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Shipping frozen embryos internationally? Here’s where to start

Kristina Lopez, in partnership with Cryoport Systems  |  24 May 2023


Life doesn’t stop when you’re trying to conceive. It can be overwhelming when you need to move to a different state – or even a different country. Worrying about shipping frozen embryos internationally – and how to protect your reproductive materials – is not a one-size-fits-all problem, but there is an all-are-welcome solution when you use  Cryoport Systems.

They ship to over 150 countries from 30 global facilities, taking every measure to ensure the safety and security needed as a fertility courier.

With over 22 years of experience in the industry, the Cryoport team have transported over 600,000 domestic and international shipments, partnered with many trusted IVF clinics, and handled each shipment’s materials with the attention to detail required. Let’s take a look at Cryoport Systems’ supply-chain management capabilities and how it can bring peace of mind to your reproductive materials’ shipping process.

So, what is the shipping process?

Shipping reproductive materials requires careful planning and coordination with multiple parties. Once you have selected a receiving clinic that can accept your shipment, the next step is to find a trusted courier that can handle the logistics of shipping your reproductive materials.

Cryoport Systems are ready to take care of the entire process once the intended parent (IP) has the receiving clinic information confirmed. Their process starts with the production of a unique quote from information about the shipment, provided by the IP. Once the IP accepts the quote, Cryoport Systems works with the original clinic and receiving clinic to coordinate the transfer.

Cryoport Systems has an experienced team that will assist with all necessary paperwork for both domestic and international shipments. Many IPs and clinical teams appreciate this hands-on approach, as paperwork can be a daunting task even for a clinic that manages shipments frequently.

Once a shipment date has been established, Cryoport Systems will coordinate with the first clinic to receive a fully charged dewar that also includes all instructions and paperwork required to successfully ship to the receiving clinic.

The clinic accepting the empty dewar will prepare the reproductive materials to be shipped. Once the second clinic has received and removed the materials and stored the embryo, eggs, or gametes in their own cryogenic storage, they will send the dewar back to Cryoport Systems to be cleaned, validated, and prepared for its next journey.

Cryoport’s Smart Pak II condition monitoring system records and reports on your temperature-controlled shipment throughout transit. From order placements, customs documentation, current shipping condition, to any other communications, the shipping process is made even easier with their logistics management platform, Cryoportal®, to track and monitor its location anytime and anywhere.

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Shipping frozen embryos internationally – why Cryoport is our go-to

Shipping your frozen embryos, eggs, or sperm provides the flexibility to pursue your dreams of parenthood when the time is right for you. From increased stress to restricted access to healthcare services in your city, state, or country—it can all feel like too much, too soon.

Trusting a company with your most invaluable genetic material should never be taken lightly.  Cryoport Systems can ensure shipment protection and risk mitigation through a combination of their dedicated team of logistics experts and detailed technology that monitors the interior and exterior conditions of the dewar. In the instance that something unforeseen does happen during transit, Cryoport has the resources and processes in place to intercede and find a solution.

Cryoport System’s Smart Pak II condition monitoring system records and reports on your temperature-controlled shipment throughout transit. From order placements, customs documentation, current shipping condition, to any other communications, the shipping process is made even easier with their logistics management platform, the Cryoportal®, built to track and monitor each shipment’s location anytime and anywhere.

This level of insight is unique to Cryoport Systems’ processes and offers IPs peace of mind that their materials are safe throughout the journey.

When should you start the process?

Even if you’re still considering your fertility options, looking into a partner that can ship your reproductive materials early on in your journey is a good idea. You want your materials to be handled with care, and not every supply-chain management company is the same. However, Cryoport Systems is unmatched in transparency and traceability.

Whether you’re beginning your family planning or in an uncertain interim as you figure out the details, Cryoport Systems’ comprehensive services can be counted on to bring you peace of mind that your reproductive materials will be handled with the utmost care. You can contact the Cryoport Systems team via email at ivf@cryoport.com or through their  website  any time to answer questions or start planning your next steps.

Ready to ship? Connect with Cryoport to get everything booked, in the best hands. 

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