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Shipping with Hazardous Materials

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Shipping Dangerous Goods

Types of Dangerous Goods and Commodities

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International Dangerous Goods Chemical Tables

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Dangerous goods parcels must be prepared in accordance with ADR regulations for ground shipments and IATA regulations for air shipments. Shippers must make certain a parcel is correctly marked, packaged, labelled and documented.

Note: Preparing dangerous goods for transport by aircraft usually requires compliance with more stringent regulations than for ground transport. For example, for air shipment, parcels containing liquids must satisfy a pressure differential test specified in the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations. Each dangerous goods parcel must also have the required IATA Shippers Declaration for Dangerous Goods.

Effective 1 January 2020, all manufacturers and distributors of cells, batteries and equipment powered by cells and batteries manufactured after 30 June 2003 are required to make available a test summary as specified in the UN Manual of Tests and Criteria.

Distributors and shippers are not required to provide printed copies of the test summary with each consignment containing lithium batteries, and are encouraged to make it available using technology, for example, by listing it on the company’s website.

For more information on IATA regulations, please visit the IATA website or contact your local account executive or customer service representative.

Dangerous Goods regulations are subject to change on a regular basis.

Read the most recent IATA Operator Variations

UPS works with third-party dangerous goods software vendors. The following vendor list offers preparation modules for the IATA Shipper's Declaration for dangerous goods. These programmes work in conjunction with WorldShip.

  • Dangerous Goods Council
  • Hazmat Software, LLC©
  • Labelmaster 
  • QAD Precision

The European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road is known as ADR. Countries that have signed the ADR agreement are required to comply with the regulations for transporting dangerous goods on the ground in Europe. UPS operates in accordance with the provisions of Section

Note: ADR applies only to dangerous goods shipments in Europe. See ‘UPS International Dangerous Goods Countries/Territories’ below.

Learn more about ADR regulations in Europe

Dry ice can be shipped in the UPS air and ground networks domestically and internationally. Shipping dry ice with UPS may not require a dangerous goods contract or dangerous goods shipping papers if the contents being cooled are not subject to full dangerous goods regulation. However, dry ice shipping does require an agreement under UPS's International Special Commodities (ISC) programme. Packages must display appropriate information on the UPS address label, as well as correct marking and labelling. If dry ice is used to refrigerate dangerous goods, then a dangerous goods contract is required.

Biological Substance, Category B (UN3373) refers to an infectious substance that is not in a form generally capable of causing permanent disability, life-threatening or fatal disease in otherwise healthy humans or animals when exposed to it. For domestic and international shipments, UPS accepts UN3373 on a contractual basis under its International Special Commodities (ISC) programme. Shipping biological substances in Category B requires adherence to specific IATA and ADR marking and packaging requirements, but there are no required dangerous goods documents. If the Category B shipment is refrigerated with Dry Ice, there are additional marking, labelling and shipment description requirements and UPS requires an ISC agreement, as previously mentioned.

Learn more about where UPS allows the shipment of Biological Substance, Category B

Shipper's Responsibilities

Shipping dangerous goods with UPS requires a contract to ensure compliance with applicable regulations, as well as UPS carrier requirements. Your UPS account executive can help with this process.

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Prohibited Items

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Common Items that May be Hazardous

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