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Dangerous Goods (FedEx Express): How to Ship

Dangerous Goods (FedEx Express): How to Ship

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Get an overview of dangerous goods shipping information, learn how to identify dangerous goods, review special handling fees and more. Plus, learn how to ship lithium batteries.

Shipping hazardous materials via FedEx Ground? Start here.

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. For added confidence, use a FedEx® DG Ready solution to generate your dangerous goods declaration. Your solution will transmit your information to FedEx to prevalidate your shipment before you offer it to FedEx Express.

 

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 Rate® 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 permitted IATA Section II lithium batteries.

FedEx Express prohibits the expediting of dangerous goods, except for shipments in which dry ice is 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 nonbulk 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.

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.

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: 1.800.463.3339 and say “dangerous goods” (outside the U.S., call 1.901.375.6806).

Within the U.S., Highway Route Controlled Quantity or Fissile Class III radioactive materials will not be accepted for carriage without advance arrangements. Call 1.800.463.3339 and say “dangerous goods” for details (outside the U.S., call 1.901.375.6806). FedEx First Overnight®, FedEx First Overnight® Freight and FedEx International First® cannot be used to ship radioactive materials.

  • Alaska, Hawaii and international shipments. There are limitations for dangerous goods shipments to Alaska, Hawaii and many international destinations. For international shipments, call 1.800.463.3339 (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.
  • U.S. locations where service is not available. FedEx Express does not pick up or deliver shipments containing dangerous goods, including dry ice, in some extended service areas and locations served by cartage agents. See a list of U.S. ZIP codes where dangerous goods service is not available.

Call 1.800.463.3339 and say “dangerous goods” to reach the Dangerous Goods/Hazardous Materials Hotline if you have questions (outside the U.S., call 1.901.375.6806), or call FedEx Express International Customer Service at 1.800.463.3339 (say "international services") for commodity acceptability to international destinations.

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.

See a list of ZIP codes in Alaska, Hawaii and other areas of the U.S. where dangerous goods service is not available.

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.

See a list of ZIP codes in Alaska, Hawaii and other areas of the U.S. where dangerous goods service is not available.

Drop-off locations for dangerous goods

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 your location; then select "Dangerous goods shipping." 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 allowed at FedEx Express® Drop Box locations, FedEx Office® Print and Ship Center locations, FedEx Authorized ShipCenter® locations, FedEx OnSite locations, or FedEx ShipSite® locations, with the following exceptions:

  • Biological Substance, Category B (UN 3373) shipments may be placed in FedEx Express Drop Boxes.
  • FedEx Express® shipments containing permitted IATA Section II lithium batteries are allowed 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.

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 criteria 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 1.800.463.3339 (say “dangerous goods”). Outside the U.S., call 1.901.375.6806.

 

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 49 CFR. This includes providing the correct identification, classification, packaging, labeling, marking and documentation (a Shipper's Declaration for Dangerous Goods form). Refer to all applicable FedEx Express IATA variations as well (see Regulatory Updates). Learn more about shipping hazardous materials via FedEx Ground.

There are limitations for dangerous goods shipments to many international destinations. Call 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® services.

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:

  • 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 1.800.463.3339 (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 1.800.463.3339 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 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-02(f).)
  • 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 Location service for dangerous goods shipments is available only at certain FedEx locations in Europe, Canada and Japan. Call our hotline for details.

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

FedEx® packaging may not be used to ship dangerous goods (including dry ice), with the following exceptions:

  1. Permitted IATA Section II lithium batteries, which may be shipped in FedEx boxes and tubes.
  2. Biological Substance, Category B (UN 3373) shipments, which may be shipped in the FedEx® UN 3373 Pak, the FedEx® Medium Clinical Box, the FedEx® Large Clinical Box or the following FedEx Temp-Assure® cold shipping boxes: Small Cold Box Standard Duration, Medium Cold Box Standard Duration, Medium Cold Box Extended Duration, Large Cold Box Standard Duration and Large Cold Box Extended Duration.

 

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 1.800.463.3339.

 

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 handwritten (see FedEx Express variations FX-07 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.

Services Within the U.S.

U.S. Services

Accessible Dangerous Goods

Inaccessible 
Dangerous Goods

Dry Ice

FedEx SameDay®            

__

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®

Yes

Yes2

Yes

FedEx 1Day® Freight

Yes

Yes

Yes

FedEx 2Day® Freight

__

Yes

Yes

FedEx 3Day® Freight

__

Yes

Yes

International Service From the U.S.

International Services From U.S.

Accessible Dangerous Goods

Inaccessible 
Dangerous Goods

Dry Ice

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-AirportSM 3

__

__

__

International Service From Non-U.S. Origins

International Services From Non-U.S. Origins

Accessible Dangerous Goods

Inaccessible 
Dangerous Goods

Dry Ice

FedEx International First®               

Yes

Yes2

Yes

FedEx International Priority®

Yes

Yes

Yes

FedEx International Economy®

__

Yes (only from Canada to the U.S. and from Puerto Rico to the U.S. mainland)

Yes (only from Canada to the U.S. and from Puerto Rico to the U.S. mainland)

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-AirportSM 3

__

__

__

1Shipments that contain only UN 3373 Biological Substance, Category B, are not assessed a dangerous goods surcharge.

2Except Class 7 Radioactive materials.

3For 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 (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.
    • Permitted IATA Section II lithium batteries, which may be shipped in FedEx boxes and tubes.

Because dangerous goods cannot be shipped in FedEx Express packaging, FedEx One Rate® pricing is not available (except for IATA Section II lithium batteries shipped in FedEx boxes and tubes).

  • 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 Ship Center® locations do not accept dangerous goods shipments, except for permitted 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).

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

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

 

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 permitted 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 $93 per package will be assessed.

Class 1

Explosives

Class 2.1

Flammable Gas

Class 2.2

Non-Flammable Gas With a “Cargo Aircraft Only” Label

Class 3

Flammable Liquid

Class 4

Flammable Solid, Spontaneously Combustible, Dangerous When Wet

Class 5

Oxidizer and Organic Peroxide

Class 8

Corrosive Material

Inaccessible Dangerous Goods Shipments

  • May be shipped via most FedEx Express U.S. services.

Inaccessible Dangerous Goods Shipments

A special handling fee of $46.50 per package will be assessed.

Class 2.2

Non-Flammable Gas Without a “Cargo Aircraft Only” Label

Class 6.1

Toxic

Class 6.2

Infectious Substances

Class 7

Radioactive Material

Class 9

Miscellaneous Dangerous Goods

 

Shipments Containing Dry Ice

  • A special handling fee of $5.25 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

A special handling fee will be assessed per shipment at the greater of $99 or $0.78 per pound.

Class 1

Explosives

Class 2.1

Flammable Gas

Class 2.2

Non-Flammable Gas With a “Cargo Aircraft Only” Label

Class 3

Flammable Liquid

Class 4

Flammable Solid, Spontaneously Combustible, Dangerous When Wet

Class 5

Oxidizer and Organic Peroxide

Class 8

Corrosive Material

Inaccessible Dangerous Goods Shipments

Inaccessible Dangerous Goods Shipments

A special handling fee will be assessed per shipment at the greater of $45 or $0.29 per pound.

Class 2.2

Non-Flammable Gas Without a “Cargo Aircraft Only” Label

Class 6.1

Toxic

Class 6.2

Infectious Substances

Class 7

Radioactive Material

Class 9

Miscellaneous Dangerous Goods

 

Dangerous Goods via FedEx Express International Services

Accessible Dangerous Goods Shipments

Accessible Dangerous Goods Shipments

A special handling fee will be assessed per shipment at the greater of $146 or $0.79 per pound.

Class 1

Explosives

Class 2.1

Flammable Gas

Class 2.2

Non-Flammable Gas With a “Cargo Aircraft Only” Label

Class 3

Flammable Liquid

Class 4

Flammable Solid, Spontaneously Combustible, Dangerous When Wet

Class 5

Oxidizer and Organic Peroxide

Class 8

Corrosive Material

Inaccessible Dangerous Goods Shipments

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

Inaccessible Dangerous Goods Shipments

A special handling fee will be assessed per shipment at the greater of $72 or $0.39 per pound.

Class 2.2

Non-Flammable Gas Without a “Cargo Aircraft Only” Label

Class 6.1

Toxic

Class 6.2

Infectious Substances

Class 7

Radioactive Material

Class 9

Miscellaneous Dangerous Goods

Shipments Containing Dry Ice

  • A special handling fee of $5.25 per shipment will be assessed ($5.25 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.

Lithium metal batteries UN 3090 Section IA and Section IB

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

Obtain Preapproval

Shippers must submit the following information to be considered by FedEx Express Dangerous Goods Administration for approval to ship lithium metal 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).
  4. Type of preapproval requested (fully regulated UN 3090, 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 UN3090preapprovalrequest@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 1.800.463.3339 (say “dangerous goods”) to discuss other means to submit your request for approval. Outside the U.S., call 1.901.375.6806.

International Service Limitations

Due to airline restrictions, some countries are not available as origins or destinations for certain lithium battery shipments. For details on country and commodity limitations, see our Service Limitations for Lithium Batteries job aid.

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