Exports and Imports

Export control regulations may apply to exports and imports of items initiated by anyone at the University. The Fundamental Research Exclusion may exempt results generated during the course of research projects at Princeton, mitigating the need for an export license. However, shipments of items—even those produced as part of a Fundamental Research project—may still require one.

Please contact the Assistant Director of Export Controls for assistance in determining whether an export license is required in your case. For the fastest response, provide the full information outlined on the export license page.

Shipping Options

eShipGlobal (FedEx / UPS Shipments)

All express carrier shipments, such as those through FedEx or UPS, should be made via the eShipGlobal tool available on the Prime website. To help you get started, eShipGlobal training is available.

The International Shipment form should be used when shipping items internationally and not using eShipGlobal.

Authorized Customs Brokers (Large, Heavy, High-Value Items)

International shipments of large, heavy, or high-value items may be shipped via of one of Princeton’s authorized customs brokers, which serve as an alternative to the express carriers.

Farrell Forwarding Company, Inc.
Contact: Joseph Conte, Vice President, Imports
Box E, JFK International Airport
Jamaica, NY 11430
Phone: 516-881-7500 Ext 105
Fax: 516-881-7499
Web: www.farrellintl.com

American River Logistics, LTD
Contact: Jeff Richter
Phone: 631-396-6810
Fax: 630-396-6801
Email: jrichter@americanriverintl.com
Web: www.americanriverintl.com

The International Shipment form should be used when shipping items internationally and not using other prescribed methods recommended at Princeton.

ATA Carnet (Temporary Exports, or Exports to Multiple Destinations)

If you are exporting items from the United States or to multiple locations overseas that will be returned within a 12-month period, you should consider the use of an ATA Carnet. A carnet exempts the item(s) from duties and import taxes, and may be used multiple times in multiple countries during the 12-month validity period.

The ATA Carnet program includes 86 participating countries. The shipment must be stamped by a Customs Officer each time it crosses a border—for example, when exiting the United States, entering Germany, exiting Germany, entering the Brazil, exiting Brazil, and re-entering the United States,

Note: A carnet does not exempt the shipment from export license requirements.

The International Shipment form should be used when shipping items internationally and not using other prescribed methods recommended at Princeton.

Shipments of Chemicals and Biologicals

The ITAR and EAR both control various types of chemicals, explosives, and biological pathogens, as well as items and technologies associated with the development and production of those items. Even certain types of biosafety equipment may require an export license prior to shipment overseas, or prior to sharing technical data regarding the equipment with non-U.S. persons.  

For a list of controlled materials, please see the links on this page.

Note: Contact Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) for assistance with these shipments.

The International Shipment form should be used when shipping items internationally and not using EHS prescribed shipping requirements.