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Marking

49 CFR Part 172.300; IATA Section 7

Marking requirements establish clear and accurate communication about the material in a package.

UPS Shipping Papers or Shipper's Declarations are not a substitute for required package markings.

Packages must be marked according to the requirements of 49 CFR or IATA. Each package must be durably marked in English with the following minimum information without exception:

  • Proper shipping name and identification number 49 CFR 172.301(a) / IATA 7.1.5.1(a)
  • Technical name, (if required) 49 CFR 172.301(b) / IATA 7.1.5.1(a)
  • Shipper's name and address (note: the UPS thermal address label may be used for this purpose)
  • Consignee's name and address (note: the UPS thermal address label may be used for this purpose)
  • Orientation markings, when required
  • Required markings must be located away from other markings (advertising for example) and unobstructed by other labels 49 CFR 172.304 / IATA 7.1.1.

Ground markings such as ORM-D, Limited Quantity and combustible liquids are not accepted on ground shipments to/from AK, HI, PR, Avalon, CA as well as other island locations serviced only by aircraft – please see the “Mode-Specific Variations” for further information.

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