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UPS Carrier Variations and Regulatory Updates

UPS (5X) carrier variations are also located in section 2.9 of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations. International Dangerous Goods Service is offered to and from UPS approved countries or territories.The service is limited to passenger quantities of specific dangerous goods classes determined by UPS.

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

Countries Served List

UPS will accept and transport the following classes of IDG in the quantities specified in the Accepted Table. All packages must be eligible for carriage by passenger aircraft.

Classes Commodity
2.1 Flammable Gas
2.2 Non-Flammable Gas
3 Flammable Liquids
4.1 Flammable Solids
8 Corrosives
9 Miscellaneous

For a detailed listing of acceptable classes, commodities, and their associated quantity limits, view the Accepted Table

Dangerous goods packages must not exceed 30 Kg gross weight. This also applies when shipping dangerous goods on a pallet using UPS Worldwide Express Freight. The pallet weight can exceed 30 Kg gross weight, but the dangerous goods on that pallet must not exceed the 30 Kg weight limit. Lower limits apply to certain materials.

The sequence of information used on the Shipper's Declaration for Dangerous Goods must be as shown in DGR (a), commencing with the UN or ID number.

All UPS International Dangerous Goods shipments require three original copies of the Shipper's Declaration for Dangerous Goods on each dangerous goods package in the shipment, or per shipment.

UPS may restrict specific dangerous goods to a defined maximum outer package or inner receptacle capacity.

Single packagings of dangerous goods are not accepted. Combination packagings must be used whenever packages require an IATA Shipper's Declaration for Dangerous Goods. (IATA DGR UPS Carrier Variation 5X-02)

UPS accepts only "Passenger Aircraft Quantities" of dangerous goods offered for transport in UPS Air Services.

UPS requires the proper shipping name and identification number (if one is assigned) be marked on all packages containing dangerous goods.

Dangerous goods may not be shipped in UPS-provided packaging, such as Letters, Paks, Tubes, etc.

UPS accepts only non-bulk packagings of dangerous goods not exceeding the manufacturer´s specifications on the packagings.

Packages must not be banded, taped or strapped together.

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