Important notice:

The information on this page is for those who want to learn more about how domestic or international shipping regulations will affect their shipment and the associated costs of shipping SPI Supplies products to their laboratories.

For all shipments of SPI Supplies products designated as dangerous goods, IATA and/or U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations will be followed exactly and will always take precedence over any other customer specified shipping requests. We take very seriously our obligations and legal responsibilities to make certain that all applicable regulations are followed. Please do not ask us to deviate from these regulations. Labeling, marking and MSDS information is followed according to regulation guidelines established by IATA and/or DOT.

Domestic USA Customers:

US DOT regulations apply as they pertain to the shipment of dangerous goods. SPI Supplies will determine which carrier and which service will be used. Note: We will ship only to institutional addresses and under no circumstances will shipments be made to residential addresses or post office box numbers.

International Customers:

Items designated as dangerous goods must be shipped exactly according to IATA (International Air Transportation Association) regulations whether by air ground or by sea.

Many of the products for electron and light microscopy offered by SPI Supplies are considered dangerous goods materials for purposes of transportation. SPI Supplies will ship these "Hazmats" (to use terminology used in North America) or "Dangerous Goods" (to use the accepted international designation) in strict conformity with United States Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Technical Instructions, International Air Transport Association (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations, and other international conventions. These rules will be followed exactly and will always take precedence over any other customer specified shipping requests.

For your convenience, we list below the identifying labels for hazardous materials. These icons can be found on our web site pages next to all the dangerous goods products SPI Supplies has to offer.


Hazardous Labels


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Flammable Gas


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Non-Flammable Gas


Class 2
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Flammable Liquid


Class 3

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Spontaneously Combustible


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Flammable Solid


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Dangerous when wet


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Oxidizer


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Organic Peroxide


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Toxic Substance


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Radioactive


Class 7


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Corrosive


Class 8



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Miscellaneous Dangerous

Goods


Class 9



Saving Money on Shipping Costs

SPI Supplies believes in the concept that customers should be trained to order "smart". We can offer our customers, both domestic and international, two approaches to saving money, but both involve ordering "smart", especially in these days of tighter and tighter research budgets.

1. - Avoid small orders of standard size "put ups" of items classified as dangerous goods.
Usually, the addition of a single item classified as dangerous goods in a shipment increases the shipping cost, a lesser amount domestically, but a potentially enormous amount internationally.

2. - Small quantity packaging.
SPI has reformulated and repackaged some items to comply with special small quantity shipping rules.

In order to make it easy to identify those products that can be ordered "smart", and shipped at more attractive shipping rates, we have created our own SPI symbol system to highlight such items:

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There are exceptions to every rule, and the OK-SPI shipping approach is no exception: Some countries can not accept OK-SPI shipments, and therefore, to those destinations, air freight is the only option. Please contact us at spi3spi@2spi.com for information regarding a shipment to your country.

We now consider two different cases:

1. - For domestic USA shipments containing no dangerous goods items except those designated by: OK-SPI

For U.S. domestic shipments only, SPI can ship many items under the provisions of 49 CFR 173.4 and additional items under a special permit granted by the U.S. Department of Transportation, exemption DOT-E 6971. Using either of these methods, small quantities of materials classified as dangerous goods may be shipped, in essence, as if they were not dangerous goods, provided SPI uses its specially devised and approved packaging system. There is a nominal charge for the special packaging materials, such cost is much less than the shipping costs being saved. It is difficult to obtain the DOT-E 6971 permit and SPI Supplies is one of only a small number of companies in the United States which enjoy this privilege.

In order to be in compliance with both DOT-E 6971 and 49 CFR 173.4, extensive package design and testing was necessary before a single shipment could be made using this exemption.

Still, there are some products that cannot be shipped under these exemptions and have to be shipped as they have always been shipped, and several examples would include the SPI Two-In-One™ Dusters, SPI Bell Bright™ and Metal Bright™, VacSeal™ in aerosol form, and some of the embedding resin kits. Also, in a few instances we have denoted products with OK-SPI as applying only to international shipments, not for domestic shipments. But in those cases, the cost to ship domestically in the USA is only marginally higher because of the dangerous goods nature of the material. We therefore did not bother to reformulate product sizes smaller than indicated.

Special SPI-imposed Dangerous Goods Packaging Charges will apply for all shipments going out under one of the exemptions permitting the lower cost shipping methods. Since all involve a higher level and more stringent packaging system, these charges are passed on to our customers. Note that in general, the charge is levied once for the shipment, which can cover a number of different individual Dangerous Goods and it is not a levy on each dangerous goods. For larger shipments involving quite a quantity of different dangerous goods, it is possible that more than one special packaging system would be required and in that case, a second Dangerous Goods Packaging Charge could apply. Also, in some cases, we cannot ship two dangerous goods in the same package, because they can react with each other in the event of breakage. By US Department of Transportation regulations such products must be shipped segregated. And in such a case, an additional Dangerous Goods Packaging Charge would be applied.

2. - For international shipments containing no dangerous goods items except those designated as: OK-SPI

For all international shipments, ICAO/IATA regulations prevail, and the just described exemptions from the U.S. DOT, both DOT-E 6971 and also under 49 CFR 173.4 do not apply.

Working in cooperation with several of the couriers services (UPS, FedEx and DHL) SPI Supplies is authorized to make "excepted quantity shipments" to foreign destinations, provided the shipment contains absolutely no dangerous goods items except for those also designated by OK-SPI in the SPI Supplies on-line electronic catalog. Some of our big selling items, such as silver paint thinner, and osmium tetroxide (crystals and aqueous) can be shipped this way as an SPI "Excepted Quantity Shipment". Examples of items that can not be shipped this way would include most embedding resin kits, SPI's family of "Dusters" Bell Bright™ and Metal Bright™.

It has been our experience that for many shipments described above, using one of te designated courier services (UPS, FedEx and DHL) for "excepted quantity shipments", the shipping costs can be a mere fraction of what they might otherwise have been if the shipment was made via regular air freight.

Special SPI-imposed Dangerous Goods Packaging Charges will apply for all shipments going out under one of the exemptions permitting the lower cost shipping methods but since all involve a higher level and more stringent packaging system, these charges are passed on to our customers. Note that in general, the charge is levied once for the shipment, which can cover a number of different individual Dangerous Goods and it is not a levy on each and every item classified as Dangerous Goods. For larger shipments involving quite a quantity of different Dangerous Goods, it is possible that more than one special packaging system would be required and in that case, a second Dangerous Goods Packaging Charge could apply.

If you have any questions about our recommendations for "ordering smart" about domestic "small quantity" or international "excepted quantity" packaging charges or about our dangerous goods packaging charges e-mail us at spi3spi@2spi.com.