Governing transport of hazardous materials and dangerous goods
The U.S. Department of Transportation regulates transportation of hazardous materials in commerce by rail, air, sea, and motor vehicles.
Regulations govern all aspects of transport
Shipping by ground transportation
From packaging to the final point of delivery, Department of Transportation regulations apply at every stage of dangerous goods shipping, including:
Shipping by air
Shipments of hazardous materials by air are subject to International Air Transport Association (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations. Most FedEx packages travel by air.
Chemicals of Interest
Office of Research Assurances is required to notify the Department of Homeland Security if you ship certain hazardous chemicals governed by the Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standards [Title 6 CFR Part 27].
Shipping hazardous materials to destinations outside the U.S. requires meeting not only those regulations that govern hazardous materials or dangerous goods, but other regulations as well.
- Your shipment may need to meet export licensing requirements.
- Shipments from the University may require a Material Transfer Agreement (MTA). An MTA is a legal contract governing transfer of a proprietary material (infectious agents, or chemical or biological samples, for instance) from WSU to another party. It safeguards WSU from liability and may limit distribution of the material by the receiving institution.
- Certain biological type shipments may require licensing from federal agencies, such as Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Department of Fish and Game, or others.
Contact the Office of Research Assurances before your shipment date.
Small quantity shipments
Even if you are only shipping a small quantity of hazardous material, your package remains regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) or the International Civil Aviation Organization. However, less restrictive shipping requirements may be available. Contact the Office of Research Assurances for information.
- International Air Transport Association (IATA)
Dangerous Goods Documentation
- Electronic Code of Federal Regulations
Title 49, Subtitle B, Chapter 1, Subchapter A (Regulations pertaining to transportation of hazardous materials)
- U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
Export Administration Regulation downloadable files
- U.S. Census Bureau
- U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
Guidelines for import and export
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Standards
Contact the hazardous materials shipping coordinator.