Class 1 Materials
1. Applicant submits a new request for classification using the Start A New Request page.
- For substances, please also include manufacturing details, MSDS, and sensitivity data, if available.
- For articles, please also include article description, detailed drawings, net explosive weight (NEW), gross weight, part number, number of articles per package, package dimensions, and description of packaging materials .
2. APT analyzes information to determine required classification method.
- APT will review the new request – this process length depends on the type of classification and completeness of information provided.
- Classification may be obtained from methods that do not require testing.
- APT will provide estimate indicating classification method to be used.
3. Applicant accepts the estimate and agrees upon classification method as well as testing location.
- If testing is not necessary, APT will assess the data provided by the applicant and provide a report with the classification recommendation.
4. Receive a tentative shipping classification.
- If testing is required, APT will issue a tentative shipping classification for the applicant to ship samples to the test laboratory.
- The tentative shipping classification will be determined from analysis of information provided.
5. Applicant ships the sample(s) to the address specified in agreement with APT.
- To begin the shipping process, please contact Darlene Davenport at (256) 327-4018 or submit a shipping request. A Bill of Lading must be sent to APT three days prior to sample delivery.
- For a sample that already has a shipping classification, follow the shipping instructions of that classification.
- For a tentative shipping classification, follow the shipping instructions in 49-CFR 173.56 (d).
- For special permit DOT-SP-8451 (previously exemption DOT-E-8451), follow the shipping instructions for that exemption. (This special permit authorizes the transport of not more than 25 grams of certain class 1 materials in a special shipping container).
- For all other classifications, follow shipping instructions in 49 CFR 173.56 (e).
6. APT will test the sample according to the estimate provided and any subsequent coordination.
- A timeline for testing will be coordinated in advance.
- A test report and recommended shipping classification letter will be issued to the customer after completion of testing.
7. Submit the entire package to DOT per 49 CFR.
- Follow the instructions on the recommended shipping classification letter.
- Submit to the DOT the entire package which was submitted to APT, including the report and recommended shipping classification letter.
- DOT will issue an EX number.
APT Point of Contact
Melissa Emery, 256.327.3373