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Consumer Commodities Definitions


Consumer commodities. A hazardous material that is packaged and distributed in a quantity and form intended or suitable for retail sale and designed for consumption by individuals for their personal care or household use purposes. This term can also include certain drugs or medicines. Source: 49 CFR §172.101.

Examples include:

  • Fuels & fuel additives
  • Drugs & medicines; includes asthma inhalers, medicines that contain alcohol, and nitroglycerin
  • Paint & paint products: thinner, spray paint, paint, lacquers, enamels, varnish, turpentine, anything in an aerosol can
  • Health & beauty products: Aerosol-based products like hair spray, tanning spray, shaving cream, and deodorant; aftershaves and mouthwash containing alcohol; nail polish and nail polish remover with acetone; alcohol-based perfumes; rubbing alcohol; hand sanitizers
  • Cleaners: toilet bowl cleaners, drain cleaner, some orange degreasers, aerosol cleaning sprays
  • Lawn & garden: certain pesticides (esp. poisons or anything you spray, such as ant spray, roach spray) and fertilizers
  • Some ammunition
  • Home improvement products: aerosol-based products of any kind, pressure-based caulking


IATA. The International Air Transport Association is a global trade organization. IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations apply to the shipment of hazardous materials by air.


ICAO TI. Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air, published by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Source: ICAO.


IMDG. The International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code governs the shipment of dangerous goods by sea.


Limited quantities. All materials which meet the criteria of one of the nine (9) hazard classes specified by PHMSA, and which are shipped in small (as defined by PHMSA, IATA, or IMDG) quantities are regulated as hazardous materials for transport. See 49 CFR 172, IMDG volume 2, and IATA DGR.


ORM-D. Other Regulated Material, Category D. It is a hazard class just like “explosives” or “flammable gas”. An ORM‐D labeled product is a hazardous material which is packaged as authorized within the Limited Quantity provisions of 49 CFR and is intended or suitable for sale at retail agencies and for use in households.


PHMSA. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. The regulatory arm of the U.S. Department of Transportation that regulates the shipment of dangerous goods by all modes.