Last Revised: July 12, 2024

Please see Current Guidance Shipping Materials Countries Restrictions page for the most up-to-date information.

Contact Export Controls in Research within the Office of Research Services for additional information on export control matters.

Harmonized System (HS) Code and Economic Operator Registrations and Identifications (EORI) numbers are now REQUIRED for all shipments into or transiting through the EU,Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Norway and Switzerland by air. See the info below on how to obtain an HS Code and EORI for your shipment.

Transfer of biological and chemical material into or out of the USA may trigger the need for permits or licenses. A permit or license can be issued by U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Treasury, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), or U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS).

Any individual planning to transfer materials should work with the University to check the regulations
and, if necessary, apply for the appropriate license

Use the TEMPLATES below for your CERTIFICATION STATEMENT to import or export non-regulated material!

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Customs and Boarder Patrol

Customs and Boarder Patrol: support your import needs and provide guidance on required import permits for various government agencies.

Importer Responsibility: (49 CFR part 171.22) each person importing a hazardous material (the receiver) into the United States must provide the shipper timely and complete written information as to the requirements of import.

Importing Biological Materials

Contact CBP @

Hamonized System (HS) Codes (REQUIRED for EU shipments)

Important Information for Our Users Shipping to the EU, Northern Ireland, Norway, and Switzerland!

Starting March 1, 2023, the European Union (EU) will be implementing the Import Control System 2 (ICS2), a large-scale information system aimed at improving safety and security at customs for its citizens. As a result, all goods being shipped into or transiting through the EU, Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Norway and Switzerland by air will require additional information.

To comply with the new regulations, we kindly ask that you provide a minimum six-digit Harmonized System (HS) code, an accurate goods description, and the receiver’s Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number for each item in your shipment. These rules apply to all goods (except documents), regardless of value.

  • To obtain the EORI, reach out to the international recipient (consignee). A tax ID number may be used if an EORI number is unavailable.

  • To obtain HS codes:

    • HS Code: 6-digit commodity classification code for each item in the shipment.
      • The HS Code is a standardized classification system used around the world for importing/exporting goods. The United States uses a more specific, 10-digit Schedule B number (see below), which includes the HS Code.
      • The Schedule B Look-up tool can be used to help you find the appropriate code. The first 6 digits of the Schedule B number is the HS Code.
Customs Brokers/Freight Forwarders

Customs Brokers/Freight forwarders

*Priority World Wide does not handle shipments containing animal specimen or involved in animal testing.


U.S. Dept. of Commerce

CDC Import Permit Program

USDA Import Permits

U.S. Fish and Wildlife

  • permits may be required to transport live animals, including bats and material from endangered species (VERO cells)
  • Permit Search
Material Transfer Agreement (MTA)

Material Transfer Agreement (MTA)

  • contract that governs the transfer of tangible research materials between two organizations, when the recipient intends to use it for research purposes. MTA MUST be in place before research materials are transferred from one lab to another.