What to know
- Every international shipment is an export and is subject to US export control law.
- US law restricts the shipment of some materials to certain individuals, institutions, and countries.
- It is illegal to ship an item to a party if you suspect that the item will be transferred to a prohibited party.
Before you ship
- Determine if your shipment has export control restrictions
- Most MIT shipments are designated "EAR99" and are not restricted by US export control
- If your item is not designated "EAR99" be prepared to answer the following questions:
- What is the item?
- What is the end use of the item?
- Who is the recipient and are they on the Restricted Parties List?
- What is the destination country?
- What is the shipping route?
- For equipment that will be shipped outside the United States, the International Shipping cross-functional team must be consulted (contact Kathy McGrath, VPF Assistant Director of Travel and Procurement Operations).
- Use eShipGlobal for shipments valued under $2,500 (if your department is setup for eShipGlobal)
- Contact MIT Export Control for shipments valued above $2,500
- To ship dry ice, contact MIT Environmental Health and Safety (EHS)
- For information on shipping biological, hazardous, or radioactive materials, visit EHS and click here
- For information on whether your chemical shipment needs a license, click here
Tips for easy and successful shipping
- Determine if you are permitted to import your shipment into the destination country
- Determine the proper way to package and label the shipment
- Decide which shipping company to use and whether you need a freight forwarder or customs broker
- Complete all documentation
- Decline carrier-provided insurance on shipments of MIT property. MIT property is covered by MIT's insurance.
- Notify MIT Insurance Office for international shipments valued over $15,000.
- Get a carnet for temporary exports
- Research and estimate VAT if necessary
Contact MIT Export Control Officer, Janet C. Johnston, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at 617-253-2762, or in person at NE18-901