Materials of Trade (MOT) are certain hazardous materials transported in small quantities as part of a business. They are not offered for transportation to a commercial carrier so they are subject to less regulation, because of the limited hazard they pose. Without this important regulation, businesses such as lawn care companies, plumbing contractors and home cleaning services, would not be able to transport their hazardous materials without having to comply with more extensive and difficult US Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations.

Northeastern University’s primary business is teaching and research. Hazardous materials at NU that could fall under the Materials of Trade exception include sulfuric acid needed in a school competition, a diagnostic specimen shared with colleague at another university or gasoline transported for use in an athletic event such as crew.

The following brochure from the US DOT outlines the requirements:Materials of Trade Brochure