For Immediate Release

December 10, 1999
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
Phone: 404-305-5100 After Hours: 404-305-5180


The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $50,000 civil penalty against General Import Corp. of Miami, for allegedly violating the Department of Transportation Hazardous Materials Regulations.

FAA alleged that General Import improperly offered several courier bags containing 11 "Eveready 72" batteries, which contained acid, a corrosive, for transportation by air on a regularly scheduled cargo flight. The average weight of each battery was 38.4 pounds; the total shipment weight was 422 pounds. Ground handling employees at the cargo carrier's sort facility noticed the shipment emitting a strong odor, and discovered that four of the batteries had leaked their entire contents into the aircraft's cargo compartment.

General Import offered the hazardous material for transportation when it was not packaged, labeled, marked, classed, described, documented, inspected, or in condition for shipment as required by the Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations. General Import also failed to ensure employees were trained to properly package and handle hazardous materials, and did not make available at all times the required emergency response information.

General Import has 30 days from receipt of the FAA notice to submit a reply to the agency. This announcement is made in accordance with the FAA's practice of releasing information to the public on newly issued enforcement actions involving penalties of $50,000 or more.

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