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Overnight delivery by FedEx or Purolator couriers is recommended especially for seamless cross-border shipping. ICS, an Insurance Courier Service may not be adequate unless the investigator specifically asks for proper chain-of-custody documentation. Sample courier shipments should be described as being samples for analysis and having no commercial value. Do not identify the samples further as they many trigger some duty taxes that are inappropriate. This documentation results in no hold ups in shipping and no delays in customs. It is still prudent to notify the laboratory of the intent to ship samples, the laboratory can then be on alert for the shipment and properly schedule analysis. The ideal fire debris sample is approximately fist size and the container should be no more than two-thirds full. Liquid samples should not be shipped as the shipment of hazardous goods requires special training. Liquids that may be suspected of being an ignitable liquid should be sampled differently. While at the scene the investigator is encouraged to take a sample of sspect liquids, however only a minute quantity is needed to be sent to he lab. To do this, wet a white small portion of paper towel or place a paper towel on the surface of the suspect liquid to soak up a sample. This is also the best method of sampling any rainbowing of a suspect liquid. This small quantity that may or may not be an ignitable liquid is not considered a hazardous waste in shipping. Any unknown liquid type samples should be packaged in a separate box/package to ensure against cross contamination. Do not identify any samples on courier description as "may contain paint thinner" or similar ignitable liquid as this may trigger shipping problems.

For pricing information and to discuss your particular case, please contact

Mr. Dale Sutherland
Manager Organics Laboratory/Director of Research
1.888.ACTLABS (1.888.228.5227) ext 114 (Toll free in North America)
905.648.9611 ext 114 FAX: 905-648-9613
dalesutherland@actlabs.com

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