Dry ice frequently asked questions

Dry ice shipment

  1. What is dry ice?
  2. Why are not all products shipped with dry ice?
  3. What are your shipping, handling and packaging charges?
  4. When shall I expect to receive my products if they are shipped with dry ice?
  5. How should I handle dry ice?

1. What is dry ice?

Dry ice is the name for carbon dioxide in its solid state. The maximum temperature is – 78.64 ºC and its density is 1.56 g/cm³. Dry ice removes almost twice as much heat per kg as water ice and has the added advantage of changing directly from a solid to a gas without ever becoming a liquid – hence the term “dry ice”.

2. Why are not all products shipped with dry ice?

The majority of our antibodies is stable at room temperature for long periods of time and is shipped in a 4ºC refrigerated packaging, which has been shown to provide a stable environment for antibodies in transit. However, other product types like active proteins are more sensitive to temperature changes and therefore require to be shipped with dry ice. Shipping conditions and storage instructions are notified on our datasheets.

3. What are your shipping, handling & packaging charges?

Please note that products that require dry ice shipping will be shipped separately, if ordered with other products, with both Freight/Packaging charges applying. Due to these special shipping requirements, dry ice shipping costs are higher than normal shipments:

View the shipping, handling & packaging charges table

4. When shall I expect to receive my products if they are shipped with dry ice?

In order to ensure that temperature sensitive products are received and stored before the weekend, we only dispatch domestic and international packages with dry ice Monday through Wednesday. An email confirmation with shipping details and estimated delivery date is sent after placing an order.

5. How should I handle dry ice?

Always wear protective gloves whenever handling dry ice. Dry ice in contact with skin may result in frostbite. Prolonged exposure will cause severe frostbite.
Always store dry ice in a well ventilated area. Dry ice will sublimate into carbon dioxide (CO2) gas. CO2 is heavier than air and will accumulate in low spaces. Carbon dioxide gas at elevated concentrations could create a suffocation hazard.

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