January 24, 2020: FAA Proposes $120,000 Civil Penalty Against UPS

The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed issuing a civil penalty in the amount of $120,000 against UPS, Inc. of Atlanta, GA for Hazardous Materials Regulations violations in connection with an incident that took place on November 15, 2018 in which UPS, performing a shipper function, knowingly offered a shipment containing lithium batteries to the company’s UPS Airlines for transportation by air from Ontario, CA, to Louisville, KY.
According to FAA, employees at the UPS facility in Louisville discovered the contents of a shipment contained damaged and loosely packed lithium batteries with no protection from short circuit. Several of the batteries were in a reactive state.
FAA is claiming the shipment was improperly packaged, not accompanied by a Shipper’s Declaration for Dangerous Goods, and was not properly described, marked or labeled. UPS has 30 days to respond to the enforcement letter.

Press Release – FAA Proposes $120,000 Civil Penalty Against UPS, Inc.