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 freight with Old Dominion Freight and FedEx Freight, these are Purdue's preferred 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.

Please fill out the Freight Shipping Form 23 and attach it to your pallet/crate. Contact for freight shipments. Most times the skid truck will come and pick up from your building and bring the freight to MMDC for pick up.

If you are planning shipments that contain hazardous materials such as chemicals, please contact the Radiological Environmental Management (REM) department in advance. REM 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 REM website.

Export Control regulations are federal laws that restrict the export of specific items, information and software for reasons related to national security. Research items shipped internationally are subject to an Export Control Review. For more information on this review, you can visit the Export Control Office's website. Please be aware that the shipping room reviews all documentation accompanying packages traveling internationally. The purpose of this review is to make sure that the package has the correct amount of copies of the shipping label and customs paperwork, and that the documentation is complete so as to avoid customs delays. Finally, to see if the contents of the package require an export control review. If a review is required, then the shipping room will submit a copy of the paperwork for review. Once documentation has been submitted for review, the package will not be shipped until the review has been completed. This review does take time and can cause a delay of several days before the package can be shipped.

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

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