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Dangerous Goods
Dangerous Goods are articles or substances that are capable of posing a risk to health, safety, property or the environment when transported. These are classified according to various sets of regulations for both air and ground transport, including:

  • ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air
  • TDGR (Transport of Dangerous Goods Regulations) as prescribed by the Dangerous Goods Transportation Act (1992).

If you are unsure whether your commodity is regulated by ICAO or TDG, please check your Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for further information.

Note: UPS does not offer shippers any formal consultative services relating to Dangerous Goods regulations.

Dangerous Goods Service Definition
In Canada, UPS accepts most IATA- and TDG-regulated commodities from the list of acceptable classes. In some circumstances, the net inner receptacle quantity or the net quantity per package will vary from the allowable regulatory maximums.

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Countries Served
UPS provides air and ground service for Dangerous Goods to and from Canada and the United States, and air service to various countries around the world.

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Contractual Service
Dangerous Goods is a contractual service requiring the shipper to comply with a number of internal UPS requirements, including:

  1. Specific training in all necessary Dangerous Goods regulatory requirements as per IATA and TDG regulations
  2. Approval of the specific commodities and quantities to be tendered to UPS
  3. A signed contract with UPS stipulating the responsibilities of the shipper wishing to tender Dangerous Goods packages to UPS
  4. Use of most up-to-date UPS shipping software and formatted shipper declarations, daily pickup service, and combination packaging

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List of Acceptable Dangerous Goods Classes
  • Class 1.4s   Explosives
  • Class 2       Gases
  • Class 3       Flammable liquid
  • Class 4       Flammable solid
  • Class 5       Oxidizing substances and organic peroxides
                      (ground mode only)
  • Class 6       Poisonous (toxic) (ground mode only)
  • Class 8       Corrosive
  • Class 9       Miscellaneous

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List of Prohibited Dangerous Goods Classes and Divisions
  • Class 1        Explosives
  • Class 2.3     Toxic gases
  • Class 4.3     Packing Group I
  • Class 5.1     Oxidizing substances (prohibited via air mode)
  • Class 5.2     Organic peroxides
  • Class 6        Poisonous (toxic) infectious substances (prohibited via 
                       air mode)
  • Class 7        Radioactive materials

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Dangerous Goods Support Centre
For questions about our Dangerous Goods service, please contact the Dangerous Goods support centre at 1-800-509-0953. UPS representatives can answer questions and help you begin the process of implementing Dangerous Goods service to your location.

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Dangerous Goods is a contract-only service.

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