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Basic Description

On shipping papers, the basic description identifies the shipment as hazardous and conveys specific information, which is gathered from tables in the hazardous materials regulations.

The order of the basic description must be:

  • Identification number,
  • Proper shipping name and if required, technical name,
  • Hazard class, and
  • Packing group, if applicable.

International shipments changed to this order several years ago and it has been permissive in the United States.  The old order, beginning with the proper shipping name cannot be used after December 31, 2012.

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