Delta Kits understands and appreciates the importance of maintaining proper up-to-date certificates for the shipping of materials deemed hazardous by the Department of Transportation. Delta Kits maintains the following certificates required for safe transport of hazardous materials:
49 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) – for domestic ground and air shipment: “Published by the United States Department of Transportation. These regulations govern all modes of transport of dangerous goods/hazardous materials to/from or within the United States and its territories.” (http://dgitraining.com/pages/Glossary.html).
IATA (International Air Transport Association) – for international air shipment: “Comprised of member international airlines which establish regulations for uniform safety and interline exchange. For more information on IATA, see http://www.iata.org/cargo/dg/.” (http://dgitraining.com/pages/Glossary.html).
IMDG (International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code) – for ocean shipment: “The recommendations for the international transportation of dangerous goods by vessel. This document is based on the recommendations by the UN Committee of Experts, The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, as amended (SOLAS), and the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973/78, as amended (MARPOL).” (http://dgitraining.com/pages/Glossary.html).
Why is this important to Delta Kits customers? Adherence to federal and international shipping regulations prevents delays in delivery and ensures safe shipping of every product purchased from Delta Kits. Safety for our employees, customers, and shipping vendors is of the highest priority. Shipping materials deemed hazardous can add significant additional charges to a customer’s order. Failure to comply with 49 CFR and/or IATA may result in Civil or Criminal penalties. Civil penalties, which are usually imposed against the company, can range from $250 to $55,000 per violation, per day. Criminal penalties on the other hand are reserved for knowing and willing violations of the regulations. Fines can range up to $250,000 for individuals, $500,000 for corporations and up to 10 years in prison for anyone found guilty of a criminal penalty. A full listing of civil penalty guidelines can be found in 49CFR Appendix A to Subpart D of Part 107-Guidelines for Civil Penalties.
Surprisingly, many windshield repair and headlight restoration suppliers do not comply with federal and international shipping regulations and some don’t even have staff members properly certified to ship the chemicals they sell. Some windshield repair resins, headlight restoration coatings, cleaners, or even magnets, lighters and batteries require special shipping precautions like labeling, etc. Don’t assume that just because you have been receiving a product from a particular vendor for years that all rules and regulations are being followed in order to ensure your safety and the safety of others. Many vendors are not complying with these laws; they just haven’t been caught.
Delta Kits continues to abide by the rules set forth by these Codes in order to protect the personnel involved with handling the shipments of materials. For example, Coat2Protect, a popular Delta Kits headlight restoration coating, is petroleum-based, and as a result qualifies as a Class 3 Flammable Liquid. Delta Kits utilizes its HAZMAT certification to properly handle and transfer this product. For those who are overseas or who like to receive their product quicker than using ground shipping, Delta Kits developed Infinity 4.1, a water soluble, headlight restoration coating that does not fall under these regulations and can be shipped by air.
To reiterate, safety is the central reason behind Delta Kits’ possession and use of 49 CFR, IATA, and IMDG certifications. In order to continue to serve our customers’ and clients’ best interests, we take pride in going the extra mile to ensure all products we ship from our warehouse are packaged and handled properly to minimize the chance of a hazardous material accident.