Dangerous Goods


Shipping Dangerous Goods

Dangerous goods are everywhere. Perfume, oil paint art kits, and laptop computers are all considered dangerous goods during transport. Under some circumstances these everyday items can harm people, property, and the environment. Protect your shipment and yourself by identifying dangerous goods and properly packaging and preparing every shipment. Some dangerous goods have specific packaging, labeling, and marking requirements. All require a completed Shipper’s Declaration for Dangerous Goods form.

Dangerous goods package

Identify Your Shipment

Refer to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for the correct identification, classification (including UN or ID number), Proper Shipping Name, hazard class and, if applicable, subsidiary risk and Packing Group.

Protect Yourself

Shippers who do not prepare their packages according to IATA and ICAO regulations can be fined by regulatory authorities and may even face criminal prosecution and imprisonment. The federal government requires people to be trained and certified to handle and prepare dangerous goods shipments. FedEx conducts training seminars throughout the year. To view schedules and register for a seminar, go to https://fedex.registration.meetingevolution.net/.

Common Dangerous Goods

  • Aerosols
  • Ammunition
  • Batteries (lithium and wet)
  • Camping stoves
  • Chemicals
  • Drain cleaners
  • Fireworks
  • Lighters
  • Oil-based paint
  • Parts (containing gasoline, jet fuel or kerosene)
  • Perfume
  • Propane
  • Radioactive materials
  • Solvents

Dangerous Goods Update

The following items were recently identified as causing catastrophic incidents during transport:

  • Oxygen generators/oxidizing cases
  • Batteries of all types
  • Flammable gas torches
  • Gasoline-powered devices of all types
  • Fireworks

Contacts and Resources

The FedEx Dangerous Goods/Hazardous Materials Hotline is prepared to answer your questions on the proper preparation of dangerous goods for shipment in the FedEx Express® network. Contact Customer Service and press 81, or say “dangerous goods,” then press “4” to speak to the next available dangerous goods agent. In non-U.S. locations, contact your local FedEx Customer Service and ask to speak with a dangerous goods specialist.

NOTICE: FedEx Express will refuse to accept packages that do not meet FedEx Express, government, or IATA and ICAO requirements. This brochure is in no way intended to replace requirements mandated by 49CFR and IATA or ICAO. This is for informational purposes only. We make no warranties, expressed or implied, regarding this information. Proper packaging is the sole responsibility of the shipper. For more information and comprehensive guidelines, contact the FedEx Dangerous Goods/Hazardous Materials Hotline at 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339; press “81” or say “dangerous goods,” then press “4” for the next available dangerous goods agent. (Outside the U.S., request to speak to a dangerous goods representative.)