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Interpretation Response #99-0053 ([Javelin Maintenance Support Center] [Mr. Bunker Hill])

Below is the interpretation response detail and a list of regulations sections applicable to this response.

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: Javelin Maintenance Support Center

Individual Name: Mr. Bunker Hill

Location State: NC Country: US

View the Interpretation Document

Response text:

March 16, 1999


Mr. Bunker Hill                                      Ref. No. 99-0053
Javelin Maintenance Support Center
5845 C/D Yadkin Road
Fayetteville, NC 28303

Dear Mr. Hill:

This is in response to your letter dated March 2, 1999, regarding the applicability of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180) to government shipments by commercial aircraft.  Specifically, you asked whether a military shipment of Helium, compressed, 2.2, UN1046 transported by commercial aircraft is subject to the HMR.

The answer is yes. As provided in § 171.1, the HMR apply to any department, agency, or instrumentality that transports or causes to be transported or shipped hazardous materials in commerce.  "In commerce means transportation for commercial purposes or the use of for-hire interstate carriers by a state agency or local jurisdiction to transport hazardous materials.  Your shipment of Helium, compressed by commercial aircraft would be considered in commerce.

I hope this satisfies your request.



John A. Gale
Transportation Regulations Specialist
Office of Hazardous Materials Standards


Regulation Sections

Section Subject
171.1 Applicability of Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to persons and functions