Hazardous Materials Shipping - Regulations

Hazardous materials shipments are regulated by numerous government agencies and non-government organizations. Shipping hazardous materials requires meeting complex regulations. Failure to meet these regulations has potential public safety implications and each violation of a regulation may result in the following:

  • Individual Civil penalties up to $50,000 per violation, per day
  • Willful individual violators may be fined up to $250,000 and/or receive up to 5 years in prison, 10 years under special circumstances
  • The University may also be fined up to $500,000 per incident

For Regulations on Ground Shipments

For Regulations on Air Shipments

  • International Air Transport Association (IATA) - regulates all aspects of dangerous goods transport via air per the International Civil Aviation Organization.
  • Shipper must follow air carrier’s and country-of-receipt’s requirements, and all requirements of other agencies and organizations depending on the nature of the material.

For Regulations on Export Controls

Other Agencies and UC Berkeley Organizations

UC Berkeley Sponsored Projects Office: Material Transfer Authorizations

Center for Disease Control (CDC): Etiologic Agent Import Permit Program

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA, Animal and Plant Inspection Service (APHIS)

FedEx Dangerous Goods Service Information, or (800) GO-FEDEX

United States Postal Service (USPS)

UCB Property Management – Central Distribution

Office of Intellectual Property and Industry Research Alliances (IPIRA): For shipping intellectual property (either domestically or internationally), contact IPRA to obtain information on Material Transfer Agreements and licenses, or to clarify questions regarding patentable inventions, copyrightable software, and tangible material transferred to the private sector.