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Air Waybills and Shipping Labels

Air waybills

Air waybills are completed by the shipper to provide information to the carrier. Air waybills must contain dangerous goods information for:
  • Category A
  • Category B
  • Dry ice, if used

Air waybill: Information to include in the special handling information section (This will be section #6 on the FedEx waybill as shown in the bottom image on the right)

Category A Infectious Substances

  • State "Dangerous Goods as per attached Shipper's Declaration," or "Dangerous Goods as per attached DGD" (dangerous goods declaration). On a FedEx Air Bill, a box under the heading, "Does this shipment contain dangerous goods?" can be checked "Yes, as per attached Shipper's Declaration""
  • If the package contains more than 50 grams or 50 mL of category A infectious substances, mark "cargo aircraft only."

Category B Infectious Substances

  • Biological Substance, Category B
  • UN number (UN3373)
  • Number of packages
  • Emergency contact information, if not on package (IATA requirement)
  • On a FedEx Air Bill, under the heading, "Does this shipment contain dangerous goods?" the box must be checked that says "Yes, Shipper's declaration not required."

Dry Ice Documentation

  • UN number (UN1845)
  • Proper shipping name (Dry ice or carbon dioxide, solid)
  • Hazard class number (Class 9)
  • Number of packages
  • Net quantity (weight) of dry ice per package
  • On a FedEx Air Bill, under the heading, "Does this shipment contain dangerous goods?" the box must be checked that says "Yes, Shipper's declaration not required."

Shipping labels
Customers who contract with either FedEx or UPS have access to software into which this information is entered and a shipping label with a barcode is generated. This label is then affixed to the outer surface of the package. Barcoded labels are used in place of the manually completed air waybills.