Guidance for shipping SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 patient samples

Current Guidance for Shipping Materials to Countries with Restrictions (China, Hong Kong, Russia, Venezuela)


Shipping Dangerous Goods or hazardous materials (biological substances, chemicals, or radioactive materials) within and outside of the United States is subject to a variety of government and international regulations, as well as airline industry and ground carriers’ requirements.

Fines and penalties can be imposed against companies and individuals who fail to comply with the applicable rules including proper classification, identification, packaging, marking, labeling and documentation. Knowledge is crucial to ensure compliance and safety of all involved in shipping!

  • Purpose of Regulations: To provide procedures for the shipper by which articles and substances with hazardous properties can be safely transported by air or surface minimizing the risk of contamination to the individuals involved with handling the package and to the environment
  • Training Requirements:  Shippers complete shipping training.  See link for details.
  • eShip@Penn®: This program must be used for shipments of chemicals, biologicals, dry ice, and radioactive materials.   

If you have any questions, please contact EHRS at 215-898-4453 or Marie-Luise Faber (biological material or dry ice), Jim Crumley (chemicals) or Chris Tighe (radioactive material)

Agencies that regulate shipping: