(Disparity of Gross Weight of Dangerous Goods on DGD and Gross Weight of the Overpack on the AWB is causing delays to our shipments.)

Q.
We are shipping UN2800 Batteries Wet Non Spillable in a 4G package and onto a skid as an Overpack. UN2800 is to be shown as Gross Weight per DGR 8.1.6.9.2 Step 6 (a) 3. The package gross weight is 60kg. When overpacked on a skid, the gross weight becomes 75kg. We make our DGD as ?g1 fibreboard box X 60kgG?h and ?gOverpack Used?h. The AWB shows Gross Weight 75kg. Airline acceptance clerk rejects the shipment saying the gross weight on the DGD and AWB does not tally. Only after explaining, the shipment is accepted but it misses the intended flight. How can we solve this unwanted delay? (31 May 11)

A.
The airline acceptance staff should have a better understanding of how a DGD is made for an Overpack. As clearly shown in Figures 8.1.K, 8.1.L, 8.1.M and 8.1.N displaying DGD entry examples for Overpacks, there is no weight figure shown after the words OVERPACK USED.

On the DGD, the net or gross weight or volume of the dangerous goods, as applicable, is shown which are the vital elements describing the quantity of dangerous goods. The weight of the Overpack is not shown as it does not directly relate to the quantity of dangerous goods being shipped. The weight of the Overpack is purely an AWB matter. The two must not be mixed up. The airline acceptance staff is wrong in posing such question.

To avoid future instances of unnecessary delays, the following two methods are suggested:

Method 1.
Make the DGD as:
1 Fibreboard Box X 60kgG
Overpack Used
(Gross Weight of Overpack 75kg)

Make the AWB:
Gross Weight 75kg.

Method 2.
Make the DGD as:
1 Fibreboard Box X 60kgG
Overpack Used

Make the AWB:
Gross Weight 75kg.
Add a notation in the Nature & Quantity of Goods Box, thus:
Batteries Wet Non Spillable 60kgG


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