Ensure Smooth Processes for International Shipping

As one of the top research universities in the world, our faculty, students and staff are naturally connected with the global research community. Therefore, it is important to recognize that UCI and its faculty, staff and students are responsible for complying with the U.S. government’s legal requirements for international shipments and items that are hand-carried internationally.

To facilitate fulfilment of these responsibilities, the Office of Research and the Administrative & Business Services Division have compiled a summary of these requirements, which can be found on UCI’s International Shipping and Hand-Carrying webpage. 

The legal requirements for international shipping include, but are not limited to, export license review, export filing under the foreign trade regulations for items valued over $2,500, and appropriate item valuation. Non-compliance can result in negative consequences, including customs delays, seizure of goods, large fines and even criminal conviction and incarceration. We encourage all faculty, staff and students who ship internationally, or who plan to ship internationally to review this information, or watch these videos about International Shipping Overview and International Shipping Documentation on the Export Control Videos webpage. You can also find useful information regarding the shipping of dangerous goods or hazardous materials on UCI’s Hazardous Material Shipping webpage.

With regard to international shipments, please remember that Mail Services should only be used for transmitting business documents and published materials, as technical data or research materials may require an export license. Information about international mail services can be found on the International Mail webpage. Similarly, if you plan to send technical data or research materials by UPS, FedEx or another international shipper, please be sure to have your shipment screened by Export Control in the Office of Research.

If you are not sure whether you are an exporter, please visit the Are You an Exporter webpage or use the Export Control Decision Tree tool. Also, if you need assistance with any export control questions or international shipment reviews, please contact UCI’s Export Control Officer, Marci Copeland, m.copeland@uci.edu or (949) 824-0445.

Thank you.

Pramod Khargonekar, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Research
Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Ronald S. Cortez, JD, MA
Vice Chancellor
Administrative & Business Services

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