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Frequently asked questions regarding labels and labeling requirements.

  1. How should the hazard label be applied to my shipment?
  2. If I have an inner container that is labeled and placed inside a box, does the box require labeling?
  3. Can I handwrite the technical name on the hazard label?
  4. Can I use the same hazard label when shipping to/from Canada and the USA?

1.  How should the hazard label be applied to my shipment?

TDG requirements for small means of containment when shipping by road, rail, marine, and air domestic flights (for marine and air domestic, also see the IMDG Code and ICAO requirements respectively):

49 CFR requirements:

IATA requirements (international shipments):

IMDG Code requirements—provisions are related essentially to danger labels:

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2.  If I have an inner container that is labeled and placed inside a box, does the box require labeling?

Yes. This applies to all regulations.

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3.  Can I handwrite the technical name on the hazard label?

No, that information is not required on the labels. This applies to all regulations.

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4.  Can I use the same hazard label when shipping to/from Canada and the USA?

TDG requirements: To Canada from other places, yes, until the final destination, if the hazard label is in conformity with other regulations.

IATA requirements: Labels required by other international or national regulations are permitted in addition to the labels required by these Regulations, but they cannot be confused with or conflict with.

49 CFR requirements:

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