Shipping Dangerous Goods via FedEx Express

Shipping dangerous goods? FedEx provides the reliable delivery and support you need. We also offer dangerous goods training. For FedEx Ground information, go to Shipping Hazardous Materials via FedEx Ground.

What’s New in Dangerous Goods

  • Download our Introduction to Shipping Dangerous Goods With FedEx Express brochure if you're new to dangerous goods shipping. It provides an overview of key topics such as identifying dangerous goods, preparing shipment documentation and how to get help when you need it. For more brochures and help guides, select the Resources tab and go to "Job aids, checklists and other resources."
  • You can learn how to identify, classify, package, mark, label and complete documentation for your dangerous goods at a FedEx Express dangerous goods seminar. Our 3-day public seminars, 1-day recurrent seminars (nonradioactive) and private, on-site seminars are now endorsed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Register for a FedEx Express dangerous goods seminar.

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An overview of dangerous goods shipping information

FedEx Express is a world leader in the transport of dangerous goods and has specialists on staff to assist with dangerous goods questions. Shipments with dangerous goods must be tendered to FedEx Express in accordance with current International Air Transport Association (IATA) regulations for air transport and the FedEx Express Terms and Conditions. This is required regardless of the routing and whether the shipment ends up physically moving by air transportation, ground transportation or a combination of these.

Learn more about shipping hazardous materials via FedEx Ground.

Shipping Information
See FedEx Services Available to Ship Dangerous Goods for the services you can use to ship accessible and inaccessible dangerous goods, and dry ice.

Dangerous goods service is not available for:

  • FedEx SameDay®, FedEx SameDay® City and FedEx SameDay® Freight, except for dry ice and UN 3373 Biological Substance, Category B.
  • FedEx International First®, except for dry ice.
  • FedEx® International Next Flight.
  • FedEx International Airport-to-AirportSM (see FedEx Services Available to Ship Dangerous Goods for exceptions).
  • FedEx stamps. FedEx stamps can be used for dangerous goods that do not receive a dangerous goods handling code or surcharge (see Special Handling Fees, "Dangerous goods that are not assessed a surcharge").
  • Shipments rated with FedEx One RateSM pricing.

A special handling fee applies. However, there are some dangerous goods we do not surcharge: dangerous goods in Excepted Quantities (IATA 2.6); excepted package radioactive materials (IATA 10.5.8); Biological Substance, Category B, UN 3373; Genetically Modified Micro-organisms and Genetically Modified Organisms (UN 3245); Magnetized Material when there is no Shipper’s Declaration required (UN 2807); and shipments containing any IATA Section II lithium batteries. These include those shipments containing primary (non-rechargeable) lithium batteries and cells that are prepared under IATA Section II of Packing Instruction 968 and that require the FedEx Express Section II label (UN 3090).

FedEx Express prohibits the expediting of dangerous goods, except for shipments in which dry ice or IATA Section II lithium batteries are the only dangerous goods in the shipment.

The following dangerous goods may be shipped within the U.S. and Puerto Rico in accordance with the current edition of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR):

  • Magnetized material
  • Toxics in exemption packaging
  • Environmentally Hazardous Substance, Liquid, n.o.s. or Environmentally Hazardous Substance, Solid, n.o.s. for non-bulk packages
  • Shipments containing ethyl alcohol in small amounts as defined by 49 CFR 173.150 (g). Note: Shipments that must be marked "Contains Ethyl Alcohol" under 49 CFR cannot be shipped by air and are not accepted by FedEx Express.
  • Some U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) exemptions that have been approved for air transportation

Division 1.3 Explosives
FedEx Express does not transport Division 1.3 explosives. Division 1.3 explosives are prohibited for all FedEx Express® services. If you are in need of dedicated door-to-door shipping for Division 1.3 explosives, contact FedEx Custom Critical.

Dry Ice
FedEx is not required to add dry ice to packages. If you have a dry-ice shipment prepared according to IATA regulations, you do not need a Shipper’s Declaration. However, you must check the Dry Ice block and enter the dry-ice information on the airbill, air waybill or electronic shipping device. Where dry ice is tendered as a refrigerant with dangerous goods that require a declaration, the Dangerous Goods block and the Dry Ice block on the airbill or air waybill must be checked, and the dry-ice information completed. All dry-ice shipments require package marking and labeling. Call our hotline for assistance: 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339 and say "dangerous goods."

Radioactive Materials
Within the U.S., Highway Route Controlled Quantity or Fissile Class III radioactive materials will not be accepted for carriage without advance arrangements. Call 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339 and say "dangerous goods" for details. FedEx First Overnight, FedEx First Overnight Freight and FedEx International First cannot be used to ship radioactive materials.

Additional shipping information

  • Alaska, Hawaii and international shipments. There are limitations for dangerous goods shipments to Alaska, Hawaii and many international destinations. For international shipments call 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339 (say "international services") to check commodity acceptability. Please identify the destination city and country and the hazard-class name (corrosives, toxics and so on) when you call. For more information, see Alaska and Hawaii Shipping Information, and International Shipping Information.
  • Classifying your shipment. If you are not sure whether your commodity meets the definition of a dangerous good, contact the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) at 1.800.467.4922.
  • C.O.D. You can ship dangerous goods C.O.D., but you must complete shipping documentation using a FedEx electronic shipping solution such as FedEx Ship Manager® at fedex.com.
  • Drop-off. You can drop off dangerous goods at some, but not all, staffed FedEx locations. Go to Drop-Off Locations for more information.
  • Marking airbills. Always mark Yes or No on airbills and air waybills to indicate whether you’re offering dangerous goods. Go to Packaging, Marking and Documentation for more information.

Dangerous Goods Hotline
Call 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339 and say "dangerous goods" to reach the Dangerous Goods/Hazardous Materials Hotline if you have questions, or call FedEx Express International Customer Service at 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339 (say "international services") for commodity acceptability to international destinations.

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Alaska and Hawaii shipping information

Alaska
We provide dangerous goods service for many Alaskan cities.1

  • Select FedEx First Overnight, FedEx Priority Overnight®, FedEx First Overnight Freight or FedEx 1Day® Freight to ship accessible dangerous goods.
  • Select FedEx First Overnight, FedEx Priority Overnight, FedEx Standard Overnight® (where available), FedEx 2Day®, FedEx First Overnight Freight, FedEx 1Day Freight or FedEx 2Day® Freight to ship inaccessible dangerous goods.

1Anchorage, Anchor Point, Big Lake, Birchwood, Chugiak, Clam Gulch, Cooper Landing, Eagle River, Eileson, Elmendorf, Ester, Fairbanks, Ft. Richardson, Ft. Wainwright, Girdwood, Homer, Houston, Indian, Kasilof, Kenai, Kodiak, Moose Pass, Ninilchik, North Pole, Palmer, Peters Creek, Seward, Soldotna, Sterling, Talkeetna, Trapper Creek, Wasilla and Willow.

Hawaii
You can ship dangerous goods to and from Hawaii with some restrictions:

  • Select FedEx First Overnight, FedEx Priority Overnight, FedEx First Overnight Freight (island of Oahu only) or FedEx 1Day Freight (island of Oahu only) to ship accessible dangerous goods.
  • Select FedEx First Overnight, FedEx Priority Overnight, FedEx 2Day, FedEx First Overnight Freight (island of Oahu only), FedEx 1Day Freight (island of Oahu only) or FedEx 2Day Freight (island of Oahu only) to ship inaccessible dangerous goods. FedEx 2Day delivers in 2 business days to Oahu and 3 business days to other islands.
  • You cannot ship dangerous goods, including dry ice, to Kalaupapa on Molokai (ZIP code 96742).

 

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Drop-off locations

You can drop off dangerous goods at some, but not all, staffed FedEx locations. To find one in your area go to Find FedEx Locations; enter a ZIP code, address or phone number; then select "Dangerous goods." If not dropped off at a staffed location that accepts dangerous goods, your shipment must be tendered to FedEx Express via a scheduled pickup at the customer location.

Dangerous goods shipments, including dry ice, are not accepted at FedEx Express® Drop Box locations, FedEx Office® Print and Ship Center locations, FedEx Authorized ShipCenter® locations or FedEx ShipSite® locations (such as OfficeMax), with the following exceptions:

  • Biological Substance, Category B (UN 3373) shipments may be placed in FedEx Express Drop Boxes, including drop boxes at FedEx Office Print and Ship Center locations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico; they are not, however, accepted at drop boxes at FedEx ShipSite locations.
  • FedEx Express shipments containing IATA Section II lithium batteries are accepted at FedEx Office Print and Ship Center locations and may be placed in FedEx Express Drop Boxes.

FedEx Ground hazardous materials shipments, including ORM-D such as ammunition or Limited Quantity shipments, cannot be dropped off at FedEx Express or FedEx Office locations. They must be picked up by a FedEx Ground driver.

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Identifying dangerous goods

Sometimes you may not recognize that the item you are shipping qualifies as dangerous goods and requires proper identification, classification, packaging, markings, labeling and documentation. However, it is your responsibility to correctly identify and classify these shipments.

The first step is for you to identify whether your shipment contains dangerous goods. This category includes aerosol sprays, airbags, ammunition, butane, car batteries, cologne, dry ice, fireworks, gasoline, jet fuel, lighters, lithium batteries, matches, nail polish, nail polish remover, nitrogen-refrigerated liquid, paint, perfume, solvents, some chemicals, and more.

If you are unsure whether your commodity meets the critieria for dangerous goods or which dangerous goods identification and classification applies to your shipment, contact the U.S. Department of Transportation at 1.800.467.4922. IATA regulations Section 2.2 also offers extensive information on the topic of hidden dangerous goods.

If you have further questions on shipment preparation, call our Dangerous Goods/Hazardous Materials Hotline at 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339 (say "dangerous goods").

Ground vs. Air Regulations
Some items may not be regulated as dangerous goods if they travel by ground, but are regulated by IATA if they are offered for transportation via FedEx Express® services. One common example is:

  • Dry ice (carbon dioxide solid), UN 1845

If you receive a package with an ORM-D marking but it has no dangerous goods paperwork, it may be that it was shipped via a ground carrier. If you then tender that ORM-D shipment to FedEx Express, you must offer it under IATA/ICAO regulations, not 49CFR. This includes providing the correct identification, classification, packaging, labeling, marking and documentation (a Shipper's Declaration for Dangerous Goods form) for the shipment. Refer to all applicable FedEx Express IATA Variations as well (see Regulatory Updates). Learn more about shipping hazardous materials via FedEx Ground.

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International shipping information

There are limitations for dangerous goods shipments to many international destinations. Call 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339 (say "international services") to check commodity acceptability. Please identify the destination city and country and the hazard-class name (corrosives, toxics and so on) when you call.

For an overview of FedEx service to individual countries, go to Countries Served: Overview of FedEx International Priority® and FedEx International Economy® Service.

If you use paper air waybills rather than an electronic shipping solution to process dangerous goods shipments to international locations, you cannot use the standard FedEx® International Air Waybill:

  • If you're shipping via FedEx International First, FedEx International Priority, FedEx International Economy, FedEx International Priority DirectDistribution, FedEx International Priority Freight, FedEx International Economy Freight or FedEx International Priority DirectDistribution Freight, you must use the FedEx® Expanded Service International Air Waybill.
  • If you're shipping via FedEx International Premium or FedEx International Express Freight, you must use either the FedEx IATA (023) Air Waybill or IATA Neutral Air Waybill.

Commodity restrictions. When shipping the following commodities internationally, check to ensure that they are accepted by your chosen FedEx® service for delivery to the destination country and city:

  • Packages displaying both the FedEx Express Section II lithium battery label and the IATA lithium battery label (figure 7.4.I)
  • Dangerous Goods in Excepted Quantities (IATA 2.6)
  • Excepted Package Radioactives (10.5.8)

To check commodity acceptability to your destination, select Get Rates and Transit Times, enter your shipment details, and then choose the Get Detailed Quote option. Use the closest keyword from among the choices provided for that hazard class. If you have questions, contact FedEx International Customer Service at 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339 (say "international services").

Additional information

  • Class 7 radioactives are accepted only between specified locations in the U.S., United Kingdom, Canada, the Caribbean and France (preapproval required). Call 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339 and say "international services" for information. Class 7 substances will not be accepted outside the U.S. without preapproval.
  • Class 1.4 explosives are acceptable as FedEx Express shipments to Canada, France, Germany, Japan, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. NOTE: United Arab Emirates allows only Class 1.4 explosives to be shipped via Hold at FedEx Location service to the FedEx Express facility in Dubai.
  • Accessible dangerous goods can be shipped via FedEx International Economy and FedEx International Economy Freight services from the U.S. only. When using FedEx International Economy or FedEx International Economy Freight to ship liquids in the primary hazard classes/divisions of 3, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2 and 8, customers must use V-rated packaging. (FedEx IATA Variation FX-17.)
  • For dangerous goods shipments picked up on Saturday and destined for any European city, one day will be added to the delivery commitment.
  • Hold at FedEx Location service for dangerous goods shipments is available only at certain FedEx locations in Europe, Canada and Japan. Call our hotline for details.

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Packaging, marking and documentation

As the shipper, you are responsible for identifying, classifying, packaging, marking, labeling and completing documentation for dangerous goods according to all national and international governmental regulations. Failure to do so could create dangerous conditions on the aircraft and result in the shipper being subject to governmental fines and penalties under applicable laws.

Packaging
Dangerous goods (including dry ice) cannot be shipped in FedEx Express packaging, with the following exceptions: UN 3373, Biological Substance, Category B, which may be shipped in the FedEx UN 3373 Pak, the FedEx Medium Clinical Box and the FedEx Large Clinical Box; and IATA Section II lithium batteries, which may be shipped in FedEx boxes and tubes.

Package Labels
For faster, more accurate shipment preparation, use our FedEx dangerous goods package labels. Simply apply the labels, which are designed for the type of dangerous goods you're shipping, to your packages rather than marking and labeling them by hand. We have specialized labels for undeveloped film and dry ice. To order them, call 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339.

Package Markings
Package markings must be permanently affixed to the package by the shipper. The markings can be handwritten on the package or applied in the form of a self-adhesive label. Attaching a pouch containing shipment information to the package does not meet this requirement.

IATA regulations, for example, require the shipper to mark the name and address of both the shipper and recipient on the package. Applying a peel-and-stick airbill or self-adhesive automation label meets this requirement; a paper airbill or paper automation bar code in a pouch does not.

Dry Shippers/Dry Dewars meeting the note in IATA Packing Instruction 202 should have an indication on the outer package that the shipment is a Dry Shipper or Dry Dewar.

Shipper's Declaration for Dangerous Goods

  • FedEx can accept Shipper's Declarations for Dangerous Goods only in typed or computer-generated formats, not hand-written (see FedEx Express variations FX-12 and FX-18 in the current IATA Dangerous Goods Manual for certain exceptions that apply, and other details).
  • Most shipments to, from or transiting through the U.S. that require a Shipper's Declaration for Dangerous Goods also require a 24-hour emergency-response telephone number. For exceptions to this rule, refer to current IATA regulations.
  • FedEx® electronic shipping solutions can accept different designations of dangerous goods for individual packages within a multiple-package shipment in the U.S. You must label each package appropriately and provide dangerous goods documentation for the entire shipment.
  • If a mistake is made on the Shipper's Declaration for Dangerous Goods form, the shipper may correct the form then handwrite their full signature next to the alteration or amendment. This must be the same signature used to sign the document. The most common reason for a rejected shipment is neglecting to sign the alteration or amendment with the same signature used on the document. See IATA 8.1.2.6 for information on alterations and amendments.

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FedEx services available to ship dangerous goods

  Accessible Dangerous Goods Inaccessible Dangerous Goods Dry Ice
U.S. Services      
FedEx SameDay® UN 3373 Only1 Yes
FedEx SameDay City® UN 3373 Only1 Yes
FedEx First Overnight® Yes Yes2 Yes
FedEx Priority Overnight® Yes Yes Yes
FedEx Standard Overnight® Yes Yes
FedEx 2Day® A.M. Yes Yes
FedEx 2Day® Yes Yes
FedEx Express Saver® Yes Yes
FedEx SameDay® Freight UN 3373 Only1 Yes
FedEx First Overnight® Freight Yes Yes2 Yes
FedEx 1Day® Freight Yes Yes Yes
FedEx 2Day® Freight Yes Yes
FedEx 3Day® Freight Yes Yes
       
International Services From the U.S.      
FedEx International First® Yes
FedEx International Priority® Yes Yes Yes
FedEx International Economy® Yes (except to Puerto Rico) Yes Yes
FedEx International Priority DirectDistribution® Yes Yes
FedEx International Priority® Freight Yes Yes Yes
FedEx International Economy® Freight Yes (except to Puerto Rico) Yes Yes
FedEx International Priority DirectDistribution® Freight Yes
FedEx International Premium® Yes Yes Yes
FedEx International Express Freight® Yes Yes Yes
FedEx International Airport-to-AirportSM3
       
International Services From Non-U.S. Origins      
FedEx International First® Yes Yes2 Yes
FedEx International Priority® Yes Yes Yes
FedEx International Economy® Yes (from Canada and Puerto Rico to the U.S. only) Yes (from Canada and Puerto Rico to the U.S. only)
FedEx International Priority DirectDistribution® Yes Yes
FedEx International Priority® Freight Yes Yes Yes
FedEx International Economy® Freight
FedEx International Priority DirectDistribution® Freight Yes
FedEx International Premium® Yes Yes Yes
FedEx International Express Freight® Yes Yes Yes
FedEx International Airport-to-AirportSM3


1 Shipments that contain only UN 3373 Biological Substance, Category B, are not assessed a dangerous goods surcharge.
2 Except Class 7 Radioactive materials.
3 For shipments to Colombia that contain Division 1.4 explosives, UN 1202, UN 1203 or UN 1863, call FedEx Express Freight Services at 1.800.332.0807 for service information.

Call FedEx Express Freight Services at 1.800.332.0807 before you ship via FedEx International Express Freight.

Restrictions

These restrictions apply to dangerous goods irrespective of the FedEx® service being used.

  • Dangerous goods cannot be placed in FedEx Express® Drop Boxes, except for Biological Substance, Category B (UN 3373) shipments (accepted at most drop boxes except those at FedEx ShipSite® locations) and IATA Section II lithium batteries.
  • Dangerous goods cannot be placed in FedEx mail slots.
  • Most FedEx World Service Center® locations do not accept dangerous goods shipments, except for IATA Section II lithium batteries.
  • FedEx Express® dangerous goods and dry-ice shipments cannot be shipped from FedEx Office® Print and Ship Centers or FedEx Authorized ShipCenter® locations. FedEx Office Print and Ship Centers will accept FedEx Express shipments containing IATA Section II lithium batteries. See hazardous materials services and restrictions for information on dropping off FedEx Ground shipments that contain lithium batteries (look under Service Restrictions).

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Countries served: overview of FedEx International Priority® and FedEx International Economy® service

Check this information before you ship dangerous goods to a non-U.S. destination via FedEx International Priority or, where available, FedEx International Economy. It provides a high-level overview of FedEx international dangerous goods service, including commodity restrictions by country.

International Countries: Dangerous Goods Acceptance

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Fees that apply to shipments containing dangerous goods

There are special handling fees that apply to shipments containing dangerous goods. Surcharges are based on classification and type of special handling required, including whether the items need to be accessible during shipment.

Applicable surcharges:

  1. FedEx Express Package Services Surcharge — U.S.
  2. FedEx Express Freight Services Surcharge — U.S.
  3. FedEx Express International Services Surcharge


Dangerous goods that are not assessed a surcharge

FedEx Express dangerous goods surcharges are not applied to certain types of dangerous goods:

  1. Dangerous goods in Excepted Quantities (IATA 2.6)
  2. Excepted package radioactive materials (IATA 10.5.8)
  3. Biological Substance, Category B (UN 3373)
  4. Shipments containing IATA Section II lithium batteries
  5. Genetically Modified Micro-organisms and Genetically Modified Organisms (UN 3245)
  6. Magnetized Material, when there is no Shipper's Declaration required (UN 2807)


Dangerous Goods via FedEx Express® Package Services — U.S.

Accessible Dangerous Goods Shipments

 

Accessible Dangerous Goods Shipments
A special handling fee of $80 per package will be assessed.
Class 1 Explosives $80
Class 2 Gases: $80
  2.1 Flammable Gas $80
  2.2 Non-flammable Gas With a "Cargo Aircraft Only" Label $80
Class 3 Flammable Liquid $80
Class 4 Flammable Solid, Spontaneously Combustible, Dangerous When Wet $80
Class 5 Oxidizer and Organic Peroxide $80
Class 8 Corrosive Material $80


Inaccessible Dangerous Goods Shipments

  • May be shipped via most FedEx Express U.S. services.
Inaccessible Dangerous Goods Shipments
A special handling fee of $40 will be assessed per package.
Class 2 Gases:  
  2.2 Non-flammable Gas Without a "Cargo Aircraft Only" Label $40
Class 6    
  6.1 Toxic $40
  6.2 Infectious Substances $40
Class 7 Radioactive Material $40
Class 9 Miscellaneous Dangerous Goods $40


Shipments Containing Dry Ice

  • A special handling fee of $5 per package will be assessed.
  • If a shipment contains both dry ice and dangerous goods (accessible or inaccessible), only dangerous goods charges are assessed. The dry-ice surcharge is not assessed.


Dangerous Goods via FedEx Express® Freight Services — U.S.

Accessible Dangerous Goods Shipments

 

Accessible Dangerous Goods Shipments
Special handling fees will be assessed per shipment at the greater of $86 or $0.68 per pound.
  1 Explosives Greater of $86 or $0.68 per lb.
Class 2 Gases:  
  2.1 Flammable Gas Greater of $86 or $0.68 per lb.
  2.2 Non-flammable Gas With a "Cargo Aircraft Only" Label Greater of $86 or $0.68 per lb.
Class 3 Flammable Liquid Greater of $86 or $0.68 per lb.
Class 4 Flammable Solid, Spontaneously Combustible, Dangerous When Wet Greater of $86 or $0.68 per lb.
Class 5 Oxidizer and Organic Peroxide Greater of $86 or $0.68 per lb.
Class 8 Corrosive Material Greater of $86 or $0.68 per lb.


Inaccessible Dangerous Goods Shipments

Inaccessible Dangerous Goods Shipments
Special handling fees will be assessed per shipment at the greater of $40.50 or $0.27 per pound.
Class 2 Gases:  
  2.2 Non-flammable Gas Without a "Cargo Aircraft Only" Label Greater of $40.50 or $0.27 per lb.
Class 6    
  6.1 Toxic Greater of $40.50 or $0.27 per lb.
  6.2 Infectious Substances Greater of $40.50 or $0.27 per lb.
Class 7 Radioactive Material Greater of $40.50 or $0.27 per lb.
Class 9 Miscellaneous Dangerous Goods Greater of $40.50 or $0.27 per lb.


Dangerous Goods via FedEx Express International Services

Accessible Dangerous Goods Shipments

 

Accessible Dangerous Goods Shipments
These special handling fees will be assessed at the greater of $127 or $0.69 per pound for each shipment.
Class 1 Explosives Greater of $127 or $0.69 per lb.
Class 2 Gases:  
  2.1 Flammable Gas Greater of $127 or $0.69 per lb.
  2.2 Non-flammable Gas With a "Cargo Aircraft Only" Label Greater of $127 or $0.69 per lb.
Class 3 Flammable Liquid Greater of $127 or $0.69 per lb.
Class 4 Flammable Solid, Spontaneously Combustible, Dangerous When Wet Greater of $127 or $0.69 per lb.
Class 5 Oxidizer and Organic Peroxide Greater of $127 or $0.69 per lb.
Class 8 Corrosive Material Greater of $127 or $0.69 per lb.


Inaccessible Dangerous Goods Shipments

  • May be shipped via most FedEx® international services.
  • Dangerous goods are not acceptable to all international locations. Call 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339 and say "international services" for details and assistance.

 

Inaccessible Dangerous Goods Shipments
Special handling fees will be assessed at the greater of $62.50 or $0.34 per pound for each shipment.
Class 2 Gases:  
  2.2 Non-flammable Gas Without a "Cargo Aircraft Only" Label Greater of $62.50 or $0.34 per lb.
Class 6    
  6.1 Toxic Greater of $62.50 or $0.34 per lb.
  6.2 Infectious Substances Greater of $62.50 or $0.34 per lb.
Class 7 Radioactive Material Greater of $62.50 or $0.34 per lb.
Class 9 Miscellaneous Dangerous Goods Greater of $62.50 or $0.34 per lb.


Shipments Containing Dry Ice

  • A special handling fee of $5 per shipment will be assessed ($5 per package for shipments to or from Puerto Rico).
  • If a shipment contains both dry ice and dangerous goods (accessible or inaccessible), only dangerous goods charges are assessed. The dry-ice surcharge is not assessed.


Dangerous Goods via FedEx International Express Freight®
FedEx International Express Freight consignments subject to IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations will be charged a special handling fee of $80 per UN article number, subject to a maximum charge of $300 per consignment. Please call FedEx Express Freight Services at 1.800.332.0807 for more information.

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Job aids, checklists and other resources1

FedEx offers helpful aids to check procedures for shipping dangerous goods.

Resources More Information

Information for New Dangerous Goods Shippers

 

New to shipping dangerous goods? Refer to this brochure for details on determining if your shipment qualifies as DG, opportunities for training, staying current on regulations, FedEx Express resources you can use and other information that will help you safely ship your dangerous goods.

Overview of Shipping Dangerous Goods

FedEx provides a dangerous goods job aid to assist you in completing Shipper’s Declaration for Dangerous Goods documentation.

Battery-Shipping Resources

For more information about shipping batteries, download our Packaging Guidelines for Battery Shipments brochure. For additional requirements and preapprovals for shipping select lithium batteries, go to Lithium Metal Batteries UN 3090 Section 1A and Section 1B and Lithium Metal Batteries UN 3090 Section II.

Checklists

PDF copies of the FedEx Express checklists used during package inspection of dangerous goods are provided to help you double-check dangerous goods documentation, markings, labeling and packaging prior to tendering your shipment. The appropriate reference in the regulations is provided for each checklist item number if you need more information.

Dangerous Goods Software Vendors

These vendor software applications have been reviewed and recognized for use with FedEx Express dangerous goods shipments. This list is subject to change. For the latest updates or for more information on recognized vendors, please contact the Dangerous Goods/Hazardous Materials Hotline at 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339 (say “dangerous goods”).

Dry Ice Information

Whether you’re new to shipping dry ice as a coolant or an experienced shipper, refer to the FedEx Express dry ice job aid for information on packaging, marking and labeling your shipment, tips for preparing paperwork, and details on other resources.

FedEx Ship Manager® Software Instructions

Download the FedEx Ship Manager Software help guide if you use FedEx Ship Manager Software to process dangerous goods and hazardous materials shipments for transport. The guide provides instructions for creating shipments and shipping profiles, printing forms, and building a database of frequently shipped dangerous goods and hazardous materials.

Label Update Job Aid

Effective Oct. 1, 2014, older versions of the infectious substance hazard label are being eliminated and can no longer be used by shippers. Refer to this job aid for information on the label update.

Packaging and Shipping Information

This brochure outlines the issue of hidden or undeclared dangerous goods.

Packaging Brochures

FedEx offers expert packaging advice for your shipments. For information on specific commodities, download these helpful brochures.

Regulatory Compliance

FedEx Express complies with all federal and state laws and regulations that apply to the services we offer. For more information, read our dangerous goods and hazardous materials regulatory compliance letter.

Shipper’s Declaration Blank Forms
If you use the FedEx LZR DG DEC form to print completed Shipper’s Declaration for Dangerous Goods forms, you can order copies free of charge by calling 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339 and asking for part #157295.

You can also download and print this PDF version of the LZR DG DEC (14 Kb PDF) if you’re out of copies and your new supply hasn’t arrived yet (a color printer is required).

Videos

These informational videos cover topics such as:

  • An overview of shipping dangerous goods with FedEx Express
  • Displaying dangerous goods markings and labels
  • Preventing undeclared dangerous goods shipments
  • Correcting dangerous goods paperwork mistakes
  • Complying with new ORM-D air transport regulations

 

Other Resources

  • International Air Transport Association: IATA information on dangerous goods is available at www.iata.org. FedEx is not responsible for information provided on the site.
  • FedEx Dangerous Goods/Hazardous Materials Hotline: Call 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339 and say "dangerous goods" for the Dangerous Goods/Hazardous Materials Hotline.

Outside the U.S., call 1.901.434.3200 for the Dangerous Goods/Hazardous Materials Hotline.

 

1 Disclaimer: Proper training is required under federal, state and/or international regulations to handle, ship, package or transport dangerous goods and/or hazardous materials. All persons and entities must comply with all federal, state, or international governmental regulations and requirements including, but not limited to, the specific training requirements of 49 C.F.R. (172.700 – 172.704). FedEx Express provides materials and advice as a courtesy, to be used as guidelines to assist properly trained shippers. The information provided by FedEx Express in no way alters, satisfies or influences any federal, state or international governmental requirements. The information provided does not meet the training requirements as required by regulations, including DOT 49 C.F.R. The study and/or use of this information does not qualify an individual to prepare, package, transport or otherwise handle dangerous goods or hazardous materials. The information contained in this document is subject to change or update due to changing government regulations. The user of this information assumes responsibility for complying with all applicable laws and regulations regarding the shipment of dangerous goods. FedEx Express shall not be held responsible for any loss, injury and/or damage caused by errors, omissions, misprints or misrepresentations of the contents of this document or for any unauthorized or inappropriate use.

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Declaration forms

The FedEx Express Shipper's Declaration for Dangerous Goods templates available below may not be used for most dangerous goods shipments. Shippers must use FedEx Express automated shipping solutions or FedEx-recognized vendor systems to prepare Shipper's Declarations. These systems incorporate data-compliance checks that help prevent documentation errors and reduce associated penalties and fines. For a list of FedEx-recognized vendors, or to read FX-18 in the current FedEx Express operator variations, see Regulatory Updates.

FedEx Express Shipper's Declaration for Dangerous Goods templates may only be used for: 1) radioactive materials; 2) shipments that use an 023 air waybill (FedEx International Express Freight® and FedEx International Premium® services); or 3) shipments that originate outside of the United States (including U.S. territories).

Note: All completed forms should have red hatchings on the sides, whether preprinted or printed via computer.

If you have any questions on how to prepare your dangerous goods shipment, please call the FedEx Dangerous Goods/Hazardous Materials Hotline at 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339 and say "dangerous goods" to reach trained personnel.

All form templates are available in both PDF and Microsoft® Word formats. If you use the PDF format, you can save a blank copy of the form only. If you use the Microsoft Word format, you can save the completed form for future use. To read PDF files, you will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader or plug-in.

Shipper's Declaration Form for Color Printers

The templates below are designed for printing on color printers using plain 8-1/2" x 11" paper. If you do not have a color printer, you should not use these templates.

Shipper's Declaration Form for Black-and-White Printers

FedEx also provides templates designed for use on black-and-white printers. These forms require the use of special FedEx form blanks, called LZR DG DEC. These blank forms contain preprinted red vertical hatchings. When these templates are used, they will print the Shipper's Declaration within the red hatchings. Customers in the U.S. can order LZR DG DEC blanks part #157295 by calling 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339.

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Phone numbers to call for information on dangerous goods

Dangerous Goods/Hazardous Materials Hotline
1.800.Go.FedEx 1.800.463.3339 and say "dangerous goods"

  • Get information on packaging, marking, labeling and documentation for a FedEx Express dangerous goods or FedEx Ground hazardous materials shipment.
  • Ask about dangerous goods and hazardous materials surcharges that may apply to your shipment.
  • Learn more about FedEx Express (FX) operator variations posted in the IATA regulations.
  • Get details on FedEx Express dangerous goods seminars or FedEx Ground hazardous materials online training.
  • Request a faxed copy of a sample shipper’s declaration from our dangerous goods software.
  • Ask dangerous-goods-related, non-technical questions about our software.
  • Get information about dangerous goods preapprovals or your hazardous materials contract.

U.S. customer service
1.800.Go.FedEx 1.800.463.3339

  • Schedule a pickup of FedEx Express dangerous goods or FedEx Ground hazardous materials.
  • Order supplies for a dangerous goods or hazardous materials shipment.
  • Get information about shipping firearms.

International customer service
1.800.Go.FedEx 1.800.463.3339 and say "international services"
Determine if a dangerous goods commodity can be shipped via FedEx International Priority® or FedEx International Economy® to an international destination.

Express freight customer service
1.800.332.0807
Determine if a dangerous goods commodity can be shipped via FedEx Express Freight® to an international destination.

Automation
1.877.339.2774
Request FedEx Ship Manager® Software.

Billing inquiries
1.800.622.1147
Ask questions about your dangerous goods invoice.

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Training for dangerous goods shippers

The federal government requires every dangerous goods shipper to have job-specific dangerous goods training before tendering a dangerous goods shipment to FedEx or another air carrier. FedEx sponsors a number of seminars for which you can register online.

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Lithium Metal Batteries UN 3090 Section IA and Section IB: how to obtain preapproval

Shippers must be preapproved by FedEx Express Dangerous Goods Administration in order to ship lithium metal batteries, UN 3090 Section IA and Section IB.

Obtain Preapproval
Shippers must submit the following information to be considered by FedEx Express Dangerous Goods Administration for approval to ship primary lithium batteries.

  1. FedEx account number
  2. Company name and complete address (include country for orders outside the U.S.)
  3. Contact name(s) and phone number (in case of questions related to the preapproval) Type of preapproval requested (fully regulated UN 3090, lithium metal batteries [primary non-rechargeable])
  4. A detailed description and digital photos or diagrams of your inner packaging. Packaging must be designed to protect the battery terminals from contact with another lithium battery or cell (or metal or any item that is capable of conducting electricity) in order to prevent short-circuiting.
  5. Proof of UN/DOT 38.3 test


Submit the above information to dgadmin@fedex.com. Information must be submitted in English. Please allow two business days for a response from FedEx. If you are unable to send your request via email, please contact the Dangerous Goods/Hazardous Materials Hotline at 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339 (say "dangerous goods") to discuss other means to submit your request for approval.

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Lithium Metal Batteries UN 3090 Section II: how to obtain preapproval and exception labels

Shippers must be preapproved by FedEx Express Dangerous Goods Administration and purchase special Section II Exception Labels in order to ship primary lithium batteries.

Obtain Preapproval
Shippers must submit the following information to be considered by FedEx Express Dangerous Goods Administration for approval to ship primary lithium batteries.

  1. FedEx account number
  2. Company name(s) and complete address (include country for orders outside the U.S.)
  3. Contact name and phone number (in case of questions related to the preapproval)
  4. Type of preapproval requested (Section II, UN 3090, primary non-rechargeable lithium metal batteries)
  5. A detailed description and digital photos or diagrams of your inner packaging. Packaging must be designed to protect the battery terminals from contact with another lithium battery or cell (or metal or any item that is capable of conducting electricity) in order to prevent short-circuiting.
  6. Proof of UN/DOT 38.3 test


Submit the above information to dgadmin@fedex.com. Information must be submitted in English. Please allow two business days for a response from FedEx. If you are unable to send your request via email, please contact the Dangerous Goods/Hazardous Materials Hotline at 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339 (say "dangerous goods") to discuss other means to submit your request for approval.

Purchase and Use Special Section II Exception Labels
You must also purchase special FedEx Express Section II exception labels from our approved vendor, Moore Wallace, an RR Donnelly Company. You must complete the Lithium Battery Label Order Form and Moore Wallace credit application. Fax the completed order form and credit application to the attention of the Customer Service Department at 1.901.748.2926.

To expedite the process, please pay with a credit card, so your order can be shipped within 24 hours. To reorder exception labels, you must maintain current status on all invoices. You may be refused additional orders if your invoices are past due.

Affix a Section II exception label on each package that contains primary (non-rechargeable) lithium batteries prepared under IATA Packing Instruction 968. The portion of the label that denotes Cargo Aircraft Only must remain on one face of the package without wrapping. Download a sample of the Section II exception labels (form numbers refer to the Lithium Battery Label Order Form above):

Note for international shipments: When shipping lithium batteries that require the IATA lithium battery label (figure 7.4.H) in combination with the FedEx Express Section II label, check to ensure that "batteries, haz" are accepted by your chosen FedEx® service for delivery to the destination country and city.

To check commodity acceptability to your destination, select Get Rates and Transit Times, enter your shipment details, and then choose the Get Detailed Quote option. If you have questions, contact FedEx International Customer Service at 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339 (say "international services").

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Regulatory Updates

If you ship dangerous goods, you should know about changes to International Air Transport Association (IATA) Dangerous Goods regulations. Though this summary presents some of the major changes, it’s not comprehensive, so you should consult appropriate available channels to stay informed about all regulatory changes. Shippers may obtain additional information and assistance via:

  • The FedEx Dangerous Goods/Hazardous Materials Hotline at 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339 (say "dangerous goods").
  • The IATA website (www.iata.org/whatwedo/cargo/dgr)

Disclaimer: The following update is for customer information only. It is not intended as a training source, recurrent or otherwise. FedEx Express does not warrant the accuracy of this information and accepts no liability for this information, or for future regulatory amendments that may affect any of the information provided herein or any damages resulting from the use or misuse of this information.

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Effective Oct. 1, 2014: Infectious substance label

Effective Oct. 1, 2014, per a U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration regulation, older versions of the infectious substance label which show contact information for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are obsolete and can no longer be used.

 



Do not use this version of the infectious substance label, effective Oct. 1, 2014.
 

Use the new version, which does not show contact information for the CDC.

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Effective Jan. 1, 2014: UN and ID number markings

UN number or ID number markings — including the UN or ID prefix and four-digit number — must meet new minimum-size requirements effective Jan. 1, 2014. Refer to section 7.1.4.4.1 in the current IATA Dangerous Goods Manual for details.

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Effective August 15, 2013: fireworks

Shippers tendering UN 0336, Fireworks, 1.4G, may provide an FC approval number instead of an EX number in the Authorization field of the Shipper's Declaration for Dangerous Goods.

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Effective July 30, 2013: airbags and seatbelt pretensioners

UN 3268 shipments (Air Bag Inflators, Air Bag Modules and Seatbelt Pretensioners) no longer require an EX number, CA number or product code on the Shipper’s Declaration for Dangerous Goods for shipments moving to, from or through the U.S.

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Effective Jan. 1, 2013: primary and subsidiary risk labels; lithium batteries section 1B; and elimination of class ORM-D

Primary and Subsidiary Risk Labels
When labels identifying the primary and subsidiary risk are required, they must be affixed adjacent to each other on the same surface of the package. Refer to section 7.2.6.2.3 in the current IATA Dangerous Goods Manual for details.

Lithium Batteries Section 1B
FedEx Express accepts lithium batteries offered under the IATA IB category. All FedEx Express customers offering IATA IB lithium battery shipments must provide a Shipper's Declaration for Dangerous Goods form as required by FX-7 in the FedEx Express IATA Variations. FX-12, FX-14 and FX-18 also will apply to all IATA IB lithium battery shipments. (See the FedEx Express IATA Variations.)

Note: Since IATA IB lithium battery shipments will require a Class 9 label and a Shipper's Declaration for Dangerous Goods form — and since FedEx Express will be required to both inspect and manifest these batteries on aircraft and other vehicles — an inaccessible dangerous goods (IDG) surcharge will apply.

IATA IB lithium battery shipments will not be accepted at FedEx Express® Drop Box locations, FedEx Authorized ShipCenter® locations and FedEx Office locations. FedEx Stamps cannot be used for IATA IB lithium battery shipments.

Elimination of Class ORM-D
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) Final Rule HM-215K eliminated class ORM-D in CFR 49 for air transportation effective Jan. 1, 2013. This impacts proper shipping names Consumer Commodity; Cartridges, Small Arms; and Cartridges, Power Device. FedEx Express will only accept these proper shipping names if prepared according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR).

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Effective Jan. 10, 2011: preparing Shipper’s Declarations for Dangerous Goods; limited quantity marking requirements; organic peroxide label; and changes to packing instructions

Preparing Shipper’s Declarations for Dangerous Goods
FedEx Express requires all Shipper’s Declarations for Dangerous Goods to be prepared using only the following methods: a) FedEx-recognized vendor software applications; b) preapproved shipper-proprietary software; or c) FedEx Express automated shipping solutions that have dangerous goods edit checks. Note: FedEx Ship Manager® Software (CAFÉ), FedEx Ship Manager® Server (FSMS/FXRS), FedEx Web Services (WSXI) and FedEx PowerShip Plus® (PLUS) have dangerous goods edit checks. (Not all software solutions are available in all regions of the world.) The interactive templates available on fedex.com will no longer be offered as of January 10, 2011 to U.S.-based customers for most dangerous goods shipments.

FedEx-recognized dangerous goods software vendors. Most recognized dangerous goods software vendors offer both standalone software and Internet-based programs. Some provide a one-time option for occasional shippers.

The following vendor software applications have been reviewed and recognized for use with FedEx Express dangerous goods shipments. This list is subject to change. For the latest updates or for more information on recognized vendors, please contact the Dangerous Goods/Hazardous Materials Hotline at 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339 (say "dangerous goods").

All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

If you use shipper-proprietary software with dangerous goods edit checks, contact the FedEx Dangerous Goods/Hazardous Materials Hotline at dghotline@fedex.com to have your company name added to our FedEx-recognized list.

Limited Quantity Marking Requirements
Limited Quantity shipments require a new mark. Please see figure 7.1.A. in the current IATA Dangerous Goods Manual. For Consumer Commodities, see the blue pages in the current IATA manual for the Limited Quantity required mark and packing instruction Y963.

Organic Peroxide Label
There is a new required design for the Organic Peroxide label class 5.2. Please see figure 7.3.M. in the current IATA Dangerous Goods Manual.

Changes to Packing Instructions
The ICAO/IATA packing instructions are being reformatted. Refer to the applicable packing instructions in the current IATA Dangerous Goods Manual.

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Effective Oct. 1, 2010: emergency response requirements

FedEx Express dangerous goods shipments are required to comply with U.S. Department of Transportation Emergency Response Requirements (49 CFR Part 172.201, Part 172.604) for dangerous goods shipping.

Documentation for all dangerous goods shipments must include an emergency response information (ERI) provider, who provides 24-hour coverage in the event of emergencies, and an emergency response phone number, including area code and country code where applicable.

When an agency or organization is designated as the ERI provider, the registered person must be identified on the shipping form by name, contract number or other unique identifier. The person responsible for providing detailed ERI about the shipment’s hazardous materials content is usually the offeror or shipper.

How to provide this information. FedEx Express shippers can use their existing Shipper’s Declaration for Dangerous Goods forms and electronic shipping solutions with no modifications. Simply include the required identification for ERI in the Additional Handling section of the form.

When additional information is required. FedEx Express requires this additional information when a) a customer contracts with an ERI provider, and b) the name listed as the shipper on the shipment documentation is NOT the customer name on file with the ERI provider. For example:

  • A customer is registered with an ERI provider but hires a freight forwarder, pack-and-ship company or distributor — who ships on the customer’s behalf and lists their own company name as the shipper.
  • A customer is a member of a trade association that pays for ERI services, and the ERI provider has the trade association, not the customer, on file with the Material Data Safety Sheet (MSDS).

In these cases the customer must provide FedEx Express with a company name or individual name, or the ERI contract number that the MSDS’s are under so that the shipment can be tied back to the customer.

Read the final rule in its entirety.

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Effective Jan. 1, 2010: small quantity exceptions

FedEx Express will no longer accept shipments offered and marked under the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 49 prepared under section 173.4, Small Quantity Exceptions. These items must be offered and marked per the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations section 2.6, Dangerous Goods Permitted in Excepted Quantities.

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Effective Oct. 1, 2009: packaging requirements

There are new packaging requirements for:

  • UN 1070: Nitrous oxide
  • UN 1072: Oxygen compressed
  • UN 2451: Nitrogen trifluoride
  • UN 3156: Compressed gas, oxidizing, n.o.s.
  • UN 3157: Liquefied gas, oxidizing, n.o.s.
  • UN 3356: Oxygen generator, chemical

For more information, please contact the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) Hazardous Materials Information Center at 1.800.467.4922 or 1.202.366.4488. Reference HM-224B.

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Other regulatory updates: segregation of lithium battery shipments; package segregation requirements; preapproval to use inaccessible dangerous goods label; and requirement for shipments to or from the European Union

Segregation of Lithium Battery Shipments
Lithium batteries (Section IA, Section IB and Section II) cannot be shipped in the same package as the following dangerous goods classes/divisions: 1.4, 2.1, 3, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2 and 8, and 2.2 with a Cargo Aircraft Only label. This includes All Packed in One, Overpacks and combination All Packed in One/Overpacks.

Package Segregation Requirements
When offering a shipment prepared as All Packed in One, Overpack, or a combination of All Packed in One and Overpack, please be advised that both the ICAO/IATA and DOT 49 CFR regulatory requirements for segregation apply.

Preapproval to Use Inaccessible Dangerous Goods Label
If you regularly ship Class 7 Radioactive Materials that have a subsidiary risk of hazard class or division 1.4, 2.1, 3, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 8 or 2.2 with a "Cargo Aircraft Only" label, please contact FedEx Express Dangerous Goods Administration/Corporate Safety at dgadmin@fedex.com to become preapproved to ship using the FedEx IDG (Inaccessible Dangerous Goods) Label. Or call 1.901.434.7233 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CST weekdays.

Typically, these shipments must be loaded in positions that are accessible to the aircraft crew. Shipments from preapproved customers that follow the FedEx Express IDG Label Job Aid for Shippers, however, and are consistent with DOT-SP 14516, may be loaded inaccessibly on FedEx Express aircraft, which affords us greater flexibility in handling and transporting your dangerous goods.

For complete details, please see FX-03 in the FedEx Express IATA Variations section.

Requirement for Shipments to or From the European Union
Customers who offer dangerous goods shipments to or from European Union countries participating in the European Agreement Concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR) are now required to include the following statement in the Additional Handling section of their Shipper’s Declaration for Dangerous Goods:

  • "ADR European Transport Statement: Carriage in accordance with 1.1.4.2.1."

If this statement is missing, your shipment may be delayed by local regulatory agencies in Europe.

This requirement applies to shipments to or from the following European Union countries:

Austria
Belgium
Czech Republic
Denmark
Finland
France
Germany
Great Britain
Hungary
Italy
Luxembourg
Netherlands (Holland)
Portugal
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland


These countries are participants in the ADR, to which the 1.1.4.2.1 reference is applicable. This is not an IATA reference.

For more information, call the FedEx Dangerous Goods/Hazardous Materials Hotline at 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339 (say "dangerous goods").

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FedEx Express IATA variations

For certain types of dangerous goods, our packaging and shipping requirements go beyond those applied by IATA. Check the list of FedEx Express IATA Variations for more information.

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Battery shipments

For additional information about shipping batteries, download the helpful brochure Packaging Guidelines for Battery Shipments (425 Kb PDF).

Lithium metal batteries (UN 3090 Primary Non-Rechargeable) require preapproval to ship. This applies to batteries shipped under Sections IA, IB and II of Packing Instruction 968 in IATA. For details on shipping lithium batteries (Primary Non-Rechargeable and Rechargeable), see Lithium Batteries Section 1A and 1B.  

Go to the Lithium Metal Batteries UN 3090 Section II page to order your FedEx Express Section II lithium battery labels with the newer "Cargo Aircraft Only" verbiage. The IATA/ICAO transition period to the "Cargo Aircraft Only" version of this label ended Dec. 31, 2012. The older version of the FedEx Express Section II label that reads "Danger, Do Not Load on Passenger Aircraft" is no longer valid and cannot be used.

FedEx Express does not accept IATA special provision A183 shipments — lithium batteries being shipped for recycling or disposal — even with competent authority approval.

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Hazardous materials certificate of registration

View our FedEx Express Hazardous Materials Certificate of Registration (4.83 Kb PDF), which lists our registration number and the date it was issued.

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Infectious Substances (Category A), Biological Substance (Category B) and Clinical Specimens

Category A infectious substances affecting humans (UN 2814) and infectious substances affecting animals (UN 2900) are considered dangerous goods that can cause permanent disability and life-threatening or fatal disease in otherwise healthy humans or animals. These infectious substances must not be shipped in the FedEx® Clinical Pak. IATA regulations apply. Noninfectious blood and urine must meet FedEx standards.

Biological Substance, Category B (UN 3373) are infectious substances that are not Category A infectious substances. These substances must meet the requirements in IATA Packing Instruction 650. A FedEx® UN 3373 Pak is now available for shipping these substances.

Clinical specimens for which there is minimal likelihood that pathogens are present should be marked with the words "Exempt human specimen" or "Exempt animal specimen" as appropriate. See IATA section 3.6.2.2.3.6 for additional information. A FedEx® Clinical Pak is available for shipping clinical specimens.

Shippers must also comply with all applicable local, state and federal laws governing packing, marking and labeling of shipments of blood and blood products.

For more information on how to prepare clinical sample and Biological Substance, Category B shipments, download these helpful brochures:

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Regulatory compliance letter

FedEx Express complies with all federal and state laws and regulations that apply to the services we offer. For more information, read our dangerous goods and hazardous materials regulatory compliance letter (345 Kb PDF).

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