Freight Shipments

A freight shipment is defined as material or equipment that is crated or palletized. It is further classified as ground freight or air freight. It can also be separated as domestic or international freight.

Purdue University receives discounted rates on ground truck freight with Old Dominion Freight, FedEx Freight and other carriers. These discounted rates are applicable to both inbound and outbound shipments.

The MMDC shipping room can assist with obtaining freight quotes, creating the required documentation for a freight shipment, and banding or stretch wrapping your freight for shipment once it has arrived at the MMDC building.

Contact to request a Freight Shipping Form to arrange freight shipments, then attach the completed form to your pallet/crate. Most times the skid truck will pick up from your building and bring the freight to MMDC for next steps.

Hazardous Materials Freight

If you are planning freight shipments that contain hazardous materials such as chemicals or dry ice, please contact the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) department in advance. EHS will be able to provide you with guidance and/or assistance with these types of shipments so that they are in compliance with Department of Transportation regulations. For more information, please visit the EHS website.

International Freight

Export control laws are designed to protect U.S. national security, foreign policy and economic interests. Purdue’s Export Controls office reviews international shipments  to determine if a U.S. export license is needed and/or available. International freight shipments are more likely to require an export license and/or the use of a customs broker in the recipient country. MMDC will arrange the logistics, customs brokers as needed, and create the shipping paperwork/customs documentation for these types of shipments. Please be aware that these reviews may take a week or more and plan accordingly. If you have a shipment which will rapid review, please reach out to MMDC using the information below and Export Controls as soon as possible before you plan to ship.

If you require any assistance with a freight shipment, please contact us at or call us at 765-494-7103.

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