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Dry Ice

Handling Instructions:

Dry Ice must be in packaging designed and constructed to permit the release of carbon dioxide gas and to prevent a buildup of pressure that could rupture the packaging. A good sturdy fiberboard box is acceptable. Styrofoam is generally unacceptable outer packaging.

A Shippers Declaration of Dangerous Goods is not required when shipping dry ice together with a non-Dangerous Good if the following information is contained on the air waybill, and marked on the outside of the package: Dry Ice, 9, UN1845,"_x_Kg"

(Note: Dry Ice is often used as a refrigerant when packing other Dangerous Goods such as "infectious substances". Under these circumstances, a Shipper's Declaration of Dangerous Goods is required.)

Marking and Labeling Shipments:

The package must be marked with the names and addresses of both you and the consignee. You may write the information directly on the box or affix a label with the required information on the box.

Shipping Options:

Dry Ice is classified by FedEx as "Inaccessible Dangerous Goods" (IDG), therefore, it is acceptable on the FedEx International Economy, International Priority, and International Priority Freight services.

Dry Ice is the only type of dangerous good that is acceptable on the FedEx International First service to the U.S. and on the FedEx First Overnight service domestically within Canada.

Dangerous goods are commodities that, when transported, pose some form of danger to people, animals, the environment, or the carrier. Dangerous goods can either be acceptable or unacceptable for shipping. There are nine classifications of dangerous goods that identify the type of danger each possesses. These are grouped into categories called accessible and inaccessible which determine the FedEx service you can ship with.


Class 1 Explosives

Class 3 Flammable Liquids

Class 4 Flammable Solids
4.1 Flammable solids
4.2 Spontaneous combustibles
4.3 Dangerous when wet

Class 5 Oxidizing Substances and Organic peroxides
5.1 oxidizers
5.2 organic peroxides

Class 8 Corrosives


Class 2 Gases
2.1 Flammable gas
2.2 Nonflammable gas
2.3 Toxic Gas

Class 6 Toxic and infectious substances
6.1 toxic substances
6.2 infectious substances

Class 7 Radioactive Material
Radioactive 1
White radioactive 2
Yellow radioactive 3 yellow

Class 9 Miscellaneous dangerous goods

Examples of Miscellaneous dangerous goods:

Dry Ice
Consumer Commodities
Lifesaving appliances , self inflating
Air bag inflators or air bag modules
Battery powered equipment or vehicles containing a wet battery
Machines incorporating internal combustion engines
Lithium batteries
Magnetized material- although considered a class 9 miscellaneous dangerous
Good , magnetized material has its own label . The label
Bears the picture of a magnet and a compass , and rather
Than a number at the bottom , contains the words ,
“Magnetized Material “


Accessible Dangerous goods may be shipped via

FedEx International Priority
FedEx International Priority Freight
FedEx Priority Overnight

Inaccessible Dangerous Goods may be shipped via

FedEx International Priority
FedEx International Economy
FedEx International priority freight
FedEx International Priority Overnight

Dry Ice may be shipped via FedEx International First and FedEx First Overnight up to the designated weight limits allowed.


You are responsible for correctly identifying, classifying, packaging, marking, labeling and completing documentation for Dangerous Goods according to National and International governmental regulations. The Government requires you to have job specific training before offering a dangerous goods shipment to the carrier . If you have any questions call the FedEx Dangerous Goods hot line at 1 800 –Go-FedEx.

Required Documents

The following documents are required with your dangerous goods shipments,

For shipments within Canada use a manual FedEx intra Canada Air waybill
For international shipments use a FedEx Expanded Service international air waybill.

For both domestic and international shipments you must also complete the shippers declaration for dangerous goods ( acceptable only if typed or computer generated forms. Handwritten forms are not acceptable )

Acceptable dangerous goods summary

There are some items that sound like they may be considered dangerous goods , but are not. These items may be shipped to any location served by FedEx unless they are specifically prohibited by the destination country. Examples include ,

Gas oil, kerosene, or diesel fuel ( if their flash points are higher than 60.5 degrees C )
Motor oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, or power steering fluid
Ethylene –glycol based antifreeze liquids for autos
Water based paint
Neon signs
Freon in liquid form ( non compressed )


Unacceptable dangerous goods summary

Dangerous goods in violation of the regulations in any way are unacceptable for transportation . In addition , here are some examples of the other dangerous goods that are not acceptable for FedEx service.

*Dangerous goods to or from a location where dangerous goods service is not available.
*Dangerous goods in limited quantity to , from , or through : France, Germany ,Switzerland , Italy , Belgium and the Netherlands.
* Radioactives with a transport index higher than 10
* Explosives other than division 1.4 and 1.3 airport to airport only
* Hazardous waste ( including medical waste )
* Substances with a primary or sub risk of division 6.1 (toxic substances)packing group 1 or 2 ,unless the shipper has a v-rated packaging.
* Any substance bearing a toxic gas label (division 2.3 )
*Infectious substances of risk group 4 ( division 6.2 )

Dangerous goods in Excepted Quantities

Very small quantities of certain dangerous goods may be transported as “ “Dangerous Goods “in excepted quantities . You will need to affix the Dangerous Goods in Excepted Quantities label to the shipment.

Customs Regulations

The same customs rules apply to Dangerous Goods shipments as for all other types of shipments. Customs paperwork is only required if the shipment meets the criteria necessary for any particular form.