(Please advise instances where the star symbol (★) May be ignored for determining a proper shipping name.)

Q.
According to DGR 4.1.2.1 (d), when there is a star symbol (★) in Column B of the Blue Pages, you must enter the technical or chemical group names in brackets immediately following the proper shipping name. This requirement does not apply to controlled substances where their disclosure is prohibited by national law or international convention. What others are there where the star symbol (★) May be ignored?  (30 Sep 12)

A.
There are 4 items that the inclusion of technical or chemical names May be ignored. First are controlled substances where their disclosure is prohibited by national law or international convention.

As stipulated in SP A801, these are Alkaloids, UN 3140 and UN 1544. Representative of alkaloids is opium which is used as material to produce medicine. Disclosure will invite the terrorists to grab the shipment. Second is Explosives of Class 1 as mentioned in DGR 4.1.2.1 (d).

Instead of chemical names, commercial or military names May substitute. Third are pesticides also mentioned in DGR 4.1.2.1 (d). Chemical names May be replaced by names of pesticides as approved by WHO.

An example is Carbofuran as written in Example 4. Fourth and the last are Samples dealt in DGR 3.11. Instead of the chemical name in brackets, you must show the word “sample”


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