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Reproductive tourism, where you travel for IVF or surrogacy out of the country is becoming more and more popular. Usually, it’s a matter of cost – surrogacy in Mexico or India has a lower price tag than in the U.S. Aside from the medical care you’ll receive, there are a number of factors you’ll want to consider when choosing a fertility clinic, including how to ship your embryos and get them through customs.
When researching clinics in other countries, you’ll need to ensure they are authorized to receive human products, based on local laws and regulations. You will also want to determine that they have recently received a shipment with no problems. Ask the following questions:
- Does the clinic have an Import/Export Certificate (IEC)? This government authorization is required in order for the fertility clinic to send or receive shipments of embryos.
- Have you received embryo shipments from outside your country, and if so, how recently?
- How long did paperwork take with your last shipment?
- How long did the last shipment take?
A commercial invoice is always required by customs, and describes the contents, amount and value of the shipment. Other document requirements vary from country to country and change frequently, so it is important to check customs requirements before you arrange shipping.
Fortunately, cryogenic shipping companies specialize in transporting your precious cargo and can help you navigate customs and documentation. Ideally they have a 24/7 customer service team, proven experience clearing customs, and provide door to door transportation and delivery.
Your embryos will be shipped in a dry vapor liquid nitrogen container that maintains a steady temperature of -150 degrees Celsius. The vessel is generally safe in transit for at least 10 days. A reliable cryogenic shipping partner will have data monitoring and global tracking to keep them aware of the location and temperature of the shipment at all times.
International shipping of embryos for surrogacy and IVF is safe and reliable if you choose the right shipping partner.