The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration recently issued civil penalties to three companies, including logistics service provider Kuehne + Nagel, for improperly shipping hazardous material. A fourth company has agreed to pay a previous penalty.
In each case, the FAA stated the companies did not declare the hazardous materials, and the shipments were not properly classified, described, packed, marked, labeled and in proper condition for shipment, as required by law. The agency also alleged the companies did not provide adequate training about shipping hazardous materials to their employees.
The penalties are subject to appeal and not final.
Kuehne + Nagel's Jersey City, N.J., office is being fined $91,000 for tendering last year a cardboard box containing a can of Carboline Part A paint and a liter of Carboline Urethane Convert paint to FedEx for shipment by air from Pharr, Texas, to Broussard, La. Paint is considered a hazardous material under federal transport regulations. The contents of the shipment were discovered after one of the cans leaked in transit.
Miami-based Pantropic Power is accused of shipping 11 12-ounce cans of aerosol paint on a FedEx plane from Miami to Puerto Rico. Workers at San Juan International Airport discovered the package emitting an odor and found a can had burst and leaked through its packaging.
Aerosols are considered to be hazardous flammable gas.
The FAA is proposing a $78,000 fine.
It also intends to levy a $63,000 penalty against Superior International Industries of Carrollton, Ga., for offering an unmarked box containing two 12-ounce cans of acrylic aerosol enamel spray paint to FedEx for shipment by air from Carrollton to Anacoco, La. The shipment was discovered after one of the cans leaked yellow paint in transit.
Meanwhile, Central Garden and Pet, Inc., of Walnut Creek, Calif., agreed to pay a $54,000 penalty for shipping four bottles of herbicide and two one-pound bags of pesticide on a UPS aircraft. Herbicides are hazardous flammable liquids, and the pesticide is a poisonous material. Workers at the UPS sort facility in Louisville, Ky., discovered the shipment.