Important Updates to Regulations and Requirements


ORM-D Classification: The hazard class ORM-D is scheduled for elimination, effective December 31, 2020.  Such materials are likely eligible to be shipped under Limited Quantity provisions, which, for Ground service level packages, may be moved by highway and rail without shipping papers.

Lithium Batteries packed without equipment:  UPS only accepts air shipments of UN3090 or UN3480, lithium metal or ion batteries packed alone (without equipment) as fully regulated shipments.  Section II or 49CFR 173.185(c) will not be accepted for air transport.  Follow this link for more information about lithium batteries.


Lithium Batteries:  The regulations are transitioning to a new Lithium Battery marks, which will become mandatory on January 1, 2019 and is currently authorized for use.  The marks must be displayed in packages containing lithium batteries shipped under specific exceptions in 49 CFR 173.185(c); or IATA under in Section I.B of Packing Instructions 965 or 968, or Section II of IATA Packing Instructions 966, 967, 969 or 970.  (UPS does not accept air shipments prepared under 49 CFR 173.185(c) or Section II of Packing Instructions 965 or 968.)  The new Lithium Battery marks replace older Lithium Battery Caution labels and are distinguished by the UN number associated with the type of lithium battery shipment contained in a package:


Follow this link for more information about lithium batteries.


Lithium Batteries:  The regulations are transitioning to a modified Class 9 diamond hazard, which will become mandatory for fully regulated shipments of lithium battery shipments on January 1, 2019, and is currently authorized for use.  The modified Class 9 label includes a graphic to illustrate the presence of lithium batteries:

Class 9 Li Battery

Follow this link for more information about lithium batteries.


Emergency Contact Number:  For most hazardous materials that require shipping papers, a telephone number for contact in the event of an emergency must be shown on the shipping papers.  Such telephone numbers must exclusively use numbers only, with a limited number of other characters permitted. The only acceptable information is the numeric telephone number, including any applicable country code or international access codes. The only alphabetical characters allowed are “EXT” when an extension must be included, or “OPT” when a caller must select an option number. Additional non-alphabetical characters that may be included are: period (.), dash (-), plus sign (+) and conventional parentheses. All other information relevant to the emergency telephone number must be presented with the “ER Registrant” information.


Segregation of Lithium Batteries in Air Service Level Packages:  On January 1, 2018, IATA proposes that carriers begin segregating packages containing UN3090, Lithium metal batteries and UN3480, Lithium ion batteries from other designated flammable and explosive materials, specifically these other UPS classes/Divisions: 

  • Class 1 – Explosives (other than Division 1.4S),
  • Division 2.1 – Flammable Gas,
  • Class 3 – Flammable Liquid,
  • Division 4.1 – Flammable Solid,
  • Division 5.1 – Oxidizer

Aboard aircraft, mandatory segregation of materials in the above listed classes/divisions from UN3090, Lithium metal batteries, and UN3480, Lithium ion batteries will take effect January 1, 2019.  Shippers must not tender air service level packages to UPS (including overpacks) which combine UN3090 or UN3480 with any materials in the classes/divisions listed above.

If you have any questions about shipping hazardous materials with UPS, please call the Hazardous Materials Support Center at 1-800-554-9964.