UPS accepts hazardous materials on a contract basis only, servicing the U.S. and specific locations outside the U.S. Within the U.S. and Puerto Rico, UPS accepts non-bulk quantities of hazardous materials for transport by highway and rail, or air modes when prepared in accordance with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). UPS also accepts air shipments in accordance with regulations issued by International Civil Aviation Association (ICAO) and published as the Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). For the purposes of regulatory compliance, U.S. air service levels include UPS Next Day Air, UPS 2nd Day Air, UPS 3 Day Select within the U.S. and International Express and Expedited Services internationally. This UPS Guide for Shipping Ground and Air Hazardous Materials should always be used in conjunction with the most current version of the HMR in Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR), and the most current version of the IATA DGR. Shippers must also comply with the UPS Tariff Terms & Conditions.
The shipper may ship hazardous materials identified in the UPS Hazardous Material Chemical Tables in compliance with all applicable DOT and/or IATA regulations, as well as the specific UPS Limitations identified within this Guide for Shipping Ground and Air Hazardous Materials. Details on requirements for shipments with an origin or destination outside the U.S. are available through the Shipping Dangerous Goods Globally.
In some cases, UPS requirements are more restrictive than those of the DOT and IATA. UPS’s “conditions incident to transportation” may differ from those of other carriers’ systems due to the distinct UPS methods for sorting, handling, and moving packages. Accordingly, UPS expects all shipments to be capable of passing the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) Procedure 3A.
Hazardous Materials Contract service is available for customers with a Scheduled pickup account. Scheduled pickup includes various UPS pickup services. The shipper must complete all requirements for a hazardous materials shipment before pickup. For more information, shippers should contact their local UPS Business Development Department.
A hazardous materials service handling charge is applied to all hazardous materials/dangerous goods packages that require a shipping paper or Shipper’s Declaration for Dangerous Goods. UPS does not accept hazardous materials shipments at UPS Customer Centers, The UPS Store, Air Letter Centers, Authorized Shipping Outlets, commercial counters, or using Internet Shipping. U.S. Ground Service level shipments of Limited Quantity materials in the 48 contiguous states may be accepted at some locations.
Time-in-transit guarantees do apply to hazardous material packages.
View UPS Guide for Shipping International Dangerous Goods