I would be interested in finding out more about potential problems shipping
to the U.S. (from Canada). We do this all the time. Please let me know if
anything has changed. I only use the postal system because couriers are an
additional hassle. So far I haven't run into any problems (using FWS form
3-177 and a self-composed customs declaration, both on paper, not
electronic). Last shipment I sent arrived at its destination a few days ago.

Cheers, Matthias

On Fri, Mar 17, 2017 at 11:03 AM, Colin Favret <[log in to unmask]>

> For the record, there may be issues shipping to as well as from the US.
> This month, my samples on ice were delayed a week while I filled out and
> signed a declaration form that had never before been required. Good luck!
> Colin
> Colin Favret
> ​, ​
> Université de Montréal
> ​
> <>
> On Thu, Mar 16, 2017 at 6:22 PM, Doug Yanega <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Hi, all. We just had - for the first time ever - an outgoing loan
>> returned to us by the US postal service (AFTER charging $56 in postage),
>> with a sticker indicating that attaching a Customs Declaration is no longer
>> sufficient, but that they now require Customs Declarations to be submitted
>> *online*.
>> This raises a few questions:
>> (1) has anyone else had this happen?
>> (2) if so, were you able to figure out the correct protocol and
>> succesfully ship thereafter?
>> From what I can see online, the international shipping option that uses
>> the online Customs Declaration is part of an integrated process that looks
>> like it can only be performed, and paid for, as an individual, rather than
>> done via an institutional account. Our institution normally covers all
>> shipping expenses and we do the paperwork; our shipping & receiving office
>> is certainly not equipped to file online documents FOR us, and we have no
>> money in our museum's budget to pay for loan shipments. It has always been
>> that we labeled the package, attached the Customs forms, passed the package
>> to shipping & receiving, and then the University paid the postage - but
>> apparently that is no longer possible.
>> If anyone has insights into the proper workaround for this, I think a
>> great many of us would benefit from knowing what to do. Otherwise this
>> promises to greatly interfere with our ability to make loans.
>> TIA,
>> --
>> Doug Yanega      Dept. of Entomology       Entomology Research Museum
>> Univ. of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0314     skype: dyanega
>> phone: (951) 827-4315 (disclaimer: opinions are mine, not UCR's)
>>   "There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness
>>         is the true method" - Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Chap. 82

Dr. Matthias Buck
Invertebrate Zoology
Royal Alberta Museum
12845-102nd Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada, T5N 0M6
Phone: (780) 453-9122