For a number of years our CPS shipping software has supported sending Hazardous Materials via UPS using Masterform software from LabelMaster. Only a few of our customers need this type of service because most do not ship parcels that are considered hazardous. Some just process the required hazardous materials separately. But for many companies, how certain items are shipped will change come October 1st.
Starting October 1st all hazardous materials shippers must process their shipments using a carrier compliant shipping solution in conjunction with hazardous materials shipment documentation software. To be compliant with the new D.O.T. mandated change effective on that date, shippers must make sure that when they ship any item now considered hazardous, it is done according to the new requirements. Businesses shipping hazardous materials and that do not comply with regulations may no longer be able to ship hazardous materials packages via their carrier and may face heavy fines plus other penalties.
Items now considered hazardous include those that are indicated to be:
You may not think this affects your business, but this includes items such as batteries, products that have batteries, thermometers, barometers, camping gear with compressed gas or STERNO, CO2 cartridges, items to be repaired that may contain fuel residue like lawn equipment or auto parts, fertilizer, shipments that contain dry ice, household cleaning products, paints and many more common items. This is wider reaching than you might think and the fines could kill a small business!
For this reason we are trying to get a handle on how the market will react to these changes and I would like to know how you plan to deal with these new regulations and how the new requirements are affecting your business…
Bert at Harvey Software, Inc.
Multi-Carrier Shipping Software and Supply Chain Solutions for Internet Retailers
Also a provider of free shipping information and resources at Harvey Software`s Parcel Shipping Blog along with free tracking solutions at TrackingPage.com...