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We're doing a farm cleanup and found some oil related items. What is the preferred/legal way to ship full oil, oil additive, and antifreeze cans? Thanks in advance! JP

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Re: Shipping full cans.
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I assumed that it's frowned upon to USPS or UPS full cans. But I also assume that some of Oldgas members ship full ones anyway. How's it done? Thanks JP

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I always ask the seller to empty first with (2) 1/8" holes in the bottom. And then put the can in a 1 gallon zip lock. Or even two. And then the usual bubble wrap and such. Legal? Who knows. But short of a box getting completely crushed, what's going to happen?


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Re: Shipping full cans.
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I ship full cans all the time...but I package them very securely and in a plastic bag.

Jim



Quote off an Ebay discussion board:


Here all that matters is where the flashpoint falls in the USPS/DOT defined ranges.


According to Google, flashpoint of motor oil is 420-485 deg F.



Per USPS [ http://pe.usps.com/text/pub52/pub52c3_020.htm ]:



Note: A liquid with a flashpoint above 200° F (93° C) is not regulated as a hazardous

material and may be mailed subject to the general packaging requirements in DMM 601.1-7,

provided it possesses no characteristics of another hazard class.
...

Above 200°F (93°C): The material is not regulated as a hazardous material.

Such nonregulated materials must be properly and securely packaged to prevent

leakage under the general packaging requirements in DMM 601.2.0.




Motor oils appear to (potentially) only fall into hazard class 3, and their high flashpoints make them neither flammable nor combustible by the definitions (which then kicks them out of that class.)

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Ok. That answers my question. Thanks JP


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