UPS accepts air shipments in accordance with regulations issued by International Civil Aviation Association (ICAO) and published as the Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). For the purposes of regulatory compliance, air service levels include all Express and Expedited Services internationally. This UPS Guide for Shipping Ground and Air Hazardous Materials should always be used in conjunction with the most current version of the IATA DGR. Shippers must also comply with the UPS Tariff Terms & Conditions.
The shipper may ship hazardous materials identified in the UPS Hazardous Material Chemical Tables in compliance with all applicable ADR and/or IATA regulations, as well as the specific UPS Limitations identified within this Guide for Shipping Ground and Air Hazardous Materials.
In some cases, UPS requirements are more restrictive than those of the ADR and IATA. UPS’s “conditions incident to transportation” may differ from those of other carriers’ systems due to the distinct UPS methods for sorting, handling, and moving packages. Accordingly, UPS expects all shipments to be capable of passing the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) Procedure 3A.
Hazardous Materials Contract service is available for customers with a Scheduled pickup account. Scheduled pickup includes various UPS pickup services. The shipper must complete all requirements for a hazardous materials shipment before pickup. For more information, shippers should contact their local UPS Business Development Department.
A hazardous materials service handling charge applied to all hazardous materials / dangerous goods packages that require a shipping paper or Shipper’s Declaration for Dangerous Goods. UPS does not accept hazardous materials shipments at UPS Customer Centers.
Time-in-transit guarantees do not apply to hazardous material parcels.
View UPS Guide for Shipping International Dangerous Goods
- UPS requires that all packages, including those containing hazardous materials, be capable of meeting the requirements of the ISTA Procedure 3A testing protocol. Hazardous materials packages must also satisfy applicable specification and performance requirements by ADR or IATA.
- Hazardous materials may not be shipped in UPS-provided packaging, such as Letters, Boxes, Paks and Tubes.
- Dedicated UPS Paks are available to use as overpacks for UN3373 (Biological substances, category B) and for Exempt human or animal specimens.
- Packages containing hazardous materials must not be banded, taped or strapped together.
- Hazardous materials shipments authorized for strong (i.e., non-specification) outer packaging that require a shipping paper must be in outer packages at the following minimum levels (overpacks are excluded from this requirement):
- Packages must be in a box of sufficient strength to protect the contents while in transit, or
- 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.
- Hazardous materials may be offered in authorized single packaging, subject to the following conditions:
- May be offered for air service level only as Cargo Aircraft Only (CAO) shipments. (Applies to commodities other than Dry Ice.)
- Bags and other single packagings constructed of light gauge metal will not be accepted.
- Orientation arrows not required on single packagings.
- Additional handling charges may apply.
Note: Cylinders must be overpacked in a container of suitable strength to retain its shape and protect operating mechanisms. Round tubes or overpacks are not accepted.