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Identification Number Recommendations for Ethanol from the Renewable Fuels Association

Identification Number Recommendations for Ethanol from the Renewable Fuels Association

Identification Number Recommendations for Ethanol from the Renewable Fuels Association

A challenge for those involved in the transportation of bulk quantities of ethanol and ethanol products is the display of the correct identification number as a package mark on the bulk packaging.  The challenge is primarily due to the number of different shipping descriptions available for ethanol products depending on the concentration of ethanol in the blend.  Another factor is the difference in classification between PHMSA/USDOT and Transport Canada for the same ethanol blend.

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) stepped in to provide the industry with guidance for determining the proper shipping name and the identification number (usually displayed on the placard) for various concentrations of ethanol and ethanol products.  Below is a table of information provide by RFA.

Ethanol Volume % Content in Blend
(Exx)
Proper Shipping NameIdentification Number
E100
(undenatured)
Ethanol or Ethyl alcohol or Ethanol solutions or Ethyl alcohol solutionsUN1170Cargo tank truck of ethanol UN1170
E95 - E98
(ASTM D4806 denatured fuel ethanol)
Alcohols, n.o.s.UN1987Class 3 Placard 1987
E95 - E98
(Canadian transport)
Denatured alcoholNA1987Class 3 Placard 1987
E11 - E83
(ethanol fuel blends)
Ethanol and gasoline mixture or Ethanol and motor spirit mixture or Ethanol and petrol mixture, with more than 10% ethanolUN3475Class 3 placard UN3475
E1- E10
(retail fuels)
GasolineUN1203Placard and ID Number for Gasoline

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