First, determine if your material is hazardous:
If you are shipping a hazardous material, preparation of shipment must follow the instructions on EH&S Hazardous Materials Shipping website. You must prepare, document, and ship hazardous materials properly. Ask EH&S if you have any questions.
Never mailed a package from ISU? Do this:
- Print an Intramural Purchase Order (IPO) and have your PI sign on the “Approved” line. You may not yet know the price, but your PI can give you a limit and account number. For an IPO: Intramural Purchase Order Download
- You must prepare your own package. Any questions must be directed to ISU Postal and Parcel, 515-294-7790. They have a limited amount of free packaging available, or you can find your own box. There is a supply order link on the postal and parcel website if you need to order supplies: https://www.fpm.iastate.edu/postal_parcel/supplies/ppssupplies.asp. Hazardous packages including those with dry ice must have plain cardboard outer boxes. Postal and parcel does not provide such boxes. Do not ask MSE office staff for a box.
- Take the IPO and the materials you wish to ship to ISU Postal and Parcel in 184 General Services Building.
- ISU Postal and Parcel can help you figure out which carrier and which shipping method to use within your price and time constraints.
If you have previously mailed a package in the U.S. before:
Go to the ISU Postal and Parcel Services website: https://www.fpm.iastate.edu/postal_parcel/ and click on Off-Campus Shipping: