Special Procedures for Shipping Firearms
UPS accepts packages containing firearms (as defined by Title 18,
Chapter 44, and Title 26, Chapter 53 of the United States Code) for
transportation only (a) between licensed importers, licensed
manufacturers, licensed dealers, and licensed collectors (as defined in
Title 18, Chapter 44 of the United States Code), and government agencies
and (b) where not otherwise prohibited by federal, state or local law
(i) from an individual to a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer,
licensed dealer, or licensed collector; and (ii) from a licensed
importer, licensed manufacturer, licensed dealer, or licensed collector
to an individual.
The shipper must comply with and must ensure that each shipment
containing firearms complies with all federal, state and local laws
applicable to the shipper, recipient, and package, including, without
limitation, age restrictions.
Use These UPS Services for Your Firearm Shipment
Handguns, as defined by 18 U.S.C. § 921, will be accepted for
transportation only via UPS Next Day Air Services, specifically, UPS
Next Day Air®
Early, UPS Next Day Air®,
and UPS Next Day Air Saver®.
(Note: UPS Express
Critical™ Service is not available for firearms).
UPS accepts firearm parts for shipment, provided the part is not a
"firearm" as defined under federal law; the contents of the package
cannot be assembled to form a firearm; and the package otherwise
complies with federal, state, and local law. (Note:
Receivers or frames of a firearm and firearm mufflers/silencers (also
referred to as suppressors) are considered "firearms" and are accepted
for transportation only if shipped in accordance with UPS's requirements
for shipping firearms.)
UPS does not accept automatic weapons, including machine guns, for
shipment. Firearms (including handguns) and firearm parts are not
accepted for shipment internationally. UPS Returns®
Services are not available for packages containing firearms.
Packing and Labeling Requirements for Firearms
All firearms must be shipped in new corrugated packaging which meets
the UPS Single Wall Box Strength Guidelines.
All firearms are to be packaged in accordance with UPS Packaging
Guideline Specifications. Ammunition must be shipped separately from
packages that contain firearms (including handguns).
Packages containing handguns must be separated from other packages
tendered to UPS for delivery.
The shipper must use Delivery Confirmation Adult Signature Required
service for each package containing a firearm, including a handgun or a
firearm suppressor, and affix a UPS label requesting an adult signature
The labeling and outer box markings on all firearms shipments should
not identify the contents as containing a firearm. Labeling, including
the shipper's and consignee's abbreviated names on the shipping label or
air shipping document, must be non-descriptive.