COMMODITY: Small arms ammunition (shotshell, rimfire and centerfire) as 1.4S – 50 caliber / 8 gauge or less, inert bullets or tracer only; or above 50 Cal/8 gauge with an EX approval.
NOTE: Use LQ Data Sheet instead if package < 30 KG, primers are protected from other cartridges and ammo is in inner packages in an outer container. Use this data sheet for loose un-oriented “bulk” packs.
MODE OF TRANSPORTATION: International Vessel
|PROPER SHIPPING NAME:||Cartridges, small arms||LABEL:||None|
|HAZARD CLASS/DIVISION:||1.4S||EMERG. INFO:||Required|
DANGEROUS GOODS LIST:_________________________________________________________________
Cartridges, small arms 50 cal or less with inert bullets (including tracers but no incendiary or exploding bullets) may be self-classified by the manufacturer as UN 0012, Cartridges, small arms, Division 1.4S explosive.
The IMDG requires competent authority approval of explosives. 49 CFR 173.56(h) constitutes a competent authority approval. No EX approval is required.
Citation: IMDG 188.8.131.52; 49 CFR 173.56(h)
Package the ammunition as follows:
- Ammunition must be packed according to Packing Instruction 130. This allows a loose un-oriented jumble pack in a box or drum.
- The maximum gross weight is limited to 400 kg (882 pounds) per package, which is found in the standards for each type of package in IMDG 6.1.4.
- The package must be certified to a specification, e.g.:
Citation: IMDG 4.1.4, 6.1.4
SHIPPING PAPER REQUIREMENTS
1) Shipping description together and in order with no other information interspersed:
“UN 0012, Cartridges, small arms, 1.4S”. There is no packing group.
2) The total quantity in kilograms (kg) in terms of net explosives mass, i.e. the weight of the powder and primer mix (primer mix may be negligible compared to powder) in the ammunition. The degree of decimals or rounding is not specified, the recommendation is to use whole units, e.g. 5 lbs.
3) The number and kind of packages, before or after the shipping description, e.g. “10 boxes” or “10 drums”. Commonly understood abbreviations may be used, e.g. “bx” or “drm”. Use of a packaging code such as “4G” is not compliant but is optional as an addition; not recommended.
|UN0012 Cartridges, Small Arms, 1.4S
||X,XXX KG (net explosives mass)|
Citation: IMDG 184.108.40.206.1, 220.127.116.11.2, 18.104.22.168.1
Packages containing small arms ammunition must display the following markings on one side as follows:
- “UN 0012” ½” tall, or ¼” tall for 30 kg max, or an appropriate size for 5 kg max
- “CARTRIDGES, SMALL ARMS”
- Specification package marking, ½” tall, or ¼” tall for 30 kg max, or an appropriate size for 5 kg max
- The package must bear a 1.4S label UNLESS “1.4S” is marked. The “1.4S” mark is the industry norm, labels are not used.
Neither the consignor’s or the consignee’s name and address are required.
Citation: IMDG 22.214.171.124, 126.96.36.199
An overpack is:
- a pallet
- a spec packaging within a non-spec packaging, normally used for consolidation
The “Overpack” marking is required if at least one representative marking is not visible of the UN number, proper shipping name and the specification packaging marking for every hazardous material in the overpack. If any of these are not visible at least once in the overpack, all markings and labels should be reproduced on one side of the over, in addition to the “OVERPACK” mark.
The word “OVERPACK” may be a sticker, stenciled, or on a printed sheet of paper. It must be at least 0.5” tall as of 12/31/2016. It does not have to have a surrounding border.
Citation: IMDG 188.8.131.52