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335 ORM–D Materials

Some of the hazardous materials that qualify under the limited quantity provision are permitted a further exemption in 49 CFR 172.101 (column 8A) to be reclassified as an ORM-D material under 49 CFR 173.144 and renamed with the proper shipping name “Consumer Commodity,” which is defined in Appendix D. A mailable ORM-D material is additionally subject to the mailability and quantity limits in DMM 601.10 and this publication, as applicable. The ORM-D category is only applicable for materials intended for ground transportation. Effective January 1, 2015, the ORM-D category will be eliminated for materials intended for surface transportation. After this date, the mailability of materials previously fitting the description of ORM-D must be evaluated based on its eligibility under the applicable consumer commodity or mailable limited quantity categories. The ORM-D category is unique to the United States, and its use is prohibited with international shipments.

It is the responsibility of the mailer to know the correct DOT hazard class of a hazardous material before mailing (see 323).

When assistance is needed to determine eligibility for mailing, the mailer may request a ruling from the PCSC (215.2 and DMM 601.10.6).