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​How do I ship items to SLAC?

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Not that this only applies to items that have not been in an accelerator environment and are not activated. Items that require special arrangements such as these should be identified in the safety review process. See the separate FAQ question on shipping activated materials.

​If you are a FACET user, you can send items to the FACET User Manager who will look after the item until it is needed.


Address the shipment to

Christine Clarke

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

2575 Sand Hill Road

Menlo Park

CA 94025-7015


If you are shipping from overseas, use our Customs Broker (TIGERS (USA) GLOBAL LOGISTICS, INC.) and leave at least two weeks for the shipment to pass through customs.

Customs broker information is here:​

In our ongoing effort to minimize shipping delays, it is of the utmost importance to mark all paperwork with the following information:

    • Item full description (including the manufacturer, part number, and serial number)
    • How many pieces are in this shipment?
    • What is the intended use?
    • Declare value of each item
      • Note: It is of the utmost importance that the value of the outgoing shipment, replicates the incoming shipment value.
    • Export Classification Number. This identifies the level of export control for the items
    • Schedule B (Identify all goods and services for export)
    • Is this a temporary or Permanent export?
    • Country of Origin (Where the product was manufactured)

To be cleared through customs in San Francisco by Tigers (USA) Global Logistics:

Call: 510-784-8920 ext. 2601    

Fax: 510-583-4350   


Nancy Yuen (Import Specialist)


Pearl Maske (Export Specialist)

For additional import or export information, please email:

 Please note that SLAC is exempt from paying duty.  If a common courier clears a shipment as an "informal entry", SLAC will pay duty.


​Who is the SLAC Customs Broker?

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Email: (link sends e-mail) sends e-mail)
Phone (BUSN):  510-784-8920   Fax: 510-784-6905   
Contacts: Nancy Yuen (link sends e-mail) sends e-mail)
or Debra Maloney, Import Manager sends e-mail)) 510-784-8920 X 2616
Website: (on line forms)

​How do I ship radioactive material from SLAC?

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1) Survey items outside of the accelerator housing with NaI and GM pancake detectors to determine if radioactive or not.

      (Top of stairs, User trailer)
2) If not radioactive, the Users can prepare e shippers as non - radioactive material or hand carry to their destination.
3) If Radioactive, RP performs a gamma spectroscopy analysis to:
      Determine isotopes and radioactivity.
4) Based on #3 results, RP determines if it is a "Regulated" or Unregulated shipment.
5) Either way RPFO will prepare shipping documents to the receiver.
6) Users supply the receiver's Radiation Safety Office contact phone numbers, address.
7) RP will verify the receiver's radioactive material licenses to have radioactive materials
8) RPFO may assist Users in packaging items.
9) RPFO will take items to Shipping and receiving department for shipment.
10) FACET supplies charge number for shipping costs.
The whole process may take 5 days or so.

​How to I ship things out of SLAC?

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​The Shipping and Receiving website contains instructions. If you don't have a charge number because you are not SLAC staff, ask Christine.



​How to I ship items to SLAC that are activated or have been within an accelerator facility?

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​Radioactive items can be received by SLAC's Radiation Protection department. Even if an item is surveyed to be below background, if it has been in an accelerator facility, it should also be sent to the Radiation Protection department. Standards across labs (and countries) can vary.

Please coordinate through Christine Clarke ( to relay the following information and make arrangements:

1) Who owns the device?

2) How long will the device remain at SLAC?
3) What is the radiological nature of the device (surveys, measurements etc.)?
4) Contact name for further questions.

You cannot send radioactive material to SLAC until you get approval from Radiation Protection. 

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