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Samsung using hazardous materials permit to transport Galaxy Note 7 returns

Samsung received a special permit from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to ship 137,000 unopened Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones from retail locations back to Samsung, the agency said.

Further, the DoT agency said Samsung will likely use a “quantity-limited, thermally insulated outer package designed to contain fire or smoke” to ship additional defective devices to the manufacturer.

The details of Samsung’s ongoing Galaxy Note 7 recall efforts underscore the logistical difficulties Samsung faces in collecting and shipping potentially explosive devices from retail outlets around the country. According to the permits that Samsung applied for from the DoT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, the company cannot ship the gadgets via airplane, and likely will use specially designed shipping boxes to move the returned Galaxy Note 7 smartphones from retailers like Verizon and Best Buy back to Samsung’s facilities.

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