) of Hialeah, Fla. The FAA alleges that IDS shipped a package containing 20 eight-ounce bottles of acrylic, which is a hazardous flammable liquid, on a UPS cargo flight to Puerto Rico. Workers at UPS discovered the shipment was leaking. The FAA alleges IDS did not package the bottles to prevent breakage or leakage.
$65,000 against Freedom Manufacturing LLC, of Fremont, Ohio. The FAA alleges that the manufacturer offered to FedEx a box containing six smaller packages, each holding approximately 1,000 bullets, for shipment by air to Key West, Fla. Workers at FedEx discovered the package. Bullets are explosives.
$66,000 against Quaker City Plating of Whittier, Calif. For shipping a box containing five 1-gallon containers of paint on a FedEx cargo flight to Brunswick, Ga. Employees at FedEx discovered the shipment was leaking. Paint is a flammable liquid.
$227,500 against Shanghai Yancui Import and Export Co. for Alleged Hazardous Materials Violations. The FAA alleges that the company shipped a package containing one bottle of Titanium Tetrachloride on a DHL Express Worldwide cargo flight. Workers at DHL discovered the bottle emitting smoke. Titanium Tetrachloride is a poisonous, corrosive material, and Hazardous Materials regulations prohibit shipping it on passenger or cargo aircraft. The package also contained two bottles of Benzodioxole, which is a hazardous flammable liquid. The FAA alleges that Shanghai Yancui did not mark, label or pack the shipment in accordance with the Hazardous Materials regulations, and the package was not accompanied by shipping papers to indicate the hazardous nature of its contents or emergency response information. Additionally, the FAA alleges Shanghai Yancui did not provide required hazardous materials training for its employees.