The introduction of Limited Quantity Exceptions is discussed by Labeline’s Key Accounts and Marketing Manager Richard Shreeve in December 2017’s edition of Truck and Track.
Richard states that there is no doubt that its introduction has had a positive impact on the cost of shipping relatively small amounts of dangerous goods. There are prescribed requirements for transporting dangerous goods and there is “…normally a consequential cost when compared to products that fall outside of these regulations.“
Therefore, those hauling goods, may look to have their goods transported under the Limited Quantity Exceptions. However, determining whether the shipment can be legitimately exempt from the regulations is not that easy.
In the article Richard outlines what consignments qualify as Limited Quantity Exceptions. He says “To stay within the LQ thresholds for land and sea, the products must be filled in small containers, no larger than specified in the respective regulations, and packed in boxes with a maximum weight of 30kg or shrink-wrapped trays up to 20kg.
“In the Dangerous Goods List (DGL) of ADR and RID for rail, products are allocated a Transport Category of 0, 1, 2, 3 or 4. The category will determine the maximum total quantity allowable per transport unit. There are also restrictions on the total gross mass of the packages allowed on a vehicle. Forwarders should be careful to ensure that, when uplifting LQ consignments from more than one site, the combined amount of dangerous goods does not tip the scales into a classified load.”