FAA Proposes Seven Civil Penalties Against DHL for Alleged Hazardous Materials Violations

FAA Proposes Seven Civil Penalties Against DHL for Alleged Hazardous Materials Violations
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February 12, 2016

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed seven civil penalties totaling $455,000 against DHL Express (USA), Inc. for allegedly violating federal Hazardous Materials Regulations.

In each case, the FAA alleges that DHL accepted shipments that were not properly prepared for air transportation, and also failed to ensure that its employees or agents received required hazardous materials training.

All of the shipments in question were discovered during inspections at the DHL Express package sorting facility in Erlanger, Kentucky. The proposed civil penalties are $65,000 for each individual case.

The FAA allegations against DHL are as follows:

December 13, 2013: DHL accepted a box containing printing ink, a flammable liquid, for shipment on an ABX Air cargo flight from Memphis, Tennessee to LeLude, France. The shipment was not accompanied by a dangerous goods declaration.

March 24, 2014: DHL accepted a box containing a one-liter can of paint, a flammable liquid, for shipment on an Atlas Air flight from Roswell, Georgia to Victoria, Australia. The shipment was not accompanied by a dangerous goods declaration.

April 25, 2014: DHL accepted a box containing fuel control assembly, which is classified as a dangerous good in machinery or apparatus, for shipment on an ABX Air cargo flight from Pompano Beach, Florida to Rzeszow, Poland. The box had partially obscured orientation arrows and an improper shipping name.

August 13, 2014: DHL accepted a box containing a fuel/defuel cart, with a corrosive battery installed, for shipment on a cargo flight from a U.S. Army Warehouse in Poway, California to Bagram, Afghanistan. The FAA alleges that the corrosive battery was not disconnected from its source and the shipment was not accompanied by a dangerous goods declaration.

August 14, 2014: DHL accepted a box containing an airbag module for shipment on an ABX Air cargo flight from Tijuana, Mexico to Midlothian, Virginia. The shipment was not accompanied by a dangerous goods declaration.

September 15, 2014: DHL accepted a box containing two boxes of lithium ion batteries for shipment on an Atlas Air cargo flight from Hopkinton, Massachusetts to Hong Kong. The FAA alleges that the shipment was not properly labeled.

September 18, 2014: DHL accepted a box containing an airbag module on an ABX Air cargo flight from St. James, New York to Jung-Ku, Republic of Korea. The shipment was not accompanied by a dangerous goods declaration.

The FAA says that DHL has asked to meet with the agency to discuss the alleged violations.