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DOT Proposes Hazmat Regulations Exception for Reverse Logistics Shipments

Monday, August 11, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is accepting comments through Oct. 10 on a proposed rule that would revise the Hazardous Materials Regulations applicable to return shipments of certain hazardous materials by motor vehicle. This rule proposes:

- a definition for “reverse logistics” for hazardous materials that are intended to be returned to or between a vendor, distributor, manufacturer or other person for the purpose of returning for credit, recalling product, replacement or similar reason (e.g., from a retail or wholesale outlet);

- a new section on the shipment of hazmats in the reverse logistics supply chain that provides an exception from the HMR for such shipments and clearly identifies the hazardous materials authorized as well as the packaging, hazard communication and training requirements applicable to reverse logistics shipments; and

- to expand an existing exception for reverse logistics shipments of used automobile batteries that are being shipped from a retail facility to a recycling center.

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