Gem Xpress sample containers, packaging and shipping
09 Sep 2009




Details of sample containers, packaging and shipping


Sample containers

Cylindrical Vanadium cans:

  • 6 mm diameter x 50 mm suitable for sample volume up to 1 cm3
  • 8 mm diameter x 65 mm suitable for sample volume up to 2 cm3

Transport packaging

Sample containers will be sent to you in UN approved packaging. This packaging comprises a polypropylene inner carton and a fibreboard outer box. It is designed for shipping Packing Group I (one) materials (the most hazardous). Samples such as Lithium Nitride and Sodium Hydride fall into this category.

Your sample must be returned in this packaging using the most appropriate method – Courier or Specialist shipper. Samples MUST NOT be sent using the Royal Mail.

Safety and shipping

Recent changes in the Transport of Dangerous Goods regulations and the UN ADR document mean that even small scientific samples may need to be classified as Dangerous Goods, and consequently may need to be shipped in a special way. Your dispatch department should be able to help you with this, or see the web site for your chosen courier:

(United Nations web site:

Also remember to enclose a completed Shipping Declaration.

The forms below must be printed in colour:

Fedex-specific Shipping Declaration

IATA Generic Shipping Declaration

Samples will be returned to you once any induced activity has reduced to background levels.

If you have any queries concerning safety, packaging and shipping, please contact Steve Roberts