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IATA and UPS Requirements

This online guide for our hazardous materials/dangerous goods customers will help you comply with the limitations and other requirements (variations) for our service offerings. However, all hazardous materials must be prepared in accordance with the appropriate federal Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). These regulations can be found in Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR).* Along with the 49 CFR regulations, shippers can prepare air dangerous goods packages according to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Technical Instructions, as published in the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations. This online guide is not intended to replace the federal regulations but rather is to be used in conjunction with them.** The HMR changes periodically, and it is your responsibility to comply with the most current standards.

As a UPS hazardous materials/dangerous goods contract customer, you must comply not only with IATA but also with UPS carrier variations for domestic air hazardous materials shipments. These carrier variations, referred to as UPS (5X), are located in section 2.8 of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (See Attached).

UPS List of Operator Variations in IATAOpen the link in a new window

For help meeting package preparation and documentation requirements, and UPS variations, we have trained hazardous materials specialists available by phone. Simply call our Hazardous Materials Support Center at 1-800-554-9964.

Restrictions in this UPS guide that exceed governmental regulations are established due to the UPS "conditions incident to transportation." Packages not meeting all these standards will not be accepted by UPS.

This guide is not intended as, nor should it be considered, a statement of safety precautions to be followed by a customer (shipper) or any other person who is handling, stowing, or transporting any hazardous materials. Nor is it to be used as a guide for service commitments. Please consult the applicable UPS service guides for further information.

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

* The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) enacts and enforces all hazardous materials transportation law in the United States. It has jurisdiction over all interstate, intrastate, and foreign transportation of hazardous materials on aircraft, railcars, vessels, and highway carriers and shippers in the United States.

** Compliance with DOT regulations is a requirement for any person who offers a hazardous materials shipment. Non-compliance with the federal HMR could result in civil or even criminal penalties by the appropriate federal agencies. For more information about the DOT´s Hazardous Materials Regulations, visit