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New Requirements

Mandatory Compliance Dates for 2017

49 CFR - As of July 05, 2017, per HM-218H Final Rule, an emergency contact telephone number shown on a Hazmat shipping paper must exclusively use numbers only, letters will no longer be allowed. In the “Emergency Phone” field, the only acceptable information is the numeric telephone number, including any applicable country code or international access codes. The only alphabetical characters allowed are “EXT” when an extension must be included, or “OPT” when a caller must select an option number. Additional non-alphabetical characters that may be included are: period (.), dash (-), plus sign (+) and conventional parentheses. All other information relevant to the emergency telephone number must be presented in the “ER Registrant” field.

49 CFR - As of January 01, 2017, per HM-218H Final Rule, UPS will no longer accept a 49 CFR Hazmat shipping paper showing a Packing Group assignment for Class 1 Explosives, Division 4.1 Self-Reactive Substances (only) and Division 5.2 Organic Peroxides. 

49 CFR - As of July 05, 2017, per HM-218H Final Rule, an emergency contact telephone number shown on a Hazmat shipping paper must exclusively use numbers only, letters will no longer be allowed.

49 CFR - As of July 05, 2017, per HM-218H Final Rule,  173.158 will require improved packaging for certain ground service shipments of Nitric Acid.

49 CFR - 172.301 - General marking requirements for non-bulk packagings.
 (a) Proper shipping name and identification number.
 (1) Except as otherwise provided by this subchapter, each person who offers a hazardous material for  transportation in a non-bulk packaging must mark the package with the proper shipping name and  identification number (preceded by "UN", "NA" or "ID", as appropriate) for the material as shown in the  172.101 Hazardous Material Table. The identification number marking preceded by "UN", "NA" or "ID" as  appropriate must be marked in characters at least 12mm (0.47 inches) high. Packages with a maximum  capacity of 30 liters (8) gallons) or less, 30 kg (66 pounds) maximum net mass, or cylinders with water  capacity of 60 liters (16 gallons) or less must be marked with characters at least 6mm (0.24 inches) high.  Packages with a maximum capacity of 5 liters (1.32 gallons) or 5 kg (11 pounds) or less must be marked in  a size appropriate for the size of the package.

 Overpacks: the lettering on the OVERPACK marking must be at least 12mm (0.47 inches) high. There is an exception, see 173.25(a)(4)(ii).

IATA 58th Edition - As of January 01, 2017, IATA Lithium Battery Packing Instructions 967 & 970 Section II, consignments of more than two packages where each package contains no more than four cells or two batteries installed in equipment, must display a Lithium Battery handling label / handling mark.  

Mandatory Compliance Dates for 2016

As of March 31, 2016, per HM-253 Final Rule, Reverse Logistics:
UPS is not a private carrier.  Therefore, the provisions applicable to the use of private carriers 49 CFR 173.157(d) must not be used for any shipments tendered to UPS. Other reverse logistics shipments, correctly prepared as Limited Quantity packages, may be offered for Ground Service to locations within the Continental U.S. that are not listed as requiring air service.

As of January 1, 2016, per HM-215K Final Rule, a ground service package containing a Limited Quantity substance or article and marked with the square-on-point Limited Quantity marking containing the UN or NA identification number, will no longer be acceptable for transportation. These packages must conform to the Limited Quantity marking requirements prescribed in 49CFR 172.315(a)(1).

As of January 1, 2016, per the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations, unless all markings representative of all dangerous goods in the Overpack are clearly visible, the Overpack must be marked with the word "Overpack." The lettering of the "Overpack" marking must be at least 12mm high.

As of January 1, 2016, per HM-215M Final Rule, Packing Group II will no longer be associated with the Basic Description for all Lithium Battery shipments. Packing Group II will not be allowed to be shown on a Dangerous Goods shipping paper for this material.

As of January 1, 2016, per HM-215M Final Rule, the Proper Shipping Names - Air Bag Inflators, Air Bag Modules, or Seat-belt Pretensioners will no longer be acceptable for UN3268. The new Proper Shipping Name assigned to UN3268 is Safety Devices electrically initiated.

Regulations for Shipping Lithium Metal Batteries by Air Have Changed

International regulations applicable to air shipments of lithium metal batteries have changed. Compliance with the new regulations becomes mandatory January 1, 2015.

The regulations, published by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), prohibit transport of lithium metal batteries (shipped without equipment) on passenger aircraft.

As a result, UPS will limit transport of these shipments to within its International Dangerous Goods (IDG) network.

Visit the link below to see which origins and destinations are authorized for IDG:
UPS Approved Countries (English only)

Elimination of ORM-D Classification

In an attempt to harmonize and align with international standards, the DOT has amended the 49CFR regulations regarding the ORM-D classification. Effective January 19, 2011, with the publication of the HM-215K final rule, the hazard class of ORM-D is being eliminated.  Those materials may still be shipped classified as a limited quantity. In conjunction with ORM-D hazard class elimination in HM-215K, limited quantity ground shipments will no longer require shipping papers when prepared under the new rule.  This includes those materials previously classed as limited quantity that required shipping papers via ground transport. 

There is a transition period for shippers to comply with the new classification, marking and labeling requirements. Until December 31, 2020 a limited quantity package containing a consumer commodity as defined in 171.8 may be reclassified as ORM-D, or until December 31, 2012 for ORM-D-Air material. UPS began accepting materials with the new markings effective April 1, 2011. See examples of the new ground and air limited quantity markings below that will be replacing the ORM-D and ORM-D-Air markings.  

Air limited quantity marking
Ground limited quantity marking

The size of the marking must meet the regulation set forth in HN-215K. For clarification, see DOT letter of interpretation here.

It is the shipper's responsibility to know the regulations, and to properly classify, package, label, and mark their hazmat shipments.

*Note: To be in compliance with TDG, Standard (ground) Ltd Qty shipments to Canada prepared under HM-215K require the verbiage 'Limited quantity' or 'Ltd qty' to also be marked on the carton.

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