PHMSA Issues NPRM on Reverse Logistics

Monday, August 11, 2014,    Department of Transportation

PHMSA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) proposing to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to provide certain exceptions for the shipments of certain hazardous materials returned to or between a vendor, distributor, manufacturer, or other person for the purpose of returning for credit, recalling product, replacement, or similar reason.  PHMSA is proposing a definition for “reverse logistics.”  A new section would be added to address the requirements for these materials.

In addition to the proposed definition for “reverse logistics,” the NPRM proposes to:

  • Establish regulations for the shipment of hazardous material in the reverse logistics supply chain;
  • Establish clear applicability to the training requirements associated with ‘‘reverse logistics’’ shipments;
  • Provide authorized packaging for reverse logistics shipments;
  • Establish segregation requirements for reverse logistics shipments; and
  • Allow more flexibility for the transportation of lead acid batteries.

The comment period closes October 10, 2014.

PP  46748-46758, Docket PHMSA-2011-0143 (HM-258A), FR Doc. 2014-18741, Affecting 49 CFR Parts 171 and 173


Del Billings

Technical Director