Did you know that DHL eCommerce teams up with USPS for last-mile delivery? That’s why they must adhere to USPS requirements to ensure the most efficient delivery possible.

With that being said, USPS is ramping up their safety precautions around hazardous materials (HAZMAT) shipping to ensure everyone involved stays safe.

USPS is implementing new Service Type Codes (STC) in the Intelligent Mail® package barcode (IMpb) section of Domestic Parcel shipping labels for Dangerous Goods (DG) effective July 9th, 2023.

How will this impact my business?

Good news! No action is required on your part as a DHL eCommerce and Ordoro customer, but you will notice some automatic updates to your DHL eCommerce HAZMAT shipping labels starting May 1st, 2023, including: 

  • New Dangerous Goods STCs (Service Type Codes) 395, 785, 116, and 184
  • New IMpb label banner text “USPS TRACKING # HAZMAT

From DHL eCommerce:

Why is this happening?

Safety-related incidents have increased in Postal Service facilities as a result of increased HAZMAT shipping.

As ecommerce continues to grow at a rapid pace, USPS has seen an increase in HAZMAT shipments. Unfortunately, this surge has also been accompanied by an increase in incorrect packaging and labeling, the use of unauthorized shipping services, and a rise in accident rates.

In order to address these safety concerns, the USPS is amending Publication 52, Hazardous, Restricted, and Perishable Mail effective July 9th, 2023.

Other Resources

  • DHL eCommerce:
    • Hazardous Goods and Unaccepted Materials
    • Limited Quantity: Quick Reference Guide
  • USPS

HAZMAT and Dangerous Goods Education

  • USPS
    • HAZMAT Shipping Tutorial
    • 325 DOT Hazardous Materials Warning Labels and Markings
  • OSHA Education Center:
  • HAZMAT School:
    • 49 CFR DOT HAZMAT Shipping Certification Training Courses
      • Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)

Relevant Support Articles

  • Can I ship dangerous goods or hazardous materials in Ordoro?
  • How does DHL eCommerce manage HAZMAT?