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'Hazmat' papers must be kept 10 days more

November 24, 2010
Effective Aug. 12, dealers who ship hazardous materials must retain copies of shipping papers for at least 375 days, a 10-day increase to account for the average time hazmat is in transit. Copies of hazardous waste manifests still must be kept for three years. The retention period begins on the date the hazmat is accepted by a carrier. Hard copies or electronic images of shipping papers must be kept at the dealership's primary place of business and must be made available for inspection upon request and at a reasonable time and location by federal, state or local agencies. "A Dealer Guide to the Federal Hazmat Transportation Regulations," published by the National Automobile Dealers Association, can be ordered from the NADA at 800- 252-6263, ext. 2.