There has been a lot of interest in the exports and imports of chilled and frozen semen since we introduced these services to Irish breeders and the main concern of nearly each and every one of them is the shipping costs and the possiblity to reduce the costs.
The semen is shipped in the special vapor shipper, designed for the safe transportation of biological samples at -150 C. Unfortunately, due to the weight of the container itself and its protective case, that is absolutely vital for keeping the shipper upright, the shipping cost can be significant and it can not be avoided.. It has been designed to reduce the costs to the minimum without jeopardising the safety of the contents.
First of all, the container itself is fabricated from durable, lightweight aluminum. It employs an absorbent that contains liquid nitrogen for ‘spill-free’ shipping under the Non Dangerous goods regulations. (Note: Shipping it as Non-Dangerous Goods reduces not only the costs considerably but the documentations involved compared to Dangerous Goods Shipping). Depending on the model and provided the container is handled right, it holds its temperature of -150 C for up to 21 days. At Trade Genetics we only use 14 and 21 day shippers. 14 day shippers are used for shipping within EU, where no clearance delays are expected. 21 day shippers are used for all consignments outside EU, including USA, Australia, NZ, etc. The number of holding days is manufacture’s guarantee for a container in an upright position. If the shipper is turned on its side, even closed, the time is reduced by 65%, if it is turned upside down it is only 5% of its max holding time. (You can find a more detailed description of the shipper at the bottom of the page.)
Therefore, Trade Genetics only use FedEx/DHL for relocating semen. Although the charges are higher, shippers are strapped for inland journeys and hand-carried in the airports ensuring the upright position and safety of the consignment. We ensure the container leaves us in a perfect condition with appropriate weight, locked and labelled. Whatever happens after that is outside our control and having tried a few couriers worldwide, Trade Genetics only ship and recommend to ship semen with FedEx, unless otherwise instructed by the owners of the semen.
A Lightweight aluminum design reduces shiping costs
B Locking tab for shipping
C Neck Tube - High strength neck tube reduces liquid nitrogen loss
D Advanced Chemical Vacuum retention System
E Superior hydrophobic absorbent repels moisture & humidity mantain ing a -150 C chamber environment