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Regulations and UPS Requirements

This guide is designed to help UPS customers comply with the limitations and other requirements (variations) for shipping hazardous materials with UPS. However, in the U.S., all hazardous materials must comply with the appropriate regulations. Ground service level packages must always comply with the federal Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR), found in Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR)

UPS accepts hazardous materials in air service level packages prepared in accordance with either the U.S. DOT HMR or the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR).  In order to ship air service level packages prepared under the IATA DGR, shippers must follow the 49 CFR conditions and limitations for the use of the ICAO Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air.  The IATA DGR is the aviation industry’s user-friendly version of the ICAO Technical Instructions.  Use of the IATA DGR must take into consideration the applicable U.S. state variations and the UPS carrier variations.  In any case, failure to comply with applicable DOT or IATA regulations may result in enforcement action by appropriate authorities.

Where through this guide UPS publishes restrictions or additional requirements applicable to its hazardous materials shipments, it does so to establish conditions for satisfying the conditions incident to transportation in the UPS system.

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