How do I ship dry ice with UPS?

When it comes to creating a shipment on EasyPost, there’s a dry_ice boolean used to mark the weight of dry ice that needs to be filled out.

As far as physical preparations go, it depends on which service you plan on using.

UPS Ground doesn’t regulate dry ice shipments, but we do recommend using sturdy cardboard with foam lining (DO NOT MAKE AIRTIGHT) on the inside.

UPS Domestic Air requires a few extra steps to process medical dry ice shipments:

  • No Hazardous Material Agreement and Shipping Papers are required
  • No acceptance audit is performed
  • Mark outer carton with: "Dry Ice for Medical Purposes" and the amount of dry ice contained in the package
  • Obtain "Dry Ice for Medical Purposes" stickers via the UPS website (or call them at 1-800-554-9964)

UPS Domestic Air shipments of non-medical/non-hazardous packages containing less than 2.5 kgs of dry ice require:

  • No Hazardous Material Agreement and Shipping Papers are required
  • No acceptance audit is performed
  • Mark outer carton with: "Dry Ice" and the amount of dry ice contained in the package.

UPS Domestic Air shipments of non-medical/non-hazardous packages containing more than 2.5 kgs of dry ice require:

Under 49 CFR
  • UPS Dangerous Goods Agreement required
  • Hazardous Materials shipping papers required (along with a $5 per package dry ice fee)
  • Acceptance audit must be performed
  • Mark outer carton with: "Dry Ice" and the amount of dry ice contained in the package.
  • Mark net weight of dry ice on the shipping papers
Under IATA
  • Acceptance audit must be performed
  • Mark outer carton with: "Dry Ice" or "Carbon Dioxide, Solid" and the code "UN1845"
  • Mark outer carton with the amount of dry ice contained in the package in kilograms
  • Mark outer carton with Class 9 Diamond Label
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