Shipping Hazardous Materials via FedEx Ground

Shipping hazardous materials? FedEx provides the reliable delivery and support you need. We also offer hazardous materials training. For FedEx Express information, go to Shipping Dangerous Goods via FedEx Express.

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Battery shipments

Most batteries and equipment containing batteries are regulated in some way when shipped via highway transport. Shippers should refer to the most current U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations to ensure compliance with marking, packaging and labeling requirements.

Anytime a battery is shipped, the terminals must be protected against short-circuiting, and must be completely covered. In addition, batteries must be individually packaged in nonconductive materials. Ensure there is no movement of the battery within the packaging, and that no contact with metal objects is possible.

Special regulations apply to lithium-battery shipments. Refer to 49 CFR 173.185 and 49 CFR 172.102 Special Provisions 188 and 189. Additional restrictions may apply for FedEx Ground lithium-battery shipments between the contiguous U.S. and Alaska and Hawaii.

For more information, call 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800 463.3339 and say "hazardous materials" to reach the Dangerous Goods/Hazardous Materials Hotline.

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How to qualify: becoming approved to ship hazardous materials with FedEx Ground

In order to ship hazardous materials via FedEx Ground, you first must complete an approval process. Start by contacting your FedEx account executive, who can assist you through this process. Or call FedEx Customer Service at 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339 (say "hazardous materials").

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Services and restrictions

For complete information on shipping hazardous materials via FedEx Ground, see the FedEx Ground Hazardous Materials Shipping Guide.

  • All hazardous materials shipments must be properly packaged and prepared under Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR). We do not accept hazardous materials prepared under International Air Transport Association (IATA) or International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regulations.
  • If you're submitting packages under a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) special permit, you must provide a copy of the special permit paperwork to the FedEx Ground facility accepting your shipment.
  • You must be prepared to provide a copy of the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for your materials upon our request.

Note: This information is provided to FedEx Ground as a tool and should be used in conjunction with and in addition to the requirements of state and federal governments. Customers are responsible for ensuring their shipments comply with all applicable state and federal regulations. Learn more about shipping dangerous goods via FedEx Express.

Service Restrictions

  • Before you can begin shipping hazardous materials via FedEx Ground, you first must be approved (see How to Qualify). Contact your FedEx account executive or call FedEx Customer Service at 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339 (say "hazardous materials") for more information.
  • We ship hazardous materials, including ORM-D and Limited Quantity materials, via FedEx Ground® service within the contiguous U.S. Hazardous materials, including ORM-D and Limited Quantity materials, cannot be shipped to, from or within Alaska or Hawaii. Consumer-commodity ORM-Ds and Limited Quantity can be shipped to Canada. You cannot, however, ship ammunition, cartridge small arms and cartridge power devices to Canada.
  • FedEx Ground® Call Tag service is not available for hazardous materials shipments.
  • Our money-back guarantee may not apply to shipments that are not properly prepared in accordance with DOT regulations and FedEx Ground requirements.
  • Hazardous materials, including ORM-Ds, Limited Quantity materials and dry ice, are not accepted at FedEx Office® Print and Ship Centers, FedEx World Service Center® locations, FedEx Office® Ship Centers, FedEx Authorized ShipCenter® locations, FedEx Express® Drop Boxes or unstaffed FedEx locations. Shipments containing hazardous materials, including ORM-Ds, Limited Quantity materials and dry ice, must be tendered to FedEx Ground via a scheduled pickup at the customer location. FedEx Office Print and Ship Centers will accept shipments containing lithium batteries shipped according to Special Provision 188 or 189 of the 49 CFR. See FedEx services available to ship dangerous goods for information on dropping off FedEx Express shipments that contain lithium batteries (look under Restrictions).
  • Packages containing hazardous materials cannot exceed 70 lbs. The maximum volume is 8 gallons.

Hazardous Materials, ORM-D and Dry Ice

Service is available from U.S. origins only (all states except Alaska and Hawaii).

Commodity Destination
Contiguous U.S. Alaska and Hawaii Canada
Hazardous Materials Yes No No
ORM-D and Limited Quantity Yes No Yes1
Dry Ice Yes No Yes2


1Call 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339 and say "hazardous materials" to confirm availability in advance.
2You can ship dry ice to Canada if your shipment meets the following three conditions:

  1. The dry ice is used as a refrigerant in a small container with a capacity of 450 liters or less.
  2. You indicate "Dry ice as refrigerant" on the documentation accompanying the container.
  3. The container is designed and constructed to permit the release of carbon dioxide, to prevent a build-up of pressure that could rupture the container.

Materials Restrictions
We do not accept for delivery:

  • Hazardous waste, including, but not limited to, used hypodermic needles or syringes transported for sterilization, recycling, disposal or for any other purpose, or other medical waste
  • Hazardous substances in reportable quantities
  • Infectious or non-infectious human or animal cells, tissue, bodily fluids, blood, blood products, plasma, or any other material derived from human or animal blood whether in liquid or solid form
  • Biohazards
  • Regulated or non-regulated diagnostic cultures, specimens or samples, whether infectious or non-infectious
  • Used health care products as defined in Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations
  • Any materials regulated as UN 2814, UN 2900, UN 3373 and UN 3291
  • Material marked as an "inhalation hazard"
  • Fireworks
  • Human corpses, cremated or disinterred human remains, and animal carcasses


Refer to column 9 of the FedEx Ground Hazardous Materials Table for additional restrictions and requirements.

Hazardous Materials Security

Due to a change in the federal regulations governing hazardous materials (HM-232), shippers and carriers are required to develop and implement a security plan addressing risks related to the transportation of hazardous materials. We have such a plan in place and are in full compliance with this regulation, along with the security-training requirements specified in 49 CFR 172.704.

Note: Due to the sensitive nature of this information, we cannot make a copy of our security plan available.

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Accepted hazardous materials

FedEx Ground accepts certain classes and divisions of hazardous materials for transport. Before you ship, please refer to the following list to ensure your packages contain accepted hazardous materials.

Accepted Hazardous Materials

CLASS NAME LABEL CODE/LABEL
1.41 Explosives 1.4/Explosive 1.4
1.6 Explosives 1.6/Explosive 1.6
2.1 Flammable Gas 2.1/Flammable Gas
2.2 Non-Flammable Gas 2.2/Non-Flammable Gas
3 Flammable Liquid 3/Flammable Liquid
4.1 Flammable Solid 4.1/Flammable Solid
5.1 Oxidizer 5.1/Oxidizer
5.2 Organic Peroxide 5.2/Organic Peroxide
7 Radioactive Material I 7/Radioactive White I
8 Corrosive Material 8/Corrosive
9 Miscellaneous Hazardous Materials 9/Class 9
ORM-D2 Consumer Commodity (ORM-D) ORM-D/Consumer Commodity
ORM-D2 Cartridges, Small Arms (ORM-D) ORM-D/Cartridges, Small Arms


1Except fireworks.
2FedEx Ground also accepts Limited Quantity materials.


Important: Based on the nature of the material or U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) shipping regulations, FedEx Ground may not accept certain "accepted" hazardous materials. Always refer to column 9 of the FedEx Ground Hazardous Materials Table for additional restrictions and requirements.

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Prohibited hazardous materials

Prohibited Hazardous Materials

CLASS NAME LABEL CODE/LABEL
1.1 Explosives 1.1/Explosive 1.1
1.2 Explosives 1.2/Explosive 1.2
1.3 Explosives 1.3/Explosive 1.3
1.5 Explosives 1.5/Explosive 1.5
2.3 Poisonous Gas 2.3/Poisonous Gas
4.2 Spontaneously Combustible Material 4.2/Spontaneously Combustible
4.31 Dangerous When Wet 4.3/Dangerous When Wet
6.1 Poisonous Materials (Inhalation Hazards) 6.1/Poison
6.11 Poisonous Materials (Non-Inhalation Hazards) 6.1/Poison
6.2 Infectious Substance 6.2/Infectious Substance
7 Radioactive Material II and III 7/Radioactive Yellow II & III


1We will handle these materials only when packaged in special exemption packaging or when packaged in accordance with DOT exception 49 CFR 173.13, which does not require DOT diamond-shaped hazard labels.

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Marking guidelines

All packages must be properly marked in accordance with Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR) requirements. We require all packages to have a minimum of four package markings:

  1. Shipper’s address
  2. Recipient’s address
  3. Proper shipping name as designated by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
  4. The UN/NA Identification Number


Depending on the contents of your shipment, additional markings may be required:

  • For certain types of explosives and air bags, you are required to provide EX numbers, national stock numbers or product codes in accordance with 49CFR 173.320 on your packaging and/or shipping forms. List the EX numbers, national stock numbers or product codes in the Type DOT Label(s) Required, Ltd. Qty. or Special Permit field of the OP-900LL or OP-900LG, and the Hazardous Materials Certification.
  • The DOT allows certain types of hazardous materials to be transported under a special permit. The special permit number must be marked legibly on the outside of your packaging ("DOT-SP-9168," for example), and in the Type DOT Label(s) Required, Ltd. Qty. or Special Permit field of the OP-900LL or OP-900LG, and the Hazardous Materials Certification.
  • When shipping hazardous materials under exception 49 CFR 173.13, mark “This package conforms to 49 CFR 173.13” on your packaging and in the Type DOT Label(s) Required, Ltd. Qty. or Special Permit field of the OP-900LL or OP-900LG, and the Hazardous Materials Certification.
  • A United Nations Performance Oriented Packaging (UN POP) code is embossed on the outside of specification packaging. These codes vary depending on the type of packaging and its performance level (see Packaging for further details). The UN POP markings (example: UN 4G/X12/S/99/USA/M123) must be permanently marked on the outer package and should never be covered or obstructed by labels or other information.
  • When overpacking (using an outer package), you must mark "overpack" on the outer package. This can be handwritten or affixed by label on the packaging.
  • All lighters or lighter refills identified as UN 1057 must have the appropriate "LAA" number marked on the packaging, OP-900LL or OP-900LG, and the Hazardous Materials Certification.


Packages containing ORM-D materials must be marked on at least one side immediately following or below the proper shipping name: Consumer commodity, or cartridges, power device, for example. The ORM-D designation may be handwritten or affixed by label on the packaging, and must be placed within a rectangle that is approximately 6.3 mm (0.25 inches) larger than the ORM-D designation on each side. It is important to note that the ORM-D marking is your certification that the material is properly described, classed, packaged, marked and labeled (when appropriate), and in proper condition for transportation under 49 CFR.

All liquid hazardous materials and Class 7 Radioactive must be legibly marked, with package orientation arrows on two opposite, vertical sides of the package (hand-drawn or printed on a label). Your markings must conform pictorially to ISO Standard 780-1985: two upward arrows with a line underneath, enclosed within a rectangle (the rectangular border is optional).

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Labeling guidelines

Packages containing hazardous materials must be properly labeled. The diamond-shaped hazard label, which indicates the hazard class and division of the material you’re shipping, is the most commonly used label. It must be displayed on packaging of contrasting color.

Some hazardous materials present more than one hazard. When shipping these materials, the subsidiary hazard label must be displayed within 6 inches of the primary hazard label on your packaging.

Exceptions to labeling:

  • Packages shipped as a Limited Quantity may be exempt from the labeling requirements.
  • Packages shipped under a DOT special permit may also be exempt from labeling requirements.
  • Packages prepared under 49 CFR 173.13 do not require a diamond-shaped hazard label.

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Overview

All hazardous materials must be packaged in United Nations Performance Oriented Packaging (UN POP) except when non-specification packaging is authorized by Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR). All packaging must meet the requirements set out in 49 CFR 173.24 and 49 CFR 173.24a. Packaging that is not in new or "like new" condition will not be accepted. In addition, the following requirements apply:

  • Fiberboard non-specification packaging and outer packaging must meet the following requirements:
    • For packages weighing up to 20 lbs., the minimum requirements are a 200-lb. bursting test or 32-edge crush test package.
    • For packages weighing 21-50 lbs., the minimum requirements are a 250-lb. bursting test or 44-edge crush test package.
    • For packages weighing 51-70 lbs., the minimum requirements are a 275-lb. bursting test or 55-edge crush test package.
  • All containers with friction-fitted lids must have a retaining ring around the lid, or:
    • Six lid clips (for gallon containers)
    • Five lid clips (for quart containers)
    • Four lid clips (for pint containers)
  • Hazardous materials cannot be shipped in FedEx® packaging.
  • When required, all Class 2 cylinders must be placed inside an overpack (outer package) marked either "Overpack" or, if required by 49 CFR 173.301, “Inside packages comply with prescribed specifications.”
  • Hazardous materials cannot be banded, strapped or taped to form a bundle.
  • FedEx Ground does not accept pails or drums more than 8 gallons (32 liters). All pails or drums must be UN POP. We will accept authorized pails or drums as single packaging.
  • We will accept up to three different compatible hazardous materials inside one UN POP specification package OR in an overpack containing the required UN POP specification package. The materials must be packaged separately then placed in one outer package.
  • We do not accept cryogenic liquids unless properly prepared and packaged under exception 49 CFR 173.320. FedEx Ground does not accept flammable (Class 2.1) cryogenic liquids.
  • FedEx Ground does not accept radioactive fissile material unless properly prepared and packaged under exception 49 CFR 173.453.
  • Combination packaging containing hazardous materials cannot exceed the inner-container requirements. The maximum size, number and total weight of glass, plastic or metal inner containers allowed in any one package are listed below:

    Type of Container Max. Unit Size Max. Number of Units Max. Volume per Carton Max. Net Weight per Package
    Glass 1/2 liter 121 3 liters (12 pints) Net 25 lbs.
      1 liter (1 quart) 6 6 liters (6 quarts) Net 25 lbs.
      2 liters (1/2 gallon) 4 8 liters (2 gallons) Net 25 lbs.
      4 liters (1 gallon) 2 8 liters (2 gallons) Net 25 lbs.
    Plastic 8 liters (2 gallons) 41 16 liters (2 gallons) Net 50 lbs.
    Metal 4 liters (1 gallon) 41 16 liters (4 gallons) Net 50 lbs.

    1For glass unit sizes of less than 1/2 liter (1 pint), and plastic or metal unit sizes of less than 4 liters (1 gallon), the combination packaging cannot exceed the maximum volume or weight per inner carton or inner package.

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Examples of completed packaging

All packages must have a properly prepared hazardous materials shipping form OP-900LL or OP-900LG attached on the top of the outer package next to the address label, and must include “To” (recipient) and “From” (shipper) addresses. The following illustrations are for information purposes only.


Example No. 1: Flammable Liquid (Class 3)





Example No. 2: Toxic (Class 6.1)


Option 1: DOT Special Permit                                     Option 2: 49 CFR 173.13

Toxic Class 6.1 examples

Note: For either option, you do not need to affix the DOT diamond-shaped hazard label.


Example No. 3: Flammable Gas (Class 2.1)



Note: All Class 2 materials (except Lighters, UN 1057) must be properly overpacked (packed inside an outer container).


Example No. 4: Authorized Single Packaging

Option 1: Overpacked (49 CFR 173.25)                             Option 2: Single (Stand-alone)




Example No. 5: ORM-D Shipments




Notes:

  • ORM-D and Limited Quantity shipments do not require hazardous materials shipping form OP-900LL or OP-900LG, or the Hazardous Materials Certification.
  • All outer non-specification packaging (e.g., overpacks and packaging for ORM-D and Limited Quantity shipments) must display a Minimum 200 lb. Burst Strength Test seal or 32-Edge Crush Test (ECT) seal.



Example No. 6: Limited Quantity Shipments Without Shipping Papers



Note: FedEx Ground will only accept this marking when you are shipping limited quantities without shipping papers.

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Shipping guide and other resources1

Resources More Information

Overview of Shipping Hazardous Materials

 

Refer to this guide for complete information on shipping hazardous materials via FedEx Ground.

FedEx Ship Manager® Software Instructions

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

Hazardous Materials Table

Download this table for hazardous materials descriptions and proper shipping names, hazard classes, codes, exceptions and FedEx Ground restrictions.

Online Training Information

Get information on online training that meets government requirements for shipping hazardous materials.

 

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 Ground provides materials and advice as a courtesy, to be used as guidelines to assist properly trained shippers. The information provided by FedEx Ground 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 Ground 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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Phone numbers to call for information on hazardous materials

Dangerous Goods/Hazardous Materials Hotline
1.800.Go.FedEx 1.800.463.3339 and say "hazardous materials"

  • Get information on packaging, marking, labeling and documentation for a FedEx Ground hazardous materials shipment or FedEx Express dangerous goods.
  • Ask about hazardous materials and dangerous goods surcharges that may apply to your shipment.
  • Get details on FedEx Ground hazardous materials online training or FedEx Express dangerous goods seminars.
  • Get information about your hazardous materials contract or dangerous goods preapprovals.

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

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

U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
1.800.467.4922
Get information on transportation requirements for hazardous materials shipments.

Billing inquiries
1.800.622.1147
Ask questions about your hazardous materials invoice.

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Online training that meets government requirements

Get the hazardous materials training you need. The Ship Safe. Ship Smart. online training course teaches hazardous materials awareness requirements as outlined in Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR) 172.704(a)(1) and shipping practices that are required when shipping hazardous materials with FedEx Ground. For more information, download this brochure (7.21 Mb PDF). To register, go to shipsafeshipsmart.com. For more information on the course, call 1.800.762.3744 ext. 5059 or 2186.

To read PDF files, you will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader or plug-in.

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Documentation

Hazardous materials shipping forms OP-900LL, OP-900LG and the Hazardous Materials Certification are documents used to identify hazardous materials shipments tendered for shipment. It is your responsibility as the shipper to ensure that your shipments have the appropriate documentation and that all forms are accurate and complete.

FedEx Ground requires all hazardous materials paperwork to be completed and submitted electronically using a FedEx® electronic shipping solution, a FedEx-recognized hazardous materials vendor software application, a FedEx® Compatible Solutions Program application or a custom solution that has the ability to transmit hazardous materials shipping information electronically. FedEx electronic shipping solutions include FedEx Ship Manager® at fedex.com, FedEx Ship Manager® Software, FedEx Ship Manager® Server and FedEx Web Services.

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.

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DOT basic description for hazardous materials

The information you enter on the OP-900LL or OP-900LG and the Hazardous Materials Certification must be in accordance with DOT regulations. The shipper or the shipper’s agent must supply this information. All entries must be typed or computer-generated in English and cannot contain unauthorized abbreviations or other unauthorized information.

To complete many of the fields on these forms, you’ll need to refer to the FedEx Ground Hazardous Materials Table. Key information you must provide includes:

Shipper’s name and address. The address label on the packaging will suffice provided it identifies the shipper by name and address.

Shipper's name (OP-900 LG and OP-900 LL). List the shipper's name and/or contract number with emergency response information.

Number of packages and type of packaging. The number of packages and type of packaging must be indicated by a description of the package(s) (for example, "1 fiberboard box"). The packaging specification number (4G) may be included (for example, "1 4G box"). Abbreviations may be used for indicating packaging types (for example, "cyl." for "cylinder") provided the abbreviations are commonly accepted and recognized.

To comply with DOT regulations, information must be listed in the following order on your shipping forms:

 

  1. The UN/NA identification number. Listed in column 4 of the Hazardous Materials Table.
  2. The DOT proper shipping name. Listed in column 2 of the Hazardous Materials Table. Abbreviations and codes are not acceptable. If the letter “G” is listed in column 1 of the table, you must enter a technical name in parentheses following the proper shipping name. For example: Flammable liquid n.o.s. (Ethanol).
    Note: Words shown in italics are not part of the shipping name, but may be used to further describe materials if you choose to do so.
  3. Hazard class or division. Listed numerically in column 3 of the Hazardous Materials Table. Abbreviations and codes are not acceptable. The subsidiary hazard class or subsidiary division number must be entered in parentheses following the primary hazard class or division number.
  4. Packing group, if required. Listed in column 5 of the Hazardous Materials Table. Packing groups must be displayed in Roman numerals (i.e., I, II, III). Class 2 and Class 7 materials are not assigned packing groups.

The total quantity (weight) by mass, capacity or as otherwise appropriate for the hazardous material you are shipping.

Note: We request that you indicate the quantity of your hazardous material in pounds. This will enable us to tally the weight of hazardous materials on a vehicle more efficiently. The following abbreviations are authorized:

Ounce = oz.
Pound = lb.
Gram = g.
Kilogram = kg.
Gallon = gal.
Liter = L
Quart = qt.
Pint = pt.
Milliliter=ML

Type of DOT label(s). Required from column 6 of the Hazardous Materials Table. Abbreviations and codes are not acceptable. Additional information such as limited quantity (Ltd. Qty.) or a DOT exemption number may be entered in this field when required.

Recipient’s name and address. Note that this field is not listed on the OP-900LL — the address label on the packaging will suffice provided it identifies the recipient by name and address. It is listed on the OP-900LG, however.

The FedEx Ground barcode shipper and package numbers for the hazardous materials shipment.

The Shipper's Certification on form OP-950. This must be legibly signed by an authorized representative of the shipper (the signature also can be typed or computer-generated).

Emergency contact telephone number. Shippers must provide a 24-hour emergency contact telephone number (including area code) in the event of an emergency involving the hazardous materials.

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Shipper's Hazardous Materials Certification

Notes:

  • Shipper's using FedEx® electronic shipping tools can generate forms during shipment processing. All forms must contain the appropriate DOT and FedEx Ground shipping information.
  • FedEx electronic shipping solutions can accept different designations of hazardous materials for individual packages within a multiple-package shipment in the contiguous U.S. You must label each package appropriately.

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Hazardous Materials Shipping Paper, OP-900LG

 

  • Shippers using FedEx® electronic shipping tools can generate forms during shipment processing. All forms must contain the appropriate DOT and FedEx Ground shipping information.
  • FedEx electronic shipping solutions can accept different designations of hazardous materials for individual packages within a multiple-package shipment in the contiguous U.S. You must label each package appropriately.

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Hazardous Materials Shipping Paper, OP-900LL

 

  • Shippers using FedEx® electronic shipping tools can generate forms during shipment processing. All forms must contain the appropriate DOT and FedEx Ground shipping information.
  • FedEx electronic shipping solutions can accept different designations of hazardous materials for individual packages within a multiple-package shipment in the contiguous U.S. You must label each package appropriately.

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Sample Hazardous Materials Certification Form

Sample Hazmat Certification Form

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OP-900LL and OP-900LG example No. 1: exception 49 CFR 173.13

For packages prepared under 49 CFR 173.13. Packages prepared under this exception do not require DOT diamond-shaped hazard labels. The statement “This package conforms to 49 CFR 173.13” must be marked on the outer package.

Exception 49 CFR 173.13 example

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OP-900LL and OP-900LG example No. 2: corrosive

The following is a sample form for shipping corrosive material.

Corrosive sample form

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OP-900LL and OP-900LG example No. 3: flammable liquid

The following is a sample form for shipping flammable liquids.

Flammable liquid sample form

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OP-900LL and OP-900LG example No. 4: DOT special permit

FedEx Ground may require certain materials to be shipped in DOT special permit packaging, or you may utilize a DOT special permit for other reasons. When shipments are prepared under a DOT special permit, all shipping forms must reflect the appropriate DOT-SP number. For Class 6.1 materials, you must provide a DOT special permit or 49 CFR 173.13 exception (see example No. 1) that eliminates the need for a diamond-shaped hazard label.

DOT Special Permit sample form

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OP-900LL and OP-900LG example No. 5: radioactive

Radioactive shipments require important information in the Type DOT Label(s) Required, Ltd. Qty., Special Permit or Required Information field of hazardous materials shipping forms. Please call 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339 and say "hazardous materials" for more information.

Radioactive sample form

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OP-900LL and OP-900LG example No. 6: technical name required

Some DOT proper shipping names require a technical name to be included. Proper names that must include a technical name in parentheses are indicated by the letter “G” in column 1 of the FedEx Ground Hazardous Materials Table. The letters “n.o.s.” often indicate a required technical name, but not in all cases. Always refer to column 1 of the FedEx Ground Hazardous Materials Table for more information.

Technical name required sample form

 

  • For Class 1 explosives, you are required to provide EX numbers, national stock numbers or product codes in accordance with 49 CFR 173.320 on your packaging and/or shipping forms. List the EX numbers, national stock numbers or product codes in the Type DOT Label(s) Required, Ltd. Qty. or Special Permit field of the OP-900LL or OP-900LG, and the Hazardous Materials Certification. See 49 CFR 173.56 and 49 CFR 172.320. 
  • All lighters or lighter refills identified as UN 1057 must have the appropriate "LAA" number listed on the shipping form.

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Regulatory Updates

The following are recent changes to U.S. Department of Transportation regulations.

 

Effective July 30, 2013

The U.S. Department of Transportation published significant changes to requirements regarding the shipment of UN 3268 Air Bag Inflators. Shippers of air bags should review HM–254.

Read the final rule in its entirety.

 

Effective Jan. 7, 2013

The U.S. Department of Transportation has extended the ORM-D classification and use of packaging marked “Consumer Commodity, ORM-D” until Dec. 31, 2020, for U.S. domestic highway, rail and vessel transportation.

The square-on-point and ID number limited quantity mark has been extended until Dec. 31, 2014, for U.S. domestic highway, rail and vessel transportation.

Effective Jan. 19, 2011

The required markings have changed for shipments prepared under Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 49, Limited Quantity Exceptions. Shippers should review the applicable sections to ensure compliance.

Effective Jan. 1, 2010

The required markings have changed for shipments prepared under Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 49, section 173.4, Small Quantity Exceptions. Shippers should review the section to ensure compliance.

Effective Oct. 1, 2010

Effective Oct. 1, 2010, FedEx Ground hazardous materials shipments are required to comply with the new U.S. Department of Transportation Emergency Response Requirements (49 CFR Part 172.201, Part 172.604) for hazardous materials shipping.

Starting Oct. 1, documentation for all hazarous materials 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.

Read the final rule in its entirety.