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Limited Quantity Exception - Ground Service

If the "Ground and Air Packaging Exceptions" column of the chemical table references a specific packaging exception, refer to that section of 49 CFR to determine if your material qualifies for the exception. If you do not meet all the conditions for that exception, you must prepare the material under the rules for a fully regulated hazardous material.

The material used in this example is Chromic Acid Solution, 8, UN1755, PGII. Using this as an example, the DOT regulations allow this material to be shipped as a limited quantity if it meets the conditions of 49 CFR 173.154 -- that is, non-specification outer packaging is permitted if inner receptacles do not exceed a capacity of 1 L. If any of your inner receptacles exceeds the 1 L capacity, your shipment is ineligible for this exception.

Further, since this shipment is not being transported by aircraft, you may ship the package without a hazard label. However, UPS prefers that you use the hazard label for maximum safety communications.

The Shipping Paper and Shipper´s Certification must include the wording "Limited Quantity" or "LTD QTY" as this statement will show that your package is excepted from the specification packaging and labeling requirements.

Even though your packaging need not be a UN performance package, it must meet the requirements of 49 CFR 173.24 and 173.24(a) and must be capable of meeting the ISTA Procedure 3A. UPS will not accept any PG I materials in limited quantity packaging.

Ground Service Example

***Limited quantity shipments prepared under HM-215K have different requirements. See marking example under the Limited Quantity Exception - Ground Service (49 CFR HM-215K) link.

Note: Ground service for hazardous materials, including ORM-D, Limited Quantity, and combustible materials, is no longer available for packages being shipped to or from Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Catalina Island. This change is effective January 1, 2011.

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