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Specimen Shipping

Typically, air transport regulations are the most restrictive and the packaging specifications are the most rigorous. Shippers who comply with the air transport regulations also will meet the requirements of other transport modes. While there are some differences between the regulations for transport by air and by other modes (truck, rail, etc.), the vast majority of diagnostic specimens in the United States are packaged to comply with air transport requirements. Here, we have summarized the regulations of both the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) into a single set of requirements. In cases where there are differences in meaning, we have used the more restrictive language.

Transport Packaging for UN 3373 Substances

Any packaging for biological substances must include three components:

  • A primary receptacle: the tube, vial, or another container typically made of glass or rigid plastic (including the stopper, cap, or other closure elements) that is in direct contact with the specimen.
  • A secondary packaging (including cushioning and other materials) that fully encapsulates the primary receptacle, outer packaging for shipping or transit.
  • Components must meet specific requirements, including being capable of passing specific test procedures based on receptacle or packaging type. In addition, compliance with the regulations is based, in part, on overall performance; so there can be no substitutions of a component from one manufacturer with a similar – but untested – component from another manufacturer.

source:  http://www.un3373.com/info/regulations/ 


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At Thermal Shipping Solutions, we know you need to be sure that your perishable items make it safely to your customers.  Why run the of risk spoiled food and damaged medications?  We work with you and your accreditation agencies to develop an optimal compromise between cost and performance for your cold chain packaging.  We utilize industry-standard 7E ISTA testing and evaluate lane data and shipping conditions to make sure you're getting exactly what you need. 

Kangaroo Mailer

Kangaroo Mailer

Our insulated mailers contain compressed, self-expanding foam that inflates when punctured, creating a form-fitting enclosure that protect and thermally insulate fragile and perishable items. Simply pierce the outer film of the foam expansion mailer and watch it expand to its original size.
Renewliner Box Liner


Protect your perishable shipments while meeting your sustainability goals with Renewliner – our award-winning, curbside, recyclable, cold-chain packaging solution. Recognized by the Cold Chain Global Forum as one of the most sustainable temperature-controlled projects around, Renewliner re-imagines what’s possible with sustainable packaging. Unlike other packaging systems, our patent-pending design for the Renewliner is made from recycled plastic bottles. By using this completely recyclable, curbside packaging solution you're supporting our cause to build a sustainable future while removing existing waste from our environment. Some thermal packaging alternatives may be properly sourced but may not necessarily perform. In other cases, they may complete the job but have a life cycle that does more harm than good. We test against them all, so give us a shout today for a custom sample!
DURAshield Box Liner

DURAShield Insulated Box Liners

This bottom gusseted 3D insulated box liner is manufactured with flexible metallized bubble insulating materials that provide high-efficiency thermal protection for a wide range of packaging applications. Minimize costs with simple solutions!
DURAShield Envelope

DURAShield Metallized Bubble Envelopes

Durashield pouches and envelopes allows you to adapt to shipping variables while lowering costs. Our strong, thin, and leak-proof material retards all forms of heat transfer to achieve excellent insulation value while saving space and money!