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Expand Can I ship multiple samples assigned to different categories in the same package?Can I ship multiple samples assigned to different categories in the same package?
Expand What do I use as the technical name for an unknown or emerging Category A pathogen?What do I use as the technical name for an unknown or emerging Category A pathogen?
Expand What are some of the limitations for shipping infectious substances?What are some of the limitations for shipping infectious substances?
Collapse Can infectious substances be sent through the mail?Can infectious substances be sent through the mail?

Not all countries allow shipments of infectious substances by mail.

Contact local postal authorities to determine if the countries you are shipping from, through, and to, allow infectious substances to be shipped by mail.

Shippers must follow the appropriate local requirements when shipping infectious substances.

State variations often indicate whether a country accepts infectious substances shipped through the mail. ICAO recently published a website listing all of the State variations published in the Technical Instructions. http://www.icao.int/safety/DangerousGoods/Pages/StateVariationPage.aspx. The website will be updated frequently with any changes.

Expand Can packaging supplies be reused?Can packaging supplies be reused?