PHMSA (Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration) announced the sunsetting of its ORM-D exception for consumer commodity shipment which will expire on December 31, 2020. The transition period was to allow shippers adequate time to deplete their stocks of pre-printed packaging, i.e., boxes and totes that contained the ORM-D mark. 


Most products complying with ORM-D can also ship using Limited Quantity or other exceptions and exemptions. The changes for most shippers will impact labeling, marking, and manifests.

How ORM-D may impact your product registration in WERCSmart for shipments made in the U.S.

On December 31, 2020, ORM-D is no longer acceptable for shipping hazardous materials in the U.S.

In order to comply, WERCSmart will be removing the DOT ORM-D "Shipping with consumer commodity" tick box selection from the transportation area of product registration on December 30, 2020 as illustrated in the screen shot below.

Items will be required to conform with Limited Quantity shipments (or) be shipped fully regulated.  Most consumer commodities will be eligible for the Limited Quantity exception.

Any shipments via Limited Quantity exception must comply with the Limited Quantity regulation.

What happens if your product registration isn’t updated by ORM-D’s December 31st deadline?

If your current registration has the Consumer Commodity tick box selected and the Limited Quantity tick box is not selected, your product status will be directed to “Needs Attention”.

For more information on WERCSmart's product status results in an assessment, review click here.

How Consumer Commodity and shipping labels impact product logistics

Retailers use WERCSmart to receive the transportation information for each product to ensure compliance with the transportation regulations required marking, labeling, manifesting, and safe shipping of your products from Distribution Centers to stores and direct to consumers.

The accuracy and reduced regulatory requirements by using Consumer Commodity and Limited Quantity are critical to their logistics, and they are looking for the ‘sunsetting’ of Consumer Commodity to be a smooth process with limited disruption to everyone’s operations. 

Questions and assistance

If you are unsure whether your product is impacted by Consumer Commodity, we recommend to first check with your logistics department.

Further assistance can be available by using the WERCSmart Live Chat feature here in Customer Support and we will connect you with one of our regulatory professionals for expert advice.

Learn more about Consumer Commodity

For more information on Consumer Commodity, visit the ruling posted on the Federal Register:

Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Rule


The WERCSmart program provides a secure, permission-based platform that facilitates the safe exchange of product information between manufacturers and retailers with the highest standards of confidentiality and service.