Shipping Guidelines for Limited Quantities
BlazeCut (hexafluoropropane) is considered a Hazardous Material by the United States, DOT, PHMSA and all other relevant authorities using 49 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations). This can sound intimidating but we have gone through the regulations and processes for shipping and will lay them out for you below.
BlazeCut falls under the UN3163 Classification, which allows for shipping of Limited Quantities (LQ) without full HazMat paperwork, labelling, and the associated HazMat shipping fee. All of the T series sizes qualify.
To ship using LQ you must:
- Label the outside of the shipping box on one side with the DOT LQ Sticker. (We will include one LQ sticker with each unit ordered)
- The entire box cannot weigh more than 66 pounds (30KG)
- Ship through UPS or Fedex GROUND only. Air shipments, international shipments, and shipments over 66 pounds require full HazMat labelling.
- BlazeCut can be packaged with other goods, but the package cannot exceed 66 pounds and must have the LQ label.
- You must ship BlazeCut within a sturdy outer shipping box. (You can't just ship it using the retail packaging)
Those are the basics, pretty simple!
If you would like to read some of the fine print, keep on reading:
Chemical is Hexafluoropropane, classified as UN3163, liquified gas, n.o.s. in 49 CFR section 172.101
§173.306 Limited quantities of compressed gases.
(a) Limited quantities of compressed gases for which exceptions are permitted as noted by reference to this section in §172.101 of this subchapter are excepted from labeling, except when offered for transportation or transported by air, and, unless required as a condition of the exception, specification packaging requirements of this subchapter when packaged in accordance with the following paragraphs. For transportation by aircraft, the package must conform to the applicable requirements of §173.27 and only packages of hazardous materials authorized aboard passenger-carrying aircraft may be transported as a limited quantity. In addition, shipments are not subject to subpart F (Placarding) of part 172 of this subchapter, to part 174 of this subchapter except §174.24, and to part 177 of this subchapter except §177.817. Except as otherwise provided in this section, each package may not exceed 30 kg (66 lbs.) gross weight.
(5) For limited quantities of Division 2.2 gases with no subsidiary risk, when in a non-DOT specification or a specification DOT 2S (§178.33b of this subchapter) plastic aerosol container (see §171.8 of this subchapter for the definition of aerosol) provided all of the following conditions are met. Additional exceptions for aerosols conforming to this paragraph (a)(5) are provided in paragraph (i) of this section.
(i) Capacity. The capacity of the container must not exceed 1 L (61.0 cubic inches).
(ii) General pressure conditions. Authorized plastic aerosol containers and associated pressure limitations are provided in the following table. The pressure in the container must not exceed 160 psig at 54.4 °C (130 °F). The container must be capable of withstanding without bursting a pressure of at least one and one-half times the equilibrium pressure of the contents at 54.4 °C (130 °F).
Authorized Plastic Aerosol Containers
|If the gauge pressure (psig) at 55 °C (131 °F) is . . .||Authorized plastic container|
|Less than 140||Non-DOT specification, DOT 2S.|
|140 or greater but not exceeding 160||DOT 2S.|
(iii) Liquid fill. Liquid content of the material and gas must not completely fill the container at 54.4 °C (130 °F).
(iv) Outer packaging. The containers must be packed in strong outer packagings.