The U.S. Hazardous Materials Regulations (49 CFR) describe the responsibilities of all U.S. shippers of hazardous materials. Compliance with these federal Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) is mandatory. In addition, U.S. shippers who, for domestic shipments, elect to follow International Air Transport Association (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations, based on the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Technical Instructions, must offer such shipments in compliance with ICAO/IATA, as well as with applicable conditions and limitations of 49 CFR. 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 is intended as a guide and not a replacement for US Hazardous Materials Regulations. The shipper is responsible for complying with all applicable requirements of 49CFR, ICAO/IATA and UPS variations. The shipper is also responsible for full compliance with the UPS Tariff Terms & Conditions of Service.
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 call the UPS Hazardous Materials Support Center at 1-800-554-9964.