The U.S. Hazardous Materials Regulations (49 CFR) describe the responsibilities of all U.S. shippers of hazardous materials. Compliance with these federal Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) is mandatory. In addition, U.S. shippers who, for domestic shipments, elect to follow IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations, based on the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Technical Instructions, must offer such shipments in compliance with IATA/ICAO, as well as with applicable conditions and limitations of 49 CFR. Violators face considerable civil or criminal penalties (see 49 CFR 107; subpart D, for baseline civil penalties and fines).
The UPS Guide for Shipping Ground and Air Hazardous Materials describes responsibilities of shippers preparing hazardous materials for transport with UPS. The primary responsibility of a shipper is to comply with all the requirements of 49 CFR, IATA and the additional requirements of UPS.
The following explanation of shippers’ responsibilities briefly describes the requirements and defines additional UPS carrier variations or requirements. The UPS system rapidly handles, sorts, and transports packages. This high-speed handling of individual packages imposes additional conditions on packages that may not be experienced by unitized or palletized shipments. For this reason, UPS has established some additional safety requirements that exceed those defined in 49 CFR and IATA.
Please note that shippers must use the current version of 49 CFR and/or IATA regulations, while also adhering to currently applicable carrier variations. This UPS guide is intended to be used in conjunction with the federal HMR and ICAO, and not as a replacement. All hazardous materials must be prepared for shipping in complete accordance with the applicable federal and IATA/ICAO requirements.
If you have any questions about shipping hazardous materials with UPS, please call the UPS Hazardous Materials Support Center at 1-800-554-9964.
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