Do you know if the contents you are shipping are classified as a dangerous good or hazardous material? Be cautious, violations for illegal or non-compliant shipments are severe. Once a shipper suspects that contents have the potential of being hazardous — regardless of the quantity — one should begin researching compliance. Issues such as new product development, changes in the formulation, changes in the packaging, and mode(s) of transport can all effect compliance. Furthermore, these regulations are amended daily. Finding someone to help with proper classification and packaging can be easier said than done. Liabilities for offering information have never been greater, and to this end, few in the haz-mat community are able to suggest the answers needed. To start, the DOT has a hotline for fielding these inquiries at 1-800-467-4922 or visit http://hazmat.dot.gov./ If you still need additional assistance, your raw material vendors should be able to offer further classification information and hazards criteria that will be essential for package and shipping mode selection.