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How to Package Printing Ink for Shipping

Hazmat materials are the most regulated and complicated materials to ship through all modes of transportation. For shipping printing ink, here are certain packaging regulations that must be followed. Printing inks are primarily considered to be dangerous due to the solvents used in their formulations.

Printing Ink Shipping Classification

Hazardous materials are split into classification numbers. Each number corresponds with a different class depending on the risk, there are 9 classes total used by DOT.

DOT Classes:

Class 1: Explosives

Class 2: Gases

Class 3: Flammable liquids and combustible liquids

Class 4: Flammable solids

Class 5: Oxidizer and organic peroxides

Class 6: Poison and toxic substances

Class 7: Radioactive materials

Class 8: Corrosive substances

Class 9: Miscellaneous hazardous materials

Printing Ink falls under Class 3. Class 3 hazardous materials cover both flammable liquids and combustible liquids. Vapors of Flammable liquids can ignite at 140° F, or less, in the presence of a spark. Vapors of Combustible liquids can combust at a temperature between 140° F and 200° F. Some examples of Flammable liquids are gasoline, acetone, and printing ink!

What Makes Printing Ink Dangerous?

Printing Ink can be potentially dangerous for shipping due to several reasons related to its flammability, toxicity, and environmental impact. Most printing inks are formulated with a flammable solvent, which can be a fire risk during transportation. Flammable liquids fall under Class 3 of DOT classifications and require specific packaging and documentation for transportation.

In addition to printing ink being flammable, some printing inks may also contain toxic substances. These substances can be harmful to the health of humans and the environment and must be regulated in shipping to prevent exposures. Lastly, printing inks may contain substances that are harmful to the environment if not shipped properly. The regulations put forward by various responsible organizations are to ensure environmental safety in addition for humans.

Can you Ship Printing Ink?

Yes, you can ship printing ink! It must be properly packaged and shipped as dangerous goods along with the appropriate labeling, packing, and shipping documentation.

Class 3 Dangerous Goods Packaging

A recent job we completed was the packaging and shipping for pails of printing ink. When packaging these Class 3 hazmat pails of printing ink, each individual pail needed to have the proper packaging and labeling. The Class 3 flammable liquid label is a red diamond with an outer white outline. It also has the number 3 in the bottom corner. At the top of the label there is an icon of flames with a line under it.

In addition to this Class 3 label, an orientation label with 2 arrows pointing up needs to be adhered to each pail to ensure that they are not tipped on their sides. Failure to package and label properly can lead to delays, hefty fines or even fiery explosions.

Class 3: Printing Ink Label
Class 3: Printing Ink Label

For this shipment, we lined the pails up on a pallet and stacked some on top. Each of the individual pails were labeled appropriately and were shrink-wrapped and banded to the pallet. Once wrapped and banded, there needed to be an “overpack” sticker attached to the palletized pails. When shipping internationally, the pallet also needs to be ISPM-15 compliant.

The best way to package and ship your hazardous materials is with a dangerous goods packaging and shipping company.

How to Package and Ship your Printing Ink with DGM Boston?

Reach out to a dangerous goods company, to help you with the packaging and shipping of your Class 3 printing ink!

At DGM Boston, we understand that hazardous materials require special handling and packaging to ensure the safety of everyone involved. That’s why we specialize in providing hazmat packaging services that meet or exceed all regulatory requirements. Our team of experts has the knowledge and experience to handle a wide range of hazardous materials, including chemicals, batteries, and medical waste.

Contact us today to let us help you package and ship your dangerous goods!