Shipping Reagents

Proper Shipping of Reagents and Chemicals for Scientific Research

Shipping reagents is a crucial component of scientific research, and it requires careful handling and transportation to ensure their integrity and effectiveness. The temperature and storage conditions of the reagents must also be carefully monitored and controlled during transport to maintain their stability and effectiveness. Many medical devices come with a necessary accompanying reagent or consumable. For shipping these consumables, options include using express carriers like FedEx or UPS or sending them along with the device through a freight service. 

Regulatory Considerations

Shipping reagents Reagent shipping is heavily regulated to ensure safety and prevent environmental contamination. In the United Stated, agencies such as the Department of Transportation (DOT), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set the rules.

Internationally, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the United Nations (UN) establish guidelines.

The first step in shipping reagents is determining the classification of your material. Is it a hazardous substance, a select agent, a toxin, a radioactive material, or does it fall under another category? Your shipment's classification will dictate the packaging, labeling, and documentation required.

Packaging and Labeling

Hazardous reagents must be packed in secure, leak-proof containers. Packages must be robust enough to withstand shocks, pressure changes, and temperature variations. Correct use of labels is critical, as they communicate the contents of your package to shipping personnel.


Thorough documentation is a must. You'll need a description of the reagent, the quantity, the hazard class, and the packing group. You'll also need a signed declaration that the package meets all the necessary regulations. For international shipments, you might need additional documentation like import/export licenses, material safety data sheets (MSDS), or customs forms. Always check the requirements of the destination country

Mercury’s Services

At Mercury, our team of logistics experts possesses the qualifications and expertise required to safeguard the integrity of your reagents during transportation. Whether it's moving reagents to and from laboratories, manufacturing facilities, or testing sites, we have successfully transported reagents for clients in various industries, including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and healthcare.

  • Flexible Cold Chain Shipment Options - Mercury offers flexibility when it comes to cold chain shipments.
  • Express Carriers - Our network allows us to transport reagents through reliable express carriers, ensuring timely delivery and maintaining the necessary temperature conditions.
  • Airline Transportation - We also facilitate direct shipping of reagents through airlines, providing efficient and secure transportation.

For more information on our services and how we can assist you with the proper shipping of reagents and chemicals for scientific research, please contact us today. Our team is ready to address your specific requirements and ensure the safe and effective transportation of your valuable reagents.

Shipping reagents

Hazardous Materials

Guide to Shipping with Hazardous Materials

At Mercury, we prioritize safe and compliant transportation of goods. To assist our clients, we've created a guide on shipping Dangerous Goods (DG).

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