When are orientation arrows required on packages shipped by air?
According to Section 126.96.36.199 of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR), orientation labels or packages with pre-printed orientation labels are required on combination packages and overpacks containing liquid dangerous goods. The labels must be visible on at least two opposite sides to show the proper package orientation so that the closures will be in an upright position. The orientation arrows are not required on single packages or on packages or overpacks containing solid dangerous goods. The orientation label is not necessary for flammable liquids in inner packagings of 120 milliliters or less, infectious substances in primary receptacles of 50 milliliters or less, or radioactive materials.
Section 7.1.7 specifies that arrows must not be marked on dangerous goods packages containing liquids for any purpose other than indicating proper orientation.
To comply, shippers must apply the orientation arrows or use pre-printed packages with orientation arrows when liquid dangerous goods are shipped in combination packages or overpacks. The orientation arrow label is depicted in Section 7.4 of the IATA DGR.
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