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ORM-D Shipping

While OSM Worldwide does not ship hazardous materials, we do ship ORM-D (Other Regulated Material-Domestic) items.

ORM-D material is a limited quantity of a hazardous material that presents a limited hazard during transportation due to its form, quantity, and packaging. ORM-D material is given the shipping name “Consumer Commodity” and may be mailed domestically, but in extremely limited quantities and with special approval, labeling and packaging.

To determine mailability and package requirements, refer to Appendix A and search for a product based on its four-digit UN number (i.e. UN3316) on the Hazardous Materials Table.

OSM Worldwide follows USPS guidelines for shipping hazardous materials and ORM-D shipments:

  • Under 18 U.S.C. 1716, all matter that is outwardly or of its own force dangerous or injurious to life, health, or property is non-mailable. The knowing deposit of such matter in the mail is a crime punishable by fine, imprisonment, and/or other penalty.
  • For safety reasons, most hazardous materials are non-mailable. However, some hazardous materials and otherwise restricted or perishable matter are permitted to be mailed when the requirements in this publication are fully met.

What is Hazardous Material?

A hazardous material is any article or substance designated by the U.S. Department of Transportation as being capable of posing an unreasonable risk to health, safety, or property during transportation. In international commerce, hazardous materials are known as “dangerous goods.” For a list of items and definitions of other terms that relate to hazardous materials, refer to the USPS Hazardous Materials Guidelines.