Limited Quantities Labeling

What are Limited Quantities and Excepted Quantities?

The term “Limited Quantities” refers to the very small quantities of dangerous goods. “Excepted Quantities” refers to very small volumes of dangerous goods. When transporting certain types of small amounts dangerous goods there can be exemptions to the rules for the labeling, marking, and packaging of dangerous goods.

Where to find Limited Quantities and Excepted Quantities?

“Limited Quantities” define the maximum amount of product allowed within inner packages that can be transported under 49 CFR 173.150. A Safety Data Sheet (SDS)  includes information on the properties of the chemical, its safety precautions, how to handle, store and transport the dangerous good. The “Limited Quantity” value for a given dangerous good is specified in Column 8A of the Hazardous Materials Table (49 CRF 172.101).

“Excepted Quantities”, even smaller than that allowed as “Limited Quantities”, specify the maximum amount allowed within inner and outer packaging that can be transported under the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) as dangerous goods in excepted quantities. In the IATA DGR, “Excepted Quantities” are found in Column F of Section 4.2 List of Dangerous Goods.  Table 2.6.A of the DGR lists the values for the Codes found in Column F. These Codes, E0-E5, the maximum net quantity of product allowed to be contained in inner & outer packaging.

Requirements for Dangerous Goods in Limited Quantities or Excepted Quantities

The requirements for limited quantities are as follows:

  • The “limited quantities” label must be shown on the outside on the box along next to its hazardous material classification label
  • For limited quantities, the shipping documentation it must clearly state that the goods are limited quantities of dangerous goods
  • For limited quantities, the packages (boxes, containers, etc.) must be able to pass certain tests to make sure that these do not pose a hazard to people or the environment
  • For limited quantities, the dangerous goods must be in some sort of a container which is then packed in a box
  • For limited quantities, the maximum weight that the box can be is 30 kgs and 20kg for shrink-wrapped trays
Limited Quantities Label for Air Freight
Limited Quantities Label for Air Freight

The requirements for excepted quantities are as follows:

  • For excepted quantities, the “excepted quantities” label must be shown on the outside on the box and the hazardous symbol is not required
  • For excepted quantities, UN packages are not required
  • For excepted quantities, on the shipping documentation it must list that the goods are dangerous foods in excepted quantities
  • Lastly, for excepted quantities, the packages have to pass stacking and drop tests

Limited Quantities and Excepted Quantities Markings/Labeling

The limited quantities label, has two black stripes, one on the top and one on the bottom, with a black border

Limited Quantities Label
Limited Quantities Label

The limited quantities label for air freight ONLY, has two black stripes one on the top and one on the bottom, with a “Y” in the middle, with a black border.

Limited Quantities for Air Freight Label
Limited Quantities for Air Freight Label
Limited Quantities for Air Label
Limited Quantities for Air Freight Labeling

The excepted quantities label is red with dashed lines around the outside. In the interior of this label is a red letter “E” in a circle.

Excepted Quantities Label
Excepted Quantities Label

How to package & ship your dangerous goods with DGM Boston?

Reach out to us to let us help you, package and ship your dangerous goods. If you are unsure if the goods you need to ship are considered dangerous good or not, let us do a consultation! We can determine if your goods are dangerous, are not dangerous, or can be shipped in limited quantities or excepted quantities.

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 help you package and ship your dangerous goods!

 

References: United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, Model Regulations