Good morning-- While Rob is correct in that a material is hazardous or not, regardless of quantity, from a health & safety perspective, some of the transportation regulations do vary with quantity of material in how packages have to be packed/marked/labeled. For example, the DOT has a small package exception for <=30ml or g of materials in certain hazard classes. Beth Technical Compliance Specialist Sigma-Aldrich Corp. 6000 N. Teutonia Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53209 414-438-2608, x 5471 It the chemicals meet the OSHA definition of hazardous, then they are required to have MSDS's (with a few exceptions, none of which apply here): http://www.ilpi.com/msds/ref/hazardous.html http://www.ilpi.com/msds/faq/partb.html#required (the exceptions) "Hazardous" is an intrinsic property of a material. A material is hazardous or it is not, the amount does not matter. Risk is an extrinsic property as it varies with the amount of the material: http://www.ilpi.com/msds/faq/partb.html#minquantity When shipping research quantities of chemicals that you have created, then you are required to have MSDS's to accompany the shipments: http://www.ilpi.com/msds/faq/partc.html#laboratory and references therein If the materials are hazardous, the Post Office will generally not touch them: http://pe.usps.com/text/qsg300/Q601.htm UPS and FedEx are your best bets, but keep in mind that normal mortals can not ship HazMat - the shipper of HazMats has to be certified in order to do that: http://www.ups.com/content/us/en/resources/ship/hazardous/index.html http://fedex.com/us/services/options/hazmat/ I have a contact who has made regular trips to Thailand and collaborated with chemists there. He's probably done what you need to do and may be able to offer specific advice. I will send you his information by private mail. Rob Toreki On Jun 25, 2009, at 2:11 PM, Mary Cavanaugh wrote: Hello all, we have a new situation here on which I hope some of you can advise me. One of our chemists has about a dozen chemicals used for research that need to be sent to a collaborating chemist in Thailand. The chemicals are not new, all have been used in their research here in the US, and they have no real commerical value. The quantities are all small (50 g or less). All the chemicals have "non-hazardous" DOT/IMDG and IATA labels and are in their original bottles. All are solid or crystalline at room temp except triethanolamine, which is a viscous liquid. What considerations do we need to have in shipping these chemicals to Thailand? For example: - What kind of container can we use to ship them in? - Is IATA what applies, or do we need to look elsewhere to see if maybe Thailand may regulate them for import or transport? - Can we ship them in US Mail, UPS, FedEx, or anything we want? - Are there special permissions or forms we have to obtain or send to Thailand? (IÕm already working with our Export Controls Officer). - Do we need to acct for them on our waste manifests in some way? - Do we need to include the MSDS for each one in the shipment, even though we didnÕt manufacture them? Thanks in advance. IÕd especially love links to any guidances that may address this. -mm Mary M. Cavanaugh CIH University Industrial Hygienist Safety & Workers' Comp. Office cavanaughmm**At_Symbol_Here**appstate . edu (828) 262-6838 Direct (828) 262-2936 Fax ASU Pager #162 This message and any files transmitted with it are the property of Sigma-Aldrich Corporation, are confidential, and are intended solely for the use of the person or entity to whom this e-mail is addressed. If you are not one of the named recipient(s) or otherwise have reason to believe that you have received this message in error, please contact the sender and delete this message immediately from your computer. Any other use, retention, dissemination, forwarding, printing, or copying of this e-mail is strictly prohibited.
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