On January 7, 2013, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration ("PHMSA") issued a final rule extending authorization of the ORM-D classification for domestic shipments through December 31, 2020. Under the ORM-D system, shipments of limited quantities of hazardous materials can be shipped via domestic highway, rail, and vessel without being subject to the packaging and labeling requirements that would ordinarily apply to such shipments. Although the authorization for use of the ORM-D mark on material transported by aircraft expired on January 1, 2013, the authorization for shipments by highway, rail and vessels was extended through December 31, 2020.
The ORM-D authorization for all modes of transportation had originally been scheduled to expire on January 1, 2014 in order to conform the federal regulations with the U.N. Model Regulations for the domestic and international transport of limited quantities of hazardous substances. However, in response to numerous comments from industry groups, PHMSA decided to extend the deadline to provide domestic shippers more time to adjust to the international standards. To see a copy of the final rule, please click here.