importing blood 101
SHIPPING BLOOD 101
BLOOD IS BIG IN THE IMPORTING WORLD
Human or animal blood is the 14th most tradedproduct and the 17th most complex product,according to the product complex index (PCI).
In 2015, total human or animal blood exportstotaled $127 billion.*
THE TOP EXPORTERS OF HUMAN ORANIMAL BLOOD (IN BILLIONS):
TOP BLOOD IMPORTERS
THE UNITED STATESTHE UK
THE TOP IMPORTERS OFHUMAN OR ANIMAL BLOOD(IN BILLIONS):
IMPORTING BIOLOGICALMATERIAL IS HIGHLY
REGULATEDBilogical materials of a public health require import permitsfrom either the CDC and/or the USDA and requires CDCshipping category label.
BLOOD MATERIALS REQUIRINGIMPORT PERMITS
Animal or human body fluids, tissues or body partsBlood/blood productsFecesBacterial, viral and fungal isolatesEnvironmental samples (air, water, soil surfaces, etc.)Genomic material (DNA, RNA, genomic vectors,plasmids)Human remainsVaccines/drugs/reagentsLive animalsSelect agent isolates
CDC SHIPPING AND PACKINGCATEGORIES
The CDC regulates the shipping and packing of bloodsamples into three categories:• A: Infectious substances• B: Medical specimen taken from a population whereinfections agents are likely• Exempt: Medical specimen taken from a low-riskpopulation and not known to contain infectious agents
*ACCORDING TO THE OBSERVATORYOF ECONOMIC COMPLEXITY.
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U.S. IMPORTING LAWS ANDREGULATIONS
The import document paperwork includes:• A commercial invoice• A packing list detailing your imports• A bill of lading• An arrival notice from the U.S. agent
JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IMPORTING WAS ONLY FOR AVOCADOSAND FANCY SHOES...
The following biological materials require an import permitand an import application process