NMFTA Adopts Changes Impacting Paint and Allied Products

Last month, the National Motor Freight Traffic Association’s Commodity Classification Standards Board (CCSB) held a public meeting to consider changes to the National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) as proposed in Docket 2019-1. The amendments in Subject 3 of the docket related to paint and allied products. At the end of the meeting, over ACA opposition, CCSB adopted the amendments, decreasing the Paints Group freight classes and making the Paints Group no longer applicable to paint and coatings that meet the definition of “hazardous material.” ACA had submitted comments prior to the meeting, and testified there explaining the universality of the term “paint” and its clear recognition in the sphere of hazardous materials shipping (4 UN numbers and paint-specific special provisions).

The amendments become effective on April 27, 2019.

The new classification of paint is as follows:


Freight Class

Nonhazardous less than 20 pounds per cubic foot (pcf) 85 (down from 92.5)
Nonhazardous 20 pcf or greater 55 (down from 60)
Flammable PG I 100
Flammable PG II 92.5
Flammable PG III 85

Classification is one of the most important steps in the preparation of hazardous materials for shipment because it lays the foundation for all other hazardous material transportation requirements that follow. The hazard classification directly affects myriad details, including:

  • Types and sizes of packaging authorized
  • Shipping Paper descriptions and additional information
  • Marking and Labeling of bulk and non-bulk packagings
  • Placarding of bulk packagings and transport units
  • Loading and unloading requirements
  • Stowage and segregation of packages and vehicles or freight containers
  • Emergency response information and equipment

Although the majority of industry’s hazardous materials transports are finished product paints, resins, and paint-related materials, by definition, hazardous materials can also include:

  • Raw Materials
  • Intermediates
  • Hazardous Wastes
  • Empty Containers
  • Sundry Products
  • Samples
  • Lab Chemicals
  • Pretreatment Products
  • Experimental Products

Through its Transport Committee, ACA works to harmonize the domestic and international regulations governing the safe and secure and movement of members’ products and the raw materials used in them.

Contact ACA’s Rhett Cash for more information.

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