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Hazardous Materials Service Definition
UPS accepts hazardous materials on a contract basis only.  UPS accepts non-bulk quantities of hazardous materials shipments for transport by "highway and rail" or "air" modes when prepared in accordance with the Department of Transportation Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) or as appropriate, regulations promulgated by International Civil Aviation Association (ICAO) and International Air Transport Association (IATA). "Air" modes include UPS Next Day Air, UPS 2nd Day Air, and UPS 3 Day Select as well as ground shipments to Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and Catalina Island. This UPS Guide for Shipping Ground and Air Hazardous Materials should always be used in conjunction with the most current HMR as documented in Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR) and in the most current versions of regulations promulgated by ICAO and IATA.

You, as the shipper, may ship specific hazardous materials in specific quantities as outlined in the chemical table as long as you fully comply with all governmental regulations and UPS variations.

In some cases, UPS requirements are more restrictive than those of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). UPS "conditions incident to transportation" differ from those of other systems due to our unique method for sorting, handling, and moving packages. UPS only accepts hazardous materials shipments from customers that follow these variations.

UPS transports hazardous materials only within and between the 50 United States and Puerto Rico. For information regarding shipping dangerous goods beyond the United States and Puerto Rico, please refer to the UPS Guide for Shipping International Dangerous Goods. Hazardous Materials Contract Service is available for customers with a Scheduled pickup account. Scheduled pickup service includes Daily Pickup, Daily On-Route Pickup, Day-Specific Pickup and UPS Smart Pickup®. You, as the shipper, must complete all requirements for the hazardous materials shipment before pickup. Contact your local UPS Business Development Department for qualification and approval information. UPS does not accept hazardous materials shipments at UPS Customer Centers, The UPS Store®, Air Letter Centers, Authorized Shipping Outlets, commercial counters, or using Internet shipping. Ground shipments of ORM-D materials in the 48 contiguous States may be accepted at some locations.

The hazardous materials service handling charge applies to all hazardous materials / dangerous goods packages that require a shipping paper or Shipper's Declaration for Dangerous Goods.

Time-in-transit guarantees do not apply to hazardous materials packages that are delayed due to causes beyond the carrier's control or acts of God. Further, no guarantee applies to hazardous materials packages that are improperly offered for transport.
UPS Carrier Variations
All hazardous materials shippers must process their shipments using a UPS compliant shipping solution in conjunction with hazardous materials shipment preparation software. You may utilize the current version of UPS provided WorldShip in order to be compliant with existing regulatory requirements, or purchase approved Third-party software. Customers who do not comply with regulations or UPS variations may no longer be able to ship hazardous materials packages via UPS.

UPS will not accept recycled UN3268 materials in the small parcel Air system.

Class 5 hazardous materials (Oxidizers and Organic Peroxides) are not accepted in any UPS Air Service. This applies to primary and subsidiary risk.

Hazardous materials shipments authorized for non-specification packaging that require a shipping paper must be in outer packages at the following minimum levels (overpacks are excluded from this requirement):

  • All packages must meet the requirements of International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) Procedure 3A testing.
  • Packages must be in a minimum 200 lbs. Burst Strength or 32 Edge Crush Test (ECT) certified box. The box must also be of sufficient strength to protect the contents while in transit.
  • Any non-specification package that displays the ISTA seal indicating the package has been tested and certified to ISTA Procedure 3A is not subject to the minimum ECT or burst strength requirements.

With the exception of shipments containing dry ice, hazardous materials packages must not exceed 70 lbs. gross weight. Lower limits apply to certain materials.

UPS does not accept certain hazardous materials in its Ground or Air Services. See the chemical table for details.

UPS will not accept the use of a "TOXIC" or "POISON" label on packages containing Division 6.1, Packing Group III materials. We require the use of a Division 6.1 label with "PG III" on the label and no other text.

UPS may restrict specific hazardous materials to a defined maximum outer package or inner receptacle capacity.

UPS accepts only "Passenger Aircraft Quantities" of hazardous materials offered for transport in UPS Air Services. One exception is Class 9. UPS accepts "Passenger" and "Cargo Aircraft" quantities for some Class 9 materials (refer to the most recent copy of the UPS Chemical Tables for additional requirements). All air shipments of Classes 4 and 8 packing group (PG) III must be in packaging tested to PG II when they are in UN packaging.

The DOT´s exceptions for combustible liquids do not apply for any air shipments in the UPS system.

UPS does not permit the use of the exception (49 CFR 173.308) for cigarette lighters or similar devices. To be transported in the UPS system, these devices must be fully declared. They require shipping papers, proper packaging, marking, and labeling.

UPS does not permit "Limited Quantity" exceptions to be used for PG I hazardous materials or materials required to be in "Exemption/Special Permit" packaging or 173.13.

UPS requires shippers to affix an authorized UPS Shipping Paper or Shipper's Declaration (3 copies of the DG Dec required per package for domestic IATA shipments) to each hazardous material package and to complete an entry in the UPS Shipper's Certification of Hazardous Materials for each package. A hard copy of the Shipper's Certification must still be given to the UPS driver, even though you electronically submitted the data to UPS.

UPS requires that all packages, including hazardous materials, be capable of meeting the requirements of the ISTA Procedure 3A testing protocol, as well as the applicable specification and performance requirements of 49 CFR parts 173 and 178 or IATA Section 5.

UPS requires the proper shipping name and identification number (if one is assigned) be marked on all packages containing hazardous materials.

Hazardous materials may not be shipped in UPS-provided packaging, such as Letters, Paks (with the exception of Laboratory Paks), and Tubes.

UPS accepts only non-bulk packaging of hazardous materials not exceeding the manufacturer's specifications on the packaging.

Packages must not be banded, taped or strapped together.

Shippers must comply with DOT requirements for performance-oriented packaging unless a specific exception in the DOT rules applies. Hazardous materials offered in authorized single packaging may be overcartoned. Authorized single packagings may be offered for ground service only in the 48 contiguous States. Authorized single packagings are those allowed by the regulations, with the following additional UPS requirement: For the UPS small parcel environment, rigid packagings must be used (e.g. plastic, steel, aluminum, etc.) in order to withstand the normal rigors of small package transportation. Cylinders must be overcartoned to protect operating mechanisms. Additional handling charges may apply. Orientation arrows not required on single packagings.

UPS requires the use of DOT exemption/special permit or 173.13 packaging for many materials including all Class 6.1 PG I or II and Division 4.3 materials. Materials of Class 6.1 PG III must also be shipped in DOT exemption/special permit or 173.13 packaging when offered for Air Service. See the chemical table for specific materials. A copy of the DOT exemption/special permit paperwork must be placed in a resealable pouch on the package(s). UPS does not allow DOT exemption/special permit packaging to be overpacked or overcartoned.

Packages of materials that are noxious, extremely annoying, or cause discomfort should be offered to UPS only in an acceptable "stench" package as described in this guide.

Any non-specification package that displays the ISTA seal indicating the package has been tested and certified to ISTA Procedure 1A is not subject to the minimum ECT or burst strength requirements.

A packing group is not required for materials classed as an explosive. In the UPS Guide a black diamond appears in the packing group column. This indicates that a shipping paper for these materials could display a Packing Group II or the shipping paper could have no packing group.
Ground Service for Hazardous Materials, including ORM-D, Limited Quantity, and combustible materials, is not available for shipments to or from Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Catalina Island
UPS Ground service is available for shipping hazardous materials, including ORM-D and Limited Quantity shipments (prepared under HM-215K), within the contiguous U.S. However, Ground service is not available for hazardous materials (including ORM-D, Ltd Qty (215K), Combustibles, or any materials where the air required packaging, marking, labeling, etc. differ from ground requirements), being shipped to or from Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Catalina Island.
Air Hazardous Materials Service
"Air" modes include UPS Next Day Air, UPS 2nd Day Air, and UPS 3 Day Select. UPS Air Hazardous Materials Services provide delivery of hazardous materials in passenger aircraft quantities to every address in the 48 contiguous states, Alaska, metropolitan areas of Hawaii, and Puerto Rico in both UPS Next Day Air and UPS 2nd Day Air Service. Pickup service is restricted in some areas of Alaska. Refer to the following table for more detail. One exception is Class 9. UPS accepts "Passenger" and "Cargo Aircraft" quantities for some Class 9 materials. Refer to the current UPS Chemical Table for additional requirements.

Alaska
Delivery service is provided to the entire state. Pickup service is provided from the following points.
Location
ZIP Code
Anchor Point
99556
Anchorage
99501-04
99507-24
99599
99695
Aurora Lodge
99701
Badger
99711
Birch Estates
99701
Birch Lake
99701
Birchwood
99567
Boyd
99701
Brentwood
99687
Broadmoor Acres
99701
Butte
99654
Chugiak
99567
Clam Gulch
99568
Coal Creek
99701
Cohoe
99669
College
99708
College Village
99504
Currys Corner
99701
Derby Tract
99701
Eagle River
99577
Eielsen AFB
99702
Eklutna
99567
Elmendorf AFB
99506
Fairbanks
99701
99706-12
Fire Lake
99577
Fort Richardson
99505
Fort Wainwright
99703
Fritz Creek
99603
Geist
99701
Goat Creek
99567
Happy Valley
99556
Harding Lake
99701
Homer
99603
Jennie M
99701
Kachemak
99603
Kasilof
99610
Kenai
99611
Lemata
99701
Mack
99701
Matanuska
99645
McKinley Acres
99701
Meadow Lakes
99687
Mendeltna Lodge
99645
Mountainview
99504
Nikishka
99611
Nikiski
99635
Nikolaevsk
99556
Ninilchik
99639
North Kenai
99611
North Pole
99705
Nunaka Valley
99504
Old Ninilchik
99639
Palmer
99645
Peters Creek
99567
Rego
99701
Shanly
99701
Snowball
99701
Soldotna
99669
South Bjerremark
99701
Spenard
99503
Sprucewood
99701
Sterling
99672
Totem Park
99701
University of Alaska (Fairbanks)
99775
University
99701
University Park
99701
Wasilla
99654
99687
West Fairwest
99701
Westwood
99701
Wilcox
99701
Wilcox Estates
99701
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Pickup service is also restricted in some areas of Hawaii. Refer to the following table for more detail.

Hawaii
No delivery or pickup service is provided to or from the following points.
Location
ZIP Code
Kalaupapa
96742
Kauanakakai
96748
Kualapuu
96757
Lanai Lanai
96763
Manaloa
96770
Maui Hana
96713
Molokai Houlehua
96729
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