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2022 National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA) Freight Changes

Posted by Jarrett on Aug 4, 2022 9:00:00 AM


These changes are coming from the latest NMFTA Supplement-2022-2

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COMMODITY CHANGES

GLASS: subject to item 86500

86700 Glass, flat, bent or not bent, NOI, see Notes, items 86701 and 86702; IOR Glazing Units (Insulated Glass Panels), not in sash, see Note, item 86703; in boxes, crates or Packages 235, 785, 2008, 2025, 2147, 2149, 2160, 2239, 2245, 2281 or 2497, see Note, item 86704:

Sub 1 Greatest dimension exceeding 96 inches, subject to Item 170 and having a density in pounds per cubic foot of:

Sub 2 Less than 4 ............................................................................................ 500

Sub 3 4 but less than 6........................................................................................300

Sub 4 6 but less than 8........................................................................................200

Sub 5 8 but less than 12......................................................................................125

Sub 6 12 but less than 15....................................................................................100

Sub 7 15 but less than 22.5...................................................................................85

Sub 8 22.5 or greater............................................................................................70

Sub 9 Greatest dimension not exceeding 96 inches, subject to Item 170 and having a density in pounds per cubic foot of:

Sub 10 Less than 4 ............................................................................................ 400

Sub 11 4 but less than 6........................................................................................250

Sub 12 6 but less than 8........................................................................................175

Sub 13 8 but less than 12......................................................................................110

Sub 14 12 but less than 15......................................................................................92.5

Sub 15 15 but less than 22.5...................................................................................77.5

Sub 16 22.5 or greater............................................................................................65

86701 NOTE—No Change.

86702 NOTE—No Change.

86703 NOTE—Applies on units consisting of sheets of glass separated by air, gas or (NEW) vacuum, sealed at all edges with same or other materials.

86704 NOTE—Articles must be protected by packing forms or other packaging (NEW) materials necessary to afford adequate protection against damage.

86960 Glazing Units, glass, not in sash, etc.................................................... Cancel; see item 86700 86966 NOTE—Cancel; see item 86703.

Comment: Item 86960 is canceled with reference to item 86700, and the description of item 86700 is amended to include “Glazing Units (Insulated Glass Panels), not in sash.” The established density breaks and class adjustments based on greatest dimension in item 86700 are maintained; however, sub 2 is amended to assign class 500, and sub 10 is amended to assign class 400. Note, item 86966 is canceled and reestablished as Note, item 86703, and it clarifies that glazing units can have glass sheets separated by gas. Note, item 86704 is established to provide additional packaging requirements.

 

ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT GROUP: subject to item 60500

62010 Fittings, conduit, NOI, etc .................................................................... Cancel; see item 63160

63160 Switches, Switch Boxes, Electrical Enclosures or Electrical Wiring Equipment, see Note, item 63162, viz.: Circuit Breakers or Switches, including Air-Break Switches or Timing Switches; Electric Meter Sockets; Electrical Enclosures, NOI; Fittings, electrical conduit, NOI; Junction Boxes or Cabinets; Outlet Box Covers, other than outlet box plates; Outlet Boxes; Switch Boxes, NOI; Terminal Boxes or Housings; Terminal or Junction Blocks; Terminals, electrical cable or wiring, NOI, including Connectors or Butt Splices, see Note, item 63163;

In boxes, see Note, item 63161, subject to Item 170 and having a density in pounds per cubic foot of: Sub 1 Less than 1...........................................................................................400

Sub 2 1 but less than 2..................................................................................300

Sub 3 2 but less than 4..................................................................................250

Sub 4 4 but less than 6..................................................................................175

Sub 5 6 but less than 8..................................................................................125

Sub 6 8 but less than 10................................................................................100

Sub 7 10 but less than 12................................................................................92.5

Sub 8 12 but less than 15................................................................................85

Sub 9 15 but less than 22.5.............................................................................70

Sub 10 22.5 but less than 30.............................................................................65

Sub 11 30 or greater .........................................................................................60

63161 NOTE—No Change.

63162 NOTE—No Change.

63163 NOTE—No Change.

Comment: As modified, item 62010 is canceled with reference to item 63160. The “viz.” listing in item 63160 is amended to include “Fittings, electrical conduit, NOI.” Other amendments to item 63160 are made for clarification and simplification.

 

VEHICLE PARTS: subject to item 190500

192030 Hitches or Couplers, NOI, or Parts thereof, NOI, not wheeled, with or without stabilizers, in packages, subject to Item 170 and having a density in pounds per cubic foot of:

Sub 1 Less than 1 ......................................................................................................400

Sub 2 1 but less than 2 .............................................................................................300

Sub 3 2 but less than 4 .............................................................................................250

Sub 4 4 but less than 6 .............................................................................................175

Sub 5 6 but less than 8 .............................................................................................125

Sub 6 8 but less than 10 ...........................................................................................100

Sub 7 10 but less than 12 ...........................................................................................92.5

Sub 8 12 but less than 15 ...........................................................................................85

Sub 9 15 but less than 22.5 ........................................................................................70

Sub 10 22.5 but less than 30 ........................................................................................65

Sub 11 30 or greater.....................................................................................................60

Comment: Item 192030 is amended to provide the FCDC’s standard 11-subprovision density scale.

 

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, OR PARTS NAMED: subject to item 138800

139165 Organs, Pianos, Keyboards or Synthesizers, electronic or digital, see Notes, items 139166 and 139167, in boxes or Packages 2061, 2100, 2124 or 2214................................................................................ 175

139166 NOTE—No Change.

139167 NOTE—No Change.

Comment: Item 139165 is amended to assign class 175. Packages 2229 and 2252 are canceled with no further application. Their references, as well as the references to Packages 1225 and 2001, are removed from item 139165.

 

25100 Porthole or Deck Lights and Frames, etc............................................ Cancel; see item 86630

NMFC 25100 is no longer an active commodity.

GLASS: subject to item 86500

86630 Glass, automobile or boat, including Windshields or Windshield Glass, with or without frames or fittings, see Note, item 86631, in boxes, crates or Packages 304, 315, 1180, 2034 or 2147, or on shipping carriers or racks, see Note, item 86632:

Sub 1 Greatest dimension exceeding 96 inches, subject to Item 170 and having a density in pounds per cubic foot of:

Sub 2 Less than 4 ................................................................................................500

Sub 3 4 but less than 8........................................................................................250

Sub 4 8 or greater...............................................................................................125

Sub 5 Greatest dimension not exceeding 96 inches, subject to Item 170 and having a density in pounds per cubic foot of:

Sub 6 Less than 4 ................................................................................................400

Sub 7 4 but less than 8........................................................................................200

Sub 8 8 or greater...............................................................................................110

86631 NOTE—No Change.

86632 NOTE—No Change.

Comment: Item 25100 is canceled with reference to item 86630, and item 86630 is amended to provide classes predicated on greatest dimension and density. Packages 2146, 2347, 2348 and 2483 are canceled with no further application, and their references, as well as the reference to Package 1247, are removed from item 86630.

 

CHEMICALS GROUP: subject to item 42600

46050 Silica Gel, including Silica Gel Catalyst or Desiccants, in bags, boxes, drums or pails, subject to Item 170 and having a density in pounds per cubic foot of:

Sub 1 Less than 1 ......................................................................................................400

Sub 2 1 but less than 2 .............................................................................................300

Sub 3 2 but less than 4 .............................................................................................250

Sub 4 4 but less than 6 .............................................................................................175

Sub 5 6 but less than 8 .............................................................................................125

Sub 6 8 but less than 10 ...........................................................................................100

Sub 7 10 but less than 12 ...........................................................................................92.5

Sub 8 12 but less than 15 ...........................................................................................85

Sub 9 15 but less than 22.5 ........................................................................................70

Sub 10 22.5 but less than 30 ........................................................................................65

Sub 11 30 or greater.....................................................................................................60

Comment: Item 46050 is amended to provide the FCDC’s standard 11-subprovision density scale.

 

STATIONERY GROUP: subject to item 178850

179060 Markers, NOI; or Pens; ink, etc............................................................. Cancel; see item 179180

179180 Stationery, viz.: Pens, ink, NOI; Pens or Markers, writing, NOI; [Other Articles Listed—No Change.] In boxes, subject to Item 170 and having a density in pounds per cubic foot of:

Sub 1 Less than 1...........................................................................................400

Sub 2 1 but less than 2..................................................................................300

Sub 3 2 but less than 4..................................................................................250

Sub 4 4 but less than 6..................................................................................175

Sub 5 6 but less than 8..................................................................................125

Sub 6 8 but less than 10................................................................................100

Sub 7 10 but less than 12................................................................................92.5

Sub 8 12 but less than 15................................................................................85

Sub 9 15 but less than 22.5.............................................................................70

Sub 10 22.5 but less than 30.............................................................................65

Sub 11 30 or greater .........................................................................................60

179182 NOTE—No Change.

Comment: Item 179060 is canceled with reference to item 179180. The “viz.” listing in item 179180 is amended to include “Pens or Markers, writing, NOI,” and to remove “Pens, ink, NOI.”

 

PLUMBERS’ GOODS GROUP: subject to item 158000

158880 Plumbers' Goods, viz.: Toilet Bowls, see Note, item 158883, also in Package 104; or Toilet Tanks; [Other Articles Listed—No Change.] In boxes or crates, subject to Item 170 and having a density in pounds per cubic foot of:

Sub 1 Less than 1...........................................................................................400

Sub 2 1 but less than 2..................................................................................300

Sub 3 2 but less than 4..................................................................................250

Sub 4 4 but less than 6..................................................................................175

Sub 5 6 but less than 8..................................................................................125

Sub 6 8 but less than 10................................................................................100

Sub 7 10 but less than 12................................................................................92.5

Sub 8 12 but less than 15................................................................................85

Sub 9 15 but less than 22.5.............................................................................70

Sub 10 22.5 but less than 30.............................................................................65

Sub 11 30 or greater .........................................................................................60

158881 NOTE—No Change.

158882 NOTE—No Change.

158883 NOTE—Also applies on complement of toilet or bidet seats when shipped with (NEW) toilet bowls.

159505 Toilet Bowls, china or earthenware, etc ............................................. Cancel; see item 158880 159506 NOTE—Cancel; see item 158883.

159510 Toilet Tanks, china or earthenware, etc ............................................. Cancel; see item 158880 159511 NOTE—Cancel; no further application.

Comment: Items 159505 and 159510 are canceled with reference to item 158880. The “viz.” listing for toilet bowls or toilet tanks in item 158880 is amended accordingly. Note, item 159506 is canceled and reestablished as new Note, item 158883; however, as modified, the new Note reads, “Also applies on complement of toilet or bidet seats when shipped with toilet bowls.” Note, item 159511 is canceled with no further application.

 

56290 Decorations, Notions or Novelties, see Notes, items 56291 and 56292, viz.: Decorations or Ornaments, Christmas tree or holiday, NOI; [Other Articles Listed—No Change.] In boxes, subject to Item 170 and having a density in pounds per cubic foot of:

Subs 1-11 No Change.

56291 NOTE—No Change.

56292 NOTE—No Change.

56293 NOTE—Cancel; no further application.

56294 NOTE—No Change.

56295 NOTE—No Change.

86500 GLASS: see Notes, items 86512 and 86516

86512 NOTE—No Change.

86516 NOTE—No Change.

86522 NOTE—Cancel; no further application.

VEHICLES, OTHER THAN SELF-PROPELLED: subject to item 188500

189220 Kits, trailer, house trailer type, completely KD, in packages..............No Change

Comment: Notes, items 56293 and 86522 are canceled with no further application. The exception that wheels may be shipped loose is removed from item 189220.

 

50060 Compounds, ammonia, or Ammonia, cleaning, liquid, other than corrosive materials, in inner containers in boxes, or in bulk in drums ..................................................................................No Change

50225 Compounds, ice antislipping and ice melting, dry, in bags, boxes or drums..................................................................................No Change

Comment: Various minimum packaging requirements are amended as indicated above.

 

FOODSTUFFS GROUP: subject to item 72000

73840 Meat, Fruit or Vegetable Substitutes, processed from vegetable or soya bean products, peanuts, grain products or seasoning:

Sub 1 In inner containers, other than glass or metal inner containers, in boxes.........................No Change

Sub 2 In bulk in bags, Iin glass or metal inner containers in boxes, or in Packages 510, 1000 or 2231 … No Change

 

111820 Lubricant, grease-binder (Lubricating Grease, other than petroleum lubricating grease, combined with fiber, not oiled waste), in inner containers in boxes, or in bulk in drums...................................No Change

METALS GROUP: subject to item 135300

136040 Quicksilver (Metallic Mercury), in inner containers in boxes.............No Change (CLASS)

138360 Mordants, NOI, in inner containers in boxes, or in bulk in drums .............No Change (CLASS)

138620 Mucilage:

Sub 1 In inner containers in boxes..................................................................No Change (CLASS)

Sub 2 In bulk in drums .........................................................................................No Change (CLASS)

Comment: Various minimum packaging requirements are amended as indicated above.

 

CHEMICALS GROUP: subject to item 42600

44515 µFlammable Solid, Spontaneously Combustible or Dangerous When Wet Materials, NOI, see Note, item 44516, in U.S. DOT-authorized packaging:

Sub 1 Offered for transportation as a Hazard Class 4, Division 4.3:

Sub 2 In Packing Group I ...................................................................................110

Sub 3 In Packing Group II...................................................................................100

Sub 4 In Packing Group III....................................................................................92.5

Sub 5 Offered for transportation as a Hazard Class 4, Division 4.2:

Sub 6 In Packing Group I ...................................................................................150

Sub 7 In Packing Group II.....................................................................................92.5

Sub 8 In Packing Group III....................................................................................85

Sub 9 Offered for transportation as a Hazard Class 4, Division 4.1:

Sub 10 In Packing Group I ...................................................................................125

Sub 11 In Packing Group II.....................................................................................85

Sub 12 In Packing Group III....................................................................................77.5

44516 NOTE—No Change.

 

CHEMICALS GROUP: subject to item 42600 45322

Miscellaneous Hazardous Materials, NOI, including Environmentally Hazardous Substances, NOI, or Other Regulated Substances, NOI, see Notes, items 45323 and 45324, in U.S. DOT-authorized packaging, subject to Item 170 and having a density in pounds per cubic foot of:

Sub 1 Less than 20 ....................................................................................................100

Sub 2 20 but less than 30 ...........................................................................................70

Sub 3 30 or greater.....................................................................................................60 45323

NOTE—No Change. 45324 NOTE—No Change.

Comment: Item 12780 is canceled with reference to item 44515, and items 14160, 14700 and 14770 are canceled with reference to item 45322.

 

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PACKAGING

 

Item 275, Definition of or Specifications for Tubes, is amended as follows:

ITEM 275 DEFINITION OF OR SPECIFICATIONS FOR TUBES

Tubes are containers that may be cylindrical, squared or triangular and may be made of fiberboard, paperboard or plastic. Tubes must be of construction and size that protects the contents and prevents movement of the contents that could cause damage from the normal rigors of the less-than-truckload environment. Ends of tubes may be removable or nonremovable and may be made of same or other materials. Removable ends must be securely held in place to protect and prevent loss of contents during transport.

 

Item 245, Definition of or Specifications for Crates, is amended as follows:

ITEM 245 DEFINITION OF OR SPECIFICATIONS FOR CRATES

Crates are containers constructed of wood or metal slats or structural members with apertures between, securely nailed, bolted, screwed, riveted, welded, glued, dovetailed, or wired and stapled together, having sufficient strength to hold contents so as to withstand the normal rigors of the less-than-truckload environment. Crates must be constructed with slats or members sufficiently close to one another to adequately protect contents on the sides, ends, tops and bottoms, and in such manner that the crate containing its contents may be taken into or out of the vehicle. Contents must be securely held within crates and no part shall protrude, unless otherwise provided in individual items. Surfaces liable to be damaged must be fully covered and protected. All moveable contents within the crate must be blocked and/or braced to prevent any shifting during transportation. Commodities with legs must be suspended away from all edges of the crate by at least one inch. If the weight of the commodity exceeds 500 pounds, a standard crate must be used instead of a wire bound crate.

Wooden crates, other than wire bound crates, must be constructed as follows:

(1) No Change.

(2) No Change.

(3) Crates must be constructed with three-way locking corners, where members will be joined with nails or other fasteners driven into side grain of joining members. Examples are shown below: [REMAINDER OF RULE—NO CHANGE.] Comment: As indicated, the top two diagrams are removed from Item 245.

 

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 Item 220, Definition of or Specifications for Boxes—General, is amended, and new Item 221, Specifications for Wood Boxes, is established, as follows:

ITEM 220 DEFINITION OF OR SPECIFICATIONS FOR BOXES—GENERAL

Boxes are six-sided containers with solid or closely fitted sides, ends, bottoms and tops. They must be made of wood, see Item 221, metal, plastic, see Note, or fiberboard, see Item 222, and must completely enclose their contents. Unless otherwise provided in individual items, boxes must be securely closed. The term does not include cylindrical, conical or taper-sided containers, which are specifically defined as: Drums, Pails or Tubes.

Note 1—Cancel; no further application.

Note—Plastic boxes constructed of high-density polyethylene, self-supporting, rigid construction, not extruded nor expanded, must be molded by either injection molding, blow molding, rotational molding or thermal molding process. Tops or covers must be securely affixed.

 

ITEM 221 (NEW) SPECIFICATIONS FOR WOOD BOXES

Wood boxes must be constructed so as to withstand the normal rigors of the less-thantruckload environment and must meet the following minimum specifications:

Base: Boxes must have a lift truck skid, pallet or platform base of sufficient design, size and strength to ensure contents cannot cause any failure of structural components. Deck boards must be sufficiently close to one another or a wood structural panel (see Note 1) may be secured on top of deck boards to adequately protect contents from underside damage and to prevent contents from falling through the deck.

Note 1—Wood structural panels (plywood or oriented strand board) shall conform to DOC PS1, DOC PS2, ANSI/APA PRP 210, CSA O325 or CSA O437*.

Side Framing and Panels: Boxes must be constructed with inner or outer framework consisting of upright and horizontal members and with additional structural members where necessary to provide adequate strength and rigidity. Wood structural panel(s) must be secured to frame with fasteners appropriate to prevent failure during transport.

Top: Top must be framed to provide strength and stability to support top-loaded freight of even load and weight distribution during transport, utilizing the available space above the box, up to 96 inches, and having a density of at least 20 pounds per cubic foot. Horizontal structural members must be placed no more than 24 inches apart. Wood structural panel(s) must be secured to frame with fasteners appropriate to prevent failure during transport.

Interior Requirements: Contents must be secured to prevent movement during transport. Protective packing forms or other packaging materials must be used where necessary to afford adequate protection against damage to the contents.

Gross weight of box and contents must not exceed 6,000 pounds.

*References: U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC); American National Standards Institute (ANSI); APA – The Engineered Wood Association (APA); CSA Group (CSA).

Comment: New Item (Rule) 221 is established to provide specifications for the construction of wood boxes. Item 220 is concurrently amended by canceling Note 1 and referring to the new rule, while also establishing that boxes are six-sided containers. The reference to current Note 2 is amended accordingly.

 

Item 580, Marking or Tagging Freight, is amended as follows:

ITEM 580 LABELING, MARKING OR TAGGING FREIGHT Freight must be labeled, marked or tagged in accordance with the following, except as otherwise provided in this Classification or required in the DOT's hazardous materials regulations.

Sec. 1. Each package, piece or handling unit (see Item 110, Sec. 6) must be labeled, marked or tagged by the shipper, showing name and address of shipper and one name and address of consignee to which destined. Packages or pieces unitized for shipment need not each be labeled, marked or tagged, provided each handling unit is labeled, marked or tagged.

Sec. 2. Name and address of shipper and consignee may be typed, printed or handlettered. When typed or printed, letters must not be less in height than capital letters of 14-point type. When hand-lettered, characters must be printed legibly and not less than 3/8 inch in height. Where space does not permit, characters may be proportionately smaller in size.

Sec. 3. Packages, pieces or handling units requiring special or additional care or attention in handling or stowing must be so labeled, marked or tagged. See Item 682.

Sec. 4. Labels, markings or tags must be clear and legible, and must be both waterproof and capable of withstanding Ithe normal rigors of the less-than-truckload environment.

Sec. 5. Labels must be securely attached with adhesive or with metal staples. Tags must be made of metal or plastic and must be securely fastened with cable ties, cord or wire. Old labels, markings or tags must be removed or completely effaced.

Sec. 6. Unless specifically provided elsewhere in this Classification, labels, markings or tags must be located approximately as shown below. Where more than one location is shown, placement is optional.

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Comment: The terminology and requirements in Item 580 are amended to be consistent with today’s practices. As modified, Section (Sec.) numbers are provided, and amendments are made for clarification, simplification, and uniformity.

 

Item 420, Classification of Articles—General, is amended as follows:

ITEM 420 CLASSIFICATION OF ARTICLES—GENERAL

Secs. 1-2. No Change. Sec. 3. When '0' is shown in the 'CLASS' column, it means that Ithe unique nature of the article named prevents the assignment in this Classification of a class based upon the recognized transportation characteristics. Refer to the terms, conditions, rules and other provisions of individual carriers pertaining to the article being shipped. Secs. 4-5. No Change. Comment: Item 420, Sec. 3 is amended to more-adequately explain the meaning of the ‘0’ class.

 

Item 680, Packing or Packaging—General, is amended as follows:

ITEM 680 PACKING OR PACKAGING—GENERAL

Secs. 1-6. No Change. Articles Secured to Skids or to Lift Truck Skids, Pallets or Platforms, or Bundled Together

Sec. 7. (a) No Change.

Sec. 7. (b) (1) Except as required in IParagraphs (2) and (3), articles in packages or shipping forms, as authorized in individual item descriptions, will be accepted when unitized or secured on lift truck skids, pallets or platforms meeting the requirements of Item 265. Unless otherwise provided, when in the specifications of numbered packages or in individual item descriptions articles are required to move on lift truck skids, pallets or platforms, such skids, pallets or platforms must meet the requirements of Item 265. Except where required by the applicable provisions, it is recommended that articles unitized or secured on lift truck skids, pallets or platforms not overhang the skid, pallet or platform deck.

(2) No Change.

Notes 5 and 6—No Change.

(3) Articles in pails complying with the construction requirements for such containers, as authorized in individual item descriptions, will be accepted when unitized or secured on lift truck skids, pallets or platforms meeting the requirements of Item 265, except spacing between deck boards must not exceed 3 inches. Bottom tier of pails must firmly rest on deck boards or on a sheet of fiberboard or wood placed directly on the deck boards, and a fiberboard or wood sheet may be placed between each tier of pails. Pails must not overhang the deck, and bails or handles must not come into direct contact with one another. Stack height of pails must be less than 1.5 times the shortest dimension of the bottom tier of pails.

The entire handling unit must be wrapped with plastic film in a manner that secures the freight together and to the lift truck skid, pallet or platform, so as to withstand the normal rigors of the less-than-truckload environment. In lieu of plastic film, strapping must be used around the perimeter of each tier of pails, and strapping in opposing directions must be used to secure the pails to the lift truck skid, pallet or platform, with at least two straps in each direction. When strapping is used to secure the handling unit, a fiberboard or wood sheet or cap must be placed over the top tier of pails to help prevent strapping from shifting in transit.

Secs. 7. (c)-17. No Change.

Comment: Item 680 is amended by the addition of new paragraph 3 in Sec. 7(b), which provides detailed requirements for the unitization or securement of pails on lift truck skids or pallets. Paragraph 1 in Item 680, Sec. 7(b) is amended accordingly.

 

Item 680, Packing or Packaging—General, is amended as follows:

ITEM 680 PACKING OR PACKAGING—GENERAL

Secs. 1-8. No Change.

Strapping or Taping of Articles or Packages Sec. 9.

  • No Change.
  • 9. (b) Unless otherwise provided, article(s) or package(s) may be secured to lift truck skids, pallets or platforms with metal, plastic or synthetic fiber strapping of sufficient strength so as to withstand the normal rigors of the less-than-truckload environment. Strapping must be placed in opposing directions, with at least two straps in each direction. Additional strapping is required on handling units exceeding 48 inches in length or width. IWhen two or more articles each exceeding 48 inches in height are tendered side-by-side on the same lift truck skid, pallet or platform, at least two straps must be used around the perimeter of the articles to adequately secure them together. Contact points that may be damaged by strapping must be protected by packing forms or other packaging materials.
  • 10-17. No Change.

 

Comment: As modified, Item 680, Sec. 9(b) is amended to require the use of at least two straps around the perimeter of two or more articles each exceeding 48 inches in height when tendered side-by-side on lift truck skids or pallets.

 

Item 225, Definition of Pails, is amended as follows:

ITEM 225 DEFINITION OF OR SPECIFICATIONS FOR PAILS

Pails are containers with removable heads or covers, with or without bails or handles (see Note), without bilge, and must be made of plastic, metal or fiberboard. Pails have a volumetric capacity between 3.79 and 45.42 liters (1 and 12 gallons). For detailed construction requirements of such containers, see Items 258, 260, 291 and 292.

Note—A bail is a handle extending completely across the top of a container and attached to the sides. Comment: Item 225 is updated to specify that pails have removable heads or covers and to provide capacity specifications. The title is also updated.

 

Item 280, Definition of or Specifications for Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs), and Item 680, Packing or Packaging—General, are amended as follows:

ITEM 280 DEFINITION OF OR SPECIFICATIONS FOR INTERMEDIATE BULK CONTAINERS (IBCs)

Sec. 1. No Change. Flexible IBCs (FIBCs)

Sec. 2. Flexible IBCs (FIBCs) may be used for dry commodities only and must be constructed as follows and meet the performance requirements specified herein. FIBCs must be made from coated or uncoated polyethylene or polypropylene woven fabric so constructed as to contain and protect the contents and withstand the normal rigors of the less-than-truckload environment. Handles or straps must harness, encircle or be securely attached to the FIBC body to facilitate handling by mechanical equipment. FIBCs with spouts for discharging purposes, or with top or bottom filling or discharging openings, must be secured by means that will provide a sift-proof closure. FIBCs on lift truck skids, pallets or platforms must have the FIBC body placed within a fiberboard tray, with or without a separate fiberboard sleeve, and the depth of the tray or tray and sleeve, as the case may be, must extend at least 20 inches from the lift truck skid, pallet or platform deck. FIBC body, tray and, where present, sleeve must not overhang the deck, and the entire handling unit must be secured together with plastic film. FIBCs may be used again in transportation only when they are in such condition that they will protect contents as effectively as new containers.

Secs. 3-4. No Change.

 

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