Hazardous Materials Responsibilities

Shipper’s Responsibilities

This section briefly describes shippers’ responsibilities under the regulations and further defines UPS requirements.  UPS has established certain requirements that exceed those of the HMR to promote safety in its network, which involves high-speed handling of individual packages.  As a result, packages may experience conditions in the UPS system that are not experienced by unitized or palletized shipments.

If you have any questions about shipping hazardous materials with UPS, please contact us at 800-7433-877.

General Requirements
IATA regulations both require that a person may offer or accept a hazardous material for transportation in commerce only if the material is properly prepared for transportation.
Application of the hazardous materials regulations begins with the classification of a hazardous material.
Properly describing a hazardous material is a fundamental requirement for communicating the presence of a potential hazard to any employee of the shipper, carrier, consignee, or regulatory agency who may come in contact with the shipment.
Hazardous Materials Packaging Regulations
Regulations require packaging for any hazardous material to be sufficient to ensure containment of the material throughout the entire transportation cycle. See, for example, IATA
Marking requirements establish clear and accurate communication about the material in a package.
Dangerous Goods Declaration (IATA)
Learn about the IATA Shipper's Declaration that shippers must use when shipping dangerous goods.
Shipping Batteries or Devices with Batteries
Effective January 1, 2017, UPS will change its requirements for shipping lithium batteries by air.
Coolants and Refrigerants
Coolants and Refrigerants are used to keep temperature sensitive products cold or frozen while in transit.