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US DOT Special Permit processing

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Steven Hunt, president of dangerous goods consulting company ShipMate, explains the process of filing Special Permit applications with the US Department of Transportation for aerosol manufacturers.

I recently filed two Special Permit applications with the US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) Special Permits & Approvals Branch, as the designated US agent on behalf of two aerosol manufacturers in Europe.

A DOT Special Permit is permission from the US Government to deviate from specific, identified sections of the Hazardous Materials Regulations, subject to an equivalency of safety. For example, an aerosol can manufacturer is not able to meet the minimum required shell thickness or pressure relief requirements, so a DOT Special Permit is sought to allow the design to be sold or transported.

The manufacturers were seeking the approval of the US to import specific dangerous goods into the country that were forbidden for transport aboard passenger-carrying or cargo aircraft. Both Petitioners were requesting expedited processing to meet very important...

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