Top 12 Tiny Homes of 2017

Whether it’s to escape the suffocating constraints of debt, or concerns for the environment, or the desire to return to a simpler life, more people are turning to tiny houses.

It’s a movement that’s gathered momentum over the past couple of years and drawn international attention, thanks to the likes of CNN, NBC, PBS, and Oprah. Continue reading…

How Global Warming Is Affecting Shipping Routes

global warming affecting shipping routes

Shipping cargo around the world is a vital service that’s worth billions of dollars and is integral to economies all over the planet. Whether it’s a container of crude oil, gas, or more perishable goods (such as fruit, vegetables, or meat) which are stored in specialized vessels, crossing the world’s international shipping routes is considered the lifeblood of the global economy. Continue reading…

How Sustainable Initiatives for Businesses Can Boost Profits

There are many ways in which a business can consistently generate net profits over time. They can make the choice to reduce expenses, they can increase the price of the product that they are selling, or devise a plan to sell the current product at a greater volume. They can also figure out a cheaper way to design the product. But what about an intentional effort to undertake sustainability initiatives?

For businesses in North America, it might sound like a radical idea. What’s the point of focusing on sustainability when things are going well? It’s not like they are going to suddenly run out of resources anytime soon. There is no real pressure nor is there a true incentive to pursue this path. However, this type of thinking might be preventing these same companies from becoming even more profitable in the future. Continue reading…

Key Books for Regulation Insight on Packing Supplies for Dangerous Goods

IMO_CATALOGUEKey books for regulation insight on packing supplies for dangerous goods are being offered from our company at competitive pricing. From our perspective, there is no bar that cannot be surpassed, which is why we’re constantly striving to increase our knowledge and understanding on the subject of packaging supplies for shipping dangerous goods.

As most of our customer can testify to, one of the reasons that our company has been so successful over the years is our humble attitude. The rules and regulations for packaging supplies for shipping dangerous goods are constantly updating. For instance, recently there has been increase scrutiny on lithium batteries. Our family owned business, with a high achieving team of specialists are closely watching the proceedings to insure that our customers are able to cooperate with strict compliance with the law.

But just because we’re experts on the proceedings, doesn’t mean you can’t improve your knowledge! Our company is currently selling IATA products; IMO Regulations products; Emergency Response Guidebooks; and CFR 49 – Code of Federal Regulations Title 49. We aren’t selling these products to claim intellectual superiority on an important section of business. Encompassed in each of the products from these categories are important information that is practical to be aware of. This can help you save time and money in the long-run, because you can better maintain your business and compliance with existing law.

To ship dangerous goods by air, IATA products are the industry standard. These assist in classification, packing, marking, labeling and document shipments of dangerous goods. Essentially, to stay in compliance with state and airline requirements, one must use the knowledge encompassed in these materials. Our company has a significant array of materials to choose from to access these materials. They can come in books, CD-Roms, or kits/combos. Over the years of being an industry leader, our company has amassed clients from several different regions of the world. Therefore, the 2016 57th Edition IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations, in addition to coming in perfect or spiral bound, are customizable in various languages, which include the following: English, Spanish, French and German. We also offer the ability of summarization! For the 2016 57th Edition IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations book on our online store, you can view significant changes that have been made in 2016. This book is utilized by more than 200 airlines. From the product description on our website, the book “covers every facet of national and international shipping regulations, including a comprehensive Dangerous Goods list detailing Proper Shipping Names and labeling requirements, packing requirements, training guidelines and up-to-date information on shipping forms.”

From the International Maritime Organization, our company provides comprehensive information for ocean shipping regulations. A popular combination that is purchased from our company is both the IMDG Code 2014-16 37th Edition and the IMDG Code Supplement 37th Current Edition—with the latter clarifying difficult sections from the former. From the product description, this book is “intended for use not only by the mariner but also by all those involved in industries and services connected with shipping, and contains advice on terminology, packaging, labeling, placarding, markings, stowage, segregation, handling, and emergency response action.” An excellent option that is less of a strain on your eyes being that it utilizes your ears is the IMDG Code for Windows (V12), 2014. It is highly portable and contains a trove of necessary information.

2016 Emergency Response Guidebook A third educational book is the Emergency Response Guidebook—otherwise known as the ERG Book. This book provides the most recent dangerous goods in a list format. In addition, the book provides information for emergency responders to accurately and quickly access a hazmat incident. The 2016 Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG), Regular Bound comes in a 5½” x 7½” standard size. From the product description:

The Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG 2016) was developed jointly by the US Department of Transportation, Transport Canada, and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation of Mexico (SCT) for use by firefighters, police, and other emergency services personnel who may be the first to arrive at the scene of a transportation incident involving a hazardous material. It is primarily a guide to aid first responders in (1) quickly identifying the specific or generic classification of the material(s) involved in the incident, and (2) protecting themselves and the general public during this initial response phase of the incident. The ERG is updated every three to four years to accommodate new products and technology.

As is apparent, this product offered from our company is comprehensive and provides excellent information.

Lastly, we’re offering the CFR 49 – Code of Federal Regulations Title 49 book in either regular bound or spiral bound. Currently, these products are for presale, but will be available in mid spring 2016. Encompassed within these books is valuable information for shipments utilizing domestic transportation; while also including all modes of transportation as well (ocean, air, highway and rail). This product is in no way considered light reading, coming in eight volumes.

In conclusion, amongst our vast inventory are several important books that pertain to regulations. Being an industry leader for many years wasn’t by accident or luck; rather, a firm determination to follow the best industry practices and ensuring we deliver products that have 100 percent compliance. For additional question, feel free to engage in a Live Chat with one of our specialists or call us directly, from Monday to Friday, at (866) 272-9880, between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST. We strongly believe that there is no such thing as a stupid question. A successful relationship with our customers is paramount to our success. Therefore, feel free to ask us any question that you deem pertinent to the success of your business. To learn more about updates in the industry, products sold from our company, and general information on packing supplies for dangerous goods, visit: From there, you can locate a lot of useful information from our blog, which is constantly being updated.

Lithium Battery Guidance Document, Revised March 9, 2016

IntroductionPDF Document

This document is based on the provisions set out in the 2015-2016 Edition of the ICAO Technical Instruction for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air and the 57th Edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR). The provisions of the DGR with respect to lithium batteries may also be found in the IATA lithium Battery Shipping Guidelines (LBSG). In addition to the content from the DGR, the LBSG also has additional classification flowcharts and detailed packing and documentation examples for lithium batteries… The purpose of this document is to provide guidance for complying with provisions applicable to the transport by air of lithium batteries as set out in the DGR. Specifically the document provides information on:

• Definitions;

• Classification (including classification flowcharts);

• Prohibitions;

• Restrictions;

• Frequently Asked Questions

To access the document, visit: Lithium Battery Guidance Document or click the PDF image above.

Lithium-Ion Batteries: Everything You Need to Know

IATA's New Lithium battery shipping regulations help keep air shipping safe

Recently, there has been new regulations in relation to lithium-ion batteries. This reform is comprehensive. For the average customer—and even the most seasoned executives—some of the verbiage and jargon can come across as confusing. These reforms have many in the industry insiders scrabbling to conform to the new rules. For many, navigating through the updates can be time consuming.

As one of the industry leaders in shipping, it is imperative that we understand how these updates on regulations affect you and your business. This article has the goal of providing a brief overview of lithium-ion battery news. Being brief, the information provided should be treated as an overview and not as a detailed analysis.

What are lithium-ion batteries?

Lithium-ion batteries are a common type of rechargeable battery, which is found in most consumer electronics.  When lithium-ion batteries are damaged and/or the internal components become wet, the batteries can become highly flammable, making them extremely dangerous—especially in instances where the batteries are packaged incorrectly.

What safe guards are put in place to ensure when shipped these batteries do not explode?

As these batteries evolve—becoming more powerful and used for more applications—so has the world-wide regulatory changes that are taking place to ensure consumer safety. Due to the fact that regulatory agencies and hazmat industry leaders continue to identify potential issues, it is necessary to update regulations, which in most cases are to ensure that proper packaging and shipping of these products are performed. A tight rope is being walked to ensure that the lithium-ion batteries are remaining in line with industry needs.

There are numerous technical requirements identified for different sizes and types of lithium-ion batteries.  Many of these batteries are contained in common consumer products, where the batteries are classified and packaged according to their specific designs.  In general, and as simply put as possible, the lithium-ion batteries must be packed in safe quantities, remain entirely undamaged, stay far away from moisture and heat, and are properly disposed.  Many industry professionals predict that there will be some fire retardant packaging requirements, in some form or another, in the near future for most, if not all of these products in quantities that are deemed dangerous.

Congress, West Front - WikipediaHow does recent congressional action influence your company in relation to these batteries?

As governments and regulatory agencies become more aware of and involved with the safety concerns with this quickly changing industry segment, the laws and enforcement evolve to ensure safety.  To ensure that regulation changes move as efficiently as possible, players in the industry, such as our company, that are experts in the field discuss the proposed changes and attempt to assist governments, regulatory agencies, and organizations with this process.

Why are the New U.S. OSHA GHS Hazard Classification Guidance Important?

OSHA, as well as many other agencies and organizations take part in this ever changing industry by participating in the discussions for change, and of course following pertinent industry changes and recommendations.  As consumer products and technology evolve nationwide and worldwide, so do the hazmat packaging guidelines, their laws, and enforcement efforts.

Everyone needs to be aware of the industry and regulatory changes, including the potential damage that can be done when one unscrupulously ignores these rules and regulations. The financial penalties are scary alone but the safety concerns are far more serious and unfortunately overlooked too often.

The bar is set too high to be ignorant to these changes. These updates, in a sense, should be viewed as an accessory to code of ethics. When the updates are ignored, so is the customer’s needs because they can face great danger. Essentially, the more we learn about the industry changes and continue to evolve with them, the world becomes a safer place.

A Brief Summary Of Some of the New Regulations

Below we offer a summary of some of the changes to the regulations.  However, this summary is not comprehensive.  It is intended to be a brief primer.

  • Passenger Aircraft Cargo – Lithium-ion batteries, under Packaging Instruction 965 only, are forbidden as cargo on passenger planes, on an interim basis.  This doesn’t impact batteries that are packed as part of equipment or packed with equipment (Packaging Instruction 967 and 966 respectively).  Source: UN 3480, PI 965, Section IA and IB.
  • State of Charge – Lithium-ion batteries and cells must not be shipped at a state of charge (SoC) that exceeds 30%.  This means that batteries should be fully charged and then drained to 30%, or less, before being shipped.  Source: UN 3480, PI 965, Section IA and IB.
  • Overpacking – Shipping Lithium-ion batteries, cells, and metal, are limited to one 2.5 kg package.  Unless they ship as Class 9, multiple 2.5 kg packages are not permitted. Source.

Moving Forward with this Information

This document only scratches the surface of awareness for the general public.  It is strongly recommended that people research the regulations for themselves and take into consideration all of these recent changes and understand why they are taking place.

Dangerous Goods

shipping_barrels_labelsDangerous or hazardous goods are substances that have the potential to harm people, property, or the environment if they are released from containment.  Many of these substances are subject to chemical regulations by governments or international organizations.  These materials are sometimes referred to as hazardous materials (HAZMAT for short).  Response teams specifically trained to handle these types of dangerous goods are often called hazmat teams; these teams may consist of personnel trained to contain materials that are radioactive, flammable, corrosive, oxidizing, biohazardous, or toxic.

Methods for indicating the presence of dangerous goods vary from place to place.  In the United States, a specific type of characteristic signage is used.  This sign consists of a diamond with four parts, each of which indicates the level to which a material is hazardous in a specific way (i.e. red indicates flammability).

Hazardous Materials in Transport — Regulation

hazardous_labels_for_shippingRegulations for the transportation of hazardous materials also vary by government and region, although some international organizations provide guidelines and regulations about how to classify and document hazmat transportation.  The UN in particular provides a standardized model for classifying dangerous goods by type and level of danger, as well as some guidelines about how to identify these different classes of hazardous materials.  The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has its own classification system tied closely to the UN model.  To assist in emergency response, all hazmat transportation must carry a four digit UN guide number; the DOT Emergency Response Guidebook suggests combining this number with standardized logs of hazmat information to determine the nature of a hazardous material in an emergency.

Hazardous Materials in Transport—U.S. Classification

caution_labels_for_shippingThe U.S. in particular uses its own system (derived from the UN model) to classify hazardous materials in transportation.  Different types of hazardous materials are divided into classes based on their type (i.e. class 1 consists of explosives, class 2 of gases, class 3 of flammable liquids, etc).  Each class also contains subclasses, based on more specific information about the substance.  The subclass in particular is an indicator of a material’s sensitivity, and the level of danger it creates For example, class 1.1 explosives are those that present a mass explosion hazard and are thus highly dangerous, while class 1.6 explosives are extremely insensitive and unlikely to be dangerous except in extenuating circumstances.

Works Cited

“Hazardous Materials.” Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. U.S. Department of Transportation, n.d. Web. 13 Apr. 2016. <>.

2012 Emergency Response Guidebook: A Guidebook for First Responders during the Initial Phase of a Dangerous Goods/hazardous Materials Incident. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Transportation, Research and Special Programs Administration, 2012. Print.


What You Need To Know About IMDG Code Amendment 36-12

what you need to know about imdg code 2012 36th-amendment

New IMDG Changes Coming October/November 2012

The IMDG code 2012 amendment 36-12 comes into effect on 1 January 2013 if adopted by the national administration. It will become mandatory from 1 January 2014. The amendment comes with new UN numbers that go up to 3506 and new instructions about how packing should be done. There are also several detailed changes to the chapters and to the entries in the Dangerous Goods List. It is important for those in the sector to know what the changes are and what they will mean for business.

Part 7 of the Stowage and Segregation has been completely reorganized to suit job function. While 7.1 and 7.2 contains the rules for general stowage and segregation, chapter 7.3 has been revised to carry regulations about how goods should be loaded into a CTU.

Another change is with sources of heat.  There has been a replacement of the regulations about  various  ‘away’ from all sources of heat shading from direct sunlight and radiant heat, flames and speaks. Instead there is a general rule that says that cargo has to be protected from sources of heat and the meaning of this is laid out in 7.1.2.

Some of the changes call for cargo being a minimum of  2.4  m away from ship structures that are heated. Also, cargo that is on deck but is not in CTUs has to shaded from direct sunlight. Also, depending on what is being shipped and on the route that will be taken, the exposure of CTUs on deck to direct sunlight may have to be reduced.

The rules have also changed when it comes to foodstuff.  Regulations about segregation of foodstuff that is now referred to  as 1.2.1 have been amended with the removal of the specifications ‘away from’ foodstuff and ‘separated from’ foodstuff.

A class or subrisk  of 2.3, 6.1, 6.2, 7 and 8 and some particular DGL entries are not to be packed together with foodstuff in the same CTU.  Provision has been made for some of the class 6.1 and 8 items and some particular DGL entries which can be shipped a CTU that is carrying food without having to get competent authority approval as long as a distance of at least 3m is maintained.

Another amendment is to class 6.2 which will now require where segregation from food but it will be to value 2 rather then 3 if a CTU is closed. Value 2 still applies to the other classes and to DGL specific goods but the value can be reduced to 1 if one of the items is a closed CTU. It can go up to O if  both items are  in closed containers.  Lowering of the segregation value to 1 for class 8 and class 6.1 pg 111 has been done away with.

Another Imdg code 2012 amendment 36-12 is to the rules of  limited quantities.  When they are being shipped in limited quantities, rigid intermediate packaging must be done for liquids in glass that are in class 8 packing group 11 as well as those with similar inners.  Other LQ substances that are in fragile liners will have to be put in appropriate intermediate packaging when they are in stretch-wrapped trays or in shrink wrapping.

Also, it will now be necessary to get a classification reference for UN 0333-7  fireworks from a competent authority. Stowage categories have been reduced to five and they are different from the current 01 to 05 categories.

Imdg code 2012 amendment 36-12 will mean changes in the cost of shipping so the rates charged to clients will have to be revised accordingly. This will ensure the bottom line is not negatively impacted.

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