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Whats the deal with these hazmat charges?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by ljnowell, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. ljnowell

    ljnowell Well-Known Member

    OK, so here it goes, if you go to midway and select a pound of any kind of powder and a pack of primers, it shows two hazmat fees. As the claim of you cant ship both in the same package. OK, I can live with that. If you go to graf and sons and do the exact same thing, the website only shows 1 hazmat charge? So, why is that, anyone know exactly? I have found other places that do the same thing.
  2. Daniel1120

    Daniel1120 Well-Known Member

    Show them how much you like that double hazmat charge by writing them an email and buying from somewhere else. Its their policy, not law. Not to mention midway can be a little pricey on components.
  3. TimRB

    TimRB Well-Known Member

    Midway has two hazmat fees when you buy powder and primers because one of them (I forget which) is drop-shipped from a distributor, so there are two separate shipments.

  4. ReloaderFred

    ReloaderFred Well-Known Member

    TimRB is correct. When you order powder from Midway, it comes from the distributor or manufacturer, not from Midway. They evidently don't stock the powder they advertise, but do stock the primers, so the shipments are coming from two different locations.

    Hope this helps.

  5. ljnowell

    ljnowell Well-Known Member

    That explains a lot. I wasnt actually planning on ordering from them. I was talking with my brother today who told me that it was illegal to ship powder and primers together so no matter what everyone had to charge two hazmat fees. I called him BS on it. So he goes to midways website (he's the kind of guy that cant be wrong) and tells me "see look its right here". I went to graf and sons and a few other places I know and proved that they didnt. He insisted they were breaking the law doing so.
  6. vetts1911

    vetts1911 Well-Known Member

    Midway is not a bad company but, they are hurting the company with the shipping. Not just to look at Hazmat charges but, if you order and have a back order behind that you get charged twice to ship. Brownells and most companies I deal with don't do this. I wrote an email to Midway and they said they would look in to it. I use them as a last resort but, they do give back to our sport so, lets give them credit for that.

    Powder Valley is not bad for being able to get what you need and with fair shipping and combine the hazmat charge.
  7. SSN Vet

    SSN Vet Well-Known Member

    at the rate I consume...

    all powder and primers are purchased locally. And the prices aren't really even that much higher.

    and now I've got the new Cabellas and KTP to chose from.

    Life is good!

    AMBASSADOR Well-Known Member

    I received a delivery of powder,primers and bullets from Midway and only paid one hazmat charge.Everything came in one box,no backorders,fast shipping,I'll order from them again.I don't see that thier prices are any more expensive than other suppliers,and I have during the past year dealt with just about all the popular suppliers.

  9. The Bushmaster

    The Bushmaster Well-Known Member

    I buy my powder and primers locally. Everything else from Midway...
  10. ants

    ants Well-Known Member

    Just for clarification, the law does NOT require a hazmat fee.

    The law requires certain licenses and documentation if the freight is hazardous. So the carriers and shippers are charging the fee to cover their license and paperwork costs, but the law does not charge a fee nor require the shipper/carrier to charge the fee.
  11. ljnowell

    ljnowell Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the info, I'm gonna have to call my brother back and tell him he's wrong. That'll be a good argument.
  12. Bronson7

    Bronson7 Well-Known Member

    But loaded ammo gets no such fee. Go figure.:confused:
  13. the_right_reverend

    the_right_reverend Well-Known Member

    just a little plug for Larry @ Midway (we're old friends) and I have used him since the little shack next to the road in the sticks (early 80's) and very hard to find....

    MidwayUSA is no longer in the sticks and in a Major industrial area according to the City of Columbia, Mo and to close to City roads Interstate 70 so by law they can not store powder in the amount they sell.... so they have it dropped shipped......so the separate hazmat fee's are due to some silly city ordinance

    Were as Graf and Son just 20 to 30 min down 70 in Mexico is still in the sticks but easy to find and does not have to deal with big city politics and can store Powder on site so they can combine orders
  14. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    IIRC, when UPS started the hazmat fee, it was only $10.....Now it's $20.....

    They used to not allow powder and primers together - now they do
  15. ljnowell

    ljnowell Well-Known Member

    I was told the hazmat fee went up to 22.50 Jan 1.
  16. RustyFN

    RustyFN Well-Known Member

    Yes Midway ships the primers and has the powder drop shipped from Powder Valley, that's why the two hazmat fees. The best prices on powder and primers I have seen are at Powder Valley or Graf's. I buy from Graf's because I get a dealer discount with a C&R license. If they are out of stock then I go to PV.
  17. yooper_sjd

    yooper_sjd Well-Known Member

    :banghead: basically boils down to the hazardious material groups. both powder and primers are a 1.4 hazard class. key powder is bulk, primer are they intiator! think of shipping dynomite with with blasting, same theory. But when assembled inside of cartridge it is contained. thus one primer only sets off so many grains of powder in the crtg, vise one primer setting off 1 or 8 lbs. basically a bomb! EODGuy, if I am wrong, please straighten me out!

    Once again this falls under the Code of Federal Regulations 49 for the safe shipping and transportation of Hazardous Materials by air sea and land that is Governed by the Deptartment of Transportation. Hope that helps

    here is the basic scoop on the shipping:

    DOT HAZMAT Shipping

    The US Department of Transportation (DOT) requires training for anyone who handles hazardous materials including individuals who ship or receive hazardous materials, prepare hazardous materials for transportation, mark and label containers, complete shipping documents, select packaging and load or unload hazardous materials. This course is designed to meet the training requirements as specified in 49 CFR 172. 700 Subpart H, which specify that employees must be trained at least once every three years. Each student will be supplied with a student manual and a copy of the most current DOT Emergency Response Guide (ERG).

    The DOT HAZMAT Shipping course covers the following topics:

    An Introduction to the DOT Shipping Regulations
    Training Requirements and Definitions
    The Hazardous Materials Table
    Hazardous Substances and Marine Pollutants
    Shipping Papers and Documentation
    Labels and Markings
    Packaging Requirements
    Placard Requirements
    Shipping by Road
    Shipping by Air
    Shipping by Rail (upon request)
    Shipping by Vessel (upon request)
    Safe Shipping of HAZMAT Security Awareness

    This course includes testing of participants as required in 49 CFR 172. 702. Upon completion of this course, the participants will have an understanding of how to:

    1. Locate and use the Federal hazardous materials regulations

    2. Properly label and mark hazardous materials containers for shipment

    3. Complete Bill of Lading for hazardous materials

    4. Select proper packaging for hazardous materials

    5. Understand the vehicle placarding requirements and

    6. Develop appropriate emergency response information to accompany shipments.

    Hope this helps :banghead:

    Last edited: Jan 15, 2009
  18. RustyFN

    RustyFN Well-Known Member

    Yooper I kind of got lost, it's late and I'm tired. Grafs and PV will ship powder and primers together for one $20 hazmat fee no problem, up to a 48 pound order. Midway doesn't stock powder, that is where their problem comes in.
  19. massmatt

    massmatt Member

    These companies have to charge these fees. There is no room to absorb them. I buy all my powder and primers locally. Occasionally I find bullets too.
  20. ljnowell

    ljnowell Well-Known Member

    I guess local prices must be a lot cheaper in some places than here. Locally Bullseye is about 24 bucks a pound, no bigger containers. Primers run 30 / 1K. I can order 1 4 lb canister online for about 53 dollars and 2k primers for another 50 and even with hazmat charges come out well ahead.

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