Current Requirements

To ensure the safe handling of your regulated shipments and compliance with government regulations, FedEx is continually updating our processes and systems. Review the latest requirements below.

Changes to ORM-D HazMat Classification

Dangerous goods shipping requirements are changing for the Other Regulated Materials Domestic (ORM-D) hazard class to comply with new regulations. These changes will affect your shipments with FedEx Express and FedEx Ground effective Jan. 1, 2013, for FedEx Express, and Jan. 1, 2014, for FedEx Ground.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has adopted new regulations that impact domestic shipping through the elimination of the transportation mechanism for limited quantity hazardous materials currently reclassified as ORM-D.

Who This Affects

The new regulations affect anyone shipping using the ORM-D Consumer Commodity; Cartridges, Small Arms; or Cartridges, Power Devices classifications.

Changes for Shippers Using FedEx Express: Effective Jan. 1, 2013

FedEx Express will only accept shipments prepared in accordance with International Air Transport Association (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations. Many shipments currently classified as "Consumer Commodity, ORM-D (IDG)" may be classified under IATA as "ID 8000 Consumer Commodity, 9 (IDG)"; however, consignments offered for transport under the ID 8000 Consumer Commodity identifier must meet the requirement of Special Provision A112, which restricts items that can be offered. Items not meeting the Consumer Commodity provision must be classified under the original identifier.

What this means to you:

  • Training: Ensure employees who ship these goods are trained in IATA regulations.
  • Regulations: Purchase the IATA regulations for 2013 shipments.
  • FedEx® Software: Upgrade to the newest version of FedEx Ship Manager® Software and FedEx Ship Manager® Server after Jan. 1, 2013, at which time the ORM-D option will no longer be available.
  • Other Software: Verify that your recognized third-party vendor or proprietary dangerous goods (DG) software used to prepare your Shipper's Declaration for Dangerous Goods complies with IATA regulations for 2013.
  • Packaging: Ensure your packaging, DG markings, DG labels and Shipper's Declaration for Dangerous Goods entries comply with IATA regulations in 2013.
  • Labels: Purchase IATA DG labels from IATA at or another vendor. FedEx Express does not supply IATA DG labels.
  • Identification and Classification Changes: Under IATA regulations, the identification and classification for the following items change as follows:
    • Cartridges, Small Arms, ORM-D (IDG) becomes UN0012, Cartridges, Small Arms, 1.4S (ADG).
    • Cartridges, Power Devices, ORM-D (IDG) becomes UN0323, Cartridges, Power Devices(ADG).
    Since the hazard class is changing from Inaccessible Dangerous Goods (IDG) to Accessible Dangerous Goods (ADG), the service options for shipping and the DG surcharges will change.

Changes for Shippers Using FedEx Ground: Effective immediately, required as of Jan. 1, 2014

The new regulations are designed to harmonize with international regulations and will replace the ORM-D, Consumer Commodity with Limited Quantity classification for all shipments by 2014. After this date, FedEx Ground will no longer accept shipments labeled as ORM-D, Consumer Commodity.

Per DOT regulations, Limited Quantity shipments may be shipped under the following classifications:

Type of Shipment Description of Classification Labels
Limited Quantity Shipments With Shipping Papers Limited Quantity packages can be shipped with a Hazardous Shipping Paper (OP-900) and Hazardous Material Certification OP-950). UN Performance Oriented Packaging (UNPOP) is not required. In this case, a diamond label indicating hazard class is not required. However, the shipper may use a diamond label with the UN or NA identification number inside. A hazardous materials surcharge applies. The shipper must select Hazardous Materials under the Special Services option via a FedEx® electronic shipping solution and print out the OP-900 and OP-950 for this type of shipment.
Limited Quantity Shipments Without Shipping Papers As of Jan. 1, 2011, DOT regulations allow shippers to ship Limited Quantity packages without any shipping papers. In this case, UNPOP is not required. However, the specific Limited Quantity Diamond Label must be applied to the package. Shipped via this method, the packages will not incur the hazardous materials surcharge. The shipper must select ORM-D under the Special Services option via FedEx electronic shipping solution for this type of shipment. This will be relabeled Limited Quantity in the future.

The Y denotes air shipping, but may be used on ground shipments.

Direct questions to the FedEx Dangerous Goods/Hazardous Materials Hotline at 1.800.GoFedEx  1.800.463.3339 and press "81" or say "dangerous goods" to reach trained personnel. This hotline is open 7 a.m.–7 p.m. CST weekdays and 10 a.m.–2 p.m. CST on Saturdays.

Shipping Hazardous Materials to, From and Within Alaska and Hawaii

As a shipper of hazardous materials, you know how complex regulations for Hazmat, ORM-D and Limited Quantity shipments can be. Protect yourself by knowing the restrictions and regulations for shipping to, from and within Alaska and Hawaii.

If you use FedEx to ship hazardous materials or ORM-D (Other Regulated Materials for Domestic transport) or Limited Quantity shipments to, from or within Alaska and Hawaii, you must ship them via FedEx Express, not FedEx Ground.

Since reaching Alaska and Hawaii destinations requires air travel for certain legs of the route, regulatory restrictions mean you can’t use FedEx Ground to ship your hazardous material, ORM-D or Limited Quantity packages to, from or within Alaska and Hawaii.

However, FedEx Express accepts shipments prepared for air travel under 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), International Air Transportation (IATA) and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regulations, which require specific packaging, labeling, documentation and processing for hazardous materials and dangerous goods packages shipped to, from and within Alaska and Hawaii.

Packages identified as ORM-D and Limited Quantity contain hazardous materials intended for sale by retailers to individuals for personal care or household use. These types of shipments include materials such as, but not limited to:

  • Aerosol sprays
  • Nail polish
  • Cosmetics
  • Paints
  • Medicines

Federal Express Guidelines
Refer to any of these resources for information on the proper preparation of your hazardous materials and dangerous goods, ORM-D or Limited Quantity shipments, including content identification, classification, packaging, marking, documentation and labeling:

  • 49 CFR (ORM-D as transported by air only)
  • IATA and ICAO

Direct questions to the FedEx Dangerous Goods/Hazardous Materials Hotline at 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339 and press “81” or say “dangerous goods” to reach trained personnel. This hotline is open 7 a.m.–7 p.m. CST weekdays and 10 a.m.–2 p.m. CST on Saturdays.