FAA proposes $681,200 civil penalty against FedEx

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed a $681,200 civil penalty against FedEx for allegedly violating US transportation regulations for hazardous materials.

The agency says that employees of the Memphis-based cargo operator improperly accepted "several dozen" shipments containing hazardous materials at several US locations to be transported via aircraft.

In addition, the FAA says that in 19 instances, FedEx allegedly failed to give "accurate and legible written information" to pilots flying routes to and from Los Angeles about accepted hazardous air shipments.

The agency says that FedEx allegedly did not provide records of hazardous materials training and testing for three people who were accepting shipments, which is designed to explain compliance of the US Department of Transportation's hazardous materials regulations.

This training includes information about security awareness, as well as initial and ongoing training for handling hazardous materials.

The FAA says it discovered the alleged violations during a records check and inspection at FedEx's facilities in Los Angeles.

"FedEx Express safely and reliably transports millions of items classified as dangerous goods every year," says the company in a prepared statement. "While we realise that limited documentation and shipping label errors did occur, at no time was the safety of the public or our team members at risk. Our goal is 100 percent compliance and we have put processes in place to ensure these errors are not repeated."

FedEx has 30 days to respond to the FAA's allegations from the time it receives an enforcement letter.