Sometimes it's necessary to ship dangerous goods. These goods — also referred to as "Restricted Articles" — can pose a significant risk to health, safety or property, especially when they're being transported by air. This is not a problem for most dangerous goods if they are in approved quantities and properly packaged and handled. That's why we make sure that our guidelines for accepting Restricted Articles are in accordance with the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations, and all other applicable domestic and international rules and regulations as well.
That's also why we reserve the right to screen, open and inspect all shipments transported on our domestic and international flights.
Additionally it is illegal to ship any dangerous goods that have not been properly declared, identified, packaged, marked, labeled or documented to any airline. Failing to do so can result in up to five years in prison and fines of $250,000 USD or more imposed by the United States Department of Transportation. All dangerous goods are handled through our ConfirmedFS service, with the lone exception of dry ice, which may travel through Priority Parcel ServiceSM, ExpediteFSSM or ConfirmedFSSM. Certain fees may apply when shipping dangerous goods. These may vary by the amount of restricted articles being shipped as well as by the destination.
Please keep in mind that no dangerous goods, with the exception of dry ice, are allowed to be shipped on AmericanConnection flights. Shipments of biologicals are limited to UN3373, Biological Substances, Category B (via PPS).
When shipping dangerous goods, please give as complete and accurate a description as possible. If your items do not have complete descriptions, they may be subject to additional screenings. Such items include, but are not limited to, consolidation, household goods, chemicals, cylinders, fuels, laboratory testing equipment, medical supplies, pharmaceuticals and personal effects.
Below are some examples of dangerous goods that must be declared:
A complete description of the dangerous goods being shipped is necessary to ensure the safety of our passengers and aircraft. If there is any possibility that your shipment contains undeclared or improperly prepared dangerous goods, it may not be allowed onboard.
To be sure your shipment arrives on time, please complete all the documentation, packaging and labeling required and double-check it for accuracy.
Let's break it down. You should:
For more, see http://www.iata.org/cargo.
If you have any doubt that you may be transporting dangerous goods, please contact the IATA Dangerous Goods hotline at 1-514-390-6770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dry ice (Carbon Dioxide, Solid), widely used as a refrigerant, is considered a dangerous good and must be treated as such. But there's a difference: A Shipper's Declaration of Dangerous Goods is not required when dry ice is used to cool non-dangerous goods. Check out the following guidelines that apply to dry ice. Remember, it's always your responsibility to comply with all IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations.
For dry ice, use packaging designed and constructed to permit the release of carbon dioxide gas. This prevents a build up of pressure - which could cause a rupture.
Make sure the following information is fully visible on the outside:
When dry ice is cooling non-dangerous goods, be specific about that on the air waybill in the "Nature and Quantity of Goods" or "Content" section. Provide this information in the following order:
Example: Diagnostic Specimens, Dry Ice, 9, UN1845, 1 piece at 2 Kg
When documenting, please remember to comply with all IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations.
Priority Parcel ServiceSM. The maximum amount of dry ice allowed per piece is 2.5 kilograms (5.5 pounds), except when refrigerating medical, diagnostic or treatment items. In such cases the net weight of the dry ice may exceed 2.5 kilograms, but the total gross weight of the piece may not exceed 22.5 kilograms.
ExpediteFSSM and ConfirmedFSSM. The maximum limit for shipping dry ice depends on the aircraft type. A sales representative can advise you of applicable restrictions, when making your booking at 1-800-CARGOAA (1-800-227-4622).
Recently, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) introduced new regulations for lithium batteries. If you are interested in shipping lithium batteries, either by themselves or within other packages, we ask that you review the new regulations and how they may impact your shipment.
Access the official IATA Lithium Battery Guidance Document
American Airlines Cargo has made a change to the acceptance and carriage of Class 9, UN3480, Lithium ion batteries: