Proper packing and shipping precautions are required to ensure the integrity of the tissue sent to NSA. Follow the requirements in "Packing the Tissue" to assure the tissue arrives safely and in optimal condition for NSA processing. Complete the appropriate MultiBrain® Layout for preferred placement of each tissue within the MultiBrain® Block that will serve to specify the ultimate location of specimens on the slides. Submit a completed quote acceptance form to ensure we have the proper instructions for processing. Finally, ship the specimens via a responsible and reliable carrier, following international instructions where applicable. Following these instructions will contribute to the high-quality results that NSALabs® delivers!
Note: NSA Labs strongly recommends Federal Express for shipping, both for international and domestic transactions. If turn around time is a priority, please ensure that you use a reliable carrier. The shipping company you select can determine how quickly your work is returned to you. Utilizing other carriers, such as World Courier, means that NSA cannot guarantee turn around time due to a lack of guaranteed delivery date and time.
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Please provide a full description of the contents for prompt delivery by avoiding customs problems. Here is a sample content description:
Fixed, normal rat (or other species) brains in a buffered, aqueous preservative, individually contained for tissue analysis. Non-toxic, non-infectious, and non-contagious.
To satisfy USDA Guideline # 1103, please type the following on your letterhead and place four copies with original signatures on the outside of the box with the airbill:
The contents are fixed, normal rat (or mouse) brains contained in individual containers.
They are derived from euthanized animals: a) that have not been exposed to, or inoculated with, any livestock or poultry disease agents exotic to the United States; and b) did not originate from a facility where work with exotic disease agents affecting livestock or avian species is conducted.
No antisera is present.
The contents are non-toxic, non-infectious, and non-contagious.
In order to expedite the receival of your items, please email our Shipping Department your airbill number, package number and contents and company you have used to ship the items. This greatly assists us when contacted by Customs.