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Additional Resources for Shipping Biological Agents

by schmidy last modified Jan 09, 2008 08:21 AM

Within the continental United States

Some biological materials require permits to receive or ship them. This list provides links to federal and  international organizations that regulate the movement of biological agents.


USDA/APHIS - animals, animal products, animal pathogens, plant pests, soil, genetically engineered plants or plant pests



Import from another country

Some biological materials require an import permit for import into the United States.  The person on campus receiving the material is responsible for obtaining the permit.


CDC - human pathogens
USDA/APHIS - animals, animal products, animal pathogens, plant pests, soil, genetically engineered plants or plant pests
USFW/CITES - endangered species/products



Export from the United States to another country, or to a state outside the continental United States

Always check with the person you are shipping materials to, as some countries require import permits for biological materials.


Export permits:

USDA/APHIS - animals, animal products, animal pathogens
USFW/CITES - endangered species/products

Export licenses:

The Department of Commerce may require an export license for:

  1. A material, or
  2. The receiver of your material.

Helpful Guides


http://www.unh.edu/ehs/shipping/UNH-Shipping-Biological-Materials.pdf
http://www.who.int/csr/resources/publications/biosafety/WHO_CDS_CSR_LYO_2005_22/en/

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