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Dangerous Goods

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DANGEROUS GOODS SHIPMENTS

Did you know many household items – from lithium batteries to dry ice – are considered dangerous goods? And shipping these items can be a complex procedure, requiring detailed documentation and special handling.

Whether you're shipping dangerous goods or hazardous materials, we can help you determine the best solution for your shipping needs. Once all restrictions and regulations are followed, Delta Cargo is able to transport certain dangerous goods via our standard and express shipping services for an additional fee.


Shipping Tips


Make sure:
  • You have all the correct labeling for your shipments.
  • Your shipment is properly packaged.
  • You have completed all the necessary documents.

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Additional Information

What you need to know
  • Restrictions

    • Local stations do not have authority to deviate from or change any requirements outlined in the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations or 49 Code of Federal Regulations.
    • Dangerous goods are not accepted from unknown shippers.
    • Any substance which, as presented for transport, is liable to explode, dangerously react, produce a flame or dangerous evolution of heat, or dangerous emission of toxic, corrosive, or flammable gases or vapors, under conditions normally encountered in transport, are forbidden on any aircraft.
    • Dangerous goods will only be accepted at approved stations. Please contact your local Account Manager or the Delta Cargo Customer Service Center at 1-800-DL-CARGO (1-800-352-2746) for more details.
    • The following dangerous goods shipments will not be accepted for carriage on Delta Cargo:
      • Items forbidden in the IATA DGR under Subsection 2.1.
      • Radioactive materials that require 'Type B', 'Type C', or 'Fissile' packaging.
      • Hazardous waste 
      • Lithium Batteries shipped as bulk under Class 9 UN3480 Section 1A, 1B and Section II PI965.
      • Shipments that contain 6.1 toxic substances in Packing Group 1
      • Shipments bearing a toxic gas, Division 2.3.
      • Shipments containing All Packed in One packages that have been packed in an Overpack.
      • Self-heating commodities, including, but not limited to:
        • Meals (e.g. La Briute)
        • Coffee (e.g. Nescafe)
    • In addition to ticket office locations, the following Delta Connection Carriers will ONLY accept dry ice (up to 5.5 lbs) and UN 3373:
      • ExpressJet
      • Chautauqua
      • Endeavor
      • Shuttle America
      • SkyWest
      • Go Jet
  • Regulations

    • All dangerous goods shipments will follow IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations.
  • Dry Ice

    • U.S.-domestic packages containing up to 2.5kg (5.5 lbs) of dry ice with/without a Class 9 label will be accepted under 49 CFR. All international packages containing dry ice will be handled as fully regulated under IATA DGR.
    • The general aircraft dry ice limits are 100 kgs for narrow body aircraft and 200 kgs for wide body aircraft. Some exceptions, based on packaging, apply. Please contact your local Account Manager for details.
    • Note: Delta only accepts 45 kgs on the 767 aircraft and no dry ice in any amount on the 767T aircraft.
  • LI Batteries

    • In general, shipments transported under Section II of the applicable packing instructions are not considered fully regulated and may be transported on passenger aircraft as long as all provisions of Section II are met. This includes a four-bullet cautionary statement either on the air waybill or accompanying document. This cautionary statement must include all of the following:
      • The package contains lithium ion cells or batteries (for UN3481). OR The package contains lithium metal cells or batteries (for UN3091).
      • The package must be handled with care and notated that a flammability hazard exists if the package is damaged.
      • Special procedures should be followed in the event the package is damaged, to include inspection and repacking, if necessary.
      • A telephone number for additional information.
      • The lithium battery label must be applied to the package as applicable by the packing instruction.
      • Shipments packaged under Section I of the applicable packing instruction are considered fully regulated and must be transported per the regulations and Delta variations.
    • UN3090 Lithium Metal Batteries (Packing Instruction 968)
      • Per USG-02, these shipments are forbidden for transport on passenger aircraft.
    • UN3091 Lithium Metal Batteries Contained in Equipment and UN3091 Lithium Metal Batteries Packed with Equipment
      • Section 1: These shipments are considered fully regulated and must comply with all requirements including those in Packing Instruction 970 (Contained in) and Packing Instruction 969 (Packed with) and must be accompanied by a Shipper’s Declaration for Dangerous Goods.
      • Section 2: Approved for transportation as long as the following requirements have been met:
        • Applicable cautionary verbiage on the air waybill or accompanying document per the Packing Instructions.
        • Lithium battery label must be applied to the package per the Packing Instructions (PI).
        • For PI 970: Each package containing more than four cells or more than two batteries installed in equipment must be labeled with a lithium battery handling label (Figure 7.4.8).
        • For PI 969: A lithium battery label must be applied.
        • Packaged per Packing Instruction 970 or 969, whichever applies.
        • "Lithium metal batteries in compliance with Section II of PI 970 or PI 969" must be included on the air waybill, when an air waybill is used. The information should be shown in the "Nature and Quantity of Goods" box of the air waybill.
    • UN3480 Lithium Ion Batteries
      • Section 1: Delta will not accept.
      • Section 2: Delta will not accept.
    • UN3481 Lithium Ion Batteries Contained in Equipment and UN3481 Lithium Ion Batteries Packed with Equipment
      • Section 1: These shipments are considered fully regulated and must comply with all requirements including those in Packing Instruction 967 (contained in) and Packing Instruction 966 (packed with) and must be accompanied by a Shipper’s Declaration for Dangerous Goods.
      • Section 2: Approved for transportation as long as the following requirements have been met:
        • Applicable cautionary verbiage on the air waybill or accompanying document per the Packing Instruction (PI).
        • Lithium battery label must be applied to the package per the Packing Instruction.
        • For PI 967: Each package containing more than four cells or more than two batteries installed in equipment must be labeled with a lithium battery handling label (Figure 7.4.8).
        • For PI 966: A lithium battery label must be applied.
        • Packaged per Packing Instruction 967 or 966, whichever applies.
        • "Lithium ion batteries in compliance with Section II of PI 966 or PI 967" must be included on the air waybill, when an air waybill is used. The information should be shown in the "Nature and Quantity of Goods" box of the air waybill.
  • Acceptance, Drop-Off and Recovery Times

    • Dangerous Goods shipments may only be accepted at approved stations and picked up at the local cargo facility at the destination.
  • Special Handling

    • All dangerous goods shipments must be accepted by an authorized Dangerous Goods Acceptance Agent at the cargo facilities.
    • Please contact your local Account Manager or the Delta Cargo Customer Service Center at 1-800-DL-CARGO (1-800-352-2746) for more details.
  • Documentation

    • Each piece of the shipment must be legibly and durably marked with the name and address of the shipper and consignee.
    • Shipper is responsible for all required markings and labeling of each package containing dangerous goods and the removal of any old/non-applicable labels or markings.
    • Shipper must complete the Shipper's Declaration for Dangerous Goods when required by the IATA DGR.
    • Shipper must complete the Air Transport of Section II “Excepted” Lithium Batteries form for Section II shipments tendered in an SLU.
  • All Packed In One Packages

    • All Packed in One packages containing Class 8 corrosive substances with both a "hydroxide" and an "acid" in the proper shipping names or technical names must be accompanied by the following signed statement of safety from the shipper. This statement must be noted in the Additional Handling Information area on the original copy of the Shipper's Declaration for Dangerous Goods. This shipment(s) complies with 5.0.2.11, and the acid and hydroxide, if mixed, will not react dangerously.
  • Packaging

    • Packaging must be of such a size that there is adequate space to affix all required markings and labels. Labels must not be folded or affixed in such a manner that parts of the same label appear on different faces of the package.
    • Shipper is responsible for all required labeling of each package containing dangerous goods and the removal of any old/non-applicable labels.