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General Labeling Requirements

  • If the secondary or outer package is being reused (allowed if the package is intact and has been disinfected), all irrelevant labels and markings must be removed.
  • Use durable, standard-sized (4 x 4) labels.
    • IATA allows half-size labels when packages are too small for standard-sized labels
    • DOT does NOT allow half-size labels
  • Affix hazard labels securely to one side
  • Do not overlap labels or box edge