Coolants and refrigerants are used to keep temperature-sensitive products cold or frozen while in transit. Dry ice (frozen carbon dioxide) and gel packs are the most common types of coolants / refrigerants used for transport.
Preparing Dry Ice Shipments under IATA or 49 CFR
U.S. Ground Shipments:
Because dry ice shipments are not regulated for ground transport, simply process these shipments as you would any of your UPS Ground shipments.
Note: Dry ice shipments to and from Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and Catalina Island must be processed as air shipments.
U.S. Domestic Air Shipments:
(1) For all medical packages on dry ice (prepared under 49 CFR):
(2) For non-medical, non-hazardous U.S. domestic air packages with 2.5 kg (5.5 pounds) or less of dry ice (prepared under 49 CFR):
(3) For non-medical U.S. domestic packages with greater than 2.5 kg (5.5 pounds) of dry ice (or all IATA prepared shipments containing dry ice):
For assistance with these types of shipments, please call the UPS Hazardous Materials Support Center at 1-800-554-9964, or visit our online Hazardous Materials Guide.
Note: When the contents inside a package with dry ice are hazardous materials, please follow normal UPS Hazardous Materials procedures for that commodity in preparing your shipment. For assistance, please call the UPS Hazardous Materials Support Center at 1-800-554-9964, or visit our online Hazardous Materials Guide.
International shipments containing dry ice may require the shipper to have a UPS International Special Commodities contract. For more information, please contact the UPS Hazardous Materials Support Center at 1-800-554-9964, or visit our online UPS Guide for Shipping International Dangerous Goods.
International dry ice packages require the following under IATA:
Requirements for Preparing Your Dry Ice Shipments:
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