Shipping your frozen embryos, eggs or sperm can seem overwhelming. A good shipping partner can handle the entire process for you from the container to the shipping to the logistics.
Here are some of the most common questions we’re asked – and our answers.
1. How does shipping work? You can start the order process either online or over the phone. Then your shipping partner will help you coordinate the shipping dates with the IVF centers that will ship and receive your package. Your shipping partner then works directly with you to handle all the necessary logistics. The dry shipper will arrive at your current clinic pre-labeled and ready to use. Your current clinic will prepare the material being shipped and either the clinic or your shipping partner can arrange pickup.
2. Do clinics receive a charged dry shipper? Yes. Charged means that the dry shipper has been filled with dry vapor liquid nitrogen and is ready to be used.
3. How cold is the dry shipper? The liquid nitrogen based dry shipper is validated below -150 degrees Celsius. Cryogenic temperature is typically defined as below -150 °C. (Cryogenics) and this is what your materials are currently being stored at. The dry vapor means the liquid is absorbed and does not pour out nor does it touch your precious cargo.
4. How long can the cryoshipper be in transit? The liquid nitrogen dry shipper (cryoshipper) has a holding time of 10 days.
5. Who contacts the clinic? You’ll first want to contact both the current clinic and the receiving clinic to notify them of the shipment and confirm paperwork. Your shipping partner will then coordinate with both clinics to confirm shipping and receiving dates.
6. Do shipping partners have arrangements with carriers to transport embryos and sperm? Yes. Your shipping partner will have relationships with carriers who transport human specimens, including frozen embryos, sperm and eggs.
7. Is the shipment casino pa natet monitored? Your shipping partner will track all IVF shipments through web portal technology, which is integrated with carrier partners. Internal monitors should also be used to record the container temperature throughout transit.
8. Who handles the paperwork? Your Shipping partner will work with you to generate the shipping paperwork such as transportation labels. They should let you know what additional paperwork may be necessary based on your shipment such as customs documentation and let you know where you can obtain the forms. Once the paperwork is completed by you or your clinic, your shipping partner will include print outs with the shipment for each leg of the journey.
9. What about international shipping? Your shipping partner successfully ships IVF products throughout the world. Before shipping, however, talk with the clinic receiving your package to ensure it is authorized to receive human products, under federal and local regulations.
10. Is this shipment subject to duties and taxes or regulatory issues that will affect the shipment? When shipping internationally, duties and taxes will be assessed and will vary by country. Additional paperwork may be required to clear customs. Your shipping partner can offer advice regarding those forms.
By: Sharon Curiel @ Cryoport