49 CFR and IATA regulations describe the responsibilities of all U.S. shippers of hazardous materials. Compliance with these federal Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) are mandatory, and everyone directly or indirectly involved with hazardous materials is subject to these regulations. Violators face considerable civil or criminal penalties (see 49 CFR 107; subpart D, for baseline civil penalties and fines).
The UPS Guide for Shipping Ground and Air Hazardous Materials describes your responsibilities as a shipper when preparing a hazardous material for transport with UPS. Your primary responsibility as a shipper is to comply with all the requirements of 49 CFR, IATA and with the requirements of your carrier.
The following explanation of your responsibilities as a shipper briefly describes the most fundamental requirements and defines additional UPS carrier variations or requirements. The UPS system rapidly handles, sorts, and transports packages. This "express" service imposes additional conditions on packages that may not be seen by unitized or palletized shipments. For this reason, UPS has established some additional safety requirements that exceed those defined in 49 CFR and IATA.
Please note that you must use the current version of 49 CFR and/or IATA regulation/carrier variation. This UPS guide is intended to be used in conjunction with the federal HMR and ICAO and not as a replacement. All hazardous materials must be prepared for shipping in complete accordance with the federal and local statutes.
If you have any questions about shipping hazardous materials with UPS, please call the UPS Hazardous Materials Support Center at 1-800-554-9964.