Shipping hazardous materials can be a stressful business. Most carriers can accommodate some kinds of hazardous materials but have specific policies and pricing for shipping HAZMAT. It is common for carriers to outright refuse service for certain package contents.
If you are in the business of shipping hazardous materials, it is best to get in touch with your carrier representative. They will help identify if the carrier allows shipping of the items you're trying to transport as well as set up a process to do so safely and legally.
To help you get started with your research, read on for more information about these carriers' policies:
FedEx offers a fairly extensive HAZMAT shipping service. They have representatives to assist you with filling out all of the proper paperwork for your HAZMAT. In addition, they offer training for shipping HAZMAT, how they each treat hazardous materials, and more pertinent information.
UPS has a fairly extensive list of prohibited items. The list includes alcohol, animal furs, articles of “Exceptional value” and most HAZMAT items. They have semi-regular seminars and tutorials for sending hazardous materials. Check with the UPS hazardous support contact to determine if what you want to ship is on the approved HAZMAT list.
The United States Postal Service has a list of domestic and internationally banned items. These items absolutely cannot be shipped under any circumstances with USPS. The list includes:
Despite these restrictions, however, you can still send many other hazardous materials. The best way to ensure the material you are sending is not restricted is to contact your local USPS.
ShippingEasy provides support for HAZMAT shipments when you ship using your ShippingEasy One Balance account for USPS.
ShippingEasy provides HAZMAT shipment labels ONLY!
ShippingEasy is only able to provide a label for your HAZMAT shipment. It is your responsibility, as the shipper, to ensure that your shipment meets the requirements imposed by USPS, as well as federal, state, and local laws. Penalties can be harsh, so do your research.
When shipping HAZMAT via ShippingEasy be sure that you:
Have a ShippingEasy One Balance - USPS account
Designate your shipment as containing hazardous materials
Confirm that they allow shipping the items in the package
Confirm with federal, state, and local laws that the package contents can be shipped
Follow these steps to print a HAZMAT label in shipping Easy:
Go to the READY TO SHIP page and select your domestic shipment.
Select the USPS - One Balance Carrier and either Priority or Priority Mail Express.
Tick the box next to Contains Hazardous Materials.
A message will appear alerting you to the restrictions of shipping hazardous materials.
Finish your shipping selections.
Afterwards, the label you generate will indicate the package contains hazardous materials.