Within the US-DOT Performance Oriented Packaging Specifications, container manufacturers are required to issue container closure instructions to their customers. These instructions often require that containers be closed using specific tools and gauges, and often reference different closure torque‘s for similar products. Customers are expressing concerns to the DOT about the difficult process of isolating each container by the original manufacturer, design type and torque requirement. Members of the National Association of Chemical Distributors and the Reusable Industrial Packaging Association (RIPA) have met with DOT in order to address these concerns. If you would like to join or find out more about this effort, please contact Paul Rankin of RIPA at 301.577.3786 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.