General Shipping






Contact Transportation Manager's Office X55852 For Assistance With:

Opening an account with a transportation company (UPS, Federal Express, etc.)

International shipments other than letters and documents.

Hazardous and/or dangerous goods shipments (heavy fines are being levied for errors, shippers must be federally certified to ship dangerous goods)

Import and export documentation

Duty free entry on foreign purchase

Personnel and laboratory relocations (household moves)

Let the Physical Distribution Center Do it For You:

We know the Transportation Industry

We know the perfect carrier to do the job

We know packaging requirements

We have three Federal Certified Shippers (Trained Staff Members)

We provide a pick-up service for non-priority shipments (UPS ground and truck)

Information Needed To Preform A Pick-Up (Non-priority only)

Call 301-405-5856

Complete "ship to" address (not a PO box), individual's name and phone number are helpful

KFS# (if the university is paying for the shipment)

Return authorization number from the vendor, if applicable

Number of cartons

Contents of the cartons and actual value

Pick-up information: Dept, bldg & room #, individual requesting shipment and University phone number

Reason for shipment (repair, return, etc.)

Purchase order number (if applicable)

Helpful Hints

Mark each carton, such as: 1 of 10, 2 of 10 and so on

Maintain list of all items shipped in each carton (in case lost)

Never use paper or string to wrap boxes to be shipped (can be torn off)

Retain pick-up receipt from Physical Distribution or carrier

Priority shipments should be taken to Physical Distribution, to a drop box or call the carrier.

Federal Express and UPS have provided drop boxes across campus

Priority service to foreign countries generally takes two to three days

Vendors normally pick up returns from the original ship-to address

Don't over-insure; reimbursement will be for the proven value

A "Commercial Invoice" is required for all non-document international shipments


For international shipments other then documents, contact the

Transportation Manager at 301-405-5852




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