International Shipping

Shipping to Destinations Outside the U.S.

International shipping is also subject to numerous export and import controls and regulations. Fines, confiscation, or incarceration can all result from failing to comply. VCU’s Business Services office as well as all standard carriers (USPS, UPS, FedEx, etc.) require completed paperwork prior to accepting a package for shipment internationally. VCU is the shipper of record — not the shipping agent or the customs broker — no matter who fills out the forms.

It’s important to understand that everything that crosses the border is an export, even if the item is abroad only temporarily or if it will be used for research.

Most hardware, and some software & information, are export-controlled to some degree. Some entities, people, and uses are restricted — approval must be obtained prior to shipping any item or information.

Hazardous materials need to be packaged and labeled appropriately:

  • Biological Tissues
  • Chemicals
  • Batteries and Fuel cells
  • Radioactive materials

Dangerous goods shipping information and required training is available through the Safety and Risk Management Office here.

Additional Information:

International Shipping Export Checklist
This is a step by step guide to shipping items internationally

International Shipping Import Checklist
This is a step by step guide to receiving international items

Correct Shipping Documentation
This contains information on how to correctly label and classify your international shipments