If you ever navigate our packaging section on our website, you will notice a section for U.S. Special Permit Kits.
You may ask yourself, what is a special permit and how does it apply to packaging? Well, basically special permits allow a shipper to perform a function that is not currently authorized by the regulations, or not perform a function currently required under the PHMSA regulations. Below are answers to questions regarding special permits.
Q. Why would someone need a special permit?
A. Special permits can provide relief from specific regulations when shipping dangerous goods. For example, it can allow a shipper to transport their dangerous goods in a specific UN-rated package without having to use hazard labels, as long as they adhere to the required provisions stated within the Special Permit.
Q. How do you apply for a special permit?
A. An application has to be completed and submitted to the US DOT along with specific documentation including written descriptions, drawings, flow charts, plans and other supporting documents.
Q. Do special permits expire?
A. Yes. Special permits expire after a period of time and the manufacturer must re-apply with the Department of Transportation.
Q. Does the Department of Transportation reject applications for a special permit?
A. The application must demonstrate that the special permit achieves a level of safety at least equal to that required by regulation, or if a required safety level does Continue Reading…