In many surveys, selected analyses will take place outside the country. Prior to shipping, specimens need to be properly prepared, which includes labelling and using a reliable system and carrier that will guarantee that the cold chain is maintained. In most cases, dry ice is used to keep specimens frozen. Sometimes obtaining dry ice can be complex and it is important to consider the source well in advance.
More information on instructions for packing specimens, as well as guidelines for labelling and shipping, can be found in the Guidelines for shipping specimens, Labels and markings required for proper shipment, Packaging/shipping specimens using cold packs instructions, and Packaging/shipping specimens using dry ice instructions online tools.
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