FedEx Facing Penalty for Alleged Hazardous Materials Violations

FedEx Facing Penalty for Alleged Hazardous Materials Violations
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April 09, 2015

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed a $96,200 civil penalty against FedEx Corp. for allegedly violating federal Hazardous Materials Regulations.

Between July 15 and July 25, 2014, the FAA conducted an onsite inspection of shipments that FedEx accepted at its Indianapolis, Indiana facility. The agency alleges that FedEx accepted three shipments of hazardous materials that were not prepared in accordance with Hazardous Materials Regulations set by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT).

The shipments contained methanol, printer ink and sodium hydroxide.

The FAA alleges that FedEx accepted the methanol shipment without ensuring that it was properly marked, labeled and placarded; the printer ink was in drums that did not meet minimum pressure tests for containers used to transport that type of substance; and the sodium hydroxide shipment was not properly described and certified on a shipping paper.

The FAA also allegedly found that several Dangerous Goods identification tags on the outside of cargo containers designated for hazardous shipments were either incorrect or obscured.

FedEx has 30 days from receipt of the FAA's enforcement letter to respond to the agency.

All hazardous materials shipped via commercial transportation in the United States must comply with USDOT Hazardous Materials Regulations. These regulations apply to those who offer, accept, or carry hazardous materials to, from, within, and across the U.S.