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Shipping Hazardous Materials (Dangerous Goods)

Learn how to safely and successfully transport hazardous materials and dangerous goods with UPS.

Hazardous Materials Resource Center

Shipping Dangerous Goods

Types of Dangerous Goods and Commodities

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Standard Dangerous Goods Service to Canada

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International Dangerous Goods Chemical Tables

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Dangerous goods packages must be prepared in accordance with ADR regulations for ground shipments and IATA regulations for air shipments. Shippers must make certain a package is correctly marked, packaged, labeled and documented.

Note: Preparing dangerous goods/hazardous materials for transport by aircraft usually requires compliance with more stringent regulations than for ground transport. For example, for air shipment, packages containing liquids must satisfy a pressure differential test specified in the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations. Each dangerous goods package must also have the required IATA Shippers Declaration for Dangerous Goods.

Effective 1 January 2020, all manufacturers and distributors of cells, batteries and equipment powered by cells and batteries manufactured after 30 June 2003 are required to make available a test summary as specified in the UN Manual of Tests and Criteria.

Distributors and shippers are not required to provide printed copies of the test summary with each consignment containing lithium batteries, and are encouraged to make it available using technology, for example, by listing it on the company’s website.

For more information on IATA regulations, please visit the IATA website or contact your local account executive or customer service representative.

Dangerous Goods regulations are subject to change on a regular basis.

Read the most recent IATA Operator Variations

UPS works with third party dangerous goods software vendors. The following vendor list offers preparation modules for the IATA Shipper´s Declaration for dangerous goods. These programs work in conjunction with WorldShip.

  • Dangerous Goods Council
  • Hazmat Software, LLC©
  • Labelmaster

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Tools to Get You Started

Dangerous Goods Acceptance Tool

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49 CFR Shipping Examples

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Customers Shipping Hazardous Materials Using WorldShip

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